From the Archive: ServiceMaster’s gift of new laptops helps United Way create “Learning Place” for staff


When: Wednesday, February 15, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Where: United Way of the Mid-South, 6775 Lenox Center Court, Memphis, TN 38115
What: Donation of 12 new laptop computers to United Way for staff training purposes

ServiceMaster’s gift of new laptops helps United Way create “Learning Place” for staff

Twelve new laptop computers have been donated to United Way of the Mid-South through the generosity of ServiceMaster.

The new laptops will be presented on Wednesday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. at United Way of the Mid-South’s offices at 6775 Lenox Center Court, Suite 200. The computers will be set up in United Way’s Board Room and representatives from United Way and ServiceMaster will be available to discuss the ongoing partnership between the two organizations and how it impacts our community.

Dan Marks, technology officer at ServiceMaster and Heather Wilson, ServiceMaster’s communications manager, made the announcement of the gift during a presentation of the company’s most recent ServiceMaster fundraising campaign for United Way, where they increased contributions by 33 percent over the prior year.

Wilson noted that following their recent successful company-wide fundraising campaign, she began talking with her colleagues in ServiceMaster’s Information Technology department about ways to leverage some of their corporate partnerships to benefit United Way.  The team negotiated with Dell to secure discounted rates for ServiceMaster’s donation and they made sure the laptops came with thorough warranties, which is very important for the United Way team.

“We’re committed to increasing United Way’s capacity to serve our community by increasing the technology skills of our staff. Our new, internal ‘Learning Place’ program will use these 12 laptops to help United Way staff members achieve an even higher level of technology literacy, helping improve the efficiency of their work with for-profit corporate and business counterparts,” said Loretta Hurt, United Way’s project manager for the Learning Place initiative.

“Twelve new laptop computers is a much-needed gift,” explained Dave Skorupa, United Way of the Mid-South’s VP of Communications. “So often in the nonprofit world, we work with older equipment and software to keep operation costs low. If we’re not careful, we can fall behind the latest technology, especially given how quickly things change these days. Having new computers will help us keep our training and skill sets more up-to-date.”

About ServiceMaster

With a global network of more than 6,900 company-owned, franchise and licensed locations, Memphis-based ServiceMaster is one of the world’s largest residential and commercial service networks. The company’s high profile brands are TruGreen, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Through approximately 24,000 corporate associates and a franchise network that independently employs over 31,000 additional people, the ServiceMaster family of brands serves more than 8.2 million customers every year. Our brands hold market-leading positions in residential and commercial lawn, tree and shrub care, termite and pest control, home warranties, furniture repair, home inspections, residential and commercial cleaning and disaster restoration. Go towww.servicemaster.com for more information about ServiceMaster or follow us at twitter.com/ServiceMaster or facebook.com/TheServiceMasterCo.

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