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SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough and The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester First Annual Summer BBQ

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Team under SERVPRO Tent next to Boys and Girls Club van It was far from your typical BBQ, we loved every minute of it and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

Worcester, MA August 27, 2020 The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester has worked so hard this summer serving our community’s children and their families. We wanted to do something to celebrate their efforts, say thank you and offer a little bit traditional summer fun to the club’s children and staff.

What better way to celebrate the end of summer than a BBQ? We brought the grill, the food, a tent to stay dry and a lot of love for our community. Being prepared is what we do, masks and gloves on, we set up a BBQ station outside the club. Our team worked hard cooking and plating food. It was SERVPRO's great pleasure to be of service. Even the on/off rain, sometimes coming in down pours wasn’t enough to dampen spirits. We’re SERVPRO, we know a thing or two about dealing with water and storms.

The Boys and Girls Club of Worcester staff made did an amazing job making sure all responsible socially distanced protocol was followed. They made sure that the food got to where it needed to be, everyone was served and most importantly that their kids were well cared for.

Hearing the excited shouts of “thank you” from happy kids inside, knowing that we were able to offer a little taste of “back to normal” with something as simple as hotdogs & hamburgers made this one of the best days our team has had this summer.

It was far from your typical BBQ, we loved every minute of it and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

To learn more about ways you can support The Boys and Girls Club please visit: https://www.bgcworcester.org/support-our-club

National Day of Service and Remembrance September 11, 2020

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

In honor and memory of those who died on September 11, 2001, as well as the survivors and first responders, the National Day of Service and Remembrance was established in 2009 as a day of reflection. Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, this is a day to come together just as Americans did following the events of 9/11 to help and honor their neighbors in need.

On this day and every day, SERVPRO® salutes those heroes who arrive in the greatest times of need and stand strong in the face of disaster. These heroes are the first responders who keep our communities safe in unprecedented times.

Reflect and strive to make a positive difference in your area this year to commemorate the National Day of Service and Remembrance. To find volunteer opportunities near you or to register your National Day of Service and Remembrance event, visit nationalservice.gov/911day.

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Thank You, First Responders!

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Crew and vehicles standing by First Responder Vehicles Here at SERVPRO, we’d like to say thank and honor our local first responders for the service & sacrifice they provide to our community.

We Are Committed  to Those Who Are Committed to Our Community!

We’ve said it before and we will say it again, not all heroes wear capes. Some wear uniforms, scrubs, masks, and gloves. They are our family, friends and neighbors who stand ready to protect and serve our community. Not just in these unprecedented days of COVID but EVERY day. They are our local First Responders -made up of fire fighters, police, EMTs, doctors and nurses- all on the frontlines caring for and protecting this community we call home.

Here at SERVPRO we’d like to say thank and honor our local first responders for the service & sacrifice they provide to our community. We treasure our working and social relationships with these local heroes, are proud to do our part in supporting their efforts and show our gratitude for all they do.

SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough Stands with Our First Responders. We Are Proud to Offer Our Respect & Support

At SERVPRO we have long admired and looked for ways to support our local First Responders. This is a group of people who sacrifice so much to serve our communities and ask for little in return. The following  are just some of the ways we’ve found to say “Thank You.”

Volunteer Our Expert Service

SERVPRO is being called by numerous business owners and community leaders to perform necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect, and sanitize their facilities. All of our cleanup procedures are in accordance with the CDC and local authorities. We have been proud to offer these services and our expertise to local departments for vehicle and office cleaning.

Honoring Fallen Heroes

As a community we mourn the loss of fallen heroes and their families, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Heroes such as these deserve to be honored and remembered. We were proud to raise funds for heroes such as Lt. Jason Menard. His selflessness, service and sacrifice to the people of Worcester will not soon be forgotten. It’s support we’re proud to provide but hope for days when it’s not needed.

Annual First Responders Bowl Watch Party

SERVPRO is the proud sponsor of the First Responders Bowl. It’s our way to say thanks for the bravery and courage of those who arrive first at the scene of an emergency.  The bowl celebrates our neighbors, family and fellow citizens who serve as first responders protecting and preserving peace in our communities. Annually SERVPRO of Worcester & SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/ Westborough hosts a watch party. We invite local first responders to a watch party and we celebrate all the good work they do for our communities.

Community Events & Fund Raisers

We have always welcomed the opportunity to join and participate in community events and fundraisers. It’s a wonderful opportunity to help raise funds and build lasting relationships. We have been proud to participate in the Heroes Cup Golf tournament as well as other local fund raisers. We look forward to future events and continuing to build lasting relationships.

We Continue to Look to Offer Our Support & Gratitude

These are just some of the ways we’ve found to offer our gratitude. If you have suggestions or know of local first responders groups in need of support we invite you to email us at aharvey@SERVPROworcester.com

Asking Yourself How Can I Say Thank You?

If you’re ask in what can you can do to support for local first responders, we suggest reading How Do We Say Thank You. It’s a blog post we created are a few ideas on how to say thank you to the people on the front lines of battle against the Coronavirus.

SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/ Westborough Joins the Hunt!

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Chalk drawing of 495 in a heart Proud members of the Corridor 9/495 Regional Chamber of Commerce!

Saturday June 27, Corridor 9/ 495 Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a Social Distancing

Community Scavenger Hunt.

27 teams set out through our 5 towns (Westborough, Northborough, Southborough, Shrewsbury, & Grafton) to find up to 80 clues.

All of the teams did an amazing time finding the places and things!

SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/ Westborough had a blast competing with our colleagues, friends and neighbors. Our “SERVPRO Avengers- Age of Momtron” team, led by our own Angelique Harvey and family, didn’t bring home the gold but looks forward to a rematch in the future.

Congratulations to the winners!!

  • 1st place with 237 points the Virus Busters
  • 2nd Place with 215 points Pandemic! At the Disco
  • 3rd Place with 205 points & Best Costume COVID Mime-Teen
  • Best Team Name QUARANTEAM

This event wouldn’t have been  possible without generous sponsors, prize donations & volunteers

Thank you to Corridor 9/ 495 Regional Chamber of Commerce for another great event. We’re proud to be members and look forward to future events.

Restoration Newsline June 2020: THE COVID EFFECT

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Close up photo of Covid-19 virus SERVPRO is in this with you and proudly stands beside our first responders in fighting this silent enemy.

The Coronavirus has changed the social landscape more

than we could have imagined. The terms social distancing and the new normal have become indoctrinated in our vocabulary. The interaction with family, friends, and business associates has been directly impacted. The traditional handshake is now riddled with fear. Instead it’s better to tap feet or “elbow bump.”

As in the years following World War II, great effort was spent putting measures in place to reduce the likelihood of another global conflict. Likewise, prevention of future viral pandemics is top of mind for most the world’s governments and security services for the immediate future. SERVPRO professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect, and sanitize their properties. SERVPRO uses EPA-approved products and follows the CDC guidelines for cleanup practices.

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the ERA-registered emerging pathogens claims.

Will it all get back to normal? Yes. When will that happen? That remains unclear. What is clear is that normalcy will return, and all along the way SERVPRO will be there for your business, your home, and your customers. We are in this with you and proudly stand beside our first responders in fighting this silent enemy.

Read More Restoration Newsline Local Edition - June 2020 Featured Blogs

  • The COVID EFFECT
  • COMMITMENT TO CLEAN Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
  • COMMUNNITY SPOTLIGHT: How Do We Say Thank You?
  • BE PROACTIVE, NOT REACTIVE Have an Emergency Plan?
  • SERVPRO SPOTLIGHT Our Employees Make Us Shine

How Do We Say Thank You?

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Illustration of Frontline workers Thank you to all of Heroes on the Frontlines!

Here are a few ideas on how to say thank you to the people on the front lines of battle against the Coronavirus

2020 has been a rollercoaster of fear and emotions. The world was thrown into a state of change that had not been seen for several generations. At the front of the COVID battle, our heroes stood strong, not wearing tights or capes, but uniforms, scrubs, masks, and gloves all ready to fight this for all of us.

The words “Thank You” don’t seem enough. How do we convey our gratitude to those that put their lives at risk so we can stay home with our families to flatten the curve? Here are a few ideas to say Thanks.

Restaurant Gift Cards

It would be great to give out large enough giftcards so they could take their whole family to dinner, but think about ways to stretch your funds farther to reach more heroes.

Consider $5 - $10 gift cards to local restaurants. This will give enough money for either a drink or appetizer. It will also help the economy and struggling restaurants.

Food Drop Off

You will probably have to coordinate this in advance, but schedule a meal that you can deliver to our heroes. They will love some food to refuel. Dropoffs at police stations, fire halls, and emergency rooms are sure to boost moral.

Letters of Encouragement

Take the time to sit down with family and write letters of encouragement to these heroes, expressing your appreciation for what they’re doing. If you have children, get them to draw these heroes. Their artwork will be a blessing to these first responders. You can send them or hand-deliver (at a safe distance) to your local fire halls, police stations and hospitals. They are separated from their families right now; these letters will include them in yours. N

Read More Restoration Newsline Local Edition - June 2020 Featured Blogs

  • The COVID EFFECT
  • COMMITMENT TO CLEAN Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
  • COMMUNNITY SPOTLIGHT: How Do We Say Thank You?
  • BE PROACTIVE, NOT REACTIVE Have an Emergency Plan?
  • SERVPRO SPOTLIGHT Our Employees Make Us Shine

Reopening Massachusetts - Workplace Safety Standards in Phase I

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

General Business Guidance

Information to help businesses meet the self-certification requirement to reopen. All businesses must meet these requirements before reopening. Businesses operating to provide Essential Services, as defined in the Governor's March 23, 2020 Executive Order, updated on March 31, April 28 and May 15, may remain open and have until May 25, 2020 to comply with these mandatory safety standards.

  • COVID-19 control plan template – Template that satisfies the written control plan requirement for self-certification
  • Compliance attestation poster – Poster that customer facing businesses are required to print, sign, and post in an area within the business premises that is visible to workers and visitors
  • Employer and Worker posters – Posters that businesses can print and display within the business premises to describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning and disinfecting

For additional resources and information VIEW| WEBPAGE HERE

Sector-Specific Safety Protocols & Recommended Best Practices

Mandatory safety standards and recommended best practices for sectors that are eligible to open in Phase 1. Additional sector guidance for future phases will be issued at a later date. Businesses operating to provide Essential Services, as defined in the Governor's March 23, 2020 Executive Order, updated on March 31, April 28 and May 15, may remain open and have until May 25, 2020 to comply with their industry’s sector-specific protocols (if applicable).

 VIEW | WEBPAGE HERE

COVID-19 Control Plan Template

All Massachusetts businesses must develop a written control plan outlining how its workplace will comply with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 reopening period. This template may be filled out to meet that requirement. Control plans do not need to be submitted for approval but must be kept on premise and made available in the case of an inspection or outbreak. All individually listed businesses must complete a control plan, even if the business is part of a larger corporation or entity.

VIEW | DOWNLOAD THE TEMPLATE

Required Workplace Posters

Customer facing businesses are required to print, sign, and post signage that is visible to workers and visitors. These posters describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning and disinfecting.

DOWNLOAD | Compliance Attestation Poster

DOWNLOAD | Employer Poster DOWNLOAD | Worker Poster

All of these documents can also be found in different languages here.

Doing Your Part to Help Local Business

4/18/2020 (Permalink)

Doing Your part to Help Local Business | The Benefits of Online Reviews

In today’s #AloneTogether world, you may be asking, “How can I help to support local business when I’m trying to follow social distancing guidelines?” The answer is to embrace online tools, social media and online reviews.

Now more than ever,  small businesses need your online reviews- it’s how they stay connected to the people they serve.

How do reviews help a local businesses:

Connect with Customers
When you run a small business, you don’t just work there- you are a neighbor, a friend, a part of the community. You get to personally know your customers. You build relationships- eye to eye and toe to toe. Visits to your business & visiting your COIs  & customers becomes a regular routine. 

During these unprecedented times our regular ways of socializing with the community aren’t available. Reviewing, Liking, thanking, and responding to comments on reviews left for a business allows a company to show their personality, values and helps to build strong relationships.

Reviews Help a Business Get Found

Google takes review ratings into consideration when determining the order of businesses it lists in local searches.

When consumers go to Facebook and search for a local business, your ranking is also influenced by your rating, as well as the number of your reviews. This is true for Yelp as well. Your reviews help others find your favorite local businesses. If customers can find a business, then they can work with them.

Reviews Help to Build a Business’s Credibility

According to studies (conducted before social distancing) close to 90% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. The more positive reviews  a business has the easier it is for customers to make the decision to try that business.

Reviews Provide Important Feedback

A business can learn a lot from reviews- what are they doing well, how can they be of better service. What do your customers love about a business, what could use some work?. A business can fix issues quickly before they become a problem.

Word-of-Mouth

People often think of reviews just as formal write-ups, but don’t underestimate the power of the conversation you see on social media, references to experiences or comments on a particular product- that helps build a business’s reputation too. This takes time, first people need to know you’re there and then they need to talk about you. The more good things people have to say in connection with a business—the more positive “word of mouth” you are getting for that business.

Examples:

  1. I don’t know what we would have done without #SERVPROWORCESTER after our house fire.
  2. Thank you #SevenSaws for the curbside service!
  3. I could really go for some BBQ about now #SmokeStackBBQ

Now you know how and why  you can help your favorite local business by just sharing your opinions on the goods and services they provide.

Please think about taking some time to show your support for some our locally owned and operated business who are working so hard during these difficult times. #InItTogether

National Burn Awareness Week -Treating First Degree Burns

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

National Burn Awareness Week 2020 National Burn Awareness Week 2020- Do you know how to treat a first-degree burn?

In Observation of National Burn Awareness Week, SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/ Westborough would like to share the following information Regarding First-Degree Burn First Aid

The American Burn Association’s Burn Prevention Committee recommends the following guidelines for the treatment of minor burns. Please note that even a small burn, may have the potential to become infected. It is always advisable to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Remember, when in doubt or if you think the individual’s life is in danger, call 911.

What’s a First-Degree Burn?

First-Degree Burns are burns which involve the outer most layer of skin and are usually associated with a sun burn. Such an injury may occur from too much exposure to the sun (gardening, sunbathing, etc.). The skin is usually still intact, but may appear to be red, very warm or hot to touch and painful. There may also be small blisters, and swelling in and around the area of injury.

Initial first-aid treatment for a first-degree burn include the following:

DO’s

  • Stop the burning process: cool the burn with running cool (not cold) water for at least 5 minutes. But do not use ice, as this may cause further skin damage. Do not over cool! If the victim starts to shiver, stop the cooling process.
  • Remove all jewelry, watches, rings and clothing around the burned area as soon as possible.
  • Administer an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain control. Follow the directions on the label. Consult a physician or health care provider if pain is not relieved.
  • Cover the burn with a sterile gauge bandage or clean cloth. Wrap the burned area loosely to avoid putting too much pressure on the burn tissue.
  • Minor burns will usually heal without further treatment.
  • For small area burns, apply soothing lotions that contains aloe vera to the burned area to help relieve the pain and discomfort.
  • Seek medical attention if there is a persistent fever not relieved by medication or redness that may extend beyond the border of the burn or pain is not controlled by ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (electrolyte containing solutions such as gator aid) if the person appears to be dehydrated.

DON’TS

  • Do not apply ice – this may cause further damage to the skin.
  • Do not use any butter, ointments or other home remedies on the burn. Such substances may trap the heat in the tissue and makes the burn worse.
  • Do not break any blisters…leave intact.
  • Do not delay seeing medical attention if the burn is larger than the size of the victim’s palm.

Healing

It may take several days for a mild first-degree or second-degree burn to heal. During that time, it is important that the affected area is observed for infection, such as redness extending beyond the burned area, changes in the appearance of the wound or slight fever not relieved by Tylenol. As your skin begins to heal, you may also notice that it will itch, which can be very uncomfortable at times. This is normal and will eventually decrease. Frequent application of lotion can help keep the skin hydrated and minimize the itching process. If the itching is too severe, an over-the-counter medication such as Benadryl® may be helpful in easing the discomfort. Remember...always follow the directions on the label. The wound should be kept clean with daily dressing changes. If you have any concern or questions, consult your healthcare provider. Once the burn has healed, limit the exposure of the burn skin to direct sunlight. Always wear sun protection.

Following the above guidelines should promote healing to most minor burns.

**This material is for information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, which you should seek from your physician. The ABA does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

To learn more about Burn Treatment and Prevention please visit: http://ameriburn.org/prevention/prevention-resources/#1493037731300-e4bd5ba9-3769

Local Community Continues to Work Together to Honor a Fallen Hero

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Worcester Fire Fighters, SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/ Westborough and Worcester Bravehearts Worcester Fire Fighters, SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/ Westborough and Worcester Bravehearts honor local hero, Lt. Jason Menard.

On Friday January 24, 2020 SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/ Westborough was proud to have been a part of something much bigger than business.

We had the honor of presenting a check, along with the Worcester Bravehearts, in support of the Menard Children’s Fund.

We were grateful for the opportunity to recognize a true hero, Lt. Jason Menard. His selflessness, service and sacrifice to the people of Worcester will not soon be forgotten.

Additionally, we offer our thanks to the Worcester Fire Fighters who accepted the check on behalf of the Menard family. The Worcester Fire Department’s dedication to this community is legendary and appreciated. We are lucky to have you.

For a community who never stops giving, we would like to make a special acknowledgement to the following local business: 110 Grill, Anytime Fitness, Apex Entertainment, Bay State Savings Bank Burton’s Bar & Grill, The Ecotarium, Massachusetts Pirates, Nothing Bundt Cakes Shrewsbury, Publick House Historic Inn & Country Lodge, Redemption Rock Brewing Co., Seven Saws Brewing Company, and Boro Sugar Shack. Your contributions and donations were key to our fundraising efforts- thank you!

SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/ Westborough is lucky to call this community home!

If you wish to contribute further to the  Menard Children’s Fund we encourage you to visit https://events.fmpevents.com/e/menardchildrensfund

The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts Foundation (PFFM Foundation) will be collecting donations for the Menard Children's Fund. 100% of all donations made will be going directly towards their future needs.