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Providence Housing Staff Participate in Chase Corporate Challenge

Back row: Kevin Gross, Christine Church, Helen Bianchi, John McDermott.  Front row: Debbie Bilotta, Renee Klatt

Back row: Kevin Gross, Christine Church, Helen Bianchi, John McDermott. Front row: Debbie Bilotta, Renee Klatt

On Thursday evening, May 29, 2014, a small group of staff from Providence Housing joined close to 10,900 others in the 24th J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, a 3.5-mile run/walk for the corporate community.

All four runners and walkers beat their personal goals for the event (which included just finishing)!  This was office manager Debbie Bilotta’s first race and something that “has always been on my bucket list.” “We’re very proud of her for doing something she has never done and surpassing her goal,” said executive director John McDermott. Bilotta ran four minutes faster than her planned finish time — quite an accomplishment! Special thanks go to regional property manager Christine Church and maintenance manager Kevin Gross who donated their time to help set up the tent and cheer on the participants.

In its 38th consecutive year, the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® Series promotes health and camaraderie in the workplace. In 2014, the Series will visit 13 cities in seven countries on five continents, looking to build on an all-time record attendance of 262,311 entrants from 7,969 companies in 2013.

What is next on the bucket list for Bilotta? White water rafting. It sounds like a great suggestion for the next team-building outing.

More than 60 Volunteered at Providence Housing Properties for Day of Caring

  • Large group of veteran volunteers from Paychex Henrietta
  • Resident Marisa Craig w/Paychex volunteers at WTV
  • Paychex volunteer pulling up weeds
  • Resident Pat Witt at West Town Village
  • Busy volunteers at work
  • Paychex volunteer at WTV
  • Resident Betty Watkins with teen volunteer
  • 5-year veteran volunteer team from Hyatt Regency at Rivendell
  • Volunteer Patrick Miller from Hyatt Regency
  • Resident Traci Meacham helping out at Rivendell
  • Teen volunteers at St. Salome
  • Residents Karen Gerrish and Betty Watkins at St. Salome had fun with the girls from Bloomfield
  • John McDermott speaks with teen PRIDE group from Bloomfield Central School District
  • Teens from Bloomfield at St. Salome
  • Teens at work at St. Salome
  • working in the memorial garden at St. Salome
  • Large group from RIT show their RIT Tiger spirit of volunteering
  • RIT volunteers hard at work at Carlson Commons
  • mulching at Carson Commons
  • volunteers at Carlson Commons
  • RIT volunteers planting at Carlson Commons
  • Volunteers getting fed at Carlson Commons Community Room
  • RIT volunteers at Carlson Commons
  • RIT volunteers at Carlson Commons
  • Henry digging in at Carlson
  • Planting flowers with a smile

Providence Housing Development Corporation welcomed more than 60 volunteers from Paychex, Hyatt Regency, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Bloomfield Central School District at various affordable housing communities throughout Rochester on May 8th, 2014 for United Way’s Day of Caring. Paychex returned for their second year at West Town Village in Henrietta and Hyatt for their fourth year at Rivendell Court in the Park Avenue area supporting Providence Housing. This is RIT’s first year at the Carlson Commons property, in the Plymouth and Exchange neighborhood, and students from Bloomfield middle school volunteered at the St. Salome community in Irondequoit. All volunteers helped with spring cleanup on the properties alongside staff and residents.

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