We love to be part of and give back to our community! Our staff members have volunteered, fundraised, and participated in many community efforts and events. Would you like us to be involved with an upcoming community event? Drop us a line.
Some of our Recent Events:
Taste of Home
HOME: Living in the Heart of Florida presented taste of HOME in June 2010. Benefiting the Child Advocacy Center, Children’s Home Society of Florida and Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association, this event raised $30,000 for these organizations. Student Maid team members volunteered their time setting up and cleaning up the event! Our auction items alone raised close to $2,000, almost 7% of all money donated!
Phoenix Fox Trot
Eight year old Phoenix Fox was diagnosed with Pompe Disease when he was just an infant. Student Maid threw the “Phoenix Fox Trot” in February of 2009 in order to raise money for Pompe research. We raised over $15,000 in services from local businesses to put on the event which was held at Hawthorne Trail. Over $5,000 was raised to fund Dr. Barry Byrne’s research efforts at the University of Florida. To learn more about Phoenix and Pompe, visit www.phoenixfox.net.
St. Patrick’s Coconut Ball at the Swamp
Student Maid team members volunteered babysitting services for St. Patrick’s 50th Anniversary celebration! We also raised money for the school with our many auction items.
Family Fun and Safety Expo
Student Maid team members participated in this outdoor event benefiting Big Brother Big Sisters. We had so much fun and enjoyed contributing to such a great cause!
Student Maid was proud to help out at the Lauren’s Angels 5K Family Fun Charity Event in honor of Lauren Ault, a Gainesville native who suffers from a brain stem tumor. We were all inspired watching Lauren take the first steps of the race! This event raised over $10,000 for Lauren and her family. How inspiring!
Student Maid team members gave a helping hand at the Taylor Fit for Kids Reindeer Run. The run encouraged kids of all ages to get out and fight against childhood obesity. We were happy to be a part of it!
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
The Student Maid team cleaned a house on TV for Extreme Makeover! Thirty employees traveled to Middleburg and volunteered their time cleaning, painting, and even building! It felt great to help a deserving family in such a powerful way!
Gainesville Startup Weekend
Kristen served as a mentor at Startup Weekend, which is a three-day event in Gainesville that pairs local entrepreneurs with market researchers and allows teams to pitch their business ideas to seasoned entrepreneurs, business consultants and investors. At the end of the weekend, one company is named the winner with the best product.
The North Central Florida Business Report spoke to Kristen at the event:
There’s no telling how many of the companies launched at Startup Week will become long-term ventures, but participating in such events has its own merit, says Student Maid Founder Kristen Hadeed.
“I wish I had the opportunity to participate in Startup Weekend before I began my journey as an entrepreneur. There is nothing more valuable than testing your idea to see if it’s viable,” Hadeed says.
Hadeed, who served as mentor during Startup Weekend, noticed how the collaborative environment helped the participants put supporting each other above winning.
Startup Weekend shows the potential for collaboration within Gainesville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, Hadeed says. “There’s truly a community movement to become the Silicon Valley of the South, and there’s no doubt in my mind that it’ll happen.”
UF Homecoming Parade 2012
Student Maid™’s first experience with the UF Homecoming parade was a great success! A team of maids constructed a larger-than-life gator head using chicken wire, paper mache and lots of spray paint and glitter. They topped it off with an Uncle Sam hat and beard to reflect this year’s homecoming theme, “United We Growl,” and crafted a monster cayenne pepper for the gator to snack on as the float made its way down the parade route. Allison Kuipers, the mastermind behind the float, enjoyed her view of the parade — from inside the gator. “I stuck my hand out of the gator’s mouth to wave,” she said. “I think some little kids thought I’d really been eaten!” Thanks to all of our friends who came out to support us — we had a great time!
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