R1 Impact – Whaley Children’s Center

May 12, 2014

On Monday, a team of Reliance One employees volunteered their time with the Whaley Children’s Center in Flint, MI. During the day they helped out by unloading and sorting many of the donations the center had received from their last fundraiser. They also assisted in yard cleanup for one of the properties the Children’s Center owns. A large windstorm had recently passed through causing many branches to be scattered throughout the property, so the extra sets of hands for clean-up were greatly appreciated.

The team said they were able to tour the facility and meet with several of the children, which had a pretty big impact on them. “After spending the day helping out and meeting the children, I really saw how important the center is to the community and how volunteering my time really can make a difference in someone’s life,” said Norm Riopelle, Technical Recruiter at Reliance One.

They also said it was nice to be able to serve a place that does so much for children who severely need it, and they really look forward to the opportunity to go back! “This experience opened my eyes to the great services Whaley Children’s Center provides to the youth in need of the Flint area,” said Riopelle.

About Whaley Children’s Center:

http://www.whaleychildren.org/

“Through dynamic leadership and dedicated staff and volunteers, Whaley Children’s Center will be a source of hope, care, and treatment to Michigan’s abused, neglected, and at-risk children and families. We have a total commitment to treating all children and families with fairness, dignity, and respect regardless of race, age, creed, ethnicity, orientation, or ability. We strive to be leaders in the treatment of at-risk children and their families and creating an environment that fosters positive change and growth.”

About Reliance One:

http://www.reliance-one.com

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with a focus on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct).

Media Contact:

Reliance One, Inc.
1700 Harmon Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
248-922-4500
Robert Wicker
rwicker@reliance-one.com

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Forgotten Harvest – R1 Impact Through Serving Others

April 29, 2014

This past Friday, a team from Reliance One spent their R1 Impact Day at Forgotten Harvest of Southeast Detroit. They assisted the farm personnel with clean up in the barns in order to get them ready for the upcoming season. In the first barn, they removed straw so they could start relocating dirt to the lower areas of the barn, while also disposing of large piles of trash. In the second barn, Robin, Joe, and Jake focused on leaf removal while Ericka sorted gloves for future volunteers.

The team said Forgotten Harvest was very thankful they were able to get some of these larger tasks off of their list, since they usually get pushed aside when the weather gets nicer, which is when their focus turns to planting and harvesting.

“While we sit down at our tables each and every day to enjoy a meal, we don’t realize that one out of every five people in Southeast Michigan goes without. This farm has a goal of delivering 1.7 million pounds of food to the tables of those in need. Knowing that we had a small part in that eventual success was a great feeling,” stated Robin Hilliker, R1 Account Manager.

About Forgotten Harvest:

http://www.forgottenharvest.org/

The mission of Forgotten Harvest, founded in 1990, is to relieve hunger in the Detroit metropolitan community by rescuing extra, prepared and perishable food and donating it to emergency food providers. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the Metro Detroit area.

About Reliance One:

http://www.reliance-one.com

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with a focus on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct).

Media Contact:

Reliance One, Inc.
1700 Harmon Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
248-922-4500
Robert Wicker
rwicker@reliance-one.com

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A Safari in Detroit

April 8, 2014

Last Week, some of the Reliance One employees volunteered their time with the DMC Children’s Hospital. While they were there, they put on a safari themed party filled with crafts, music, and games, which included making / decorating binoculars, creating safari vests out of paper bags, making masks of different jungle animals, enjoying Disney music, and even playing a game of pin the tail on the elephant! Their day of service gave them the opportunity to temporarily take away the pain and disadvantages that come along with being an ill child, who typically is cooped up in their hospital rooms every day. The team really enjoyed being able to integrate something out of the ordinary for them, which may be considered a common “craft-day” for healthy children.

“With our volunteer day, we were able to take their minds off of being in a hospital. We shared conversation and laughs with all the kids and we even had one little girl come back to the party 3 times, even after she completed all the activities,” said Katie Ackert, Account Manager.

The team said it showed them how big of an impact they can have on a child, seeing as some of these children have been in the hospital for weeks and even months so they don’t always get the option to play or have fun like other children.

“It was great to be able to spend the day with some of the kids at the DMC Children’s Hospital. Our Safari theme crafts and activities were well received and enjoyed by all. Making kids feel special and taking their mind off their illness for a little while is always a good feeling. I hope we’re able to return soon!” said Alicia Bradley, Senior Technical Recruiter.

About DMC Children’s Hospital:

https://www.childrensdmc.org/

“With more than 40 specialties, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan sees more kids and trains more pediatric medical and surgical experts than any other hospital in the state. For over 125 years, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is the hospital where all we know and everything we do is just for them.”

About Reliance One:

http://www.reliance-one.com

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with a focus on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct).

Media Contact:

Reliance One, Inc.
1700 Harmon Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
248-922-4500
Robert Wicker
rwicker@reliance-one.com

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Focus Hope – R1 Impact Through Serving Others

March 25, 2014

Last Thursday, the Leadership team at Reliance One volunteered their time with Focus Hope. The team was responsible for handing out food to those that visited the distribution center. This required communication with the Focus Hope team to ensure the supplies were fully stocked. Most R1 members stated that this was the highlight of their day – the customer service focus was easily translated from the daily tasks performed at Reliance One. “I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the individuals that walked through the doors at Focus Hope. Most of the people there were extremely friendly and grateful for my assistance. It was a great reminder of how much of an impact that a smile has,” said Rob Wicker, Director of Recruitment. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around,” (Leo Buscaglia).

In addition, the R1 team was tasked with prepping palettes of juice and various canned goods. This activity was very physically demanding because the heavy items had to be moved and stacked in another area. The R1 team learned that following a pattern on the palette could prove to be challenging. Rob stepped in while stacking to ensure that the second palate was done correctly. Most people agreed that the physical demands were far beyond their regular work duties in the office.

“This was one of my best days! I was really impacted by many people who I met throughout the day. It makes you appreciate an organization like Focus Hope and what they do for the community. I am already looking forward to coming back and giving to those that could use the help,” said VP of Reliance One, Jeff Gardner.

About Focus Hope:

http://www.focushope.edu/

The mission of Focus: HOPE, founded in 1968, is “recognizing the dignity and beauty of every person, we pledge intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty, and injustice. And to build a metropolitan community where all people may live in freedom, harmony, trust and affection. Black and white, yellow, brown and red from Detroit and its suburbs of every economic status, national origin and religious persuasion we join in this covenant.”

About Reliance One:

http://www.reliance-one.com

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with a focus on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct).

Media Contact:

Reliance One, Inc.
1700 Harmon Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
248-922-4500
Robert Wicker
rwicker@reliance-one.com

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Forgotten Harvest – R1 Impact Through Serving Others

March 3, 2014

Last Thursday was Reliance One’s kick off of our “Day of Service” for our R1 Impact Volunteer program! Two of our employees, Kristen and Caitlin, volunteered their time at the Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park and helped with their warehouse re-pack program.

While at Forgotten Harvest, they unpacked Little Caesar Pizza kits and then repacked them for sorting and delivery. Alongside that, they inspected other food items and sorted them according to what condition they were in. Upon entering the warehouse, they were informed that the facility had strict rules that needed to be followed to ensure cleanliness. “Everyone was required to wear both a hair net and an apron. We were required to make sure our hands were clean at all times and wear gloves,” said Kristen Latimer, Administrative Services Manager.

On their return from volunteering, Kristen and Caitlin informed us on how they were impacted by Forgotten Harvest and how they felt they had impacted them. They stated that they were significantly impacted by realizing how much they take for granted on a daily basis. It was a very humbling experience to realize that by making 300 pizza kits, they helped to feed 300 families. They said they felt like an impact on Forgotten Harvest by being a set of extra helping hands. Every extra hand there meant more food packages for a family in need.

About Forgotten Harvest:

http://www.forgottenharvest.org/

The mission of Forgotten Harvest, founded in 1990, is to relieve hunger in the Detroit metropolitan community by rescuing extra, prepared and perishable food and donating it to emergency food providers. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the Metro Detroit area.

About Reliance One:

http://www.reliance-one.com

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with a focus on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct).

Media Contact:

Reliance One, Inc.
1700 Harmon Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
248-922-4500
Robert Wicker
rwicker@reliance-one.com

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R1 Impact – Through Serving Others

February 4, 2014

Reliance One is introducing an exciting new initiative that will focus on their volunteering and charity programs; “R1 Impact Through Serving Others.” The committee members have put together a program that will benefit both the community and employees. “As a company, we are committed to being involved in the communities with which we do business,” said Jim Beath, President of Reliance One.

The company will continue to support organizations such as; The Rainbow Connection, The Ronald McDonald House and local families through the Adopt a Family program that helps bring joy around the holidays. In addition, the company introduced “The Reliance One Day of Service Program.” Throughout the year, co-workers will join together as teams and devote days of volunteering to organizations in Southeast Michigan. “It is important to me that each and every team member knows how important it to give back to the community. This not only will help with some great causes, but help grow and develop our employees,” said Beath.

Reliance One will be coordinating fundraisers to help support these organizations throughout the year. Our company volunteer efforts and donations will be continuously updated on the R1 website.

About Reliance One:
http://www.reliance-one.com

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with a focus on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct).

Media Contact
Reliance One, Inc.
1700 Harmon Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
248-922-4500
Robert Wicker
rwicker@reliance-one.com

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