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2020: SERVPRO Gainesville/Alachua County West's Year in Review
SERVPRO Gainesville/Alachua County West technicians disinfect a first responder vehicle during free drive-through event
Zoom calls. Masks. Social distancing. This year has certainly been an unexpected roller coaster, but we wanted to focus on some of the 2020 highlights for our SERVPRO Gainesville/Alachua County West team. Despite its challenges, we had the honor of being deemed an essential service during the pandemic and continued to serve our community as a 24/7/365 emergency restoration and cleaning company.
Having already had years of experience in biohazard cleaning and following CDC guidelines, we donned our PPE and adapted to the Covid-19 crisis, providing both preventative cleanings and deep clean disinfections, to get our local businesses back open as quickly and safely as possible.
We wanted to give back to the community and recognize our first responders on the front line, so we organized several free vehicle drive-through disinfection events where local police officers, firefighters, and ambulance crews could get their vehicles deep cleaned and hopefully leave feeling a little bit safer.
We also normally sponsor the annual Drink GNV networking event hosted by the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce. This year, it looked a little different and was spread out over several weeks to adhere to safety guidelines, but we still managed to creatively support our fellow local businesses during a challenging year. Our co-owner, Becky Raymond, still served as Vice President of the Newberry Jonesville Chamber of Commerce, even if meetings were a little more socially distanced.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s how to be flexible! Our on-call technicians are available 24/7 to quickly head to fire, water, or mold disasters and we are grateful for all our employees who have worked so hard this year. We are always staying up to date on the current safety guidelines to keep our staff and customers safe.
We also appreciate all of our residential and commercial customers, who have trusted us this year to fix your disasters, or referred us to friends and families and left positive SERVPRO job reviews. We wish everyone a safe and happy New Year - here’s to 2021!
Happy Veteran's Day
Thank You Veterans!
Here at SERVPRO of Alachua County West we pride ourselves in not only the job we do, but the fact that we provide a service which helps people in their time of need. With all that we do, we can never repay the many veterans and current serving military members who make our lives as we know them possible. It has been though their sacrifices of their time, families, and very lives that as Americans we have been able to have the very freedoms we daily take for granted. They have served days, nights, holidays, and weekends on our own land as well as foreign soil regardless of their personal views and affiliations and regardless of the views and affiliations of the people they have been sworn to protect. We would also like to personally thank our very own Lead Technician William Redd for his many years of service in the Army. Remember not only on this day, but every day to Thank a Veteran!
Bikers on Parade 2017
Just a few of the Bikes lined up and waiting for the parade.
It was once again time for the Annual Bikers on Parade, which began at Santa-Fe College and ended at the Gainesville Raceway on November 5th, 2017. Many Gainesville area businesses sponsor and participate in this annual event, including State Representative Chuck Clemons (District 21). The route winds through Gainesville with it's residents lining the street waving, and it's proceeds benefit the non-profit grassroots organization 10 CAN. The mission of 10 CAN is to honor, revive, and grow Military and First Responder families through outdoor recreation, education, and rehabilitation. 10 CAN is a tribe of Veterans and Volunteers making an impact for those in need. Reconnecting families following combat deployments, developing youth through rite of passages, and building public awareness of moral wounds. This event is an important way to bring veterans and members of their community together and bring awareness to some of the struggles of veterans and First Responders into the light of day. SERVPRO of Alachua County West is proud to be one of more than 500 a participants in this event. This event was the perfect way to kick off the days coming into the observance of Veteran's Day on November 11th, 2017.
Happy Thanksgiving from SERVPRO of Alachua County West!
It’s never the right time of year not to be thankful. So, this November with Thanksgiving around the corner, we would like to express how grateful we are to you, our customers, who have let us into your homes to ease some of the burdens and subsequent damage that you incurred after hurricane Irma. We are also extremely thankful for all of our customers large and small who let us help them recover from their personal disasters beyond the affects of Irma. We here at SERVPRO of Alachua County West see our customers as more than just a customer, but as members of the SERVPRO family. Maybe that is why more and more families recognize that SERVPRO is the best choice when you want the job done correctly, but more importantly done with honesty, integrity and their personal well being in mind. Whether it’s for water, fire, or mold remediation, SERVPRO has the best solution for you!
Call us today so we can come out and help you create a free Emergency Ready Plan so you can be ready before disaster strikes!
Purple Pint Day 2016
Purple Pint Day 2016 at First Magnitude Brewing Company. Sponsored by Logokick.com and SERVPRO.
Wear your purple & come join us!
March 26th is Worldwide Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness. Although epilepsy is a common neurological disorder, affecting 1 in every 26 people, it is rarely spoken about.
Our marketer & daughter of the owners, Julianne Raymond, is epileptic and works deligently to increase Epilepsy Awareness. For November, Epilepsy Awareness Month, Julianne created the Tailgators for Epilepsy Awareness event. For Worldwide Purple Day, Julianne created Purple Pint Day.
Purple Pint Day is an event on Saturday, March 26th from 2pm-7pm to be held at First Magnitude Brewing Company. Adults, families and dogs are all invited to attend. By wearing purple and donating $15.00, you will receive a 1 free purple pint cup, 1 free beer and a wristband for $0.50 off each additional beer purchased. Julianne was lucky enough to have First Magnitude offer for the event to be held at their brewery. If you have never been; you must! They are a great brewery with a wonderful family and dog friendly atmosphere. Julianne was also lucky enough to have local businesses, Logokick.com and SERVPRO of Alachua County West, sponsor the event. Obviously, she didn't have to try too hard to get owners, Mark and Becky Raymond, otherwise known as her parents, to sponsor the event.
So, please come and join us on Saturday, March 26th for a GREAT event! All proceeds go to the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida to fund helping epileptics and most importantly, finding a CURE! But as Julianne said, raising money is not her goal. Her goal is to raise AWARENESS. Hope to see you there!
Epilepsy Awareness Month 2015
Julianne Raymond, our Marketing Representative and daughter of the owners, a advocate and supporter of Epilepsy Awareness.
It's November again...
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month and the Marketing Representative and daughter of the owners, Julianne Raymond, is back at it trying to raise Epilepsy awareness again. This year has been a great year for Julianne's volunteering and advocacy work. She was awarded the Champion for Epilepsy of 2015 and has worked intently to make Epilepsy Awareness Month the biggest it has been in Gainesville.
Julianne decided that 2015 was the year that she would start her own event to raise Epilepsy Awareness and raise support for the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. Being that we are in Gainesville, the heart of Gator nation, she figured that the best event would be one combined with the Gators. Julianne is hosting a Tailgators for Epilepsy Awareness tailgate on November 28th, leading up to the UF v FSU football game. She has received plenty of support from local businesses in order to accomplish this event. Backstreet Blues Catering and Winghouse are sponsoring the food and Swamphead is providing the beverages. Local businesses such as Campus Scooters, Celebrate Primary Care, Craig Bost's Farm Bureau Insurance office, Front Street Realty, Gift Certificates & More and NorthWestern Mutual have all reached out to support Julianne's cause. SERVPRO, of course, is also one of her featured sponsors and could not be more excited for the event. We are looking forward to a wonderful day filled with epilepsy awareness, games and a Gator win!
We Value Our Customers
One of the Thank You cards we received after Julianne visited with a thank you gift.
Beginning last July, SERVPRO of Alachua County West implemented a "Thank You" program. Once a job is completed with a customer, our marketing representative, Julianne Raymond, visits with a thank you gift. Normally, she will stop by with fresh baked cookies and a hand written thank you card. Those that use SERVPRO's services are going through a tough time. When they call us, it is due to a recent disaster in their lives, whether it is caused by fire, water, or mold. Dealing with such a disaster will prove to be one of the most stressful situations they have ever experienced.
SERVPRO swoops in at the time of need as a "hero in green." Hopefully, we relieve some of the stress that the customer experiences and return their home and their lives to pre-existing conditions. Once we have a completed a job, our hope is that your home appears "like it (the disaster) never even happened." While customers are grateful for us, the services that we provide, we don't think that is said enough how grateful we are for THEM. Without our valued customers, we would not be the business we are today.
Every single customer we have is a blessing and we want you to feel that way. We are not your only choice when it comes to businesses in the restoration industry, but we are your BEST choice. And by you picking us above the rest, we take that as a compliment to which we are grateful to receive.
The "Thank You" system was implemented to display just a little token of appreciation that we have for each and every customer. Now a days, the personal touch is lost with businesses. The customer, who is the most important person, is never shown the appreciation that they deserve. We at SERVPRO of Alachua County West are working to change that. We have received great feedback thus far and it is certainly something that we will continue to do. If you don't choose SERVPRO because of the knowledge, reliability and experience, at least choose us for the homemade cookies you'll receive at the end of the job!
SERVPRO and the United Way
SERVPRO of Alachua County West firmly believes in giving back to the community. Throughout the years, we have donated and volunteered at several foundations including but not limited to PACE, the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, Peaceful Paths, the Boys and Girls Club and Catholic Charities. This year, SERVPRO of Alachua County West decided to become a Small Business Partner with the United Way of North Central Florida.
The United Way does not focus on one charity, it expands to benefit several in the community. The United Way of North Central Florida has 29 Community Impact Partners. Therefore each dollar you give is shared among the ACORN Clinic, Alachua County 4-H, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club, the Catholic Charities Bureau, CDS Family and Behaviorial Health Services, Child Advocacy Center, Childhood Developmental Services, Children's Home Society, Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County, ElderCare of Alachua County, Friends of the Micanopy Library, Gainesville HIPPY, Gilchrist County School Board, Girl's Place, Healthy Families Alachua, Institute for Workforce Innovation, Kids Count in Alachua County, North Florida YMCA, Partnership for Strong Families, Peaceful Paths, Riechert House, St. Francis House, Suwannee River AHEC, ARC of Alachua County, Guardian Foundation, the Salvation Army, Three Rivers Legal Services and VETSPACE.
SERVPRO of Alachua County West is so proud to help in such an influential way in our community by partnering with United Way.
Want to get to know Becky Raymond, one of our owners, just a tad better? Below is a link about Becky and how she feels to be working with United Way:
November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month
Our Advocate, Fighter and Marketer, Julianne Raymond
Not very many people know this, but November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that truly gets very little attention, even though every 1 in 26 people is diagnosed at some point in their lives. Our very own Marketing Representative, Julianne Raymond, was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 16. Below is a link of her story. http://epilepsyu.com/stories/julianne-raymonds-story
Since spreading Epilepsy Awareness obviously has a special place in Julianne's heart, she created a flyer with 26 facts about Epilepsy. She has been handing it out to all of the local businesses and properties to which she markets. The flyer can be found in our posted photos.
We are so proud to have such a strong advocate. Spread the knowledge and rock the purple!