Pete Tosh (standing, center) speaks during last week's ServiceMaster leadership breakfast about the importance of supporting our Mid-South community.

Peter Tosches (standing, center) speaks during last week’s ServiceMaster leadership breakfast about the importance of supporting our Mid-South community.

For ServiceMaster employees, getting to know the United Way partner agencies is an important element in giving. Ever since ServiceMaster started its United Way campaigns, it has brought employees and agency representatives together to discuss what improvements they are making in our community.

Peter Tosches, ServiceMaster’s Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications, told the room of Leadership Givers (who generously donate $500 or more per year) and agency representatives at the ServiceMaster leadership breakfast and campaign kickoff that their leadership has paved the way for ServiceMaster to become one of the top companies to support the local United Way campaign.

“In the last four years we have entered the top companies, coming from nothing, and I want to thank each and every one of you for this effort,” Tosches told the group. “ServiceMaster associates care deeply about our community and through your work, it really shows!”

ServiceMaster’s leadership breakfast, held at its Memphis headquarters, brought eight United Way partner agencies (Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, BRIDGES, House Of Grace, Knowledge Quest Inc., Memphis Crisis Center, Search Dogs South and Youth Villages). Agency representatives talked to ServiceMaster employees about the differences they make in the community.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis Oakhaven branch presented singers who entertained the crowd by singing Lean On Me and “My Club” (a revision of the popular hit My Girl).

Special thanks to Velvet Graham, Senior Director, Events and Community Relations; Julie Rule, Meeting and Event Planner and Candace Lester, Administrative Coordinator, for planning the campaign kickoff.

United Way also wishes to express special thanks to Robert Gillette, Chief Executive Officer, ServiceMaster and Tim Haynes, Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President, ServiceMaster who serves on our volunteer United Way Board of Directors.