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What a Wonderful Volunteer Day!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Updated: Monday, September 10, 2018

Hello RFMA Members,

Hard working RFMA members had a wonderful Volunteer Day at Mobile Loaves & Fishes this past Saturday in Austin, TX. There were over 150 members on site diligently working on building a tiny home, storage shed, landscaping, and many other projects that will help Mobile Loaves expand and serve their neighbors. I’m humbled by our members generous donations and willingness to give back. It was truly a blessed project.

Thanks to all who participated and to the following who helped make this day a success:

  • Roof materials and installation for the storage shed and tiny home, Kanga Roofing
  •  A/C split systems, Friedrich Air Conditioning Company, Johnstone Supply, & TD Industries
  • Paint Sundries for Volunteer Day, 5-Star Painting
  • Breakfast on Volunteer Day, Torchy’s Tacos & Starbucks
  • Lunch on Volunteer Day, K&N Management & Pluckers Wing Bar
  • Shirts, gloves, goggles, and a first aid kit, Cintas
  • Trash bags for Volunteer Day, Pack-A-Drum
  • Open top trash containers, Waste Management & River Road Waste
  • Professional framers for tiny home, John King Construction
  • Construction of storage shed, Craig Buck and Steve Shippy from Chipotle
  • Paint & stain supplied by Benjamin Moore
  • Water for volunteers, Culligan
  • Volunteer Day Appreciation Party sponsor, Kinetico
  • Landscaping materials and expertise, DENTCO , Gone Green, & PS Landscapes
  • Volunteer Day logistics, K&N Management

Thanks again for all your support and passion for this wonderful charity project. I apologize in advance if I missed thanking anyone for their donation.

Dover and out

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Foundation Work is Complete!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Friday, July 20, 2018
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018

Hello RFMA members,

The weather is heating up in Texas and so is the work at Mobile Loaves & Fishes(MLF). As you can see from the photos, the new foundations for a tiny home and a new pizza oven were poured this week along with a concrete road repair. Special thanks to all from Elite Paving. They finished this up in just a couple days in over 100 degree heat. We are planning on building the small home along with a storage facility during the upcoming Volunteer Day on Saturday, Sept. 8th. Don't forget to register on our website and book your room at the downtown Sheraton Hotel. Besides the buildings construction during the Volunteer Day, we will be completing all sorts of landscaping, gardening, and general organizing in their offices.

We are still needing several items to help out MLF.

Following is an updated project/equipment listing showing what is still needed. We are really hoping to get contractor help with materials and possibly professional labor for some projects:

 

Commercial Kitchen

The equipment upgrades to the commercial kitchen will expand the offerings of the facility. The equipment will allow MLF to increase the number of people they are able to serve as well as increase volunteer engagement in the kitchen. Additionally the new equipment will increase the health, safety, and usability of the kitchen space.

Equipment/Work Needed

Description

Ventless Combi Oven

Half Size, Roll In, Ventless, Liquid Propane

Meat Slicer

120V 1Hp

Stainless Steel Pots And Pans

E.G. All-Clad, Demeyere

Hotel Coffee Maker

~20Gal/Hr

Chrome Griddle

36", With Thermostat, propane or electric

Thermometers

Bluetooth With Haccp Logging Capabilities

Haccp

Help With Writing/ Creating Plans

Pressure Washer

Electric, Wall Mounted, Warm Water With Detergent

Hand Sanitizer

Like In Rudys

Crates

Produce Style

Cambros

Assorted Sizes With Lids

Hotel Pans

Assorted Sizes With Lids

Juicer

120V

ServSafe Training

Food Safety Training For Kitchen Employees

Food Trailer

A new food trailer, or existing trailer remodel, will empower more of our neighbors to make a dignified income while working in a space that is central to the community. The equipment below will expand our offerings, increase community engagement between volunteers and neighbors, and allow for a healthier and safer food preparation environment.

Equipment/Work Needed

Description

Chef Base Fridge

72" On Castors

Milkshake Mixer

3 Spindle With Timer

Water Softener

Mini -system?

Fridge

Undercounter

Three Compartment Sink

Hand Sanitizer

Outdoor For Customers, Like In Rudys

Storage Building

Storage space is needed so we can keep food service equipment and supplies safe and accessible. Our desire is to have storage designed to look like a tiny house from the outside in order to add to the charming aesthetic of the village.

Equipment/Work Needed

Description

Roofing Materials

Siding

Lumber

Shelving

Chrome Wire

Community Table

Landscape around the Community Table, one of the Village's premier gathering and fellowship spaces for all to enjoy. More tables and games will increase the sense of community in this space for all who come here.

Equipment/Work Needed

Description

Decomposed Granite

Picnic Tables

Park Grade

Plants

Native, Low Maintenance

Astro Turf

For Landscaping Around

Strip Heaters

Propane

Fans-3

Bigass Fan Style

Plastic Walls

Roll Down For Wind Protection

Unity Hall

Unity Hall is the main place of welcoming and celebration when people are at Community First! Village. These additions will help us increase the offerings and hospitality of this integral space for our community.

Equipment/Work Needed

Description

Locks

Keypad/ RFID

Strip Heaters

For Breezeway

Doors

Wooden French Doors For Sanctuary

Water Fountain

With Water Bottle Filler

Hand Dryers

High Power, Dyson

Community Market

Bring some much needed improvements to the market in order to increase its offerings and continue to make it a place of welcoming hospitality for all who live at and visit the Village.

Equipment/Work Needed

Description

Security

New CCTV System

Signage

New exterior LED/Neon type on building

Miscellaneous

These miscellaneous items didn't find a home in one of the other projects, but they would all go a very long way in building up our various programs that offer dignified income opportunities to our formerly homeless neighbors as well as growing our ability to connect human to human, heart to heart as we build relationships at Community First! Village.

Equipment/Work Needed

Description

Brick Pizza Oven

60" Or Larger Deck, Outdoor

Strip Heaters

Bus Stop

Tiny House

2, Possibly On RV Side (One Ready To Go On RV Side Phase I & One On Phase II)

Striping

Parking Lot Striping

Street Lights

Solar Powered/LED

Water Fountains

Around Property, With Bottle Filler

Pest Services

Around Property

Laundry Services

Wash Towels, Linens, Table Cloths

Shade Sails

Cinema

Hvac Services

Change Filters, Etc.

Landscaping

Sod, Decomposed Granite, Astro Turf

Streetlights

Solar

Equipment

Air Curtain for exterior door in the kitchen

Materials & Labor

Construction materials and professional labor for small home & storage facility

 

If you are interested in donating any of the above items or have other donations to offer or have any questions, please contact Jeff Dover, CRFP, at jeff@rfmaonline.com or at (972) 805-0905, x-3.

Big thanks to the following companies for their donations:

 

  • Water Softener systems, Kinetico/Selecto Commercial Water Systems and Culligan International
  • Fry Oil Filter Machine, K&N Management
  • 20 Quart Stand Mixer, Hobart Service
  • New Pizza Oven, Texas Oven Company
  • Smallwares, Edward Don & Company
  • Coffee/Tea Makers and Supplies, Farmers Brothers Coffee
  • Cooler Temp Monitoring Equipment, Tri-Point Refrigeration
  • New Foundations for the Mini-Home, Pizza Oven, & Road Repairs, Elite Paving
  • New A/C Mini-Split Systems for Restrooms, CSN
  • New Mini-Split A/C’s for the Small Homes, Ecotech Refrigeration and HVAC, Inc.
  • HVAC Periodic Filter Replacement, Bonded Filter
  • Dumpsters for Construction Projects, Waste Management, River Road Waste, and Westrock
  • Equipment Start-Ups & Repairs, Smart Care Equipment Solutions and Cintas Managed Solutions
  • Roofing Materials for new Buildings, Royalty, Versico, and Kanga Roofing Companies
  • EMS for Unity (Office) Building, Entouch Controls
  • Landscaping Materials for Community Table Pavilion, DENTCO & PS Landscapes
  • Plumbing Projects and Supplies for New Buildings, Steven Cox Plumbing
  • Electrical Work, DTX Electric
  • New Gutters and Rain Collection Supplies, Gutter-Tex of Austin
  • Upgrade Light Fixtures to LED, Demand Lighting
  • Floor Tile for New Buildings, Grout Guyz
  • Paint and Painting Supplies for New Buildings, Benjamin Moore & 5-Star Painting
  • Juicer Machine for Main Kitchen, Actions Sales
  • Financial Donation, CLM Midwest
  • Shirts for Volunteer Day, Cintas

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Volunteer Day in September. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.

Dover and out.


 

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What a Great Volunteer Day!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 2, 2017

Hello RFMA members,

Wow, what a great Volunteer Day on Sept. 23rd at the Salvation Army in Phoenix. The weather was great and everyone's efforts were outstanding. I continue to be amazed by our membership's passion for giving back. Thanks to all who participated!! We had over 160 people on site painting the interior of the residence building, landscaping their exterior break area, and sorting and organizing clothes in the warehouse that will be sent to their local Thrift Stores. Additionally there were several mechanical & electrical repairs completed throughout the facilities. Also, the local Chipotle team led by Craig Buck completely gutted and remodeled four(4) individual restrooms. Special thanks to the following Project Leaders for their help:

- Keith Moore, US Exterior Maintenance & Repair

- Rory Moore, US Exterior Maintenance & Repair

- Teresa Phelps, DENTCO

- Kailee DeWitt, DENTCO

- Avis Jaradi, Northstar Painting

- Brianne Rechy, Parts Town

I also want to thank the overall Co-Project Managers for their excellent planning and coordination: Tim Vanacker, CRFP, from Desert West Builders, Micah Dyer, CRFP, from Legacy Air, and Vern Huskey from Starbucks.

Finally, I would like to thank the following companies who contributed directly to this great event:

- US Exterior Maintenance and Repair and DMC Facility Services for supplying paint.

- Paint Folks and Northstar Painting for supplying the paint sundries.

- DENTCO for all the landscaping materials and equipment.

- Cintas Managed Solutions for supplying the shirts, gloves, googles, and First Aid Kit.

- Starbucks for providing breakfast.

- P.F. Chang's for supplying lunch.

- Kinetico/Selecto for providing filtered water with reuable containers.

- Eco Trak Facility Management for providing towels.

- Pack-A-Drum for the trash bags.

- Legacy Air for warehousing materials.

- Westrock for supplying the dumpster.

Attached are a few photos showing the landscaping and clothes organizing during the Volunteer Day along with a group photo. Additionally their are a few pictures of some of the projects that are underway, namely the large community restroom remodel and the new kitchen exterior door donated and installed by Vortex Industries. The community restroom project is being supervised and completed by the following members:

- CGP Construction

- TDI Industries

- Creative Materials Corporation, thru the help from Panda Restaurant Group

- Ferguson Plumbing Supply

- Fox Restaurants

- Desert West Builders

- Vern Huskey, Starbucks

Also, all the interior ceiling light fixtures in the first and second floors of the residence building were replaced with new energy efficient LED type. the fixtures were supplied by Vixxo Sign and Lighting and installed by Legacy Air. They look great.

Stay tuned for more updates!!

Thanks again so much for your continued support.

Dover and out.

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RFMA Gives Back: 75F Experience

Posted By Kristen E. Johnson, 75F, Friday, October 14, 2016
It was a bright, sunny morning when we headed out to find The Daily Bread in downtown Orlando, Florida, where we would volunteer to help refresh a center that feeds the homeless and less fortunate. We were greeted by a large group of smiling faces alongside coffee and pastries. Thank you for the treats, Starbucks! We were given an emotional welcome speech from The Daily Bread community leaders. It was clear in both demeanor and words how overwhelmed the team was to see 160 eager faces, anxious to make improvements to the grounds and facilities. We quickly broke into groups that were in charge of landscaping, cleaning, organizing a clothes pantry, remodeling restrooms and painting. Each team was led by a designated task force leader who kept us energized and focused, while encouraging us to stay hydrated. The most grueling job was likely landscaping, as temps landed at over 90°F, with a heat index that was over 103°F! Around our lunch hour we took a much needed break to rehydrate and reenergize with a delicious meal. A special thanks to Olive Garden and KFC for donating the food. The incredible RFMA team provided a US map and everyone was encouraged to put on pin on their home. At the time we placed our orange pins on the Minneapolis area, we represented the most northern point on the map! It was truly rewarding to see so many individuals come together in pursuit of one common goal! With 160 hardworking people working as a team, we were reminded of what volunteering is all about. Thank you RFMA Gives for orchestrating such an impactful event. We loved being a part of it and we are proud of you for working to make a difference!

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RFMA Give Volunteer Day

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"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.

Again, Thank You !!

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