HIGHLAND, Utah – As a company that has experienced its share of recent success, Utah-based Ardent Pest Control is keenly aware of this good fortune and has made it a point to “pay things forward.”
“One of our company core values is: Be Grateful. With this in mind, we wanted to find a way to give back to the communities who have trusted us with their business,” said Oceane Olsen, charity project supervisor, Ardent Pest Control.
Olsen headed up a charitable project to serve the homeless communities in Ardent Pest Control’s service areas. After reaching out to homeless shelters, Ardent learned that shelters throughout the country are in need of shoes for their patrons. This led to the company creating “Ardent Gives Back,” a two-part program in which: (1) Ardent Pest Control donates new and gently used shoes to the less fortunate; and (2) each time Ardent customers receive service, they are invited to participate too.
“We invite our customers to donate and our employees can opt to donate part of their commission to the cause as well,” said Olsen. “Ardent, in turn, rewards employee success with monetary donations to our shelters and will occasionally match employee and/or customer donations as part of special events.”
As Ardent has grown (it added three locations in 2019), so has the scope of the project; Ardent has partnered with at least one shelter in each of its franchise areas. “Each time we open a new branch, we ensure that we have contact with donation sites that serve the homeless population,” said Olsen. “In addition to collecting donations, our sales teams and technicians participate in a large service project each summer.” These projects can include things like cleaning a shelter, helping in soup kitchens, etc. Also, at each of the shelters Ardent has partnered with they have created Amazon wish lists so that Ardent employees and customers can make donations even if they don’t have shoes to donate in their homes.
Olsen added that these outreach efforts are ongoing that that the company has set in motion plans for a big company service project this summer. “Giving back’” is part of who we are. We encourage everyone at Ardent to work hard and when we achieve our goals, we make it a priority to show gratitude by giving to those who are facing tougher times.”