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Construction in Focus Reports on 1-800-SWEEPER’s Commitment to Giving Back

Last year, Business in Focus reported on the organization’s history, growth, and success. This year, we caught up again with Founder and President, Mike Lucht, to learn about 1-800-SWEEPER’s commitment to giving back.

Commitment to Giving Back

1-800-SWEEPER raised $65,492 for Veterans Matter in 2020. Veterans Matter is a Toledo, Ohio-based non-profit that brings private sector resources and Veterans Affairs (VA) resources together to house veterans in VA-supported housing as quickly as possible. The non-profit’s innovative, cloud-based rapid resource response, carried out in partnership with the VA’s homeless veteran’s program, allows veterans to access housing in a matter of minutes, rather than the standard thirty-day to sixty-day waiting period. Basically, donations are used to pay deposits directly to a landlord to get veterans and their families housed right away.

To raise money for Veterans Matter, the 1-800-SWEEPER team asked for pledges from Partners as well as from individuals and organizations outside of the 1-800-SWEEPER umbrella. Partners like Lucht “reached out to friends, family, customers,” anyone who might be willing to help a veteran in need. “I went through my phone list and sent many text messages and sent off the flyer that we created and just broadcasted it to anybody and everybody because there is no exclusion here—everybody can participate in a campaign such as that, so it wasn’t specific to people in our industry,” Lucht says.

1-800-SWEEPER Foundation

The 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation is another way that the organization gives back. The brainchild of Lucht, the organization launched the foundation in 2016 to serve Partner companies’ local communities throughout the United States. “We earn our money in the communities that we live in, and we try to identify the needs within the communities of our Partners that on occasion might need a little boost,” Lucht says. “We are all privately owned small businesses that have a commitment to give back.”

Funds go to a variety of needs including qualified environmental and community beautification projects, local Wounded Warriors programs, and natural disaster relief. For example, the foundation donated a substantial sum to help rebuild Gatlinburg, Tennessee after a wildfire ravaged the Smokey Mountain community. In addition, $10,000 of the $65,492 raised for Veterans Matter came from the 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation.

As 1-800-SWEEPER celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, the team is eager to keep moving forward as they look back over a decade of supporting local communities and successfully bringing the industry together. “We’ve accomplished some things that I think most people in this industry never thought would ever happen in terms of creating a successful cooperative,” Lucht says.

If you’d like to donate to the 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation, please visit www.toledocf.org/1800sweeper.


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Industry Leaders Schwarze and 1-800-SWEEPER Team Up Creating Raffle Opportunity to Aid Hurricane Victims

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The devastation created by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma is heartbreaking. Our fellow Americans need our help now more than ever.  Schwarze Industries, together with the 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation, has created a unique opportunity for members of the Power Sweeping industry and others to contribute to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief effort following these catastrophic weather events occurring in August and September 2017.

The Hurricane Recovery Raffle, tickets priced at $100 each, offers a chance to win a brand new Schwarze Supervac Updraft power sweeper, valued at $68,900, as the top prize. Municipalities, landscape companies, professional power sweeping companies and other service industries are encouraged to participate based on the high value and nearly universal industry appeal of the top prize. Second prize, valued at $7,000, is a complete SweeperSim hardware and software package created by 1-800-SWEEPER for sweeper operator driver training simulation. Only 1,000 tickets will be available.

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Elgin Sweeper Puts 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation on at NASCAR Track

Elgin Sweeper, the Official Sweeper of NASCAR Green is showing support for the 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation. This summer, Elgin added the Foundation’s logo prominently on the front bumper toolbox of the Elgin Crosswind Specialty Track Sweeper.

In February 2017, Elgin renewed its partnership with NASCAR Green™ for three years continuing to serve as the Official Sweeper of NASCAR Green.

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1-800-SWEEPER Foundation Distributes Funds to Aid Gatlinburg TN Fire Victims

On February 1, 2017, the 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation made a $2,500.00 donation to help the victims of the wildfires in Gatlinburg and surrounding areas in Tennessee. Days-long fires ravaged an estimated 17,000 acres and destroyed more than 100 structures in late November 2016. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reported that approximately 700 structures were impacted and about 14,000 residents were displaced.

Local 1-800-SWEEPER Partner, Pete Phillips of Clean Sweep, Inc. in Chattanooga, TN, presented the check to a representative of the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville Emergency Response Fund to aid the victims of the Gatlinburg wildfires.

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