1-800-SWEEPER News

1-800-SWEEPER Raises Over $60,000 to Help Homeless Veterans


1-800-SWEEPER, the nationwide service alliance of independently owned power sweeping companies, partnered with the Veterans Matter organization to support their initiative to house homeless veteran’s this past Holiday Season.  1-800-SWEEPER was honored to support their initiative by sponsoring a charitable campaign, the 800 Challenge, beginning on Veterans Day – November 7, and running until December 31, 2020.

1-800-SWEEPER Partners solicited friends, family and business associates while promoting employee participation to meet the challenge of which Partner could raise the most money.  All donations went directly to Veterans Matter to help homeless vets and their families secure permanent housing. The National Homeless Veterans Housing Program is a collaborative effort with the Veterans Administration, which provides medical & mental assistance as well as employment training for those in need, giving veterans a fresh start and domestic autonomy. This organization does not receive funding from any large corporations, ALL funding comes from individual donations from Americans like us.

We’d like to thank our Partners that took the time and committed to raising money and participate in this worthy cause. 1-800-SWEEPER Partners raised $61,495 towards housing 80 veterans! $1000 in cash, or an equivalently valued prize of their choosing, was offered to the Partner who raised the most donations amongst the organization. The winner of the contest was Charles Joseph of All Care Sweeping in Kansas City, KS, who chose the cash prize and then  graciously donated the $1,000 back to the Veterans Matter organization. Ben Steyer, Executive Director of 1-800-SWEEPER said “$60,000 is a lot of money and the fact that we are able to assist in housing 80 veterans is awesome! Our efforts and donations made a significant difference in some very deserving lives”.  Twenty-five, 1-800-SWEEPER companies participated in the 800 Challenge as well as some 1-800-SWEEPER Vendor Partners. “We want to thank those Vendor Partners for stepping up and showing their support. We are grateful for our Partners, like Keystone Plastics and Smucker Manufacturing, for their support of this initiative”, says Steyer.  A formal check presentation will be scheduled in the upcoming month with Ken Leslie, Founder of Veterans Matter, in Toledo, OH.

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1-800-SWEEPER Supports Veterans Matter to Kick Off Homeless Veterans Campaign on Veterans Day


November 11, 2020, Toledo, Ohio: 1-800-SWEEPER is excited to announce their partnership with Veterans Matter to raise money for our homeless veterans with the 800 Challenge campaign. Veterans Matter is nationwide 501 © that aids in getting veterans in housing and back on their feet.

Homeless veterans need us right now, more than ever. We are inviting the nation to take the 800 Challenge and end veteran homelessness this Holiday season.  Beginning November 11and running until December 30th, we are asking for donations to place our homeless military men and women into permanent housing.

The 800 Challenge is a fundraising effort created by 1-800-SWEEPER and is looking to raise $80,000 for the cause. 1-800-SWEEPER’s local Partner, Progressive Sweeping Contractors, will kick off the campaign in Toledo on Veterans Day, November 11th via a series of eblasts, social media posts and print media coverage.

Ben Steyer, Executive Director of 1-800-SWEEPER says, “giving back is paramount to our organization’s culture. We fully support our veterans and look forward to raising a lot of money for the 800 Challenge.”

If you’d like to get homeless vets off the street and into permanent housing this holiday season, visit www.veteransmatter.org/800challenge  or text the keyword 800Challenge6 to 71777

About 1-800-SWEEPER:

1-800-SWEEPER is a nationwide service network that brings independently owned sweeping companies from coast to coast under a unified marketing, purchasing and service structure. We are environmental experts and are committed to enhancing the communities we live and work in. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year. To learn more, visit at: https://www.1800sweeper.com.

About Veterans Matter:

The National Homeless Veterans Housing Program is the result of collaborative innovation integrating technology, housing, and the community; with the medical, mental, and employment services provided by the VA; that creates evidence-based results for our  veteran heroes in need, returning them to domestic autonomy. In other words, we bring people together to house as many homeless veterans as we can, as fast as we can in VA supported permanent housing, giving them a fresh start!

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COVID-19 Action Plan for Continued Operations


As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to affect people and businesses across our country, 1-800-SWEEPER and our Partner service providers want to share with you our plans to protect our employees, customers and operations during these difficult times.

Based on guidance and input from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and best practices from other health officials, our sanitation service work is continuing.

We are committed to keeping your roadways, parking lots and city streets safe and clean even during this unprecedented time.

We have, however, also taken steps to protect our employees and the community to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. For that reason, we have increased the quantity of PPE (personal protective equipment) for each of our drivers and other employees based on guidelines outlined by state departments of health and other government agencies.

We will continue to follow their guidance and take appropriate measures as needed, including:

  • Monitoring inventory to identify any potential risks to client employees.
  • Limiting non-essential vendor visits to our offices.
  • Employees are being encouraged to conduct meetings by phone or video conference wherever possible.

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1-800-SWEEPER and John Lankford Create National Pavement Maintenance Leadership Academy


1-800-SWEEPER has partnered with John Lankford of Premier Executive Forums to develop and implement a new leadership curriculum specifically designed to develop leaders for the power sweeping industry. The leadership training program is offered through the National Pavement Maintenance Leadership Academy.

Sweeping company owners and managers who attended the November 2018 Sweeper Summit and Equipment Expo Leadership Conference were introduced to John Lankford as our Keynote Speaker. A key takeaway from John’s presentation: “No organization will ever outperform its leadership team.”

In feedback from a Sweeper Summit survey, 95% of attendees identified with John’s statement that: “Training leaders to lead my business and increase profitability is important to operations and business sustainability.”

Recognizing that most of our sweeping company Partners and their employees have not had any formal leadership training and that most leadership courses and workshops wouldn’t adequately address specific nuances of the power sweeping industry, the 1-800-SWEEPER Board of Directors partnered with John Lankford to create the National Pavement Maintenance Leadership Academy. Lankford is a nationally recognized executive coach and speaker having earned a reputation in the business world for his corporate and entrepreneurial experience leading businesses and individuals on a path to success.

John is leading NPMLA, assisted by Julie Kowalski, a highly accomplished performance strategist and speaker with over 30 years of hands-on experience blending management and performance technologies to drive results.

NPMLA provides attendees a complete leadership curriculum specifically designed to develop leaders for service providers in the power sweeping industry.

The academy kicked off on February 15th and 16th in Detroit and continues throughout 2019.  NPMLA training will have 3 sessions held “on-location” with additional training through a combination of online classes, e-learning and individual and group coaching and mentoring sessions. Click here to see the complete curriculum outline (PDF)

As board member Giovanni Recalde put it: “We are all busy and often we feel like we cannot afford to be without one of our key people, but if we don’t start developing leaders within our organizations now, our competitors will.”

We encourage our members to take part in this unique and vital training. If you have any questions, see npmla.com or reach out to Ben Steyer via phone or email.

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Introducing the 1-800-SWEEPER App!


By leveraging mobile phone technology, the 800 App improves customer service and speed of interaction between our partners and customers. The 1-800-SWEEPER App is another way 1-800-SWEEPER differentiates itself from others in the power sweeping industry.

Download the 1-800-SWEEPER App today!

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