Saying Goodbye to Clyde

PTAA has been supporting Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC since 2003 with a variety of food drives and other projects, and during that time we got to know Clyde Fitzgerald, who was their CEO until retiring earlier this year, very well. Clyde was passionate about feeding the hungry and helping those in our community who had the least, and his energy was infectious. Even though PTAA was never the biggest supporter of Second Harvest in terms of food or money collected, Clyde always made sure we understood how important our efforts were and the difference they made to the community.

We were saddened to learn that Clyde passed away on November 18 and we wanted to share the letter that Second Harvest sent with the news because it truly tells you what kind of person he was. He will be missed by all of us who knew and worked with him.

Dear Friends,
It is with deep sadness that we share that Clyde Fitzgerald, Jr., our former CEO, beloved friend, and passionate advocate for the eradication of hunger in our time, passed away this morning, November 18, 2018.
Our Second Harvest Food Bank family, and all who knew him, will miss Clyde more than words can adequately express. We are committed to honoring his legacy through our continuing work to “provide food and hope to those who have too little of both’ (one of our favorite, always heartfelt, quotes from Clyde).
Clyde was adamant that “hunger is a human tragedy that exists only because we as a community allow it to exist.” Every day, we will strive to achieve his vision, knowing that hunger is a problem that can be solved…working together in our communities.
We will remember these words he shared often and lived by each and every day: “It’s always the right time to help somebody in need.”
In true Clyde fashion, he fought a valiant fight surrounded by his loving wife Carol, their devoted children, his dear friend and predecessor at the helm of Second Harvest Nan Griswold… and lifted in love and respect by his Food Bank family and so, so many special friends.
Today, we all mourn the loss of Clyde in our lives. In the days ahead, many stories of Clyde’s impact in our lives and our community will be remembered and shared. We invite you to share your stories with us, so that we may all take comfort in them through the loss of our friend.
With care,
Eric Aft, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank
and the entire Food Bank family
 
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It Might Be Goofy, But It’s for a Good Cause

On July 12, 2018 WFMY News 2 stopped by the PTAA office to interview Jon Lowder about some of the stunts he’s pulled to support PTAA’s food drive. Despite Jon having a face for radio, it turned out pretty well. Take a look:

 Want to get in on the game? You can support Jon’s latest stunt by donating here.

Rent Jon for a Good Cause – Limited Time Offer

This year PTAA’s executive director Jon Lowder is once again trying to raise money for our annual summer food drive, and if you’re willing to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC you can rent his time for any number of reasons. Even better, if you make the donation before June 30 then your money will be automatically matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor at Second Harvest, so it’s doubled! Not sure what you can do with his time? Well, here’s what he’s written to give you some ideas (you can find full details here):

Last year I ventured to raise money for Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC by doing something called Jon’s Pentathlon of Pain. This year I’m focusing on raising funds in the month of June because Second Harvest has a program that matches every dollar donated until June 30.That means if you donate $10 it magically turns into $20.

So here’s how it’s going to work: if you have a challenge, task, stunt that you want me to do then send me a description of what you want me to do (see instructions below), and how much you’re willing to donate to Second Harvest to have me do it. Because time is short the project/stunt doesn’t have to be completed in June, but the donation does have to be made and we can arrange for it to be done later.

I reserve the right to not accept any challenge or project – I’m not getting piercings or tattoos folks – but I listen to any offer.

Here are some ideas:

  • Hire me for a day (I’m sure we can figure out something useful I can do)
  • A writing project
  • A podcast
  • An embarrassing video (here’s an example from last year)
  • Wear your company’s schwag (hat, shirt, etc.) for a day

Just use your imagination. To bid just send me an email or leave a comment on the Jon’s Challenge Facebook page.

Want to just make a straight donation? You can do it through my office’s food drive donation page here and just shoot me a message to let me know how much you donated.

Let’s get busy and help feed the hungry in our community!

Double Your Money to Fight Hunger!

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As you may know, PTAA’s Summer Food Drive kicked off on May 1st and we’ve been delivering food collecton boxes to apartment communities throughout the Triad so that they can participate. Details on how you can participate are below, but before we get to that we need to point out an important piece of information: Any money you raise for Second Harvest between now and June 30 will be matched by a donor. So every dollar you give magically turns into $2!

Of course we want you to participate in any way you can, and Second Harvest definitely needs food and cash donations, but if you are going to make a financial donation then you might try to make it in June so that the money is doubled and has a maximum effect!

You can make a financial donation here

Our full Summer Food Drive webpage is here.


New This Year – Community Level Competition!
We’ve always had a competition between management companies to see which can raise the most food/money, but this year we’ve added two new levels of competition:

The community with over 200 units that donates the most will win Breakfast on the Go for its residents.

The community with under 200 units that donates the most will win Breakfast on the Go for its residents.

Want to sign up your community to participate? Use this form.


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Come on out to the ballgames!
Once again we are partnering with the Winston-Salem Dash, the Greensboro Grasshoppers and WXII12 to promote the food drive to the general public. We will be collecting food at the Dash game on July 15 and the Grasshoppers game on July 22. Keep an eye out for the ads when they run on WXII12 in July, and if you’d like to bring your families out for a great time you can purchase tickets from PTAA to attend.
Buy Winston-Salem Dash tickets here.
Buy Greensboro Grasshoppers tickets here.

Great Way to Engage Your Residents This Holiday Season

As many of you know the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association does a food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina every year. Typically we concentrate our drive on the summer months, but what many of our members don’t realize is that the drive actually runs year-round.

We’re bringing this up because we’ve been contacted by a couple of member properties that are running holiday food collection drives in an effort to engage their residents while helping feed the hungry in the local community. They contacted us to get some advice on setting it up – of course we’re happy to help! – and it occurred to us that other properties might like to do the same thing. So, if you would like to do a food drive for the holidays then please feel free to give us a call and we’ll help coordinate it with Second Harvest. What a great way to serve the community while also engaging your residents!

OwnersCup and DAWe also want to remind you that we have a competition to see which management company can raise the most food during the year. We count all the food each management company and their communities raise from January 1 through December 31 and award the company that raises the most with the Owner’s Cup at our annual Diamond Awards banquet the following March. This is important to know because any food you raise during a holiday food drive, or any other food drive you do for that matter, will count towards your total for the year so please let us know how much you collect!

Fill the Stands With Cans! and Matt’s Run to Fight Hunger

PTAA’s annual summer drive to collect food for Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC kicks off over the next week and we’d love to see all of our apartment industry friends get involved. Here’s a couple of ways you can do so in the immediate future:

 

Fill the Stands With Cans! on July 9-10

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We have partnered with the Greensboro Grasshoppers, Winston-Salem Dash and WXII to help collect food and cash for Second Harvest during two games next week. The first is July 9, 2015 at the Greensboro Grasshoppers and the second is July 10, 2015 at the Winston-Salem Dash. Here’s how you can get involved:

Volunteer to collect food/money at the gates for either game. Just email us at info@piedmonttaa.org to register or call the office at 336-294-4428.

Take advantage of the private boxes we’ve secured at each game and attend with your coworkers, family and friends. The price is $35/person and includes all the food you can eat, and there’s also the advantage of being able to hang out in a sheltered box so no worries about the humidity. In addition the Grasshoppers Game has a ‘Thirsty Thursday’ promotion and the Dash will have fireworks after the game. Make sure to register today! Hoppers RegistrationDash Registration

Matt’s Run to Fight Hunger, July 4, 2015

Matt Ketterman, a PTAA Board Member and long-time supporter of Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC, is once again hosting his 5K/10K to raise food and money to fight hunger. There’s no entry fee for the race, but he does request that you make a donation to Second Harvest. The run is Saturday, July 4 at 7:00 a.m. and starts at Fleet Feet in Greensboro (3731 Lawndale Drive).

Why We Continue to Drive for Food

As all of you (hopefully) know, PTAA has been running an annual food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC every year for the past ten years. Each year we try to raise more food than the last, and that’s necessary because every year the number of people that Second Harvest and its partner agencies serve also grows. The High Point Enterprise ran a series of stories this week that vividly illustrate the severe hunger issues in our community. Here’s just a sample from the first story in the series:

After all, there’s a reason the city has more than 40 food pantries and/or soup kitchens working to alleviate hunger.

There’s a reason the local Salvation Army just introduced a mobile food pantry to visit the city’s seven food deserts.

There’s a reason Guilford County Schools continues looking for new ways to feed its students who aren’t getting enough to eat at home.

There’s a reason so many schools have backpack programs, in which a sponsoring organization — say, for example, the United Way or Backpack Beginnings — provides backpacks stuffed with food for students to take home and eat over the weekend.

The reason? People are hungry, and those people — the faces of hunger — are not necessarily who you think they are.
“The thing about hunger is, it’s not always the stereotype,” says Carl Vierling, a local hunger advocate who works for Open Door Ministries as the coordinator of the Community Resource Network. In that capacity, Vierling has examined High Point’s hunger crisis extensively and is trying to coordinate community efforts to effect change.

And some of the individual stories are nothing short of heartbreaking:

This past summer, Lisa Hawley took food to a woman she’d heard about who was struggling to feed her three high school-aged sons. Hawley introduced herself and said to the woman, “I’ve brought you some food — do you need help?”

“I do,” the woman replied, “but do you see those seven children walking down the street? There’s not one thing to eat in their house. You need to give them that food.”

Hawley tears up as she tells the story.

“That broke my heart,” she says. “She needed help, but she wanted to give the food to someone else who needed it more.”

On Monday, November 24 we will be dropping off a check for a little over $6,500 at Second Harvest. This is a portion of the online donations we’ve received as part of our Food Drive, but please don’t take this to mean that the drive is over. Our 2014 drive doesn’t end until the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve and we ring in 2015. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members who have so enthusiastically participated to this point and to urge you to keep up the good work.

Here’s a link to the food drive page just in case you need it.

If you’d like to read the rest of the Enterprise stories you can find them here:

Faith Community Battles City’s Hunger Pains

Hunger Affects 25% of High Point Children

Backpack Programs Help Hungry Kids Get Through the Weekend

How Does High Point Resolve Its Hunger Crisis?

Saying Yes to the Dress – and the Tutu – for a Good Cause

I want to take this opportunity to thank two of our member companies for allowing me and our Food Drive Committee Chair, Dale Holder of Apartment Finder, to embarrass ourselves in exchange for significant donations to Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC.

Today Dale and I will be at the main entrance to Robinhood Court Apartments and Villas at 4 p.m. wearing “prom dresses” in exchange for a $550 donation to Second Harvest, plus $5 for everyone who stops in to visit while we’re there. In my case the only dress that would fit is something that a typical high school girl’s grandmother might wear to church on Sunday so we’ll call it a prom-ish dress, but Dale is sure to be bedazzling.

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And I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Blue Ridge Companies and their Burke Ridge Crossing community for donating $250 to Second Harvest last month in exchange for me wearing a tutu, a tiara and high heels, having their corporate slogan painted on my back and then jumping into the Burke Ridge Crossing pool.

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Many of our member companies are very active in our food drive and do an amazing job raising funds, food and awareness for Second Harvest, but I just wanted to take a quick second to thank these companies for so enthusiastically throwing me and Dale under the proverbial bus for a great cause:)

If you’d like to get involved in our food drive, or would like to make a donation online, you can find out everything you need to know at our food drive website at www.helpsecondharvest.com.