American Residential Services (ARS), a privately-held national provider of air conditioning, heating, and plumbing services, is honoring those who served in the armed forces by executing community outreach initiatives geared towards veterans. The ARS Cares for Veterans initiative aims at donating an HVAC system or water heater to a veteran in need. Additionally, employees have volunteered for veterans’ agencies by planting vegetable gardens and cooking over 150 meals for homeless veterans.
ARS has been working in targeted markets alongside veterans’ services agencies to complete this project. So far, veterans in San Diego, Tampa, Dallas, Memphis, and Salt Lake City have had new installations.
In addition, ARS employees in every branch across the country will be engaging in volunteer and civic opportunities geared towards veterans’ services. Prior to Memorial Day, Conway Services and corporate ARS employees tilled and planted an 18 by 8-foot plot and planted donated vegetables and herbs.
“I am elated that we have strong support from ARS. It is tremendously impactful to our clients at Alpha Omega to see people in our community make an effort to spend time with them and help them with various projects,” says Cordell Walker, Executive Director of Alpha Omega Veterans Services. “We use gardening at two of our facilities as part of alternative therapy, so donating time and resources in this way is invaluable to us.”
As the “Medal of Honor” sponsor, ARS contributed to the Military Masquerade’s fundraising efforts, which ultimately raised over $40,000 for Alpha Omega Veterans Services and their programming.