With the holiday season upon us, many people start to think about all the material things they need to buy. But for others, the holiday season is a reminder to give back to those who are less fortunate. All too often, businesses get wrapped up in the bottom line, and overlook the community they are working so hard to improve. Waste Masters Solutions, a leading provider of environmental solutions, trash removal, dumpsters, recycling services and equipment, supports the community that supports its business by participating in a number of community service organizations. Company co-founders Brian Simmons and Steve Masterson understand that the benefits of giving back to the community far exceed the financial rewards of the day-to-day operations. While Waste Masters is generously involved in a number of national and community charities, there are a few that have truly made an impact. Waste Masters hopes to inspire other businesses and community members to see the importance in giving during the holiday season and throughout the year.
1. Waste Masters is a strong supporter of our nation’s heroes.
Masterson, a retired non-commissioned Air Force officer, has led the company in championing many veteran-based causes as a way to thank our nation’s bravest. The company participates in Wreaths Across America, an organization whose mission is to honor and teach about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms. The company also proudly supports the Victory Village Project, a resource center for Delaware veterans. On Veterans Day in 2015, Waste Masters Solutions proudly announced a five-year commitment to the USO of Delaware Team. National Wreaths Across America Day will be celebrated on Dec. 16, 2017. To make a donation, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
2. Waste Masters cares about our community.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, the Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Delaware, Meals on Wheels, Ducks Unlimited and the SPCA are just a few of the community charities supported by Waste Masters. The company has participated in Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ annual golf tournament, the largest fundraising event for the nonprofit.
Last month, Waste Masters presented its Hometown Hero Award for 2017 to the Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol. Established in 2012, the Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol began with only three members and has served as a key outreach unit to communities and provided security at some of the most popular events in Delaware.
Waste Masters employees also deliver meals once a week for Meals on Wheels. They have been delivering hot meals to hungry seniors for eight years. Meals on Wheels is always in need of volunteers throughout all three counties. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, visit mealsonwheelsde.org/volunteer-opportunities for more information.
3. Waste Masters has also joined forces with the Food Bank.
Waste Masters has been involved with the Food Bank of Delaware for seven years but recently got involved in the Delaware National Guard’s/Food Bank of Delaware’s War on Hunger, a statewide food drive that has grown exponentially since its inception over 10 years ago. Waste Masters’ goal last year was to collect 1,000 pounds of food, but ended up doubling its goal, collecting 2,000 pounds (one ton). This year, Waste Masters wants to collect a lofty 4,000 pounds. It plans on doing so by engaging all of its employees and clients to bring a canned good to the facility.
It’s easy to set up your own community food drive. The Food Bank of Delaware offers a list of five easy steps for setting up your own successful drive, which includes:
Plan ahead. Set the date for your food drive and determine what types of food you’ll collect.
If your organization collects more than 20 boxes/bags of food, the Food Bank will pick up the donation. If you collect less than 20, the Food Bank asks that you drop them off to one of its warehouses or one of its statewide drop-off locations.
Set your goal. How much do you want to collect? Will you measure by boxes or pounds collected?
Get everyone involved. Consider a match program where a company or individual matches what is collected with a cash donation.
Promote your food drive. Get the word out, and make sure you let participants know what types of food products are being collected, and how long the drive will last.
Waste Masters Solutions is a locally and privately owned environmental solutions company committed to helping the community whenever possible. The company philosophy is to support the community that supports the business. Led by co-founders Brian Simmons and Steve Masterson, Waste Masters Solutions is now a leading provider of environmental solutions, waste handling and recycling services for large and small companies across a wide range of industries in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey.
“You are what you do, not what you say you do.” —Steve Masterson, co-founder, Waste Masters Solutions