Friday, June 04, 2010

Tri-City Property Management Community Managers take a slice out of hunger, one can at a time.

by Dawn Haskin, CAAM

In December 2009, Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado and Wood, one of the leading association law firms in the valley, announced they were expanding their once internal can structure event to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank to include Management Companies in the valley. Not only is this designed to collect much needed food for families in need, teams are timed and must create some type of structure using the food they have collected.

When I was asked by upper management to be the team leader for this event I had no idea how challenging and time consuming this project would be for our team. Yet, I must share that this was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.

Our vendors, families, friends as well as several Board members and individual homeowners provided donations including food items and grocery gift cards that allowed us to collect enough food items to complete our structure and then some.

The team of Community Managers who participated in this event spent hours of our time either planning the structure’s construction, shopping for the needed food items, or practicing the building of this structure to ensure we could complete it in the allotted time on the day of the food drive.

There were approximately 20 teams participating in this event making it a tremendous success. The day of the food drive the teams collectively filled two of St. Mary’s Food Bank trucks with almost 13,000 pounds of food to go to families in need. The hosts of this event judged the structures and our team was fortunate to be awarded one of only three team awards for “best use of food”, which we have proudly displayed in the lobby of our office.

Thank you again to all who helped in any way, your contribution helped make this event a success. We hope to have the opportunity to participate in the event again this year and every year.