College Pro is a leading entrepreneurial development company based in North America. Each year we train our franchise owners on all aspects of small business operations, specifically to deliver house painting and window cleaning services to more than 30,000 homeowners annually. Our goal is to positively impact our communities through our service delivery and development of future leaders.
Giving Back Summary
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Giving Back Details
Charity Entry by Deb Wall
51 College Students spent their spring break painting the interior of a local shelter College Pro Painters was incredibly excited and proud to have partnered with Family Shelter Service to complete some interior painting projects over two weeks this March at their local shelter in Downers Grove. Family Shelter Service was founded in 1976 by a group of caring and concerned individuals who wanted to help the growing numbers of homeless people in DuPage County. The group's initial impressions led them to believe that people living in their cars had lost their homes through fire, eviction or similar crises. They were not expecting to deal with women and children who were homeless as a result of domestic violence. The first program that Family Shelter Service provided was a hotline operating 8 hours daily. Very shortly after that, a local church donated space and a telephone, and the hotline soon operated 24 hours a day. In 1978, the founders established a network of safe homes in the area, and, in 1980, with the support of a HUD grant, the original shelter, Hanson House, opened with a 12-bed capacity. In 1982, with the passage of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, the Court Advocacy Program was implemented. The Children's Program was added in 1984. In 1986, a second 18-bed shelter opened. A third shelter that houses our special transitional program opened in 1989, bringing the total shelter capacity to 43 beds. Also in 1989, Family Shelter Service played a significant role in the development and implementation of the DuPage County Domestic Violence Protocol, which provides the structure for the community's response to domestic violence. College Pro strongly believes in partnering with like-minded organizations that strive to improve the communities in which they serve, and both College Pro and Family Shelter Service believe in making a difference in communities. Together, realizing potentials is College Pro's core purpose and Family Shelter Service's efforts to provide support and advocacy to victims of domestic abuse helps communities realize their potential. A total of 51 College Pro franchisees participated in this community event, traveling and representing campuses from Indiana (Ivy Tech, Wabash College, Marian University, IUPUI, Indiana State, Purdue, and IPFW), Illinois (Monmouth, St. Xavier, Illinois State, MacMurray, Lake Forest, and Depaul), Wisconsin (Univ. Of WI and Concordia), Kentucky (University of Kentucky), Wyoming (University of Wyoming), Iowa (University of N. Iowa, University of Iowa, Dubuque, Iowa State, and Grand View), Kansas (Kansas State and Baker), Missouri (University of Missouri, Truman State, Missouri State, and Central Methodist) and Nebraska (Creighton). College Pro Painters could not have been more excited and proud to work with Family Shelter Services to freshen up their interiors with a new coat of paint.
|Local Homeless Shelter||Woburn, MA|
Charity Entry by Deb Wall
On June 12, 2015, College Pro Home Services donated their time and resources to revitalize a local Boys and Girls Club in Vancouver, BC. This past January, Kit Hulbert, local Franchisee, and a group of other College Pro franchisees, started thinking about how they could contribute more to the communities in which they worked. As Kit states, "As a group we felt stronger connections to organizations that were associated with youth. The Boys and Girls Clubs give kids a place to be amazing, safe, and have fun! They also provide substance-abuse services and support to some of the most vulnerable youth in our community. They offer counselling and employment services for youth and families. They offer programs for families with new babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and parents of teens. And they offer a summer wilderness camping adventure, Camp Potlatch, which is second to none. Annually, they serve 12,000 children, youth, and families and no one is ever turned away due to an inability to pay. No one. College Pro strongly believes in partnering with like-minded organizations that strive to improve the communities in which they serve, and both College Pro and the Boys and Girls Club believe in making a difference in communities. Together, realizing potentials is College Pro's core purpose and the Boys and Girls Club's efforts to provide support and services to the communities' youth helps them to realize their potential. A total of 14 College Pro franchisees, painters and the regional VP were involved in this event. The franchisees involved were: Jenny Lyons, Shivlein Pandohal, Zahra Sunderani, Charles Knox, Kevin Fowler, Lucas Mangotich, Daniel Finkle, Fyfe Barraclough, Kaleb Gebrewold, Gavin Simpson, James Millar, and Kit Hulbert. The painter involved was Mac Turnbull, and the regional VP is Brad Copes, who was also involved in the project. In addition, the local Dulux Paints store rep, Michael Sun, offered his support for the project. This particular project entailed painting the gymnasium wall, 3 bathrooms, and the rear exterior wall, at a value of about $8,000 for labor and materials. College Pro will also be working on another project in August to paint one of their buildings in North Delta. There will be about 20-24 people working on that, providing services equal to about $12,400 in labour and supplies.
|Boys and Girls Club||Woburn, MA|
Charity Entry by Deb Wall
College Pro Painters was incredibly excited and proud to have partnered with the Ohio Chapter of Autism Speaks to paint and donate a playhouse to a young girl with autism. The playhouse was delivered on March 19. 8-Year old Kyla Reynolds attends a school for autism in Strongsville, OH called STEPS Center for Excellence in Autism. The staff there say that Kyla has brought such positive energy to the classroom. She is always smiling, singing and laughing during the day and her happiness is contagious. Kyla's favorite thing to do in class is to draw and color, and have others join her. College Pro Painters, Autism Speaks, and STEPS are thrilled to be able to provide a beautiful new playhouse as a place Kyla can enjoy for years to come. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005, by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Across the country Autism Speaks works with local service providers and schools to connect families to resources and give back to the local community through research, advocacy, awareness, and family services such as online resource guides and tool kits. STEPS Center for Excellence in Autism has been a longtime supporter of Autism Speaks through their Cleveland Walk Now for Autism Speaks event. The STEPS Center is a specialized private school designed to meet the needs of children diagnosed on the autism spectrum and related developmental differences between the ages of 2 1/2 - 22. STEPS believes that competence is not defined by the ability to verbally communicate and has been very successful in assisting students on the autism spectrum to reach their maximum potential. College Pro strongly believes in partnering with like-minded organizations that strive to improve the communities in which they serve, and both College Pro and Autism Speaks believe in making a difference in communities. Together, realizing potentials is College Pro's core purpose and Autism Speaks efforts to provide support and advocacy to people affected by autism help people and communities realize their potential. A total of 40 College Pro franchisees participated in this community event over their spring breaks, traveling from campuses in CT (Southern CT State Univ., Univ. of New Haven, UCONN, Temple Univ., and NHS), NY (Hartwick College, Ithaca, Univ. at Buffalo, Syracuse, Tompkins, Buffalo State, and Onandaga Comm. College), PA (Temple Univ.), MI (GVSU, Calvin, Delta College, Univ. of MI, EMU, and SVSU), OH (CWRU, College of Wooster, Kent, OSU, WSU, and ODU), MA (FSU, WPI, and BC), and RI (URI). College Pro could not have been more excited and proud to have worked with Autism Speaks to provide this playhouse for Kyla and her family.
|Autism Speaks||Woburn, MA|
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