You guys did an awesome job in pulling this all together! I loved working the volunteer day and can't wait until a project is sourced and approved for Orlando for 2016. Having co-chaired one of these in the past and serving on the Steering Committee for several years, these projects are special to me and quite rewarding. I wish you, the volunteers and the staff at RFMA a Happy New Year!!
The last several weeks have seen a beehive of activity at The Journey Home. We are almost finished!! Most of the projects have been completed. There are still a few more to do but the facility looks great. A special thanks again to everyone who has generously donated equipment, materials, and manpower to all the projects. Also, thanks to all the companies and individuals who made financial donations. Check out the photos. Since the volunteer day, the following has been completed:
- Parking lot repairs along with a seal and stripe by Ben's Asphalt.
- Restroom remodels completed by Sapphire Construction. They not only did the rear restrooms but upgraded the front too.
- New dining room ceiling supplied and installed by Horizon Construction. They also replaced all the BOH kitchen tiles.
- New dining room LED lights, supplied by Restaurant Lighting Concepts, installed by Stones River Electric.
- New water softener supplied and installed by Culligan.
- New security system, including CCTV, supplied and installed by Tyco.
- New walk in freezer supplied by Thermal Kool and Mobile Fixture, refrigeration supplied by Heatcraft. Installed by H& H Mechanical, VMC Facilities LLC, and Stones River Electric.
- New a/c unit donated by Rheem, installed by H & H Mechanical.
- New stainless steel tables supplied by Florida Stainless, installed by Stones River Electric.
- New pass thru for dirty dishes completed by VMC Facilities Services.
- New roof supplied and installed by Versico Roofing.
The two (2) Co-Project Managers, Jim Roeger (Darden) and Gordon Bruner (VMC Facilities) have done a wonderful job of scheduling, coordinating, and supervising all these projects. The overall success is due to their passion and commitment to this great charity event.
"What a wonderful day!!!" Those were the words from many of the generous volunteers that showed up on Saturday, September 12th at The Journey Home (TJH) in Murfreesboro, TN for the annual RFMA Gives Volunteer Day. There were well over 100 individuals that worked diligently in remodeling both the inside and out of TJH. The activities included repainting the entire facility, remodeling offices on both floors and also in the basement, exterior landscaping, rebuilding a staircase and assembling tables.
I was truly amazed with all the work that was completed in just one (1) day. A special thanks to the Co-Project Managers, Jim Roeger (Olive Garden) and Gordon Bruner of VMC Facilities. Also thanks to the following Task Leaders:
- Keith Moore, US Exterior
- Gordon Bruner, VMC Facilities
- Brian Foster, Paint Folks
- Jack McNertney, Red Lobster
- Tommy Guerra, Water Heater Man
- John Getha, Wendy's
- Patrick Hentzen, KFC
- Brianne Rechy, Dwyer Service Group
- Tim Corcoran, Jack in the Box
- Craig Buck, Chipotle
The following companies who contributions made this event such as success are:
- Starbucks for providing breakfast
- Chipotle for supplying lunch and the materials and manpower to rebuild the rear stairs
- Benjamin Moore for purchasing all the paint
- Paint Folks for providing all the painting materials
- US Exterior for having their crew professionally paint the upper exterior of the building
- Westrock for supplying the construction dumpster
- Progressive Flooring for providing and installing new carpet in both the office areas
- Restaurant Lighting Concepts for supplying new energy efficient LED lights throughout the facility
- VMC Facilities for providing various construction materials for all the projects
- DWM for filming the activities throughout the day
- Cintas Corporation for supplying shirts, gloves, goggles, and First Aid Kit
RFMA is proud of the efforts of all the volunteers and companies that made this such a success. Even the rain held off until we were finished. Stay tuned for further updates as there are many major projects yet to be completed. My apologies to whoever I may have left out.
The RFMA Gives 2016 Volunteer day is right around the corner. If you haven't already done so, don't forget to register for the Volunteer Day scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 12th. To register, click here or visit our Event Calendar. Everyone associated with this event is gearing up for a fun, work filled day to help The Journey Home (TJH) serve it's patrons better in the future. Activities planned at this point are:
- Exterior painting
- Interior painting
- Office rebuild with new partitions and carpet squares
- Rebuilding of BOH interior staircase
Come ready to have fun and work!!
Projects have begun at TJH. Following is a list of completed items:
- The grease interceptor was pumped out by AFM, Inc. They are also scheduling the hoods to be cleaned.
- New dining room chairs and tables have been shipped and installed courtesy of Olive Garden (Darden).
- The lobby and dining room remodel has begun. Both VMC Facilities and Stones River Electric are working together on this.
- New coffee makers have been supplied by Integra Service Group and Chain Store Maintenance.
- Construction dumpster supplied by Westrock.
In addition, as per Jim Roeger's post from July 9th, The following commitments have been made:
- Security system, including CCTV is being supplied by Tyco.
- New carpet for the office and upstairs remodel, courtesy of Progressive Flooring.
- Relocation of the Ansul system nozzles by Academy Fire.
- If needed, new WIF refrigeration will be provided from Heatcraft.
- Melink Corporation will air balance the building after the new a/c's (Rheem) are installed.
- Lunch for the Volunteer Day will be supplied by Chipotle.
If I left anyone, or any company, out, I'm truly sorry as I am humbled to be involved with such a generous group of people.
Also, on Thursday, August 27th beginning at 1:00 PM, CST we will be having a conference call to update everyone on the progress to date and more information on the Volunteer Day. For those of you that are not signed up, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get call instructions.
Being a long time member of RFMA, I was well aware of RFMA GIVES and the generosity of our members.
As a Co-Chair to the Nashville RFMA GIVES project, I am just beginning to realize the extent of that generosity.
I am blown away by the number of people of have called/text Jeff Dover, Gordon Bruner, and myself to volunteer to help on this year's project. Some of the projects are just starting to take shape, I wish I could put in words the looks of excitement on the faces of the employees, volunteers, and diners at the Journey Home! Thank you so much to all that have stepped up to assist!
Here is a quick breakdown of what has occurred so far:
We have a commitment for the following:
* Walk end freezer (something they currently don't have!), supplied by Mobile Fixture
* Roof replacement, supplied by Versico
* Asphalt repair and re-striping, courtesy of Ben's Asphalt
* Stainless steel counters for the kitchen. (Includes installation), by Florida Stainless
* Kitchen Remodel work, supplied by Ameritech
* Dining room expansion/remodel, courtesy of VMC Facilities
* New ceiling in dining room, supplied by Horizon Construction
* Remodel restrooms, supplied by Sapphire Construction
* Hood cleaning and grease trap pumping, courtesy of AFM Inc.
* Air conditioning units, supplied by Rheem
* Periodic a/c filter changes, supplied by National Filter Service
*Coffee makers, supplied by IntegraService Group and Chain Store Maintenance
* Small wares for the kitchen, supplied by Clark Service Group
* LED lighting, courtesy of Restaurant Lighting Concepts
* New chairs for the dining room (already delivered), supplied by Olive Garden (Darden)
* Paint for the September 12th work day, supplied by Benjamin Moore
* A new dish machine, courtesy of Darden
* New t-stats and energy management system, supplied by Entouch Controls
* Food safety training, courtesy of Food Safety Training
* Video production of entire RFMA Gives project, supplied by DWM Inc.
* Replace interior staircase, supplied by Chipotle
* Water Filtration, supplied by 3M
* New kitchen equipment, supplied by Panera Bread
* BOH remodel/WIF electrical work, supplied by Stones River Electric
There were quite a few additional commitments that we are following up on. I am sure there will be some that I will fail to mention. Please accept my apologies if I fail to mention them!
If you haven't committed to a particular task, there is still time to sign up! Just let Jeff, Gordon, or myself know!
There are several items we are looking for. They include:
- Replacement of an inoperable security system, including cameras, burglar and fire alarms.
- Rectangular and square tables.
- Floor tile and installation for the restrooms.
- Can anyone supply and install some metal exterior stairs? We could really use this one ASAP!
Also, if you haven't already done so, don't forget to register for the Volunteer Day scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 12th. To register, click here or visit our Event Calendar.
For all you history buffs - Did you know?
Just two miles from the Journey Home is the Stones River National Battlefield. It is the site of the 3rd bloodiest battle in the Civil War. It has great walking trails, and a historic museum on site. Plan to spend some time at the battlefield either before or after the September 12th work day! Murfreesboro (and the Journey Home) is only about a half hour drive from the downtown Nashville area.
Thanks again for all that you have and will do on this project.
Yesterday (June 11th) we held our initial conference call with the volunteers and the RFMA Gives Steering Committee. There was a tremendous attendance and we are very appreciative of how generous our members are. On the call we discussed projects where members have stepped up and assumed responsibility and also updated everyone on site surveys by several vendors in preparation of staring their jobs. Immediately after the call, I received several messages from our members inquiring into taking ownership of some of the outstanding projects. I continue to be amazed. Work will begin as resources become available. The summer months promise to be busy with activity at The Journey Home.
We are in need of help on the following items:
- Company to complete the new dishmachine installation along with other kitchen remodel items. Plumbing and electrical will be required.
- Construct metal exterior stairs from the second floor to ground.
- Install new ceiling in dining room. Tiles will be provided.
- Company to complete restroom remodels. Floor tile provided.
- Possible drink station equipment.
- 10-20 square/rectangle tables for dining room.
- 2 Bunn style coffee makers.
- Shelving for kitchen.
- Smallwares for kitchen.
- Financial donations to help with above projects.
Please get involved. To inquire into one of the above projects, feel free to contact me or one of our co-project managers, Jim Roeger of Darden or Gordon Bruner of VMC Facilities. Contact info is as follows:
Jeff Dover: email@example.com or (972) 805-0905, x-3
Jim Roeger: firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 867-2555
Gordon Bruner: email@example.com or (865) 947-5751
Also, please note, Jim Roeger lives only 3 miles from The Journey Home. If you would like to schedule a visit to review a project, feel free to contact him and, if he's available, he'll set up a time to meet onsite.
As stated previously, the Volunteer Day is Saturday, Sept. 12th from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. We have set up a special rate with a local hotel. Details with be forthcoming.Register for our RFMA Gives 2016 Volunteer Day on our Event Calendar or click here.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact any one of us.
The RFMA Gives 2016 Volunteer Day is now set for Saturday, Sept. 12th. We are working on the projects for this day but painting will definitely be a major need. The entire facility inside and out needs to be painted. Please try to attend. To register, click here
Thanks to all the companies that have already signed up for numerous projects. Representatives have begun visiting the site to scope out the needs of The Journey Home. There are still several projects where we need help. A few of them are as follows:
- Need for an electric tilt skillet
- Need for two(2) coffee makers
- Supply new drink station equipment
- Square or rectangle tables needed in the dining room (15-20 required)
- Fire suppression inspection/repair
- Hood cleaning
- Replace inoperable security system to include cameras, burglar and fire alarms
- New office partitions
- Assistance with total remodel of restrooms
- Replace internal staircase and new door
- Supply/install new exterior metal stairs
Of course, more projects will become available. We will be holding our initial conference call providing updates on committed services, items required, and potential target dates next Thursday, June 11th beginning at 1:00 PM, CST. If you would like to attend, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (972) 805-0905, x-3.
As you are aware, the RFMA Gives 2016 project will be at The Journey Home (TJH) in Murfreesboro, TN. The co-chairs, Jim Roeger and Gordon Bruner, and myself visited the site a short time ago and have developed the potential projects list. It is as follows:
-Volunteer project managers – looking for individuals who are local to the Nashville area who are able to volunteer their time to manage and oversee portions of the project
-Kitchen design consultant needed to assess current kitchen for compliance to current local and national codes and to assist with new design to ease congestion
-Engineering consultant needed to assess current facility against local codes to determine required size of grease treatment (greasetrap) that would comply with local waste-water authority
-Service providers willing to provide repair service to hot and cold side equipment at no charge to the facility as needed with their current equipment
-Supply new exterior WIF (walk in freezer)
-Supply new/used electric tilt skillet
-Supply two (2) new coffee makers
-Supply drink station equipment
-Need new smallwares for kitchen
-Add ceiling tile in the dining room area (none exists)
-Add new LED lighting in dining area
-Replace the chairs and round tables in the dining room with square and/or rectangle tables or banquet seating. Need flexibility.
-Remove mop sink closet area under steps and convert to drink station
-Look into opening up wall in waiting area in front of dining room and add more seating, Add A/C in this area.
-Look into opening up wall by the serving station and recessing the serving table, allowing more room in dining area
-Replace wooden counter tops in the dining room area with stainless steel(S/S) counters
-Replace wooden counter tops in kitchen with S/S counters with storage underneath
-Install new/used dishmachine (one arm bandit type) in kitchen. Relocate closer to front wall. Install new drying shelves on dish wall.
-Remove the center cinder blocks on the front wall, encase with S/S and add new S/S counter that ties into dishmachine
-Add additional storage racks in kitchen above production table, including electric
-Clean the exhaust hood, ductwork, and fan. Provide regular, periodic cleanings.
-Check on current Ansul system compliance. Relocate nozzles accordingly.
-Check on existing greasetrap for proper operation. Clean and supply new, if required. Existing is floor model, maybe 100 gallon.
-Replace lighting in basement with LED type
-Replace existing inoperable security system, including cameras, burglar and fire alarms.
-Move front lobby wall to back side of credenza in the waiting area
-Replace lights in lobby area
-Replace the ceiling in the lobby and waiting areas
-Replace homemade partitions in office area
-Remodel exiting restrooms with new flooring, countertops, shower fixture, etc.
-Replace lights upstairs with LED type
-Replace back staircase going up from the kitchen. Install door at landing upstairs.
-Install new floor tile in the front lobby, waiting, and computer areas
-Paint the majority of all interior walls
-Paint the exterior of the building
-Reseal/stripe the small existing parking lot. Repair pot holes in back of lot.
-Look into providing new back lit sign on front of building
-Replace approximately ½ of roof. Leaks.
-Install a new WIF (walk in freezer) on the back dock
-Replace/repair existing HVAC’s. Provide periodic service.
-Provide periodic filter changes for HVAC’s
Please get involved in this wonderful RFMA charity project. If you would like to visit the location, feel free to contact Jim Roeger as he lives close to the site and can arrange a short tour. The volunteer day is planned for Saturday, September 12th.
Feel free to contact either Jim Roeger, Gordon Bruner, or myself to volunteer for any above items or other donations.