Giving Back: Men in Black, Terminix, Thomas Pest and RISE


March 31, 2020



We round up some of the top ways pest management professionals and companies are giving back to their communities, customers and employees.

Men in Black dives into volunteerism

Naperville, Ill.-based Men in Black Pest Control Services was recently profiled in a local article because of its decision to give back to the community in various ways during the coronavirus shutdown, including:

  • Picking up prescriptions and groceries for senior citizens at no charge. The runners are equipped with N-95 respirators and gloves.
  • Donating P100 cartridges, face mask respirators and nitrile exam gloves — personal protective equipment they had in inventory — to Edwards Hospital.
  • Leading a drive for local food pantries.
  • Participating in “helping parents cope” gift baskets with other local companies, delivering to front doors of families with school-aged children.

Terminix now offers student loan repayment assistance

Terminix, a ServiceMaster company, has launched a student loan repayment program to alleviate the financial burden of current employees.

“As we enter a new decade and continue to look for ways to empower our frontline, we must also look at the services we provide to our employees,” said David Dart, chief human resources officer at Terminix. “Employee retention is a top priority for 2020, and our new student loan repayment program is a demonstration of our commitment to be an employer of choice and provide competitive benefits.”

The program, launched in December 2019, offers contributions of $50 per month to qualifying full- and part-time employees. Currently, there are 10,000 eligible employees across the ServiceMaster family of brands. ServiceMaster partnered with, a platform for employee student loan contributions.

“We hope current employees will use this benefit to pursue their own higher education goals, whatever they may be,” said Chris Elmore, senior director of talent acquisition. “We know higher job satisfaction comes from feeling appreciated for the work you do, and we want our employees to know Terminix and ServiceMaster truly values them, and the implementation of this student loan repayment program reflects that.”

Thomas Pest Services launches campaign for cerebral palsy awareness

Thomas Pest Services, based in Schenectady, N.Y., launched a campaign to raise awareness and funds for National Cerebral Palsy (CP) Awareness. The campaign was started in honor of owners Bill Clark and Sarah Thomas-Clark’s five-year-old daughter, Riley.

Riley was diagnosed with right side spastic hemiplegia at age one-and-a-half. Riley has suffered impairment to her coordination and fine motor skills, and attends weekly occupational and physical therapy to help with her condition. Learn more about Riley’s story and how she has inspired Thomas Pest Services, here.

To show support, the team wore green T-shirts every Friday during the month of March, as green is the color for CP awareness.

In addition, Thomas Pest Services also launched a customer contest to help raise awareness and provide free services for the customers who participate. Customers can take a selfie with their Thomas Pest Services technician (or other TPS insignia), and post it using the hashtag #gogreen4cp. Those customers will get a discount on their next service call.

Nominations open for 2020 RISE awards program

Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) has opened nominations for its 2020 member volunteer and industry awards.

The awards will be presented during the 2020 RISE Annual Meeting in Greensboro, Ga., August 24-26. Nominations must be emailed to LaKiya Pugh-Rawls by June 1 at The three award categories include:

  1. The E. Allen James Leadership Award honors an individual whose outstanding contributions to the specialty pesticides and fertilizer industry and RISE association activities epitomize the contributions of the first RISE president, Allen James.
  2. The Strategic Driver Award recognizes an individual, committee or workgroup that exhibits exceptional leadership and ownership of the association’s strategic drivers, which include advocacy, community building, organizational strength and investing for the future.
  3. The Excellence in Grassroots Advocacy Award honors an individual, an allied association, or group that demonstrates outstanding effort and contributions in furthering the mission, vision and goals of RISE’s public policy advocacy through grassroots engagement.

In 2019, the association’s highest honor, the E. Allen James Leadership Award, was presented to Jill Holihan, FMC Corporation.



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