Community impact project in Pittsburgh improves family home space


Five companies and their employees, who donated their rental expertise, equipment and labor, completed the Community Impact Program’s latest project 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 creating and beautifying outdoor spaces for families seeking treatment at the hospital. The goal was to create a “home away from home” atmosphere where clients can relax as they and their families deal with difficult health situations.

Rental companies and industry suppliers who participated in the project included:

“It’s a really big site,” says Dan Skena, CERP, President of PartySavvy, of the place the team worked to spruce up. “It’s a former Courtyard by Marriott that Family House bought. Family House provides housing for the families of people who come to Pittsburgh for medical care and cannot afford a hotel. They had several facilities in the city which were all scattered around and once they purchased this facility they were able to shut down the original ones. Now they have everything in one central location, right next to one of our main hospitals. It’s a great location.

Landscaping work and spreading mulch kept the team of volunteers busy all day. “I spent the first two hours of my day weeding a landscape bed about 4 feet wide by 100 feet long and full of vines, trees and all sorts of other things. And then a group of us shoveled mulch into wheelbarrows and mulched the landscape beds there,” says Skena.

Given the enormity of the site, Skena says it would have taken a few extra days to complete the project, but he is happy with what the group has accomplished. “For the size of the crew we had, I think we had a huge impact,” he says.

The community impact program, which to date has covered projects in Ohio, Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, Florida, California and now Pennsylvania, involves the ARA Foundation and the Toro Company Foundation in partnership with local nonprofit organizations to coordinate community service projects.

The next project is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19 in Queens, NY at the Queens Botanical Garden. Watch your email for more project details and to sign up to participate.


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