Paul has now joined a group called Life Rolls On. This is an amazing organization that gives paraplegics the chance to surf in the ocean like they once could. This group was started by a man who used to be a surfer and then became a paraplegic himself. After sometime he realized that he wanted to get back out into the water. With the help of a few of his friends he was able to enjoy surfing and being in the ocean. This experience sparked the idea for him to create the organization, Life Rolls On, which now allows everyone to experience the same joy he did of finally getting back into the water.
Here is Paul, Lisa and their daughter Jennifer riding in the Crescenta Valley September 11th Parade representing CERT! It is quite the site to see driving around town past the Fire Stations and schools seeing the children out in support waving the American Flag. Many of them not even born yet when this tragedy occurred. As Paul and his family drove around they made sure to thank all the Fire Fighters, Sheriffs and Police for their service to our nation. May we never forget September 11th, 2001.
If you’re cleaning your own windows, let go of that time consuming chore!
Don’t worry about an old rag or over-the-counter window cleaner. Instead, hire a professional window washing and cleaning company with proper tools to not only clean your windows, but also make them shine.
Most people spray chemicals on a window and wipe. That always leaves smears, streaks, and spots. Window cleaning, or window washing, removes dirt and grime with no residue.
Here’s 12 reasons why it‘s not a good idea to clean windows on your own:
1. A window washing expert has the required tools and expertise to make them look like new. Window cleaning is an excellent example of the old saying “Just because you can do it yourself, doesn’t mean you should do it yourself.”
2. Professional window washers will be able to easily handle the hard to reach windows so you don’t have to. If you haven’t cleaned your windows in a while, then it’s time for window washing!
3. Sometimes you don’t recognize spots because you get used to seeing them. You’ll be surprised to see the difference after your windows are washed or cleaned by a professional window washer.
4. The finished look of your windows enhances your property value and it looks incredible. You will feel proud when friends or family come over.
5. Generally, window washing services are affordable; it can squeeze into most any budget easily. You can compare the service quality with the price to identify the best deal. But remember, something that is cheap is rarely the best. You can go through service reviews to get an overview of the service.
6. Small or large, easy or hard, all types of residential windows are cleaned by professional window washers.
7. You should hire a licensed, bonded, and fully insured window washing company because a licensed company knows how to satisfy their clients well.
8. A professional window washer will know how to handle the tough jobs because it is something they do regularly, whereas you only do it occasionally (or rarely).
9. You could rent or buy the equipment and chemicals, but then you’d have to correctly and safely use them to avoid damage. If you have never done it, then it’s better you don’t do it, since experimenting can cause damage to your valuable items.
10. Window washing should be done by an expert. Accidentally misusing a homemade cleaning kit could cause expensive damage. A professional is experienced: they will know what to use and how to use it to get the best result.
11. Don’t worry. Don’t stress. Let the professionals do their job. You get to enjoy the results!
12. The window washers will not take up a lot of space. If you’re worried about misplaced items, they will put everything back in its proper place.
Window washing may sound very simple, but it is hectic and tiresome in reality. So, hiring a professional for this task will save you time and effort, and it’s affordable, too. Your windows will look great again!
So, if you are in the greater Los Angeles area, give us a call and get us
lined up before your Memorial Day BBQ: (818) 249-7917!
“Boost Morale by Celebrating Employees Who Volunteer”
The article correctly states that employees who volunteer typically do not do so for the recognition, but it wouldn’t hurt either.
The article provides five suggestions:
- Combine volunteering with other events. For example, if you have a fitness initiative, include a 5K walk/run for a cause whose mission speaks to you (like, maybe, Relay for Life?!)
- Celebrate participation publicly. Use your corporate bulletin board or intranet to let colleagues and supervisors know what organizations you support and how. Perhaps there are others who would also be interested in supporting your favorite organization. Perhaps you could create a corporate team?! (we use our blog…do you have a way to submit a post to your marketing department so you could provide a guest blog?)
- Make sure corporate leaders recognize as well. No, most do not volunteer for the recognition, but when recognition comes from corporate leadership, it sure feels extra good. Paul and Lisa are our corporate leaders, but we like to join in too!
- Mix up the way you recognize volunteers. Just as each employee is motivated by different recognition, so are different volunteers. An annual celebration for all that volunteer is excellent. As is recognizing some in the act of service. Some might appreciate the public recognition on your corporate blog or website.
- Don’t forget the ones who volunteer for you. Ok, in the corporate world we do not usually call them “volunteers” but rather Unpaid Interns. Let us recognize them so that they continue to spread the word about what a great corporate citizen we and our employees are.
What do you do that the article missed?
What do you wish your company would do more of?
Please share in the comments below, or on our facebook page.
And, if you found this post of interest, please share it with your network so that your friends can join the conversation!
Paul and Lisa Dutton spent last weekend at the Relay For Life Cancer Walk.
Paul and Lisa have been doing this event for 8 years,
sponsoring teams to raise money for cancer.
Is this the first you have heard of the Relay for Life events
to benefit the American Cancer Society? On their site you
can read about how the event was started in 1985 by
Dr. Gordy Klatt, what you can expect at each community
event and all the family friendly festivities like the
Survivors’ Lap at the beginning of every walk, the Luminaria
Ceremony which takes place after dark, and the emotionally
powerful Fight Back Ceremony.
Also on the American Cancer Society site, you can learn all of
the projects that the funds are raised to support, such as cancer
research, Hope Lodge (which provides affordable accommodations for
cancer patients that are receiving treatment far from home), the
Road to Recovery program (which provides trained transportation to
and from cancer treatment), the Look Good..Feel Better project (a
free service that teaches cancer patients make-up techniques so they
can look better than they sometimes feel), and the Reach to Recovery
program that partners breast cancer patients with breast cancer survivors.
Paul and Lisa have always volunteered for their local Relay for Life
Hope Event as Red Cross Aiders and C.E.R.T.
(Community Emergency Response Team)
Responders, just in case there should be any medical problems
during the 24-hour event.
Paul and Lisa have been volunteering as First Aid Responders
at community events like the 5k Run, Montrose’s Arts and Crafts
events, Hometown Country Fair and, of course, Relay For Life.
Together Paul and Lisa have logged over 5,000 hours as C.E.R.T.
Coordinators and Program Managers in the Crescenta Valley.
So, have we inspired you to take part in your community? Both
Paul and Lisa would be happy to spend a few minutes exploring ways
for you to get involved at an event in your area.
What do you do in your off time?
Where do you volunteer your time?
Lisa Dutton, an 8 year veteran as a Sheriff Volunteer,
has put in over 2,500 Volunteer hours with the
Los Angeles Sheriff Department (L.A.S.D.).
Lisa was selected out of 68 volunteers to be the
“Sheriff Volunteer of the Year”.
Lisa volunteers out of the Crescenta Valley Station for the L.A.S.D.
and has been working diligently with Captain Bill Song, Sargent Brink and
Deputy Valdivia to help facilitate all the Community Relations Programs.
Lisa works and helps plan and organize such events as
the Sheriffs Annual Food and Toy Drive as well as National Night Out,
Rummage Sale and Sheriffs Open House events.
Lisa also heads up the L.A.S.D. La Crescenta C.E.R.T.
(Community Emergency Response Team) Program. Crescenta
Valley C.E.R.T. was started by Lisa and Paul Dutton 8 years ago.
They have put on 18 trainings together, 5 Major Drills and
have trained over 400 people in the Crescenta Valley.
Lisa not only is a F.E.M.A. and L.A.S.D. Certified Trainer
for C.E.R.T., but also is a Certified Program Manager.
Lisa also is an Emergency Medical Responder (E.M.R.) with the Red Cross.
In her spare time, Lisa is also a Certified Red Cross First Aid Trainer
(whew, were does she find the energy?!).
Isn’t it obvious why they picked Lisa to be the Volunteer of the Year?!
What about you?
What volunteer opportunities have you participated in?
What organizations touch your heart?
Or maybe you are looking for a volunteer opportunity….
If so, feel free to give Paul or Lisa a call…they would
love to share their experiences with you and get you started!
Our own Paul Dutton is a Sheriffs Volunteer for
the Los Angeles Sheriffs Dept.(L.A.S.D.).
Paul, as a trained Sheriff Volunteer on Patrol (V.O.P.),
spends his Friday and Saturday nights out on patrol for
the Crescenta Valley Station.
On patrol, Paul does vacation checks for people on
vacation. They patrol and assist other deputies on
traffic accidents and call outs.
Many times, V.O.P.s are called out to help with
a Sheriff’s Incident, to help with traffic control or
Paul has participated in the Station Fire, Station Fire Floods,
Flood Watch and notifications for evacuations, Parades,
civic events, 5k runs and, of course, the Sheriff’s Food and
Toy Drive where the above picture was taken.
According to the Sheriff Department site:
The primary objectives for the members shall be to prevent crime by mere presence, or identify public hazards. Members shall also act as the eyes and ears of the Sheriff’s Department by identifying suspicious activities, crimes in progress, or dangerous circumstances. The members shall not take action themselves, but shall notify the proper authorities for handling.
The Volunteers On Patrol members accept their mission to serve the community with the enduring belief that in so doing, they will maintain the high level of safety, quality of life, and the beauty of the community that everyone is entitled.
Paul has logged over 2,000 hours as a Sheriff Volunteer.
Paul is also a L.A.S.D. certified F.E.M.A./Homeland Security
C.E.R.T. Instructor and Program Manager for the C.E.R.T. Program
at the Crescenta Valley Station.
If you have an interest in learning more about
these programs and the volunteer opportunities
they provide, please check out the links above,
or call Paul directly as he’s always happy to
share stories of his experiences in the hopes of
inspiring you to join him on his next volunteer expedition.