Embracing Good Corporate Citizenship

ConServe’s Jeans for Charity Program Ensures Lifesaving/Lifechanging Services

Rochester, N.Y. – Continental Service Group, Inc., d/b/a ConServe, prides itself on being a committed community partner. Giving back, positively impacting people’s lives, and empowering others to take control of their financial obligations in ways that preserve their dignity are among the team’s goals and priorities.

Employees embrace a “consumer-centric” perspective and regularly go above and beyond in their efforts to Foster Financial Freedom. In the month of May, ConServe generously donated to the Habitat for Humanity Buffalo, Flower City Habitat for Humanity, Willow Center, and the Haven House.

Their company-wide Jeans For Charity program allows both the employees and the organization as a whole to support a wide range of community investment efforts, thereby engaging and inspiring employees, while also reinforcing ConServe’s mission to ‘improve the human condition.’ George Huyler, PHR, Vice President of Human Resources at ConServe said, “I am always very impressed by the commitment of our employees to our community. More than 500 of our employees donated to this program in the month of May.”

“We are so grateful to have been chosen as ConServe’s May philanthropy recipient. Donations like these help us provide life-saving programs free of charge such as our 24/7 hotline (222-SAFE), Court Advocacy Program, HEAL collaborative at Strong Memorial Hospital, Mobile Advocates, individual and group counseling sessions, and our 49-bed shelter located here in Monroe County at The Shill Family Building. Support like yours is crucial to making sure that we can meet survivors wherever they need us in the community. Thank you for helping us support all those seeking to live a safe and empowered life,” said Meaghan de Chateauvieux, President and CEO of Willow Domestic Violence Center.

Lauren Gorlick, Community Relations Coordinator at Haven House said, “Domestic violence is the most underreported crime. Since 1979, Haven House has served over 29,000 women, children and even men who flee from abusive situations to our shelter which is in an undisclosed location. Not only do survivors receive shelter, meals throughout the day and individual counseling, but they can also elect to participate in group counseling, art empowerment, court advocacy and pet therapy! At any given time, our shelter may be full and generally 50% of our residents are under the age of ten. It is ironic that ConServe chose to support Haven House in May as it was May 14, 1979 that Haven House first opened its doors – 40 years ago! This donation will continue to ensure that our programming runs smoothly for the future clients we will serve.”

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 is just one of the ways in which ConServe supports varied and diverse community agencies. To date the program has donated over $936,027 to local community organizations.

About Habitat for Humanity Buffalo

Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity buffalo have assisted 308 families in achieving their dream of homeownership. Families in Habitat Buffalo’s homebuyer program are able to purchase a decent, safe, affordable home. This is attainable for low-income families because Habitat Buffalo subsidizes the cost of the house through grants, donations, and volunteer labor. The homebuyer repays an interest-free, 30-year mortgage, which supports the Fund for Humanity, a revolving account used to build additional home.

About Flower City Habitat for Humanity

Flower City Habitat for Humanity is a non-denominational Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard and poverty housing in Rochester, NY. Since 1984, Flower City Habitat for Humanity has built or renovated over 200 homes, and is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the northeastern United States. Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Visit them online 

About Willow Center

Willow Domestic Violence Center (formerly Alternatives for Battered Women), has provided support to meet this need in our community for 40 years. Willow’s comprehensive range of services includes a 49-bed Emergency Shelter, 24/7 Crisis Hotline, Counseling Center, Children’s Program, HEAL Collaboration with Strong Hospital, and Court Advocacy Program at the Hall of Justice. Willow provides support to over 7,500 survivors of domestic violence each year and reaches an additional 15,000 individuals through prevention education annually. Willow has been embedded in the Rochester community for 40 years—a safe place for families fleeing violence and a place to find hope and healing. Our trauma-informed approach helps us to meet survivors where they are physically and emotionally to support them on their journey to a safe and empowered life. Visit them online

About Haven House

Haven House is the only domestic violence shelter in Erie County. The primary mission of Haven House is to interrupt the cycle of domestic violence and provide community-based services to adult and child victims. Emergency shelter and supportive services have been provided to over 28,289 adults for 40 years since the organization first opened its doors on May 14, 1979. Visit them online

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