Five companies and their employees, who offered their rental expertise, equipment and labor, completed the latest project of the Community Impact Program at Family House in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, July 20.
The project — another joint effort of the ARA Foundation and The Toro Company Foundation — focused on establishing and beautifying outdoor spaces for families seeking hospital treatment. The goal was to create a “home away from home” feel where guests can relax as they and their families face life-challenging health situations.
The rental businesses and industry suppliers that participated in the project included:
PartySavvy, Monroeville, Pa.
Event Source, Pittsburgh
Absolute Equipment, Pittsburgh
Knickerbocker Russell Co., Pittsburgh
Thomas Sales, Fallston, Md.
“It’s a big, big site,” says Dan Skena, CERP, president of PartySavvy, of the location the crew worked to spruce up. “It’s a former Courtyard by Marriott that Family House purchased. Family House provides housing for families of people who are coming to Pittsburgh for medical attention and can’t afford a hotel. They had several facilities around the city that were all spread out and once they bought this facility, they were able to close the original ones. Now they have everything in one central location, which is right next door to one of our major hospitals. It’s a great location.”
Lots of landscaping work and spreading a dump truck-sized load of mulch kept the team of volunteers busy all day. “I spent the first two hours of my day weeding a landscape bed that was about 4 ft. wide by 100 ft. long and full of vines, trees and all sorts of other things. And then a bunch of us shoveled mulch into wheelbarrows and mulched a lot of the landscape beds there,” Skena says.
Given the enormity of the site, Skena says that another couple of days would have been needed to fully complete the landscaping of Family House’s new home, but he is pleased with what the group accomplished. “For the size crew that we had, I think we made quite an impact. We accomplished a lot,” he says.
The Community Impact Program, which to date has spanned projects in Ohio, Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, Florida, California and now Pennsylvania, involves the ARA Foundation and The Toro Company Foundation partnering with local nonprofit organizations to coordinate community service projects. The purpose of the program is twofold: to allow those in the rental industry an opportunity to give back to their community as well as build public awareness and demonstrate the advantages of rental.