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Be Prepared in the Event of a Disaster

Posted By Erin Lasch, Thursday, January 19, 2017

If you have ever stared down a natural disaster and its aftermath, you know how quickly they come upon you and the devastation they can leave. As a small business owner, there are many steps you can take to mitigate the risks of a disaster and enable your business to survive.

 

In a new article on SmartBrief, a senior meteorologist shared three tips to take when catastrophe calls:

  1. Solidify your contingency plan. Nobody can completely prepare for what's unknown, but you can create a business continuity plan to help you stay one step ahead. What's most important is having systems in place to get your organization back to normal operations as soon after a disaster as possible.
  2. Show employees your playbook. Executives should always help employees understand the risks that could affect the business and how to keep things going when the unexpected occurs. Furthermore, include provisions for secondary and tertiary disaster into your preparations.
  3. Don't be afraid of experts. Base any information on solid reports provided by experts. Having a seasoned mind around will also help answer questions, explain processes and identity unknown variables.

What comes up repeatedly in this article and in these steps is to “prepare.” In fact, it’s better to even overprepare. When I was journalism school, we memorized the mantra of the 5 Ps: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.  In June 2015, ARCSI held a special Hot Topic Tuesday with two members that had faced a natural disaster and its aftermath -- Shirley Perlinsky on Manville, NJ & Enid Tate-Shephard of Rochester, IN. Visit the ARCSI store to download this Hot Topic and hear what lessons they learned that can help you prepare in advance for a disaster.

 

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DiJulius Group Shares What Your 2017 Focus Should Be

Posted By Erin Lasch, Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Do you have a solid Customer Experience strategy for 2017? The experts of The DiJulius Group share some of their insights for what they believe will be key for this coming year.

In this piece from Dave Murray, Senior Customer Experience Consultant for The DiJulius Group who spoke at the 2016 Cleaning Convention, shared more customer service expertise.

 

What Are Your Service Standards?

The first few weeks of the year are a time to focus on what is important. Prioritize and create goals for the coming year. Is the experience you are delivering part of those goals? If your answer was no, here are some things you can easily do with your team to re-focus on your experience and improve it at the same time.

First, what are your current service standards? How quickly do you ask your team to respond to voicemail and e-mail messages? Is this fast enough? You may have to look outside of your industry for the answer. Companies using social media and other tools are having real-time conversations with their customers. How does that stack up with your current standard? Remember, a consumer compares experience-to-experience, and not just within that industry. Being the best in your industry with today's tech savvy consumer may not get you very far.

Watch Dave Murray's presentation at the Secret Service Summit.

 

 

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Welcome to ISSA!

Posted By Erin Lasch, Tuesday, January 3, 2017

On behalf of the leadership and staff teams we want to officially welcome our new ISSA Residential Members. This membership will continue to provide all the benefits you received as a member of ARCSI along with a wealth of new benefits and services from ISSA, including expanded education opportunities, online training, and access to more industry partnerships.

 

You will be receiving a packet in the mail that details the benefits, resources, and services available to you. We are excited that all the work we did in 2016 is so quickly coming to fruition. As it reads in our vision statement, “ISSA will be the leading resource for information, education, networking, and commercial opportunities as well as the leading voice in government and the community for firms within the cleaning industry worldwide.” Bringing the residential cleaning community into the fold helps us take that vision further.

 

You will continue to receive the high quality and excellent service you have come to know and expect from ARCSI. Our team has been working feverishly to make this merger run as smoothly as possible, providing you with access to your new benefits as soon as we can.

 

Welcome again to ISSA and we look forward to the many opportunities this merger presents.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

                            

 

 

John Barrett                                                    Ernie Hartong
ISSA Executive Director                                  ARCSI Executive Director

 

 

PS: If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your ISSA Residential Member team of Ernie Hartong, Jeff Fisher or Erin Lasch at 614-547-0887.

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The Central Theme Is Hope

Posted By Erin Lasch, Friday, December 30, 2016

By Sharon Tinberg, Rags to Riches

 

I am a residential cleaning service coach and have spent the past year and a half traveling across North America working with owners, managers, cleaners and home owners.  During my travels the one consistent universal theme I have found everywhere is hope.  Everyone is either driven by hope or looking for someone or something to put their hope in.   At the end of the day everyone is hoping for the same thing in any work environment.  A job they love to go to each day with clients who respect them.  Leaders of companies who offer that hope will turn employees into followers and stop their turnover.

 

Ironically, my job as a coach is the same as yours as an owner.  It is to put hope where, often times, others think there is none.  Gratefully, hope is not that hard to plant because, again, everyone is motivated by the same outcome.  A job they love to go to each day with clients who respect them. 

 

From an owner’s perspective, you have two sets of clients:

  • Internal clients
  • External clients

Internal clients are your cleaning staff and external clients are the people who pay your bills (you included).  You need to implant hope in both of these clients if you are going to turn both of them into followers. 

 

First, however, you need people you can turn into followers.  That is the number one challenge for all cleaning services in the United States and Canada today.  The bigger challenge is the internal client.  It can be difficult to find people who want to be cleaners, especially in this tight employee market.  If the number of prospects in your market is shrinking I would recommend thinking of ways to expand your market.  Without cleaners you cannot possibly grow so you need to put your money and time into that arena first. 

 

If you do not have company cars I would recommend trying one or two.  I have a client who said they could not afford it.  When they added up all of the expenses they were paying their employees for driving their own vehicles it came to more than two new cars plus the insurance and gas for those cars.  The free advertising and added equity to your bottom line are really free.  How many more people would you be able to put into your ‘eligible for hire’ pile if you did not need to ask “Do you have a car?”  I believe that this one simple change is one of the key factors why most of my clients realize such rapid significant growth from 110-410% in 18 months or less.  There really are people who love cleaning houses for a living.  They feel proud of the end results and feel it is something they can do well and want to do for the remainder of their working lives.  Many of these people do not have transportation so they do not qualify for a cleaning position with many house cleaning companies.  You can give them the hope that they can do the job they really want to do by providing them with transportation.  The majority of companies that generate $1M+ per year in gross revenue do offer company vehicles.  Most of the major franchises utilize company vehicles.  I believe they are a necessary component in the ability to grow a company that does more than $600K per year in gross revenue.  There are, of course, exceptions to that statement but I would say it would not vary more than 15-20%.

 

The other structure that experienced cleaners are seeking is a guaranteed hourly rate that is paid from the start of the day until the close of the day with a guaranteed number of hours per week, hopefully 40+.  In the majority of companies in which I have worked we have actually shrunk the number of cleaners yet increased the number of openings available for cleanings.  If cleaners clean perfect, why not allow them to earn more money by cleaning more houses?  My philosophy is that it takes a lot of integrity to follow a process and do a perfect job every time a home is cleaned.  Again, there are exceptions to this statement, but most employees who hold that kind of integrity also want to earn enough money to pay their share of the bills. They also want to know they will receive that money every week, not just some weeks.  They are people of integrity so they understand the value of hard work and are willing and ready to work 40+ hours per week to reduce the stress in their lives in many other areas, the majority of which are financial.   As long as you continue to fulfill their hope and continue to know what their hope is you will have a follower forever.

 

I hope you found this information useful, or at least it gave you a new perspective and reason for hope.  Starting, growing and even maintaining a residential cleaning service is not an easy task.  The rewards, however, are endless.

 


 

Sharon Tinberg is a national residential cleaning service coach who has worked with cleaning companies across North America.  

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Godspeed John Glenn

Posted By Erin Lasch, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

By Ernie Hartong, ARCSI Executive Director

 

America lost a true patriot this week. John Glenn, icon, soldier, astronaut, senator and statesman passed away at 95. Some of us are old enough to remember being glued to our black and white television sets in 1962 when he made three orbits around the earth stuffed in a little capsule called Friendship 7. In those days space launches and flights were a really, really big deal.

 

Early in my career, when Glenn ran for the U.S. Senate in 1974, after being defeated in 1970, I was at his campaign headquarters with the mayor of Marietta and joined in the celebration. While John Glenn and I were on opposite sides of the political aisle, I always found him to be reasonable, open minded and a true gentleman. A quality that has been lacking in Washington, D.C. for many years. From time to time in the 1970's and 80's I would have periodic meetings with Senator Glenn and his staff on a variety of legislative issues, most effecting small business. We had our disagreements on policy as you might imagine, but he was always accessible and willing to listen. Those discussions were never personal and they never effected things going forward. The word “civility” comes to mind. We could use some folks like John Glenn today, not just in Washington, but across the country. I think I always had a little advantage over some of my colleagues who may have been lobbying the Senator, because we were both small town guys from Ohio. Senator Glenn attended Muskingum College, and I attended Marietta, both small liberal arts schools in the same athletic conference that were fierce rivals in sports, which always made for some lively exchanges when we would meet.

 

While all of us know Glenn as the astronaut, the oldest person to go into space when he was aboard the shuttle in 1998, and the four term U.S. Senator. What most of us don’t know is John Glenn the patriot. He was a man who cared deeply about his country. He volunteered for the Marines, shortly after Pearl Harbor. He became a decorated Marine combat pilot in both WWII and Korea. He was truly an American story, including marrying his high school sweetheart, Annie. They were married over 73 years. I was struck by a quote from John Glenn that while I may not have known him well, I knew him well enough to believe it reflects the way he lived…

 

“If there is one thing I’ve learned in my many years on this planet, it’s that the happiest and most fulfilled people I’ve known are those who devoted themselves to something bigger and more profound than merely their own self interest.”

 

Godspeed John Glenn, our country will miss a true hero.

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The 10 Commandments of Hiring & EMPLOYEE RETENTION

Posted By Erin Lasch, Wednesday, November 16, 2016

by Mel Kleiman

Today more than ever the pool of job applicants is filled with bodies yearning for employment. They are the skilled and the unskilled. They are the talented and the less fortunate. They are the willing, able, and desperate. They are male and female; young, old, and middle aged, and of every color under the sun. They are honest, yet reserved. They are sometimes deceitful, yet loyal. They want work now, and they look unto you for their future lies in your hands.

I can lead you to these candidates, but you, the employer, must make the hiring decision. And decide wisely you must, for the wrong choice will condemn you to unnecessary struggles, burdens, misery, problems, and lawsuits. In other words, every bad hire will cost you a lot of money.

And so, I offer to you these 10 Commandments to guide you through the employment process. Heed these words carefully and hiring success you shall enjoy – now and forever more.

I. YOU SHALL COMMIT YOURSELF TO HIRING AND RETAINING ONLY THE BEST…

 Great companies are great employers who, in turn, hire great employees. If you are going to succeed, you cannot settle for run of the mill employees. Mediocre employees breed mediocrity, so make sure you recruit and select ONLY the best employees. If it means not hiring anyone, you are still better off than if you settle for a new employee who does not measure up to your highest standards.

II. YOU SHALL NOT BE UNDULY INFLUENCED BY DAZZLING ANSWERS AND FALSE APPEARANCES…

 Applicants are generally better prepared for the hiring process than most employers. They receive coaching, practice and pat answers to standard interview questions. They know how to dress to impress and will mightily try to do just that. As an employer, you must find ways to get to truly know these applicants. There are only two sources of information about every job applicant – the applicant and the people who know the applicant. Skill, aptitude and attitude testing are good measures of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses. Also effective are the candidate’s references. Talk to these people to find out as much as you can about the prospect.

III. YOU SHALL KNOW WHAT IT IS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR…

A detailed job description is essential to the hiring process. You need to know exactly what it is you expect of a candidate. This includes the responsibilities of the position and the skills, aptitudes, and, most importantly, the attitudes needed to be successful. Use the job description as only one measuring stick for evaluating talent. Do not hire anyone who does not live up to at least your minimum expectations.

IV. YOU SHALL TAKE A MARKETING APPROACH TO RECRUITING…

Recruiting is an on-going process. You should recruit new employees in the same way you recruit new customers – consistently and proactively. Be conscious of the message delivered by everything an applicant sees, including ads, application forms, and facilities. Be mindful of the tools you are using to attract new employees and seek out creative alternatives to the “Help Wanted” sign or classified ads. (“Help Wanted” is not a good reason for anyone of any caliber to want to work for you.)

V. THOU SHALT SOLICIT REFERRALS, REHIRES & PAY ATTENTION TO RETENTION…

First and foremost, you want to recruit the best and then retain them. Your current employees and quality former employees are the best sources of great, new team members.. Fighting turnover is a sore spot for many owners and managers. When you identify a great employee, make sure you do everything possible to retain them. Remember, it is easier to keep an employee than to replace them. If you do lose a great employee, keep in contact with them for future rehire or referral of other candidates.

VI. THOU SHALL NOT BE LIMITING NOR DISCRIMINATORY…

The job market is changing and you must change your perceptions and attitudes along with it. Don’t look only for the young or people who have always been in your business. The graying of the baby boomer population has resulted in more seniors staying in the job pool while rising unemployment and more trying economic times have created more highly skilled professionals seeking employment. These professionals understand the value of a job and will be more loyal, committed, focused and successful. In most cases, it pays far greater dividends to hire for who they are and not for what they know.

VII. THOU SHALL NEVER STOP LOOKING FOR YOUR NEXT GREAT EMPLOYEE…

Do not limit your recruiting activities to only when there is a need. You should constantly be on the lookout for your next great team member. If someone gives you good customer service, is attentive, prompt and knowledgeable, ask them if they are interested in working for you. When you stop at the bank, go to the grocery store, or pay the kid down the street to mow your lawn – ask yourself, “Could this person succeed in my company?” You’ve already witnessed their work ethic; you owe it to yourself to at least ask.

VIII. YOU WILL MAKE THE NEW HIRE’S FIRST DAY THE BEST DAY THEY WILL EVER HAVE…

First impressions are lasting. The extra care and time you spend making the new hire welcome and comfortable will be richly rewarded by the hiring gods. When your new hire returns home at the end of the first workday, a friend or family member will most certainly ask: “How’s the job?” The answer needs to be, “Fantastic. What a great company. I can’t wait to go back tomorrow.”

IX. YOU WILL SET HIGH STANDARDS AND HOLD YOURSELF AND YOUR EMPLOYEES ACCOUNTABLE…

You shall be clear from the get go about values, mission, duties, and responsibilities. Your employees will know and understand why their jobs are important and exactly what’s expected of them so they can meet your standards and be stunningly successful.

X. HONOR YOUR EMPLOYEES AND TREAT THEM WELL…

Though it sounds simple, too often employers forget that employees represent more than a “one-time sale.” These “chosen ones” also represent the inner sphere of influence. They can raise the perceived value of your company or they can speak negatively and undermine your reputation. They are the reason customers come back as well as why new customers come to you. They can refer future team member candidates or they can scare prospects away. Do not burn any bridges.

If you follow these rules and remain focused, dedicated and committed to hiring the best, you will soon see that your organization become just that – THE BEST.

 



Certified Speaking Professional Mel Kleiman is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant and author on strategies for hiring and retaining the best hourly employees and their managers. He is the president of Humetrics, a leading developer of systems, training processes, and tools for recruiting, selecting, and retaining an hourly workforce. For more information, call (713) 771-4401, email mkleiman@humetrics.com or visit www.humetrics.com and www.kleimanhr.com.

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The ABC’s of Hire Tough, Manage Easy

Posted By Erin Lasch, Monday, September 12, 2016

By Mel Kleiman

 

When you make it a practice to hire tough, everything else gets easier. "Hire tough" managers know exactly who they're looking for and refuse to lower their standards. They cover all the bases - from A to Z - and create a win/win situation for employee and employer alike.

 

Attitude. Hire for attitude, train for skills. The No. 1 reason customers don't come back is because of an attitude of indifference on the part of an employee.

 

Body Language. During interviews, pay attention to the applicant's posture, facial expressions, and eye, hand, and leg movements. If you focus only on taking notes, you'll miss more than 50 percent of what the applicant is communicating nonverbally.

 

Capacities. Define the mental (IQ) and physical (strength, stamina, dexterity and more) capacities needed to do the job. It's senseless to spend time with any applicant who can't meet these basic requirements.

 

Decision Making. Most interviewers make a hire/no hire decision within 30 seconds of meeting an applicant. This gut-instinct approach has proven to be less reliable than flipping a coin. Weigh all the information – pre-employment test results, interview results and reference checks - before dismissing or hiring any candidate.

 

Employees. A great source of new employees is all the good employees you already have. To get more good people just like them, start an employee referral award program.

 

Former Employees. Your best source of new employees is all the good people who used to work for you. Go ahead, call and ask if they want to come back - the grass doesn't always turn out to be greener. Even if they're not interested, ask them if they know of anyone else who might be.

 

Gut Feeling. If your gut says, "Don't hire this person," then, don't. If it says "Hire this person," doubt it and get objective verification through testing and reference checks.

 

Hire Tough. The most expensive person you'll ever hire is the one you have to fire. Hire tough systems are the best insurance against employee turnover, negligent hiring lawsuits, workers' compensation claims and management migraines.

 

Interview Tough. Prepare by reviewing all the information you've collected so far and plan the questions you'll ask. Tell applicants you expect them to be truthful. Don't interview with the application in front of you or you'll end up simply confirming information instead of finding out what you need to know.

 

Job. The most important job you have is hiring. If you put the right people in the right jobs, managing them is easy. As Red Auerbach said: "If you hire the wrong people, all the fancy management techniques in the world won't bail you out."

 

Knowledge. The more you know, the less you risk. There are only two sources of knowledge about a potential new hire - the applicant and the people who know the applicant. Check it all out thoroughly.

 

Listen. The most common mistake interviewers make is talking too much during the interview. How much can you learn while you're talking? Make sure the applicant is doing the talking at least 80 percent of the time.

 

Maintain Control. Stay in control of the interview by telling applicants up front what you're going to cover. Let them know they'll have an opportunity to ask questions after you've told them briefly about the job and the company and have asked your prepared questions.

 

Notes. Take notes, but never on the application. It's a legal document that you need to keep on file whether or not the applicant is hired.

 

Open-Mindedness. Be aware of your personal biases and don't rule out anyone because of them. You're looking for the best person to do the job – not the person you like best.

 

Personality. Like people, jobs and companies have personalities. Try to get a good fit between the applicant, manager, job, and company. While no applicant will match each of the other three, people with good attitudes will manage their personalities (do things they don't really like to do) to get the job done.

 

Quality. Never lower your standards. Once you've identified the capacities (mental and physical), attitudes, personality traits and skills necessary to do the job well, don't ever lower your standards. The No. 1 reason good people leave is because they get tired of working with hiring mistakes –– the people with poor attitudes or who aren't cooperative team players.

 

Recruiting. Just like marketing, recruiting is an ongoing activity. You have to recruit all the time. The very best time to recruit is when you don't need anyone.

 

Skills. If you have to hire for skills, make sure you get what you need by testing for them. Have the cook applicant prepare a meal, the driver parallel park, and the cashier make change.

 

Testing. Every step in your hiring process should be viewed as a test and each test should get progressively more difficult. It's the only way to screen in the best.

 

Upgrade. Every time you have to hire, it's an opportunity to improve the whole organization. Keep raising the bar.

 

Verify References. Always, always, always check references – even if you're hiring your neighbor's son. The only way to avoid negligent hiring lawsuits and bad hiring decisions is to verify the information the applicant gives you against every reference.

 

Who, What, Why, When and Where? You can't hit the target if you don't know what it looks like or where it is. Write a job analysis that answers these questions and you'll hit that target every time.

 

X-Out Unsuitable Applicants. Do a short phone screening before asking anyone to come in for testing or an interview. This limits your legal exposure and ensures they meet all your basic requirements (capacities, skills, hours they can work, reliable transportation and availability).

 

Yield. Go slow. Don't make an offer before you have all the facts. Always remember that what you see in the interview is better than anything you'll ever see again. If you're afraid you'll lose an applicant to a competing employer, make an offer contingent on the outcome of the drug test, physical exam, background and/or reference checks.

 

Zero-In. Identify the mental and physical capacities, the attitudes, personality traits, and skills you need. Zero-in on your target. Test for what's needed and interview only the best of the best.



  

 

Certified Speaking Professional Mel Kleiman is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant and author on strategies for hiring and retaining the best hourly employees and their managers. He is the president of Humetrics, a leading developer of systems, training processes, and tools for recruiting, selecting, and retaining an hourly workforce. For more information, call (713) 771-4401, email mkleiman@humetrics.com or visit www.humetrics.com and www.kleimanhr.com.

 

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Managing Problematic Employees

Posted By Erin Lasch, Tuesday, August 23, 2016

By Zeynep Mehmetoglu, Maid Bright

 

Maid Bright CrewIn any business, the employees are what drive the business. This is also true for the cleaning industry because the employees are the front line in our business doing the physical job of cleaning clients’ homes. The continual, professional relationship with our employees is critical to the success of our businesses. Most of the time there are no problems and things run smoothly, however, there are times when problems may arise and there are multiple ways to approach and manage problematic employees.

 

Avoiding Issues

 

Issues arising in the workplace can occur every now and then, but to avoid bigger problems the best strategy is to have policies outlined from the start that everyone is aware of. The best approach is to give each employee in your business an employee handbook. These booklets outline all the policies that apply in your specific state such FMLA, Disability and specific policies regarding paid time off, dress code, ethics in your workplace. The employee handbook makes it so that everything is consistent across the board for everyone working in your organization. Another approach to take is holding a new employee orientation, so that the employee knows what to expect from the start.

 

Types of Problems

  

There are several different issues you might have to deal with regarding problematic employees. The majority of cases are employees and frequent call outs, tardiness and not showing up to work. Again, these topics need to be outlined as policies in your employee handbook. Other issues may involve not adhering to uniform rules, unprofessional attitude towards you or other employees that creates a negative environment, poor performance and finally there are more major issues such as drug abuse, harassment and dishonesty or theft.

  

Solutions

   

For major issues such as dishonesty, drug abuse, harassment or theft, the solution is unquestionably termination of employment. Because you trust employees in your clients’ homes, these issues can harm your reputation and pose harm to your clients. For other issues such as tardiness, frequent call outs, negative attitude, not getting along with other co-workers and poor performance there is a multi-step disciplinary approach that you can use. Remember, with any disciplinary action you take, make sure to document it and place it in the employee file.

 

1.       If the issue is with team members not getting along, the crew coordinator should hold an informal meeting before it escalates to the supervisor, where he/she listens to both sides. The two parties should try their best to resolve the issue. The last resort should be to change team members, but if the issue consistently happens then other steps are necessary.

  

2.       Address the issue immediately with a verbal warning. It should be on record that you have spoken with specific employee about the issue. This should be entered in the employees record.

  

3.       If the issue is repeated, the second step should be a written warning also to be included in the employees record. The employee should be made aware that if the issue arises again, they can be terminated from employment. Also, consider extra training if it is an issue with performance.

   

4.       Finally, if all means of disciplinary action have been exhausted, the employee needs to be terminated from employment.

   

When you approach workplace and employee problems consistently in this manner, you set the stage for every employee on what to expect. It is only fair that employees that create issues get disciplinary action to preserve the peace of the workplace environment and ensure that your business operates smoothly. Professional behaviors and practices should be fostered and encouraged in the workplace to avoid issues and problematic employees, therefore, address any problems promptly and fairly.

 


 

 

Zeynep Mehmetoglu is the owner of Maid Bright, a residential cleaning company, in Sterling, Virginia, with her husband Yusuf. Find out more about Maid Bright at www.maidbright.com.

 

 

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The Teresa Ward Community Service Awards

Posted By Erin Lasch, Monday, August 22, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
 
  

 

ARCSI Members care about their communities and they are involved in countless ways. Teresa Ward was a champion of giving back to her community. We are all deeply saddened by her passing last year. ARCSI has created the "Teresa Ward Community Service Awards" to honor her memory. 
 
 You can honor Teresa by telling us how your company and your employees are involved in your community. Hundreds of ARCSI members provide free cleanings for cancer patients through Cleaning for A Reason. Members are helping families through our Kleaning for Kids program at local Ronald McDonald Houses.
 

 

But we know you are doing more! Member companies and their employees support their communities in every way imaginable. They organize food drives and volunteer at food banks. They support their local "walks" for their favorite charitable cause. They are Red Cross Blood Donors and disaster relief volunteers. They are coaching and supporting local youth sports activities and programs in their local schools and churches.

   

ARCSI is quantifying the local charitable giving and participation by our members for a presentation at this year's Convention. So we need you to tell us your story. Take a moment and total up the hours you and your employees spend volunteering. Tell us about the special project you are involved in in your community. Teresa even started a non-profit called "Cleaning Angels" to provide free cleanings for seriously ill people. Others, like Stephanie Nesseth of Absolutely Clean in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have also set up your own non-profits to help your communities.  Click here to learn more about Time in a Bottle.

     

 
This is not a project just for large companies with a large staff. We know that even our smallest members are involved in charitable projects so we want to hear from all of you. Please return your form, or just email us your story by August 31, 2016.

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In Memoriam: Courtney Fisher, Daughter of ARCSI's Jeff Fisher

Posted By Erin Lasch, Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, August 17, 2016
It is with the deepest sadness that we bring this news to you. Jeff Fisher, the ARCSI Director of Membership, lost one of his daughters in a serious auto accident on Friday. 

  

Jeff's wife Vicki and three of his daughters were traveling to a water polo tournament in Toledo, Ohio, when they were struck by a grain truck. 

  

His daughter Courtney was killed on impact. His wife Vicki is stable, but in serious condition. His daughters Melanie and Betsey are also hospitalized but stable. Also in the car were water polo team members Samantha Fink and Sydney Zullich. Both girls are hospitalized and in stable condition.
   
Courtney was 19 years old and would have been a sophomore at Marist College in New York, playing for their water polo team. Courtney, who was active and beloved in the Worthington community, was a coach on her sister's Worthington Kilbourne water polo team and was traveling with them to their tournament.

  

Support for the Fisher family has been pouring in from those who had the privilege to know Courtney and the Fisher family. 

   

We ask that you please keep Jeff and his family in your prayers. We know the road ahead for them will be very difficult. We hope to surround them with as much love and support as possible. 
    
Friends have started a GoFundMe to support the Fisher family and help alleviate some of the financial burden they will be facing if you wish to make a donation. The community is also setting up a donation account at the local US Bank so you can make a donation to the Jeffrey Fisher Family Fund at any US Bank branch. The US Bank fund will be used to help the Fisher, Fink, and Zullich families with medical bills and other expenses. 
   
On behalf of Jeff and his family, thank you so much for your thoughts, prayers and well wishes through this most trying time.

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