CertaSite, a life safety and fire protection company, has launched CertaSite Serves, a charitable giving arm that intends to give back to communities across the Midwest, where it has offices.
“At our core, our company’s purpose is to protect and enhance as many lives as possible,” said Jeff Wyatt, CEO of CertaSite. “CertaSite Serves supports that purpose and enlarges our wingspan beyond the life safety systems that we install, inspect, repair and maintain by offering a helping hand and providing a meaningful impact to those in critical need throughout our communities.”
CertaSite Serves’ first initiative is a companywide food drive in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nine CertaSite offices will collect a minimum of 400 pounds of food and essential items, for a total of 3,600 pounds. The food drive runs from July 27 through August 21. Upon its conclusion, the items will be distributed to the following organizations:
- Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Mid Ohio Food Bank, Columbus, Ohio
- Fulton Food Pantry, Fulton, Ill.
- Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes, Kalamazoo, Mich.
- Feeding America West Michigan, Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, Kent, Ohio
- United Methodist Church of Rimersburg, Rimersburg, Penn.
- Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Toledo, Ohio
- Second Helpings, Indianapolis, Ind.
CertaSite Serves is also offering the public the opportunity to get involved. For every new follower on Facebook and LinkedIn, CertaSite will donate $1 toward the local community to buy more food. Additionally, members of the public can donate at CertaSite offices in their community.
“We've got the people who have the hearts for this kind of work, which is why we are committed to rallying as a company and mobilizing to make the biggest impact,” Wyatt said. “During this very challenging time, we are proud to come together and show our communities that we are more than fire extinguishers. We are a compassionate hand to those in need.”