Hurricane Harvey Relief


On August 25, 2017 Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the central Texas coast as a Category 4 storm. The full impact of this hurricane harveydevastating event are still unfolding as rain continues to fall and countless areas remain flooded. As of right now Harvey has claimed 30 lives and thousands of homes with 31,000 residents currently displaced. For the residents of Texas, this catastrophe is far from over as the Long Term Recovery phase of this event has yet to start and will go on for 5-10 years. Appreciation Matters is committed to assisting our friends in Texas in every way possible. Appreciation Matters will deploy teams in early September to assist with supply gathering, mold remediation materials, home repairs, temporary housing, and disaster case management.

We’ve partnered up with local Houston mold removal contractors Asbestos Ace to help with the repair and water damage efforts to residential and commercial buildings.

Please support this effort with a donation for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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How this Asbestos Company served its Local Community

asbestos-volunteerDo you think it is possible that regular, everyday folks with regular, everyday jobs get a bit of appreciation for a job well done? In the climate of online reviews that can sink a small business, it is rare to see people go out of their way to show gratitude and appreciation for good work. That is why this review from this company here stands out so much.

My friend runs that company which also does mold remediation in Atlanta and recently she and her team were contracted to remove the toxic substance from a closed down school. The city had plans to reuse part of the original structure in order to keep the design integrity of the neighborhood. Everyone knew it was a long shot and some wondered why the city did not just tear down the old school and rebuild something modern in its place.

With all these uphill issues, you might wonder why my friend choose to take on the job in the first place. My friend has been in “unconventional” careers for women for a long time. So she is not new to people underestimating her abilities. She started out in the construction world, then moved to owning her own contracting company. Shortly after, she saw a need for asbestos testing in Atlanta and decided to add on to her business by offering the service to homeowners and commercial contractors as well.

It’s that drive that makes the appreciation letter she got all the more special. Once the school was re-opened, some of the teachers had their students write thank you letters to the people who participated in making sure the community kept its school so children would not have to be bussed to another part of the city. Some parents even sent in thank you letters as well. While most folks would not think about all the “little people” who helped make the school’s re-opening a reality, it was pretty cool to see how much the actions of everyone involved were highlighted and shown appreciation by the community.…

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Community Service in Solar Panel Installation

austin tx solar panelSolar installation companies have trained staff to install residential and commercial solar energy projects. However, even this industry uses volunteers to help get projects done. Volunteers share their time, enthusiasm, and effort to assist with solar panel installations. A volunteer workforce helps keep solar installation costs down, helping people who otherwise could not practically afford solar adopt it.

Because I am interested in renewable energy, I decided to participate in an orientation session training to install solar panels in Austin, TX. In the training session, I learned the basics of solar, electricity, and construction. I was excited to begin working on an actual job site. Our team was partnered with an Austin, TX solar company to work on a residential project for a local family. We were able to put into practice what we learned in our volunteer training sessions. Doing things like attaching racking, running conduit, hanging inverters, and mounting the solar panels, our volunteer efforts were key in getting the job done.

After talking to my solar installation supervisor, I found out that volunteering on solar projects is something more and more people are doing in the Austin, TX area. That is because people here are environmentally conscious and excited about doing something constructive for the community.

Volunteer work is about more than personal satisfaction. It is about working with other people who care about a common goal and helping each other to accomplish something worthwhile and tangible. Of course, the solar industry is booming with jobs that require practical skill so many volunteers are drawn to the practical experience they gain and the opportunity to apply it beyond these projects as well. Sometimes volunteering is the first step towards a solar energy career. In fact, my site supervisor was once a solar volunteer. Pretty cool!…

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Volunteering for Atlanta Hospice Care

Atlanta Ga hospice careVolunteering is one of those things that gives people a sense of accomplishment and pride. And it should! I have a long history of volunteering and my friend recently mentioned she was looking for new volunteer opportunities in the Atlanta area. She had already volunteered with homeless shelters, did food drives, etc., so, I told her about becoming a hospice volunteer in Atlanta. Because my grandfather was in hospice care earlier this year, I knew how much of a difference volunteers could make there. She wasn’t sure if it was a great opportunity because she’s never been a fan of hospitals and certainly was leery of visiting an end-of-life care facility. But, I told her there were a few ways she could get involved.

Become a Patient/Family Volunteer

This type of volunteer is the easiest and most commonly found one in a hospice facility. I told my friend that if she signed up to be a patient or family volunteer, she would do crossword puzzles, read with a patient, or simply take a walk around the facility with a patient. Because she was short of time, but wanted to help, I thought this was her best option. Also, I let her know that the time commitment doesn’t really matter with this type of volunteer service. What matters is being of service to a patient and their family.

Become a Bereavement Counselor

Also, I told her about the time I volunteered with Hospice Care Atlanta ( to provide support to the bereaved. I did so because I had experience with having a loved on in a long-term care facility and I know what it’s like to loses someone in that way. Some of the stuff I did included:

  • Bereavement group counseling and phone support—Because I have an MSW license, I was able to volunteer to lead a group and do phone counseling with family members who recently lost a loved one in hospice care. It was a much more involved process than doing the typical volunteer assignment, but so worth it.

Become an Administrative Volunteer

Now, I hate sitting in an office. But, my friend has been doing office work for years and this was right up her alley. She decided the best way to volunteer with a hospice care facility was to help in the office. Every office could use an extra set of hands for clerical help. She did everything from answering telephones and inputting data (consistent with HIPAA guidelines and restrictions), to filing, and general office assistance. In the end, she found her perfect way to give back. And that’s really all it’s about.…

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