Life is a series of moments, milestones, events and natural occurrences.
It’s those life-altering ones that catch us off guard, hitting our core.
“The Georgia Pest Control Association has always believed in giving back,” said President of the Georgia Pest Control Association Garry Adams. “Our organization has always been and will continue to be community driven.”
Arrow Exterminators is no exception. As part of the GPCA year-long leadership program, coming up with a charity to raise money for is part of their mission.
“We had two folks on our team that had experienced some losses in their lives,” said Director of Arrow University Alyson Gilleland. “They saw the need and the importance of a foundation in the pest control industry that could potentially give back or help out those families who were going through a time of loss or tragedy.”
To relieve hardship among families in the Georgia pest control industry, the United Hands Foundation was created by the 2017 GPCA leadership class, “Giving hope when life happens,” according to gpca.org.
“One of Arrow’s core values is community and giving back to those who live and serve in the communities we live in, but also from the GPCA leadership program really letting us in behind the scenes and seeing what needs to be done,” said Pasha Simpson, director of inside sales.
Arrow University training manager Brett Craig and Simpson are in the current GPCA program. They selected the United Hands Foundation to help raise money.
“As Brett and I were working on funding for the foundation, an opportunity came about to explain what we were working on to our CEO Emily Thomas Kendrick and COO Tim Pollard,” said Simpson. “The opportunity and how great we felt in having them invest in own leadership meant a lot to us.
“They came back to us and said, ‘We would like to go ahead and do this for the next five years,’ ” said Simpson.
Totaling $25,000 over the next five years, Arrow will donate to The Hands United Foundation.
“On behalf of Arrow, I feel very honored and privileged to work for a company that values the communities we live and serve in, and is so graciously willing to help give back to an industry that has given so much to us.
“It says a lot about our owners, CEO and COO,” said Gilleland. “I just think about the impact it will have on people’s lives when they are probably at the worse point in their lives.”
For more information, visit https://handsunitedfoundationga.org or call Connie Rogers at 770-417-1881.
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