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RFMA Gives 2021 Site Selection Announcement

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Hello RFMA Members,

RFMA is humbled, honored, and pleased to announce our RFMA Gives 2021 project recipient is The Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen located in Rock Hill, SC. After visiting several wonderful organizations in the Charlotte area, Dorothy Day was chosen because of its great fit and the large impact our members will be able to make! Dorothy Day is a large kitchen facility within St. Mary's Catholic Church.

The soup kitchen's mission embodies the spirit that the real Dorothy Day practiced. For over 30 years, the soup kitchen has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for the hungry, needy and under-represented members of the Rock Hill and York County South Carolina communities. They also provide personal hygiene materials and clothing to those who want or need it along with professional services such as dental care and eye glasses several days each month. 

I would also like to thank and welcome this year's project managers: Jeff Wells, CRFP, recently retired from Bojangles, Bill Schaphorst from MaintenX, and Josh Greco with the 23rd Group. We will be completing a deep-dive at the facility in July to determine our RFMA Gives 2021 wish list. The wish list will include equipment, projects, services and other items that could be used to further Dorothy Day's services and growth in their community. The wish list will be ready and released to our members in early August.

Our RFMA Gives 2021 Volunteer Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd. Due to the pandemic, plans could change. RFMA will continue to monitor and follow the restrictions and any other mandated requirements provided by the Federal, State, or local government. Stay tuned for Volunteer Day updates in the coming months.

We are very excited about partnering with Dorothy Day in 2021 and look forward to another wonderful RFMA Gives project. We are so thankful to our membership who continues to step-up and support these highly deserving organizations each year. Stay tuned to our RFMA Gives blog for more details.

Dover and out.

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RFMA Gives 2021 Update

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Friday, May 1, 2020

Hello RFMA Members,

Quick note to provide a brief update on our 2021 RFMA Gives project. Like all of us in the restaurant industry, the focus has been non-stop on Covid-19 issues. This has presented a minor roadblock in determining what local Charlotte area organization we will be partnering with. First off the Project Managers (PM's) this year are Jeff Wells, CRFP, recently retired from Bojangles Restaurants, Josh Greco of the 23rd Group,LLC and Bill Schaphorst of MaintenX International. We have received seven(7) RFP's, of which 2-3 look to be a good fit on paper. The next step is for myself to fly out to Charlotte and visit these locations along with the PM's. In normal times this would be done in May and and a site would be chosen by Memorial Day. This is delayed currently and I'm hoping we can complete this vital action in early to mid June which would hopefully provide a final location along with potential project needs by early July. In most years, not much is done in the summer due to that being our industry's busiest time so we feel confident this delay should not affect the overall project. The Volunteer Day is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3rd but this could change due to virus situation. Stay safe and we'll continue to let you know how the project is proceeding.

Dover and out.

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Projects are Winding Down

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Thursday, December 19, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

Final projects have been completed at the Stout Street Foundation. The MC Group supplied and installed an aging sign in front of the SSF's Admin Building and Roll-A-Shade supplied and installed 20 new window coverings throughout the Residence Building. Take a look at the photos showing these donations.

It has been another wonderful RFMA Gives project and I am humbled by our members desire to give back. Everyone at the SSF is thankful for all the items completed to help them serve the addicted community in Denver. There is one item still needed however, a sail type awning over their patio area. Fee free to contact me if you can help (jeff@rfmaonline.com or 972-805-0905, x-3).

We are already thinking about our next project in Charlotte, NC. Stay tuned for details.

Dover and out.

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A Few Big Projects Completed!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

The Volunteer Day may be over but work is continuing at the Stout Street Foundation (SSF). Two (2) large projects have been completed and they look great. First, there was a serious parking lot drainage issue to be corrected and Mad Jack's Asphalt & Concrete, LLC stepped up and donated their services to tear up several hundred feet of asphalt and replace with concrete which will extend the life of the lot. Additionally they installed a new basketball hoop including the equipment and concrete foundation and even striped in the free throw and 3-point lines. The residents are having a "ball" with this new addition. Take a look at the attached photos.

Second, the SSF main conference room which was partially remodeled during the Volunteer Day is now finished, with all new carpeting. Take a look at the photos as the room looks great and the staff at Stout Street couldn't be more appreciative. Thanks to Red Lobster for supplying the carpet along with Progressive Flooring and Shaw Flooring for the installation. This room serves many purposes for the foundation and they now have a room that represents them well. Lastly, Olive Garden has donated a few rooms worth of carpet that will installed by the SSF staff and residents shortly.

I am so proud of our members for their passion and involvement in this year's RFMA Gives project.Thank you to all!

Stay tuned, there's still more to come.

Dover and out.

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Donations Are Beginning To Arrive!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Thursday, July 18, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

The weather is heating up in Denver and so are the donations coming to Stout Street Foundation (SSF) from our generous members. Big thanks to the following for their donations:

- Darden Restaurants, new 4 ft. under-counter freezer

- Restaurant Lighting Concepts, 100 new LED light bulbs to replace exiting incandescent and fluorescent can lights

- TriMark Foodservice Equipment, six(6) stainless steel work tables of various lengths with under-shelves

- Scott Keil, financial donation

- PermaDrain L.L.C., water for the Volunteer Day

There are numerous other companies that have committed equipment and other services that will be supplied soon. They will all be recognized in this blog as it's updated.

We are still needing several items to help out at SSF. Following is an updated project/equipment listing indicating what is required. We are really hoping to get contractor help with a few of the room remodels shown and possibly professional labor for other projects:

Residents Building - General

Hood Cleaning Company

Routine Hood Cleaning Program for one(1) year

Restaurant or Equipment Supplier

Shelving for storage rooms on the 4th floor- Metro Style

Painting Contractor(s)

Paint entire exterior of building (6 stories)

Paint Sundries Supplier

Provide paint and sundries for building exterior and interior work for Volunteer Day (TBD)

Ceiling Tile Supplier

Provide new ceiling tiles for 1st floor of building, mainly the hallways

Cabinetry Vendor

Supply & install new countertops for reception desk

General Contractor

Remodel exiting restrooms (10) to include new walls, flooring, vanities, plumbing, lighting. Most are individual bathrooms.

Painting Contractor

Paint hallway walls on floors 4 & 5 - Volunteer Day?

Bedding Contractor

New mattresses for residents

Lighting Supplier

Replace wall lights in residence rooms (70-75)

General Contractor, Electrician, Flooring

Remodel existing two(2) elevator interiors to include upgraded lighting, flooring, and wall coverings

Residents Building - Women's Rec Room

General Contractor

General remodel to include: new lighting, flooring, window coverings, lights & fixtures, remove ceiling slats, existing bar cabinetry, and floor riser to make all one level.

Residents Building - Men's Rec Room

Paint & Sundries

Supply paint & sundries for walls - Volunteer Day

Ceiling Supplier

Repair/replace exiting ceiling

Residents Building - OT Cove

Flooring Supplier

Replace exiting carpeting

Painting Supplier

Paint existing walls - Volunteer Day

Ceiling Supplier

Replace ceiling

Kitchen Equipment

Demo Crew/Awning Vendor

Either remove canopy framing over back door or add awning on existing frame

Kitchen Equipment Supplier

9" plates for kitchen/dining room (150-200 needed)

Administration Building

Painting Contractor(s)

Paint entire exterior of building, 4 stories

Paint Sundries Supplier

Provide paint and sundries for building exterior and interior work for Volunteer Day (TBD)

Lighting Supplier

Supply/install replacement lights over the vanities in the restrooms (6 total)

Building Materials Supplier

Replace the exterior insulated panels where birds are nesting

Plumbing Contractor/Soppier

Remodel small mop sinks to include sinks, walls (FRP), flooring, and plumbing fixtures for three(3) mop sinks

General Contractor, Electrician, Flooring

Remodel one(1) elevator interior to include upgraded lighting, flooring, and wall coverings

3rd Floor Admin/Gathering Room

Flooring Contractor

Replace carpet and replace with new flooring

Furniture Supplier

Add 20 new round and 15, 8 ft. rectangle tables

HVAC Contractor

Replace one(1) Carrier Heat Pump system

Exterior Patio Area/Garden

Awning Contractor

Supply & install sail type awning system over 1/3 of patio

General Contractor, Carpentry, Paver Supplier, Pavement Contractor, Lumber Supplier

Install concrete bollards for sail type awning system

Lighting Supplier

Supply/install new LED strand of lights across patio

Outdoor Equipment Supplier

New exterior picnic tables

Manpower

Sand and paint exiting picnic tables - Volunteer Day?

Other

Shirts, gloves, eyewear, medical kit

Volunteer day shirts, gloves, medical supplies, safety googles

If you are interested in donating any of the above items, 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.

The Volunteer Day is now officially scheduled for Saturday, September 21st. Don't forget to register on our website and book a room at the DoubleTree. Interior painting will be a major activity along with minor landscaping, material organization, and patio work. More details on the Volunteer day to follow. Looking forward to seeing you all at the Volunteer Day!

Dover and out.


 

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2020 RFMA Gives Project List

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Hello RFMA members,

RFMA is pleased to announce our RFMA Gives 2020 site is Stout Street Foundation located near the Denver Airport in Commerce City, CO. This year’s Project Co-Chairs are Josh Rains, CRFP, with Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Peggy Fromholz from Red Robing Gourmet Burgers and Jennifer Thompson with Punch Bowl Social. Stout Street's mission is “to provide a supportive, therapeutic community for addicts and alcoholics to help them help themselves so they may return to society as recovering, productive, and responsible citizens. Feel free to visit their website at: www.stoutstreet.org/ to learn more. We are very excited and looking forward to another wonderful and rewarding charity event.

The following potential projects and item needs are listed below. Please review and let us know what you can provide for required equipment, labor, and/or financial donation. Signups are now being accepted for any of these projects.

Residents Building

  • Grease Services: Provide pumping/maintenance for in-ground grease trap for one (1) year
  • Kitchen Equipment Repair: 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
  • Hood Cleaning: Routine Hood Cleaning Program for one (1) year
  • Waste Services: Provide roll-off container(s) for some projects
  • Shelving for storage rooms on the 4th floor- Metro Style
  • Painting: Paint entire exterior of building (6 stories)
  • Paint Sundries Supplier: Provide paint and sundries for building exterior and interior work for Volunteer Day
  • Landscaping: Provide materials for minor landscaping needs for Volunteer Day
  • Ceiling Tiles: Provide new ceiling tiles for 1st floor of building, mainly the hallways
  • Cabinetry: Supply & install new counter-tops for reception desk
  • Lighting: Supply 20-30 can light fixtures (LED) for existing dropped ceiling
  • Lighting: Supply 20-30, 2'x 4' LED fixtures to replace existing fluorescents
  • Flooring: Supply and install new vinyl flooring in laundry room on 1st floor (~300 sq. ft.)
  • Kitchen Equipment: New 4-6 ft. S/S tables
  • General Contractor: Remodel exiting restrooms (10) to include new walls, flooring, vanities, plumbing, lighting. Most are individual bathrooms.
  • Window Covering/Shades: Provide and install window shades for the residents rooms (70-75 required)
  • Bedding: New mattresses for residents
  • Lighting: Replace wall lights in residence rooms (70-75)
  • General Contractor, Electrician, Flooring: Remodel existing two (2) elevator interiors to include upgraded lighting, flooring, and wall coverings

Residents Building - Women's Rec Room

  • General Contractor: General remodel to include: new lighting, flooring, window coverings, lights & fixtures, remove ceiling slats, existing bar cabinetry, and floor riser to make all one level.
  • Window Supplier/Installer: Replace broken windows in solarium room

Residents Building - Men's Rec Room

  • Paint & Sundries: Supply paint & sundries for walls
  • Ceiling Supplier: Repair/replace exiting ceiling
  • Lighting: Replace exiting 2'x 4' ceiling light fixtures with LED

Residents Building - OT Cove

  • Flooring: Replace exiting carpeting
  • Ceiling Supplier: Replace ceiling
  • Lighting: Replace exiting 2'x 4' ceiling light fixtures with LED

Kitchen Equipment

  • Air curtain for back door
  • Counter top mixer
  • Counter top electric steamer
  • Landscaping: Planter for exterior windows
  • Demo Crew/Awning Vendor: Either remove canopy framing over back door or add awning on existing frame

Administration Building

  • Painting: Paint entire exterior of building, 4 stories
  • Paint Sundries Supplier: Provide paint and sundries for building exterior and interior work for Volunteer Day
  • Lighting: Supply/install replacement lights over the vanities in the restrooms (6 total)
  • Exterior Building Materials: Replace the exterior insulated panels where birds are nesting
  • Plumbing: Remodel small mop sinks to include sinks, walls (FRP), flooring, and plumbing fixtures for three (3) mop sinks
  • General Contractor, Electrician, Flooring: Remodel one (1) elevator interior to include upgraded lighting, flooring, and wall coverings

3rd Floor Admin/Gathering Room

  • Flooring: Remove carpet and replace with new flooring
  • Furniture: Need 20 new round and 15, 8 ft. rectangle tables
  • Equipment: New refrigerated salad and buffet style hot bars
  • Lighting: Upgrade existing 2'x 4' fluorescent fixtures to LED (approx. 100)
  • New ice machine & bin (smaller capacity)
  • HVAC Contractor: Replace one (1) Carrier Heat Pump system

Exterior Patio Area/Garden

  • Awning: Supply & install sail type awning system over 1/3 of patio
  • General Contractor: Install concrete bollards for sail type awning system
  • New exterior picnic tables
  • Landscape: Prep/landscape back lot garden area

Parking Lot

  • Concrete/Asphalt: Repair approximately 100 linear feet of pavement from drainage damage

Volunteer Day

  • Volunteer Day shirts, gloves, medical supplies, safety googles
  • Water: Supply water for approx. 150 volunteer

Also, please note the new policy for multiple donors for the same product and/or service:

  • Once the potential items and projects have been established and formally communicated to the membership, there will be a two (2) week time period for receiving initial donations of products and services.
  • If multiple companies within the same product category submit a request to donate a product or service, there will be a drawing or possibly a splitting of the product or service between the competing vendors.
  • The project managers have the right to make exceptions, such as if one product better meets the scope of work than the others, or if one offer exceeds the total commitment of the others such as including installation plus equipment.
  • If the same two companies submit to provide a product or service in consecutive years, the company that wasn’t chosen in the prior year will be selected for the subsequent year. If more than those two companies submit and there will be a drawing.
  • Any company that is not selected to donate their own product or service, is still invited and encouraged to donate funds to underwrite a different part of the project and participate in the volunteer work day.
  • Once the submission window has closed, all subsequent submissions will be taken on a first come first served basis.

Feel free to contact me to volunteer for any above items, other donations or with questions.

The volunteer day is Saturday, September 21st. More information on the activities will be forthcoming. Stay tuned and don’t forget to subscribe to the RFMA Gives Blog on our website to receive updates as they become available.

Thank you so much for your continued support!!

Dover and out.

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2020 RFMA Gives Site Annoucement

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

RFMA is humbled and pleased to announce that our RFMA Gives 2020 project recipient is Stout Street Foundation located in Commerce City, CO. After visiting several wonderful organizations in the Denver area, Stout Street was chosen because of its great fit and the large impact our members will be able to make at the organization. Stout Street's facilities include two buildings, one for administration and one for housing their residents (previously a hotel), that RFMA will be able to work on. 

Stout Street's mission is “to provide a supportive, therapeutic community for addicts and alcoholics to help them help themselves so they may return to society as recovering, productive, and responsible citizens". Stout Street provides a 2-3 year residential treatment program which includes professional services and vocational training to approximately 200 adult men and women each year. Plus they accept individuals without requiring any fees. Stout Street only asks that participants in the program are motivated to face their addiction and willing to work to put the pieces of their life back together. Learn more about our RFMA Gives 2020 project recipient by checking out their website at www.stoutstreet.org/.

I would also like to give another warm welcome to our 2020 co-project managers,  Josh Rains, CRFP, Peggy Fromholz and Jennifer Thompson. The project managers and I will be completing a "deep-dive" at Stout Street's facilities next week to determine our "project wish list." The list will include equipment, projects, services and other items that could be used to further Stout Street's services and growth in the community. As soon as the "project wish list" is complete we will post the list onto the blog and also email it to all our RFMA members. 

We are very excited about partnering with Stout Street in 2020 and we look forward to another wonderful RFMA Gives project! We are so thankful to our membership who continues to step-up and support these highly deserving organizations each year. Stay tuned to our RFMA Gives blog for more details and volunteer updates. 

Save the Date! Our RFMA Gives 2020 Volunteer Day is scheduled for Saturday, September, 21st. Registration will be available through RFMA's Event Calendar in June. 

Dover and out.

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RFMA Gives Denver Update

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Friday, May 3, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

Quick update on the RFMA Gives Denver project. This year we have three (3) Co-Project Managers assisting. They are:

- Josh Rains, CRFP, Romano's Macaroni Grill

- Peggy Fromholz, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

- Jennifer Thompson, Punch Bowl Social

We recently visited six (6) organizations in the Denver metro area and each were wonderfully supporting the less fortunate providing food, shelter, and professional services to help them combat their addictions. We are currently putting a letter together detailing our site visits and will be meeting with the RFMA Gives Steering committee in a few weeks to discuss further and hopefully get a location approved. After we get an approval, we will schedule another trip to complete a "deep-dive" into what their needs are and how our membership can help. If things go as planned, this wish-list of projects and equipment will be presented to all RFMA members by the end of May.

Stay tuned, more exciting information will be communicated through our social link as it becomes available. Make sure to subscribe to this blog to get timely updates.

Thanks!!

Dover and out.

 

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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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