ConServe's Jeans for Charity Donations Surpass $500,000

Matching Gift Program Celebrates Milestone in Giving Back to Local Communities

Rochester, N.Y. – Continental Service Group, Inc., d/b/a ConServe, is committed to giving back. In fact, helping to improve the human condition is part of its corporate mission statement. Towards that goal, the company's employees created its Jeans For Charity initiative:  A program in which ConServe employees can elect to participate in monthly charitable donations in exchange for the option of wearing jeans to work.  The effort provides employees with a way to support varied, local agencies and organizations on a regularly scheduled basis.  Inspired by the exceptional generosity of his team, ConServe President and CEO, Mark Davitt, vowed to match that generosity:  So he created the organization's Matching Gift Program - symbolizing ConServe's commitment to good corporate citizenship.

"This program is testament to our organization's commitment to community involvement and corporate social responsibility" states Davitt.  He continues "not only does this initiative provide much needed support to the diverse agencies within our community and the critical services they provide to our neighbors, but it also conveys to our valued Clients and prospects the extent to which we are committed to ethical business practices on a larger scale - we practice what we preach:  Doing the right thing, at the right time, the right way. We are steadfast in partnering with our Clients, employees, vendors and the community as a whole to foster financial freedom, create positive change and to make a difference".

As part of its comprehensive community investment plan, ConServe supports a variety of cultural, educational, diversity, civic & economic development and health & human services organizations.  Through the years, the Jeans For Charity program has reinforced the efforts of groups as widely-known as The American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat For Humanity, Veterans Outreach, ACA International Education Foundation, Toys For Tots and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as well as smaller, local agencies such as Camp Good Days & Special Times, Honor Flight of Rochester & Buffalo, Upstate New York Transplant Services (Unyts), The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI), The Ibero American Action League and The Strong Museum to name just a few.

About ConServe

ConServe has been ranked as a top-performer by the federal government during specific performance periods. Representing less than 1% of collection agencies nationwide, ConServe has achieved the ACA International Professional Practices Management System (PPMS) certification, representing the collection industry's standard for quality management, and has completed the SSAE 16 Type II Engagement. Accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating, ConServe is a recipient of the Rochester Business Ethics Award, has recurrently appeared on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies and has been named a Rochester Top 100 company 13 times in the last 14 years.  ConServe has been voted a Best Places to Work in Collections (for the last four consecutive years) and has been repeatedly recognized as a Workplace Dynamics Top Workplace.  Training magazine has named ConServe on its Top 125 list of organizations with the most successful learning and development programs in the world,  Dale Carnegie has awarded ConServe with the Enthusiasm Award for maintaining a dynamic corporate culture and the Greater Rochester Quality Council has presented ConServe with both the Customer Excellence and Operations Excellence Awards.

About ConServe's Jeans For Charity program

ConServe's Jeans For Charity initiative began in 2008 when the team's employees had an idea to launch a program that would provide a way for the company's mission of "improving the human condition" to coordinate with the organization's commitment of giving back to their community.  ConServe employees are given the opportunity to participate in monthly charitable donations, benefitting a wide-range of recipients, in exchange for having the option of dressing down and wearing jeans to work for the entire month. The funds raised by the employees' generosity are supplemented by the organization's Matching Gift Program - symbolizing ConServe's commitment to good corporate citizenship. This ongoing initiative, which has inspired countless replications throughout the region, is just one of the ways in which ConServe supports varied and diverse community agencies and organizations.

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