Niles, Ill.-based Smithereen Pest Management Services recently entered “phase 2” of its project of partnering with local restaurants to deliver free meals to healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We partnered with longtime customer Halsted Street Deli to provide meals to another longtime customer, Lurie Children’s Hospital,” explains Scott Seifert, Smithereen’s director of sales and marketing.
As Pest Management Professional reported when “phase 1” began in April, the project was accomplished through a company-wide volunteer program, Smithereen SELECT. Founded in 2001, the acronym stands for “Smithereen/Environment/Life/Education/Community/Teamwork.” Its mission is to organize and focus Smithereen’s employees toward causes that mirror the company’s values.
According to the company, “Smithereen has developed charitable opportunities for all employees, with many non-profit organizations that provide various community services such as healthcare, housing, and environmental improvements in the communities it serves.
“The SELECT program is a training ground for not only employees to sharpen their customer service skills, but also for all levels of employees to work together in partnership. These are opportunities to advance their ability to work as a team, as well as to become better service leaders and improve our communities. Whether it be building affordable housing or working in a food pantry, the Smithereen SELECT volunteer program not only helps some very worthy causes, it helps promote Smithereen’s values and culture within our organization.”
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Smithereen Pest Management Services was founded in 1888, and has fourth-generation family owners. It offers both commercial and residential services in seven states, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. It is considered to be one of the first pest control companies to offer an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to pest issues.
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