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National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week is April 18-24, 2021.
National Volunteer Week is April 18-24, 2021.
National Volunteer Week offers the opportunity for us all to celebrate, recognize, and encourage in volunteerism in our local and world community.
This year’s theme is: The Value of One, The Power of Many, which reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals and the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose.
This past year has been difficult for everyone but even in these unprecedented times we have seen people supporting family, friends, neighbors, and strangers. People have been standing up for their beliefs, and sharing insights on how to create a more just and equitable society.
The 2021 theme beautifully reflects the individual and collective efforts we have seen during the pandemic, and it sets the tone for re-imagining the next 20 years as the value of one act and the
power of many enables us to thrive together.
COVID-19 hasn’t slowed down the need for volunteers but it has altered how and where we can donate our time.
While COVID-19 has limited some in-person volunteering opportunities your time and talents are of great value and need. VolunteerMatch has a COVID-19 response directory by geography of current opportunities for volunteers to help remotely or on-site. You may also want to check additional remote opportunities via United Nations Volunteers, a resource dedicated solely to matching virtual volunteers to much-needed support opportunities: https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en Visit www.pointsoflight.org/nvwto find out more about National Volunteer Week and find out how you can make a difference.
A Salute to First Responders
SERVPRO® recognizes these and the countless other first responders in our communities for keeping our communities safe.
"When I was a boy, and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” This famous Mr. Rogers quote comes to mind when we celebrate first responders: those who arrive first on the scene of any disaster or emergency.
In the event of a disaster or emergency, there are many different agencies and people in your community who are ready to respond. Whether it is a house fire or a hurricane, we are thankful every day for these first responders.
Local fire and police departments, as well as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), are often first on the scene of an emergency. In the U.S., there are more than 29,000 fire departments with 1,217,300 total firefighters, according to the U.S. Fire Administration website. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports almost 245,040 EMTs and paramedics in total across the country. There are about 19,000 federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies, employing more than 875,000 fulltime sworn officers, according to the Uniformed Crime Reporting Program collected by the FBI.
When events such as natural disasters strike, different branches of the military are often a first line of response. The Army National Guard and Air National Guard, with over 354,000 soldiers, respond domestically when deployed by their state Governor, often during states of emergency from weather-related events. They can also be called upon during terrorist attacks or civil unrest or called overseas by the President of the United States. Active-duty soldiers can also be called upon for certain domestic events as well.
As a part of FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), these volunteers are trained to be prepared for any disasters that may affect your local area in an effort to support professional responders. CERT volunteers are trained in “basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations,” according to FEMA. With more than 2,750 CERT programs, over 600,000 individuals have been trained nationwide. Teams are managed locally but supported nationally by FEMA.
SERVPRO® recognizes these and the countless other first responders in our communities for keeping our communities safe.
March Community Spotlight: The Worcester Boys & Girls Club
We can all play a role in helping our community stay safe and healthy through the support of organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester.
Worcester, MA March, 2021 –The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester is dedicated to helping youth in our community, especially those in great need. For many of the children and families the club services life before the pandemic was challenging but now it is even more so.
In the past year the Boys & Girls Club has been working hard to meet a series of unique challenges. They were proud to designated by the Department of Early Education and Care as an emergency care site, providing childcare for the children of first responders, hospital personnel and essential workers. As a Learning Division, they provide children with on-sight technology for remote learning and support their Licensed School Age program. In addition to childcare and education support, the Club works to provide their kids and families with the resources needed to address food insecurities they may be facing in these unprecedented times.
We at SERVPRO know we can all play a role in helping our community stay safe and healthy through the support of organizations such as The Boys and Girls Club of Worcester. This month we were proud to donate to their food pantry. We look forward to offering our continued support in the future. We encourage you to consider helping however you can.
Here is a current The Boys & Girls Club Of Worcester Food Pantry Wish List Week Of Winter 2021
- Household Cleaning Items
- Dish Detergent
- Laundry Detergent
- Tissues, Napkins Or Paper Towels
- Toothpaste, Floss & Mouth Wash
- Men’s Hygiene Body Wash Products & Shaving Cream
- Jelly Or Fluff
- Soup Kid Friendly Flavors Chicken & Stars Or Chicken Noodle
- Instant Potatoes
- Boxed Instant Meal Kits (Pizza Or Tacos)
- Canned Fruit Or Fruit Cups
- Pancake Mix & Syrup
- Kids Canned Meals (Ravioli & Beef A Roni)
- Mayo , Oil, Salad Dressing, Ketchup & Mustard
- Variety Of Pasta, Parmesan Cheese And Sauce
- Powder Drink Mix (Ice Tea Or Lemonade )
- Biscuit Baking Mix, Flour And Sugar
- Baking Items (Muffin Mix, Cake Mix, Frosting Or Brownies)
- First Aid Supplies
For more information supporting the Food Pantry please visit: https://www.bgcworcester.org/intervention-support/food-pantry
Interested in other ways you can show support for the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester? Please visit: https://www.bgcworcester.org/support-our-club
The Dreaded FLU SEASON
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of a flu infection can result in hospitalization or death, according to the American Red Cross.
Seasonal flu in the United States occurs in the fall and winter months. While influenza viruses circulate year-round, most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, but activity can last as late as May.
Flu viruses are spread by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby or be inhaled into their lungs.
Healthy habits to help prevent the flu include getting vaccinated, avoiding close contact with others, staying at home when you're sick, covering your mouth and nose, washing your hands, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and practicing other good health habits.
Stay informed about public health recommendations related to the flu by visiting the CDC website.
National Influenza Vaccination Week
There's still time to get your flu shot.
We all #FightFlu
DECEMBER 6-12, 2020: National Influenza Vaccination Week
Starting in 2005, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) established the National Influenza Vaccination Week to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond.
During the 2018-2019 flu season, the CDC estimates the flu caused 49 million flu-related illnesses (more than the combined populations of Texas and Florida), 960,000 flu hospitalizations (more than the number of staffed hospital beds in the United States), and 79,000 deaths (more than the average number of people who attend the Super Bowl each year.)
If you’ve already gotten the flu this season, you should still get vaccinated to protect yourself against other strands of the flu. People with a high risk of complications from the flu include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions, and people over the age of 65. Get a flu shot today to protect yourself and your loved ones.
There is still time to #SleeveUp and get vaccinated!
Find a vaccination location near you: vaccinefinder.org/external icon
4 Ways You Can Help During COVID-19- A Holiday Guide
These are unique times. This year has been filled with new physical, social and financial challenges. As we enter the holiday season, many of us are finding ourselves wanting to join together, to help our neighbors and communities. We also find ourselves wondering how to do that in the current COVID-19 environment while still maintaining social distancing.
Here are 4 Ways You Can Help During COVID-19:
- Donate Blood
Right now, there is a critical need for blood. The American National Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to maintain a sufficient and stable blood supply.
Healthy donors can schedule an appointment here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/coronavirus–covid-19–and-blood-donation.html
- Local Food Bank Donations
Local Food Pantries are in need of healthy food donations & financial support to meet the increasing demand for providing emergency food boxes, drive-thru pantries, and long-term support to help feed people in response to COVID-19.
For information on donating to local food pantries visit: https://foodbank.org/donate/donate-food/
- Support Local Business
Social media can be a powerful tool-utilizing your own communities of influence can be a valuable support to small businesses. Share stories, post about a fundraising drive, and write reviews for local restaurants and retailers. Neighborhood Facebook pages have a become a particularly helpful way for people to call out their favorite small businesses in town to support. Give back in whatever way you can-share information on social media, shop local, tip or buy gift cards. These will all help your community of small businesses.
Check out our blog to learn more about supporting local business: https://www.SERVPROworcester.com/blog/post/228767/community/supporting-locally--diversely-owned-businesses-is-supporting-the-community-we-call-home
- Online and On-site Volunteer Opportunities
While COVID-19 has limited some in-person volunteering opportunities your time and talents are of great value and need. VolunteerMatch has a COVID-19 response directory by geography of current opportunities for volunteers to help remotely or on-site. You may also want to check additional remote opportunities via United Nations Volunteers, a resource dedicated solely to matching virtual volunteers to much-needed support opportunities: https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en
Your friends at SERVPRO of Worcester wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving and holiday season.
October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – How Will You Join the Cause?
SERVPRO of Worcester Urges You to Keep Fighting!
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness and raise funds for research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and ultimately to find a cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.
At some point in our lives most of us will be touched by cancer -it may be our own battle or that of someone close to us. The bottom line, we all have a vested interest in this battle. How will you join the cause?
Five Ways You Can Support The Fight Against Breast Cancer
1. Konw the Facts- Educate Yourself and Others
Anyone can be affected by cancer but, the fact remains, the majority of patients never expected to receive a cancer diagnosis until it happened. Arm yourself with the important information on how to prevent and survive breast cancer. Learn the facts and share the facts. Learn More Here.
2. Volunteer: Donate Your Time
By volunteering your time with an organization like the Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) and Susan G. Komen, you are helping women and men prevent, battle, and survive breast cancer!
3. Start a Fund Raiser: Together We Can End Breast Cancer
Start fundraising to honor a loved one, survivor, and help children and their families who are still battling cancer
When you become a fundraiser, you can create your own account, join or start a team, and get others involved! Start Fundraising
4. Wear PINK and share your #PinkPose.
You can easily help raise awareness for breast cancer by adding a touch of pink to your wardrobe and #PinkPose!
- Take a photo of you or with your friends, family, co-workers, team, etc. while wearing PINK!
- Share the photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- Use the hashtag #PinkPose
- Tag 3 friends and ask them to take and share their #PinkPose online
5. Spend wisely – Make Sure Money is Going Where it Can Do the Most Good.
There is no shortage of organizations promoting breast cancer awareness in October. Unfortunately, some companies only see this as a marketing opportunity. Before buying from a retailer that claims to support breast cancer initiatives, be sure to know exactly where the money is going. Shop Pink or Shop Komen today!
For More Information on Breast Cancer Awareness:
Learn More about Volunteer Opportunities, visit BCCA or Susan G Komen.
For Shopping Resources visit Shop Pink or Shop Komen today!
SERVPRO of Worcester and The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester First Annual Summer BBQ
It was far from your typical BBQ, we loved every minute of it and we can’t wait to do it again next year!
Worcester, MA August 27, 2020 The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester has worked so hard this summer serving our community’s children and their families. We wanted to do something to celebrate their efforts, say thank you and offer a little bit traditional summer fun to the club’s children and staff.
What better way to celebrate the end of summer than a BBQ? We brought the grill, the food, a tent to stay dry and a lot of love for our community. Being prepared is what we do, masks and gloves on, we set up a BBQ station outside the club. Our team worked hard cooking and plating food. It was SERVPRO's great pleasure to be of service. Even the on/off rain, sometimes coming in down pours wasn’t enough to dampen spirits. We’re SERVPRO, we know a thing or two about dealing with water and storms.
The Boys and Girls Club of Worcester staff made did an amazing job making sure all responsible socially distanced protocol was followed. They made sure that the food got to where it needed to be, everyone was served and most importantly that their kids were well cared for.
Hearing the excited shouts of “thank you” from happy kids inside, knowing that we were able to offer a little taste of “back to normal” with something as simple as hotdogs & hamburgers made this one of the best days our team has had this summer.
It was far from your typical BBQ, we loved every minute of it and we can’t wait to do it again next year!
To learn more about ways you can support The Boys and Girls Club please visit: https://www.bgcworcester.org/support-our-club
National Day of Service and Remembrance September 11, 2020
In honor and memory of those who died on September 11, 2001, as well as the survivors and first responders, the National Day of Service and Remembrance was established in 2009 as a day of reflection. Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, this is a day to come together just as Americans did following the events of 9/11 to help and honor their neighbors in need.
On this day and every day, SERVPRO® salutes those heroes who arrive in the greatest times of need and stand strong in the face of disaster. These heroes are the first responders who keep our communities safe in unprecedented times.
Reflect and strive to make a positive difference in your area this year to commemorate the National Day of Service and Remembrance. To find volunteer opportunities near you or to register your National Day of Service and Remembrance event, visit nationalservice.gov/911day.
Thank You, First Responders!
Here at SERVPRO we’d like to say thank and honor our local first responders for the service & sacrifice they provide to our community.
We Are Committed to Those Who Are Committed to Our Community!
We’ve said it before and we will say it again, not all heroes wear capes. Some wear uniforms, scrubs, masks, and gloves. They are our family, friends and neighbors who stand ready to protect and serve our community. Not just in these unprecedented days of COVID but EVERY day. They are our local First Responders -made up of fire fighters, police, EMTs, doctors and nurses- all on the frontlines caring for and protecting this community we call home.
Here at SERVPRO we’d like to say thank and honor our local first responders for the service & sacrifice they provide to our community. We treasure our working and social relationships with these local heroes, are proud to do our part in supporting their efforts and show our gratitude for all they do.
SERVPRO of Worcester Stands with Our First Responders . We Are Proud to Offer Our Respect & Support
At SERVPRO we have long admired and looked for ways to support our local First Responders. This is a group of people who sacrifice so much to serve our communities and ask for little in return. The following are just some of the ways we’ve found to say “Thank You.”
Volunteer Our Expert Service
SERVPRO is being called by numerous business owners and community leaders to perform necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect, and sanitize their facilities. All of our cleanup procedures are in accordance with the CDC and local authorities. We have been proud to offer these services and our expertise to local departments for vehicle and office cleaning.
Honoring Fallen Heroes
As a community we mourn the loss of fallen heroes and their families, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Heroes such as these deserve to be honored and remembered. We were proud to raise funds for heroes such as Lt. Jason Menard. His selflessness, service and sacrifice to the people of Worcester will not soon be forgotten. It’s support we’re proud to provide but hope for days when it’s not needed.
Annual First Responders Bowl Watch Party
SERVPRO is the proud sponsor of the First Responders Bowl. It’s our way to say thanks for the bravery and courage of those who arrive first at the scene of an emergency. The bowl celebrates our neighbors, family and fellow citizens who serve as first responders protecting and preserving peace in our communities. Annually SERVPRO of Worcester & SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/ Westborough hosts a watch party. We invite local first responders to a watch party and we celebrate all the good work they do for our communities.
Community Events & Fund Raisers
We have always welcomed the opportunity to join and participate in community events and fundraisers. It’s a wonderful opportunity to help raise funds and build lasting relationships. We have been proud to participate in the Heroes Cup Golf tournament as well as other local fund raisers. We look forward to future events and continuing to build lasting relationships.
We Continue to Look to Offer Our Support & Gratitude
These are just some of the ways we’ve found to offer our gratitude. If you have suggestions or know of local first responders groups in need of support we invite you to email us at aharvey@SERVPROworcester.com
Asking Yourself How Can I Say Thank You?
If you’re ask in what can you can do to support for local first responders, we suggest reading How Do We Say Thank You. It’s a blog post we created are a few ideas on how to say thank you to the people on the front lines of battle against the Coronavirus.
Supporting Locally & Diversely Owned Businesses is Supporting the Community We Call Home
Proud to Support Local and Diverse Business!
Local businesses and business owners- they don’t just work in our community, they live here. They our neighbors and friends. They are what make our community special and are essential to our economy.
Local and diverse business brings growth and innovation to our communities. They are specially vested in our towns and neighborhoods - providing employment, creating opportunities, supporting local economies, and adding strength and stability.
Most are feeling a financial strain right now, and are worried about the future. Now is the time to remind ourselves, supporting locally & diversely owned businesses is supporting the community we call home.
What Can I Do?
You may be saying, “I understand why it’s important to support these businesses, but what can I do?” The answer is a lot easier than you think. Simple tactics and changes of habits can make a huge difference. Get in the proper mind set, we’re all in this together. Start with, if you need to buy something, try your local store first. You’re in need of a service-who are your local providers? Now that you’ve got the ball rolling, check our 4 Tips on Supporting Local & Diversely Owned Business.
Four Tips on Showing Your Support for Locally & Diversely Owned Business
- Get to Know Your Neighbor. Check-in, get to know the local businesses in your community. Ask how you can offer support -are they open or selling online, do they sell gift cards, share their information on social media. Actively participate.
- Recognize the Helpers & Pay it Forward. Many local businesses are great neighbors, doing what they can to contribute the health and wellbeing of the community. We’ve witnessed our friends, coworkers and neighbors offering pro bono services, donations and volunteering with the institutions that help feed and support the most vulnerable members of our community. Support these business- they strengthen us all.
- Order Take-Out. Sure, it sounds simple but with limited (many still closed) dine-in options and reduced capacity local restaurants are dependent on take-out and delivery offerings to survive. In addition, think about treating clients or coworkers, in these times we know they could use the pick-me up, it helps the economy and serves as word of mouth marketing.
- Get on Social Media & Spread the Word. The pandemic crisis has affected everyone, you may not have extra money to spend right now. That’s ok, you can still help support local business by spreading the word. Is there a local business that you care about? Get on social media- share their info, write a review, share their posts. Word of mouth marketing is a huge value to relationship based businesses.
It’s all related- we know if we want to see our communities thrive, the businesses in them need to thrive. Ultimately, it’s going to be up to us, the local consumers and customers, to support local and diverse business. These businesses are made up of our families, neighbors and friends- we’re all in this together. We’re local, Be Local, Support Local.
To Learn More about Supporting Local Business through Social Media, check out our blog post: Doing Your part to Help Local Business | The Benefits of Online Reviews
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SERVPRO Visits The Worcester Boys & Girls Club- Offering Our Support to This Community We Call Home.
SERVPRO is proud to support those who support this community we call home!
Worcester, MA June , 2020 -SERVPRO of Worcester was pleased to visit the Worcester Boys & Girls Club and offer support for their food pantry. The food pantry provides families in the Worcester Community with non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products and household supplies.
Since it's opening in 2017, the food pantry has assisted over 200 of our families experiencing difficult times.
More recently due to the pandemic crisis, the need has been greater. More families have been out of work, children who would normally receiving meals at school have been coming to the club for their "Grab & Go" FREE bag lunches program
Program and the club served as an emergency childcare site for essential workers.
Through all of these uncertain times, the Worcester Boys and Girls club has continued to support the Worcester community, we call home.
We are proud to offer our continued support and encourage you to consider helping however you can.
The following is a sample list of the type items the pantry is in need of:
- Grocery items needed for Mid June
- Pancake mix & syrup
- Canned beans
- Laundry detergent
- Cleaning products
- Paper goods (napkins, toilet paper & paper towels)
For more information on donating plese visit: https://www.bgcworcester.org/intervention-support/food-pantry
How Do We Say Thank You?
Thank you to all of Heroes on the Frontlines!
Here are a few ideas on how to say thank you to the people on the front lines of battle against the Coronavirus
2020 has been a rollercoaster of fear and emotions. The world was thrown into a state of change that had not been seen for several generations. At the front of the COVID battle, our heroes stood strong, not wearing tights or capes, but uniforms, scrubs, masks, and gloves all ready to fight this for all of us.
The words “Thank You” don’t seem enough. How do we convey our gratitude to those that put their lives at risk so we can stay home with our families to flatten the curve? Here are a few ideas to say Thanks.
Restaurant Gift Cards
It would be great to give out large enough giftcards so they could take their whole family to dinner, but think about ways to stretch your funds farther to reach more heroes.
Consider $5 - $10 gift cards to local restaurants. This will give enough money for either a drink or appetizer. It will also help the economy and struggling restaurants.
Food Drop Off
You will probably have to coordinate this in advance, but schedule a meal that you can deliver to our heroes. They will love some food to refuel. Dropoffs at police stations, fire halls, and emergency rooms are sure to boost moral.
Letters of Encouragement
Take the time to sit down with family and write letters of encouragement to these heroes, expressing your appreciation for what they’re doing. If you have children, get them to draw these heroes. Their artwork will be a blessing to these first responders. You can send them or hand-deliver (at a safe distance) to your local fire halls, police stations and hospitals. They are separated from their families right now; these letters will include them in yours.
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Restoration Newsline June 2020: THE COVID EFFECT
SERVPRO is in this with you and proudly stands beside our first responders in fighting this silent enemy.
The Coronavirus has changed the social landscape more
than we could have imagined. The terms social distancing and the new normal have become indoctrinated in our vocabulary. The interaction with family, friends, and business associates has been directly impacted. The traditional handshake is now riddled with fear. Instead it’s better to tap feet or “elbow bump.”
As in the years following World War II, great effort was spent putting measures in place to reduce the likelihood of another global conflict. Likewise, prevention of future viral pandemics is top of mind for most the world’s governments and security services for the immediate future. SERVPRO professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect, and sanitize their properties. SERVPRO uses EPA-approved products and follows the CDC guidelines for cleanup practices.
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the ERA-registered emerging pathogens claims.
Will it all get back to normal? Yes. When will that happen? That remains unclear. What is clear is that normalcy will return, and all along the way SERVPRO will be there for your business, your home, and your customers. We are in this with you and proudly stand beside our first responders in fighting this silent enemy.
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Reopening Massachusetts - Workplace Safety Standards in Phase I
General Business Guidance
Information to help businesses meet the self-certification requirement to reopen. All businesses must meet these requirements before reopening. Businesses operating to provide Essential Services, as defined in the Governor's March 23, 2020 Executive Order, updated on March 31, April 28 and May 15, may remain open and have until May 25, 2020 to comply with these mandatory safety standards.
- COVID-19 control plan template – Template that satisfies the written control plan requirement for self-certification
- Compliance attestation poster – Poster that customer facing businesses are required to print, sign, and post in an area within the business premises that is visible to workers and visitors
- Employer and Worker posters – Posters that businesses can print and display within the business premises to describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning and disinfecting
For additional resources and information VIEW| WEBPAGE HERE
Sector-Specific Safety Protocols & Recommended Best Practices
Mandatory safety standards and recommended best practices for sectors that are eligible to open in Phase 1. Additional sector guidance for future phases will be issued at a later date. Businesses operating to provide Essential Services, as defined in the Governor's March 23, 2020 Executive Order, updated on March 31, April 28 and May 15, may remain open and have until May 25, 2020 to comply with their industry’s sector-specific protocols (if applicable).
VIEW | WEBPAGE HERE
COVID-19 Control Plan Template
All Massachusetts businesses must develop a written control plan outlining how its workplace will comply with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 reopening period. This template may be filled out to meet that requirement. Control plans do not need to be submitted for approval but must be kept on premise and made available in the case of an inspection or outbreak. All individually listed businesses must complete a control plan, even if the business is part of a larger corporation or entity.
VIEW | DOWNLOAD THE TEMPLATE
Required Workplace Posters
Customer facing businesses are required to print, sign, and post signage that is visible to workers and visitors. These posters describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning and disinfecting.
DOWNLOAD | Compliance Attestation Poster
DOWNLOAD | Employer Poster DOWNLOAD | Worker Poster
All of these documents can also be found in different languages here.
How Can You Help Support Local Business
Doing Your part to Help Local Business | The Benefits of Online Reviews
In today’s #AloneTogether world, you may be asking, “How can I help to support local business when I’m trying to follow social distancing guidelines?” The answer is to embrace online tools, social media and online reviews.
Now more than ever, small businesses need your online reviews- it’s how they stay connected to the people they serve.
How do reviews help a local businesses:
Connect with Customers
When you run a small business, you don’t just work there- you are a neighbor, a friend, a part of the community. You get to personally know your customers. You build relationships- eye to eye and toe to toe. Visits to your business & visiting your COIs & customers becomes a regular routine.
During these unprecedented times our regular ways of socializing with the community aren’t available. Reviewing, Liking, thanking, and responding to comments on reviews left for a business allows a company to show their personality, values and helps to build strong relationships.
Reviews Help a Business Get Found
Google takes review ratings into consideration when determining the order of businesses it lists in local searches.
When consumers go to Facebook and search for a local business, your ranking is also influenced by your rating, as well as the number of your reviews. This is true for Yelp as well. Your reviews help others find your favorite local businesses. If customers can find a business, then they can work with them.
Reviews Help to Build a Business’s Credibility
According to studies (conducted before social distancing) close to 90% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. The more positive reviews a business has the easier it is for customers to make the decision to try that business.
Reviews Provide Important Feedback
A business can learn a lot from reviews- what are they doing well, how can they be of better service. What do your customers love about a business, what could use some work?. A business can fix issues quickly before they become a problem.
People often think of reviews just as formal write-ups, but don’t underestimate the power of the conversation you see on social media, references to experiences or comments on a particular product- that helps build a business’s reputation too. This takes time, first people need to know you’re there and then they need to talk about you. The more good things people have to say in connection with a business—the more positive “word of mouth” you are getting for that business.
- I don’t know what we would have done without #SERVPROShrewsbury/Westborough after our house fire.
- Thank you #SevenSaws for the curbside service!
- I could really go for some BBQ about now #SmokeStackBBQ
Now you know how and why you can help your favorite local business by just sharing your opinions on the goods and services they provide.
Please think about taking some time to show your support for some our locally owned and operated business who are working so hard during these difficult times. #InItTogether
#HeartWorcester Worcester Stands United
We stand with united #heartworcester
As one of Worcester’s most iconic symbols, the heart has held a special meaning for the city of Worcester since its incorporation as city in 1848. Worcester is often referred to as “the Heart of the Commonwealth” and has a bright red heart right in the middle of the city’s seal.
Now the heart is taking on even more meaning for our friends and neighbors in the Worcester community. Residents are showing their hometown pride by decorating their homes & businesses with hearts as part of the #HeartWorcester social media campaign started by the Worcester Public Library.
Our city is taking this opportunity to prove we’re in this together. We encourage you to put a heart in your window to show solidarity and that we are #alonetogether. Send it to WPL through email or post on social using the hashtag #heartworcester.
We at SERVPRO of Worcester have proudly displayed our hearts, now we’d love to see yours.
Learn more about #HeartWorcester:
SERVPRO of Worcester Best Practices to Minimize Your Risk
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SERVPRO of Worcester Shares Tips and Best Practices to Minimize Your Risk
Cities and states are taking increasingly drastic measures to curb the severity of the pandemic, including the closing of bars, restaurants, and public venues. In some areas, officials have issued “shelter in place” orders in order to compel residents to stay in their homes and limit movement. To further protect yourself, minimize your exposure with the following tips:
Practice Good Hygiene
- Clean hands with sanitizer and wash your hands frequently
- Avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes
- Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, tables, doorknobs, and handrails regularly
- Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
At The Office
- Stop shaking hands – use other noncontact methods of greeting
- Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
- When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
- Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like desks, keyboards, light switches, doorknobs, and telephones
- Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
Stay Home if...
- You are feeling sick
- You have a sick family member in their home
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Spread the Word on Burn Treatment
National Burn Awareness Week 2020
In Observation of National Burn Awareness Week, SERVPRO of Worcester would like to share the following information Regarding First-Degree Burn First Aid.
The American Burn Association’s Burn Prevention Committee recommends the following guidelines for the treatment of minor burns. Please note that even a small burn, may have the potential to become infected. It is always advisable to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Remember, when in doubt or if you think the individual’s life is in danger, call 911.
What’s a First-Degree Burn?
First-Degree Burns are burns which involve the outer most layer of skin and are usually associated with a sun burn. Such an injury may occur from too much exposure to the sun (gardening, sunbathing, etc.). The skin is usually still intact, but may appear to be red, very warm or hot to touch and painful. There may also be small blisters, and swelling in and around the area of injury.
Initial first-aid treatment for a first-degree burn include the following:
- Stop the burning process: cool the burn with running cool (not cold) water for at least 5 minutes. But do not use ice, as this may cause further skin damage. Do not over cool! If the victim starts to shiver, stop the cooling process.
- Remove all jewelry, watches, rings and clothing around the burned area as soon as possible.
- Administer an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain control. Follow the directions on the label. Consult a physician or health care provider if pain is not relieved.
- Cover the burn with a sterile gauge bandage or clean cloth. Wrap the burned area loosely to avoid putting too much pressure on the burn tissue.
- Minor burns will usually heal without further treatment.
- For small area burns, apply soothing lotions that contains aloe vera to the burned area to help relieve the pain and discomfort.
- Seek medical attention if there is a persistent fever not relieved by medication or redness that may extend beyond the border of the burn or pain is not controlled by ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Drink plenty of fluids (electrolyte containing solutions such as Gatorade) if the person appears to be dehydrated.
- Do not apply ice – this may cause further damage to the skin.
- Do not use any butter, ointments or other home remedies on the burn. Such substances may trap the heat in the tissue and makes the burn worse.
- Do not break any blisters…leave intact.
- Do not delay seeing medical attention if the burn is larger than the size of the victim’s palm.
It may take several days for a mild first-degree or second-degree burn to heal. During that time, it is important that the affected area is observed for infection, such as redness extending beyond the burned area, changes in the appearance of the wound or slight fever not relieved by Tylenol. As your skin begins to heal, you may also notice that it will itch, which can be very uncomfortable at times. This is normal and will eventually decrease. Frequent application of lotion can help keep the skin hydrated and minimize the itching process. If the itching is too severe, an over-the-counter medication such as Benadryl® may be helpful in easing the discomfort. Remember...always follow the directions on the label. The wound should be kept clean with daily dressing changes. If you have any concern or questions, consult your healthcare provider. Once the burn has healed, limit the exposure of the burn skin to direct sunlight. Always wear sun protection.
Following the above guidelines should promote healing to most minor burns.
**This material is for information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, which you should seek from your physician. The ABA does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
To learn more about Burn Treatment and Prevention please visit: http://ameriburn.org/prevention/prevention-resources/#1493037731300-e4bd5ba9-3769
The Worcester Community Continues to Work Together to Honor a Fallen Hero
Worcester Fire Department, SERVPRO of Worcester and the Worcester Bravehearts - honor Lt. Jason Menard.
On Friday January 24, 2020 SERVPRO of Worcester was proud to have been a part of something much bigger than business.
We had the honor of presenting a check, along with the Worcester Bravehearts, in support of the Menard Children’s Fund.
We were grateful for the opportunity to recognize a true hero, Lt. Jason Menard . His selflessness, service and sacrifice to the people of Worcester will not soon be forgotten.
Additionally, we offer our thanks to the Worcester Fire Fighters who accepted the check on behalf of the Menard family. The Worcester Fire Department’s dedication to this community is legendary and appreciated. We are lucky to have you.
For a community who never stops giving, we would like to make a special acknowledgement to the following local business: 110 Grill, Anytime Fitness, Apex Entertainment, Bay State Savings Bank Burton’s Bar & Grill, The Ecotarium, Massachusetts Pirates, Nothing Bundt Cakes Shrewsbury, Publick House Historic Inn & Country Lodge, Redemption Rock Brewing Co., Seven Saws Brewing Company, and Boro Sugar Shack. Your contributions and donations were key to our fundraising efforts- thank you!
SERVPRO of Worcester is lucky to call this community home!
If you wish to contribute further to the Menard Children’s Fund we encourage you to visit https://events.fmpevents.com/e/menardchildrensfund
The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts Foundation (PFFM Foundation) will be collecting donations for the Menard Children's Fund. 100% of all donations made will be going directly towards their future needs.
Small Businesses Look to SERVPRO for Assistance with Flood Damage
Don't let flooding affect your business. Call SERVPRO quickly to re-mediate and prevent secondary damage
Still recovering portions of your small office building from the torrential rainstorms that struck our area last October? We took a pounding from the weather, but the repairs do not need to be an overly time-consuming endeavor. You just need to find someone who cares.
There are many quality services available to assist with the restoration of your building suffering from commercial flood damage in Worcester. However, our staff takes the relationships with customers beyond providing excellent services. We live and work in the same community; we may know each other on a personal level, our children may go to the same schools, support the same local sports teams and beyond.
Calling your local SERVPRO is like calling a neighbor for help. Our staff assesses the situation by asking a series of pertinent questions to determine the proper amount of equipment and personnel necessary for the job. Next, we set an appointment that fits your schedule to have our technicians begin your restoration.
Once SERVPRO technicians arrive, an onsite manager will walk you through an initial inspection, discuss the options that are available to restore your business and give you an approximate time frame for completion. They will also answer any questions that pop up throughout the restoration process and address any concerns you may have.
With a plan in place, the repairs on your business begin by extracting any standing water and eliminating moisture hidden in hard to reach areas. SERVPRO’S certified technicians receive training in effective drying techniques, cleaning and deodorization methods, as well as the quality performance of quick, efficient repairs to return your property to a quality pre-flood damage condition.
We look forward to building a solid, stable history with our clients that keeps them coming back to us, should they ever need future repairs to get their businesses back on track after a natural disaster, fire, mold, or vandalism incident strikes. You can count on us to perform the services you need and get things back to normal as fast as possible.
Contact SERVPRO of South Worcester to receive the quality services your business deserves. (508) 757-7885
Call Us if You Need Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Worcester
Water damage at your commercial property can stop all production don't stop your business. Call SERVPRO of South Worcester (508)757-7885
SERVPRO is Certified to Remediate Your Damage Whether it is Inside or Underneath Your Property
Flooding generally happens from three sources: Storms, Faulty Plumbing and the Results From A Fire. Regardless of the source, however, water has to be removed, and the excess moisture must be drawn from your property and the surrounding environment as quickly as possible.
How exactly does commercial water damage restoration work in Worcester? It starts with an inspection. Our SERVPRO inspectors use IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) approved equipment to determine just how severe the problem may be. Once completed, how our technicians remove the water will depend if it is inside or under your business property.
Inside - Our rapid response team can usually arrive within an hour or two after you call us. Visible water can be vacuumed out with a pump or an extractor. Once it is safe, our technicians will then remove the furniture to an unaffected area where it can be dried and/or cleaned.
Next, as part of the commercial water damage restoration process, we'll clean and dry your carpets and floors. If the water is contaminated from the plumbing, it may become a health issue and most carpets will have to be removed. This is also cost-effective as it is cheaper to replace industrial carpets than to disinfect as well as clean them.
Under - If the source of the water is under a floor or otherwise beneath the property, our team will expose the pipe for a certified plumber to repair. Once it is fixed, technicians will clean out any contaminated soil and disinfect the surrounding area. Once this is done and tests clean, we will refill the excavation with clean soil.
Our teams accomplish this in order to get you back into your business as soon as we can. As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of South Worcester understands exactly how important it is to get the doors reopened, and your customers are taken care of. If you are dealing with a flooded business and need our help, call us today at (508) 757-7885 to get the restoration process started.
SERVPRO Pledges Ongoing Support to the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program
SERVPRO South Worcester is a proud sponsor of the American Red Cross
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SERVPRO® Pledges Ongoing Support to the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program
Red Cross recognizes SERVPRO for their contribution to disaster preparedness and recovery efforts
Worcester, MA (Grassroots Newswire) June 1, 2016 -- The American Red Cross recently recognized SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration company, for participation in its Disaster Responder Program1. As a Disaster Responder Program member, SERVPRO pledges a donation to the Red Cross in advance of disasters, allowing the organization to respond quickly and effectively to nearly 66,000 disasters annually, most of which are home fires. SERVPRO is entering their third year of partnership with the Red Cross; their donations to the organization to date exceed one million dollars.
According to statistics cited by the Red Cross, seven people die in a home fire each day in the U.S. Aiming to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent by the end of 2019, the Red Cross launched a Home Fire Campaign in October of 2014. The support of SERVPRO and other Disaster Responder Program members allows the Red Cross to pursue their home fire prevention goals while they continue to provide critical services to disaster victims.
“One of the reasons home fires account for the majority of the disasters the Red Cross responds to annually is that the risk for home fires exists all year long,” said Donny McKendall, owner of SERVPRO of South Worcester. “Statistics compiled by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)2 show the majority of home fires are related to unattended cooking accidents – and cooking is something most people do every day.”
Although SERVPRO’s business is helping business and home owners recover from fire, flood and other disasters, the company and its franchisees actively support disaster preparedness education, including fire prevention efforts. When disaster does strike, their relationships with major insurance companies combined with industry-leading job-management technology help smooth the path to rebuilding and restoration for home and business owners affected by the unexpected.
“SERVPRO’s commitment to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program means that, when disaster strikes, homeowners can count on the Red Cross to address their immediate needs and supply essential services,” said McKendall. “Once the immediate emergency is under control, homeowners can count on the expertise of restoration specialists at SERVPRO of South Worcester to help them restore their property and move forward with their lives.”
For fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of South Worcester, please contact Donny McKendall at (508) 757-7885 or sfitzpatrick@SERVPROsouthworcester.com.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
October Newsline Contest Winner Announced!
Congratulations to Maelee Bertrand of MidState Insurance in Worcester, MA! Maelee is the winner of the October 2015 Newsline Contest and won a gift certificate to Barbers Crossing in Leicester!
The Restoration Newline contest is for members of the property insurance and management industry. Please email acooksey@SERVPROsouthworcester.com for more information or to enter.
September Newsline Contest Winner Announced!
Angela Knapton of GoodWorks Insurance in Worcester, MA
Congratulations to Angela Knapton of GoodWorks Insurance Agency in Worcester, MA! Angela is the winner of the September 2015 Newsline Contest and won a gift certificate to The Sole Proprietor also in Worcester.
The Restoration Newline contest is for members of the property insurance and management industry. Please email acooksey@SERVPROsouthworcester.com for more information or to enter.
SERVPRO gets Worcester island ready for spring!
Central Street island in Worcester, MA
SERVPRO of South Worcester continued its adoption of the island on Central Street in Worcester. Team members weeded, mulched and planted the island this month to get it ready for spring! Pansies were planted in three planters in the center of the island. The planters will be planted with new plants in the summer, and then again in the fall.
SERVPRO of South Worcester's island is located on Central Street, right outside of the Worcester Post Office.
Emergency Supply Kit Tips
It is recommended to have an emergency supply kit in your home in the event of a storm or other related emergency. These kits can be purchased or made. Here are some recommended items for a basic emergency supply kit.
- Water (one gallon per person per day)
- Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
- Manual can opener
- Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks or bandanas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Hygiene items
- Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
Contact your SERVPRO of South Worcester for additional readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile® (ERP). Having an ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.
Contact SERVPRO of South Worcester to learn more and be “Ready for whatever happens!”
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.* The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.
Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fireescape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.
Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance. For more on emergency preparedness, contact SERVPRO of South Worcester.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms.
- Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
- Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
*Tips and statistics provided by the National Fire Protection Association