FirstService Residential Partners with Community Access for Yearlong Volunteering Initiative

FirstService Residential New York, the largest residential property management company in New York City, has announced a partnership with Community Access, one of the oldest and largest housing and mental health nonprofits in NYC. The partnership reflects FirstService Residential’s commitment to giving back to the community, and will give FirstService Residential associates the opportunity to volunteer in a range of programs designed to benefit the tenants and program participants served by Community Access. With more than 70,000 units in over 500 condominium, co-op and rental properties, New York represents the largest urban portfolio managed by FirstService Residential, which is headquartered in Florida.

In partnering with Community Access—where FirstService Residential regional president Dan Wurtzel serves as board vice president—the New York region is demonstrating its commitment to corporate social responsibility by working hand-in-hand with Community Access as the nonprofit aims to expand opportunities for people living with mental health concerns to recover from trauma and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy and healing-focused services.

 “By providing supportive housing and social services, Community Access is a pioneer of helping NYC residents with mental health concerns. The services they provide help these individuals live their lives in a meaningful and purposeful way – a cause particularly close to our heart as we confront the homeless problem in this city,” said Dan Wurtzel, president of FirstService Residential New York. “Our company-wide social purpose initiative is predicated on the importance of giving back to the community, and we’re extremely proud of the reception the partnership has already received from our associates.”

Steve Coe, CEO of Community Access said: “Dan Wurtzel and FirstService Residental have been strong supporters of Community Access’ work for many years.  FirstService Residential understands what a safe, stable home means for an individual’s well-being. We are excited to partner with their associates to collaborate in developing meaningful health, wellness and community outreach opportunities.” 

As part of the yearlong partnership, associates will have the opportunity to volunteer for a range of initiatives on behalf of Community Access, including:

·      Urban farming activities at Community Access housing programs, where volunteers will work with participants on garden planting, maintenance, and harvesting activities

·      The NYC Mental Health Film Festival, a Community Access-organized event that showcases the successes and struggles of individuals with mental health concerns; FirstService Residential volunteers will assist in coordinating and staffing the film festival, encouraging discussions around mental health

·      “Changing Minds Young Filmmakers Competition,” the premier competition for filmmakers between the ages of 15-25, aimed at challenging the stigmas around mental health; FirstService volunteers will be involved on selection committees and community outreach

·      A spring event in which FirstService Residential associates and Community Access residents will collaborate on bike painting and guided bike ride events

·      A range of additional initiatives, including lobby decorations, baking opportunities and a holiday toy drive