For the past several years, Forrester Construction has joined Interfaith Works in their mission to uplift those in need in Montgomery County, Maryland. Here are a few ways Forrester, its Team Members and Interfaith Works have partnered to serve our neighbors:
THE SEASON OF GIVING
Forrester believes that successful businesses benefit from a vibrant, flourishing community. It has become an annual tradition to make a donation lieu of holiday gifts on behalf of Forrester’s clients, business partners, Team Members and neighbors. If you are reading this, then you are one of them.
For the second year, Forrester’s holiday donation will benefit Interfaith Works. To learn more about the organization and how you can help, please visit their website at http://www.iworksmc.org/.
Thank you for your ongoing support and friendship. The entire Forrester team wishes you a happy holiday season and bright 2017.
FORRESTER’S ANNUAL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT DAY
For two years, Forrester Team Members spent a day at Interfaith Works’ Wilkins Avenue Women’s Assessment Center, using their time and talents to make the shelter a brighter place to live. They repaired drywall, painted, installed wall guards, fixed window treatments, power washed, installed flooring, built a vanity, demolished an old pergola and replaced lighting fixtures. Team Members’ children also joined in to help by making bird houses to decorate the back yard, decorating reusable shopping totes and making beautiful beaded jewelry for the center’s clients. After the event, many Team Members assisted with ongoing improvements and repairs, easing the center staff’s workload throughout the year.
LOOKING GOOD, FEELING GOOD
Forrester’s Team Members understand how looking your best can be uplifting and empowering. The Community Involvement Committee has sponsored clothing and toiletry drives to benefit Interfaith Works. In 2016, Forrester donated several boxes of company clothing — including brand new shirts, warm winter coats, polos and other goods –to the Interfaith Works Clothing Center in Rockville. Since the clothing center provides low-income families with clothing and home goods free of charge, this donation allowed them to use more of their resources on food, rent, utilities, medicine and other necessities.
BUILDING A NEW HOME TOGETHER
When the Wilkins Avenue Women’s Assessment Center needed assistance outfitting their new facility, Forrester Team Members rallied to lend their support. Items that warmed the clients’ new home, like sheets, blankets, and towels, were bought from the center’s wishlist.
GOOD FOOD IS BETTER WHEN SHARED
Dedicated volunteers from community groups and congregations across the area participate in the center’s meals program 365 days a year. This ensures that clients have healthy, homemade meals each day, but it is a huge commitment for the center to coordinate. To kick off the holiday season, Forrester volunteers took a turn preparing and serving dinner for Wilkins Avenue Center residents.
To spice things up, Team Members prepared a taco bar that was a huge hit! Forrester’s youngest volunteers helped our guests decorate holiday sugar cookies to make the evening even more special. This evening was such a success that the Community Involvement Committee plans to do it quarterly.
Interfaith Works Womens’ Center recently moved to a new home. They are still in need of essentials to furnish the space and make a home for their clients. If you have been inspired by the Forrester team’s support of Interfaith Works, please consider visiting their wishlist. Contact Mary Joe Bean, Interfaith Works Program Development Director (firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-315-1096) if you are interested in donating one or more items.