Piper Gives Back
Here at Piper Fire Protection, being a good neighbor is a vital piece of our philosophy. We know that our long-term achievement is directly linked to the success of not only our customers, but also the entirety of the communities we live and serve. Through the rapport we build with local nonprofits, by way of volunteer activities, we’re trying to take part in strengthening the communities in which we operate. We pay it forward because we wouldn’t have gotten here without a little help along the way. We give our time, energy and resources to support our community and have a great time doing it.
Just a glance at a few ways in which we give back to our community:
Our Annual Footgolf Tournament, taking place in early summer, produces thousands of dollars in donations every year. The event helps to raise money to benefit the Children’s Burn Foundation of Florida, which provides support for child burn survivors, who have suffered burn-related injuries. The Children’s Burn Foundation seeks to address not only the victim’s physical injuries themselves, but the psychological and emotional trauma that have burdened said victim’s in the wake of their tragedy. By supporting this foundation, Piper hopes to be part of the fight to give these children their lives back and give them back their dreams of a better tomorrow.
Twice a year, our employees selflessly sign up to donate their blood when the big red bus comes to our campus! Each event draws at least 20 people from Piper with each blood drive attracting more donors than the next.
For many years, Piper has been involved in Habitat for Humanity, to help build and renovate affordable housing for struggling, low-income, families and individuals. The organization, itself, is dedicated to the vision that everyone should have a place to live and are treated without discrimination as to their particular situation. By being part of that vision, Piper helps to give homes to those in need.
Ronald McDonald House Tampa Bay is comprised of four Houses, three in St. Petersburg and one in Tampa, offering 80 bedrooms with private baths. They are owned and operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities Tampa Bay, a non-profit Florida corporation whose board consists of representatives from our community’s parents, leaders, McDonald’s, medical profession and other interested individuals. Piper employees volunteer a few hours of their day to bring and help serve meals to the families staying within the houses while a loved one is admitted to the local children’s hospital.
Side by Side Burn Demo
Piper Fire created a Side by Side Burn Demo to display at local community events hosted by fire houses around the Tampa Bay area. The structure consists of two rooms-one is protected by a fire sprinkler system, the other is not. Then, with the help of the local fire station, the demo is set on fire for the attendees to see first hand the difference between a protected and unprotected structure. The protected side efficiently suppresses the fire while the unprotected side burns and needs assistance from the fire station to fully suppress the fire.
This effort, started through Home Instead Senior Care, partners with local non-profit and community organizations to identify seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. The company then works with local businesses and retail stores to help facilitate the purchase and distribution of gifts by placing trees and ornaments within their various locations. Piper has collected monetary donations from their employees, shopped for seniors at local assisted living facilities for items such as bath wash, deodorant and new socks. We have been able to provide a gifts to seniors who may not have had any otherwise.
Supporting Local Youth Organizations
Piper Fire Protection donates to youth organizations community-wide, supporting groups such as the Gulfcoast Youth Soccer Association, as well as many others. Piper supports local youth sports leagues by helping to provide a training and meeting facility for referees, recreational leagues, coach training, and financial support. Piper is dedicated to supporting Youth Athletics and feels that these sports programs promote better students and citizens. Piper’s support has extended to many different organizations over the years, and has plans to continue supporting these and other organizations well into the future.
These charitable acts only touch the surface of the many causes Piper Fire Protection has supported in the past. The list goes on with consideration to the American Cancer Society, Post Foundation, Suncoast Hospice, Hearts Across Pinellas, Pinellas Park Firefighters Chili Blaze, Resurrection House and the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund, just to name a few.
Piper Gives Back also encourages help for employee families internally, providing opportunities to help fundraise when we can. Whenever particularly distressful times arise, we are there to give our support, because we know that giving back to our community includes caring for our employee families as well.
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