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Volunteerism - Supporting our Community
The Calm Before The Storms
We were fortunate enough to be the official water sponsor of a 50k race, that is 31 miles for all of the folks who haven't yet converted to the metric system, which if I'm not mistaken has been in the works for the past 245 years. I'm not sure if any of you participate in races, but a 50k is brutal and the torrential downpours didn't do anything to help the runners.
Humidity along with soaked clothing and water logged shoes does wonders for morale when you are spending an entire day running, or attempting to run. To add insult to injury, the course was on the Ghost Town Trail, PA's 2020 Trail of the Year, which includes a steady 2% incline for the entire race.
At 5:30am we were set up at four (4) hydration stations. We had volunteers working the stations who also checked off the participants as they passed through each checkpoint. I was set up at the finish line, handing out water to each participant as they completed the event.
I was amazed at the number of participants. We had 314 racers and 148 of them traveled from multiple states to go head-to-head with this 50k course. (Spoiler alert, the course destroyed many an ego.) Even the first finisher, who clocked in at 4 hours and 11 minutes was humbled by this course. He finished strong and at the same time he looked as if he had taken one too many head shots from the heavyweight champ of the world. He was the human version of a Weeble... as he wobbled, but he didn't fall down.
It was a blessing to be able to support our community for the entirety of the race. Our water was a hit and all but a few finishers took the time to thank us. Those who didn't were obviously delirious from the race. I figure that nearly 300 racers finished over a 13 hour period which gave me a lot of time, hours in fact, spent talking with the finishers, anxious family members, the other race sponsors and the race organizers. I met many folks who have used SERVPRO, some who had recommended our services and others who had many questions about what we actually do for a living. I offered answers as short as "we provide fire/water restoration, mold remediation and cleaning services" to full blown discussions on how we tackle certain types of losses, big and small. I made many new contacts, both commercial and residential, and I also made new friends, mostly with the members and volunteers of the race organizer, the Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Association (CCCRA). I also spent time with local ambulance associations, as their services were required for a few unfortunate participants throughout the race.
The long and short of it is that with the proper planning and preparation of the station locations and the water distribution, everyone was properly hydrated. I had a chance to meet to a group of highly motivated community members that I likely never would have met if we weren't supporting our community.
Lessons learned... 20 ounce bottles of water were too much for water runners to carry, the more volunteers the better and if you plan for the worst, you will probably have a wildly successful experience, while supporting your community!
Getting into the Spirit
Who You Gonna Call??? SERVPRO of course!
It's that time again, what every kid in Johnstown waits for all year, the 2016 Ameriserv Johnstown Halloween Parade!
The 48th Annual Halloween Parade is filled with fun floats, scary costumes, haunted high school bands, and any other Halloween theme you can think of. It's estimated around thirty thousand people line the half mile parade route in downtown Johnstown to watch the 140 or more participating sponsors. It's a great way to spend an evening with your family for sure!
SERVPRO of Ebensburg was there once again to hand out candy to all of the kids and some kids at heart for the night. We also showed off 3 of our company vehicles and some of our equipment in the process. We are happy to help out our community to put on events such as this for years to come.
SERVPRO participates in the 2016 Red Cross Golf Outing
Members of Team SERVPRO warming up for the 2016 Red Cross Golf Outing
Each year the American Red Cross of the PA Mountains Chapter holds a golf outing to help raise money for the local area, and SERVPRO of Ebensburg was there to participate once again! Together, all the teams and businesses managed to raise over $900 to help support our local American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross of the Pennsylvania Mountains is part of the 28-county American Red Cross of Western Pennsylvania which serves over 560,000 people in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Huntingdon, Jefferson and Somerset Counties under the leadership of Ken Geary.
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing volunteers and the generosity of donors. We at SERVPRO of Ebensburg are proud sponsors of our local American Red Cross.
To donate to your local Red Cross you can
- visit Red Cross website
- call 814-262-3170
- mail checks/stop by 250 Jari Drive Johnstown, Pa 15904
2015 Johnstown Halloween Parade
Who You Gonna Call?
SERVPRO of Ebensburg and Indiana County participated in this years Johnstown Halloween Parade on Tuesday October 27.
SERVPRO of Ebensburg is now on Twitter
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SERVPRO of Ebensburg Participates in 2015 Winter Plunge
SERVPRO of Ebensburg participated in this years Winter Plunge that Penn State Altoona hosted at Canoe Creek State Park on January 24, 2015. Due to the inclimate weather conditions the actual plunge had to be canceled and is currently being rescheduled. However, SERVPRO of Ebensburg's 5 brave team members managed to raise $288.
The Penn State Altoona Winter Plunge raises money and awareness for pediatric cancer. Each year in the U.S. there are approximately 13,400 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age who are diagnosed with cancer. About one in 300 boys and one in 333 girls will develop cancer before their 20th birthday. In 1998, about 2500 died of cancer, thus making cancer the most common cause of death by disease for children and adolescents in America.
New Facebook Page
SERVPRO of Ebensburg has a brand new Facebook page. Make sure to LIKE our new page so you don't miss out on any news and helpful information!
SERVPRO of Ebensburg Raises Hundreds for ALS
Making ALS Like It Never Even Happened!
We, at SERVPRO of Ebensburg, would like to thank everyone who helped us raise awareness for ALS. Thanks to all of your likes and shares, we were able to raise $884. Our donation will be sent to the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of ALS that helps those living with the disease closer to home. Also a huge thanks to Jeff Kuncelman and Stephanie Mandichak for being such good sports about having buckets of ice water dumped on their head. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease" is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that approximately 5,600 people in the US are diagnosed with each year. Sadly right now people who are diagnosed with ALS are only given 2-5 years to live. Hopefully, with all your help, SERVPRO can help make ALS"Like It Never Even Happened." SERVPRO of Ebensburg ALS Ice Bucket Challenge