Local Dry Cleaners Offers “First-Class” Volunteers
(Orlando Union Rescue Mission Observes National Volunteer Week)
Orlando, FL –When business owner, Trish Alexander arrived at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission (OURM) several years ago, her intent was to show her two children the importance of giving rather than receiving. Her children were eager to donate some of the money that would have been used for Christmas gifts and their allowance to children less fortunate than them. The First-Class Cleaners owner received more than she expected after touring O.U.R. Mission Home that day. “The facility was gorgeous! I was so impressed by the standard of living and the effort by the staff and residents to maintain it. I was hooked on OURM.”
Years later, Trish, husband Jeff, and her children have become even more involved at the Mission. Not only does Trish volunteer by tutoring weekly in OURM’s Youth Learning Center, the family has also sponsored birthday parties for the residents, treated Men’s Center residents with tickets to Solar Bears Hockey games, and recently hosted the “chuck-a-puck” event at the Amway Arena with proceeds benefiting OURM. Alexander says one of the greatest values in serving others in need is the gratification given through smiles and personal connections. “The personal fulfillment of having a positive impact on someone else without expectation of anything in return is empowering. Volunteering feels like a vacation for your soul.”
In addition to owning First-Class Cleaners, Trish and husband Jeff also own and operate Hangers and Winterland Cleaners. When asked about the level of commitment it takes to run a successful business and find time to volunteer at OURM, Alexander says the solution is about prioritizing. “You make time for something that’s important to you. Everyone has chaos and personal conflicts in their lives. When you volunteer and serve with your heart, you’re honoring yourself, serving God and benefiting others who deserve a helping hand. Who hasn’t ever needed help?”
Founded in 1948, the Orlando Union Rescue Mission is a 501(c) (3), faith-based organization providing food, shelter, clothing, and rehabilitative programs to destitute and homeless men, women, and children. www.ourm.org
ABOUT NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK
National Volunteer Week is April 12-18, 2015. It was established as an executive order in 1974 by President Richard Nixon as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting U.S. president since Nixon has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week (as have many U.S. mayors and governors).
Notes: Interview opportunities available with Trish Alexander, OURM President/CEO, and Vice-President.
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