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Projects Are Getting Completed!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Friday, January 18, 2019
Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

Projects are getting completed at Mobile Loaves & Fishes. The Community Table Pavilion had a pizza oven (Texas Oven Co.) installed along with new clear plastic roll-down awnings (Austin American Awning) which has made this area useful during the winter months. New A/C units for the restrooms in the Unity Hall were supplied and installed by CNSA (Consolidated Services of North America, LLC). The storage shed is now complete due to the efforts of Chipotle and K&N Management. Check out the photos of each included in this post. Additionally all the electrical work has been finished in the kitchen for all the new donated equipment and the tiny home is scheduled to be done soon which will formally end another wonderful RFMA Gives project.

For those of you attending our national conference next month in Austin, make sure you attend the Opening Session on Monday to see the RFMA Gives Presentation where RFMA gives thanks to all the contributors to this wonderful project. Also, there will be a featured story in the April/May Facilitator magazine on this year's event.

Lastly, I want to send a special thanks to the project managers, Jay Andruk, CRFP and Carl LeBoeuf, CRFP and to their company, K&N Management who supervised, worked at, and coordinated all the activities of this year's projects. The success was entirely due to their efforts and passion for giving back. Of course we all know who the real hero's are and we thank everyone at Mobile Loaves & Fishes for their assistance to the homeless in Austin. It's a amazing way to give dignity to those in need.

Again, thank you to all the donors. I am truly grateful....

Dover and out.

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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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Projects Are Rolling !!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Thursday, December 7, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hello RFMA members,

Projects are moving along nicely at the Salvation Army in Phoenix. Following is a brief summary:

-           All the ceiling fluorescent ceiling light fixtures in the first floor were upgraded to LED type, saving valuable utility and replacement bulb dollars. Thanks to Vixxo Sign and Lighting for supplying the fixtures and Legacy Air for installation. The new light levels are great.

-           All the shower stalls in the east side of the community restroom have been completely rebuilt and are now usable with no leaking downstairs. The center section with all new sinks, mirrors, lights, plumbing fixtures and soap dispensers is under construction and is scheduled to be completed by Christmas. The final phase of rebuilding the west side shower stalls will commence in January. Thanks to CGP Construction, TD Industries, Ferguson Plumbing, Creative Materials Corporation, Galaxy Builders, KDC Construction, Panda Restaurant Group and Starbucks for donating the materials and labor to complete such a large project. It looks sharp and the residents are proud to be using the new facility.

-           A new concrete floor was poured in the old walk in cooler/freezer location in the kitchen BOH area, thanks to Andrew’s Refrigeration. This room will now be used for storage.

-           Roll-A-Shade will be installing new window coverings in over 40 rooms which will make a big difference after the old curtains were removed.

-           Big thanks to Westrock for supplying the construction dumpster(s) for all the above mentioned projects.

-           Another thanks to Legacy Air for warehousing the equipment and materials used for several of these projects.

-           A new water softening system was supplied and installed by Kinetico. This will help immensely with water quality and equipment maintenance due to the high hardness of the water in Phoenix.

-           Thanks to Chipotle for supplying materials and their own labor to completely remodel four(4) existing employee restrooms in the second floor. Made a big difference.

-           A new BOH kitchen exterior door was supplied and installed by Vortex Industries. It looks great and increases the security for the Salvation Army kitchen staff.

-           Special thanks to the following companies that provided financial donations which helps fund the projects being completed: Painter Ready, Enevo, Inc., CGP Construction, KDC Construction, Clark Service Group, Desert West Builders, and DMC Facility Services.

-           Thanks to Major Dennis Earnhart of the Salvation Army and all of his staff who have been patient with the work proceeding in their facility.

-           A new a/c coil was supplied and installed in one of the residence rooms by Legacy Air for better cooling as it was over 40 years old. Made a huge difference. There are 32 more rooms with this system and we are feverishly looking for donors to purchase these.Trane will supply these at their cost. The approximate cost is $1000 per unit. Please contact me if you are interested in making a donation for some of these as they are needed. Feel free to contact me at: jeff@rfmaonline.com or phone me at (972) 805-0905, x-3.

-           Last, but definitely not least, a big shout out to the Co-Project Managers, Tim Vanacker (Desert West Builders), CRFP, Vern Huskey (Starbucks), and Micah Dyer (Legacy Air), CRFP. These guys have done a great job in getting donators for these projects and supervising them. None of this would be possible without their passionate assistance.

Stay tuned for more updates. We are on target to have the entire project completed by our conference in March. I truly apologize if I missed anyone in their contribution to these wonderful projects.

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 2015 update 7/16/14

Posted By Tim Corcoran, PMP, CRFP, Jack in the Box, Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A big thank you is in order.  For what you ask?  For making it to the blog and clicking forward to learn more about the RFMA GIVES 2015 event.  We are excited you are interested in learning more. REMEMBER:  this is your event.   As a member of RFMA, this event is all about you and what you can do to improve the lives of others by volunteering your time/resources to do what you do best (I.e. Improving facilities, solving problems, and doing more with less). 

 

We will use this blog to share updates on project events, project accomplishments, and what our needs are so you can help us connect ECTLC's needs with our membership's amazing resources and willingness to step up and help others.

 

Still interested?  Ok, then not only should you keep reading, but please make sure you subscribe to the blog so all future updates get pushed to you automatically as they are created. 

 

Here are some key bits of information we'd like to share with you:

 

What are we planning to do for the facility at ECTLC?

As much as we can.  We have identified many repairs, equipments replacements/ additions, and improvements that will not only improve their ability to serve the people whose lives they are transforming, but also ensure the limited funds of ECTLC are used for other purposes that can more greatly impact lives.  In addition, we plan to do work that will improve the image and warmth of the center so that it's residents feel more at home and comfortable as they look to improve their situation in life.  Will we do everything we have targeted?  Maybe not, but we will not limit ourselves as we never know what opportunities may present themselves through our membership.

When will work occur and When will the volunteer event be?

We are working on all those details, but we have a general idea for both.  Work will be grouped into sub projects and will be started once we secure all the necessary resources for each individual sub project.  Examples of a few sub projects are the installation of a grease interceptor, renovation of the lobby area, and the modification of the cookline area.

 

Our plan is to complete all Sub projects some time between August and November.  It is also our plan to have the volunteer event occur in late October or early-to-mid November of 2014.  More details on the volunteer event date will be provided in a month or so.

 

What are some key areas of work we are still looking to fulfill or get leads on?

We are getting great commitments on many of our needs.  We also have some good leads on many of our other needs.  We do still have items we need leads or support on as not much has been offered on them as of yet.  If you have any ideas or leads on the following items, we would greatly appreciate your help in connecting the need with someone else's ability to assist.  Items or areas are:

 

  • Stainless steel tables for cookline as well as 4-compartment sink and prep sink/table
  • Playground equipment and playground area turf
  • Outdoor furniture/ picnic tables
  • Local resource to assist with the management/coordination of a sub project
  • Electrician
  • Walkin freezer (outdoor unit)
  • Parking lot repairs/ seal coat
  • Painting supplies

 

What kind of activity is occurring at ECTLC so far by RFMA?

 

  • Many vendors have been volunteering their resources and labor for many of the needs we posted for ECTLC.  You will learn more about these as work by each vendor commences at the site.
  • Site visits/tours have been made by CGP construction, Classic installs, West Coast construction, and Starbucks.  This week visits will be made by Aire Rite and Taco Bell.
  • CGP construction has mobilized resources to renovate 4 rooms at the site- this mobilization is occurring immediately in order to investigate and repair underground lines that are preventing the rooms from being occupied by families in need of housing.  In addition to repairing the underground lines, they are also going to renovate the room with new fixtures and finishes.  This is going to make a huge impact on ECTLC.
  • Starbucks and Bill Lynn have mobilized their resources and taken on the task of redesigning and renovating the ECTLCs lobby area.  This is the area where all guests of ECTLC and families and people coming to them get their first impression. It is currently a cold, uninviting area.  That won't last for long based on what this team has committed to doing. 

Did this update  help you learn more about the event and our future plans?  We hope it did.  If you'd like to learn even more or get some details about something in particular, please let me know. I can be reached at tim.corcoran@jackinthebox.com or (619)247-8387.  You can also contact Jeff Dover at jeff@rfmaonline.com or (972)805-0905.

 

Thanks again for learning more, and stay tuned for more updates........

Tags:  CGP Maintenance & Construction Services  Giving Back  Inc.  RFMA Gives 2015  Site Walk  Stevan Vela 

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