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We at The Grout Medic believe deeply in giving back to our community. The We Are More initiative is our way of putting into action our dedication to a multitude of charitable causes. Whether through volunteering our time, or chartering fundraising events for things like cancer research, we are committed to finding unique avenues through which to impact society as a whole. Utilizing a nationwide network of franchises we have been able to increase our charitable footprint every year. At the center of our business belief model is that we are a company of heart and soul. We strive to live up to this through all of our philanthropic endeavors. We believe we can and should make a difference, that success is not defined only by our business success, but by the effort we make to improve the lives of those around us. You see we are more than just a business-we are a dedicated group of individuals pursuing a common goal of bettering our communities because “We Are More”.

Breast Cancer Awareness 2015

The Grout Medic Pledges Funds from Every October Sale to Support Breast Cancer Research

Sixteen Grout Medic locations across the country will participate in a fundraising drive coinciding with National BreastGrout Medic Breast Cancer Awareness Program Cancer Awareness Month.

October 1, 2015 — At sixteen participating Grout Medic locations, each job in October will be an opportunity to do what they do best while also supporting a great cause. Throughout this month, every grout and tile cleaning, repair, sealing, color sealing, or tile replacement job booked at the participating locations will generate $5 in funding for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Throughout National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Grout Medic team also will wear special pink shirts in the hopes of increasing their fundraising efforts and raising awareness.

This marks the third year in a row that the Grout Medic franchise has run a fundraiser in October to support the cause of breast cancer research. Last year’s efforts were highly successful in raising money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This year, participating locations grew from ten to sixteen!

The participating owners and locations are:

Harold Barrios – Southern Denver/Denver Metro, CO
Steve Steffey – El Paso County, CO
Suzanne Minnich – West Columbus, OH
Cesar Gonzalez – Northeast Tarrant County, TX
Mike Glenn – Omaha, NE
Ron Bandyk – West/Southwest Chicagoland, IL
Al Peters – Monmouth/Middlesex Counties, NJ
Bruce and Andrea Schierwagen – Northern Colorado/Denver North, CO
Donna Smith – San Diego Metro, CA
James Wiard – Columbia, SC
Bill Glennon – Daytona, FL
David Harris – Jacksonville, FL
Amir Zafar – Nassau County, NY
Bruce Lane – Raleigh/Durham, NC
Scott Diffenderfer – Harrisburg/Lancaster, PA
Michael Stampfer – Cleveland West, OH

The BCRF has been recognized as one of the most fiscally responsible charities in the United States. Charity Navigator, a charity rating service, has consistently given BCRF four out of four stars in annual reviews since 2002. The foundation has been found to directly use $0.91 of every dollar received to forward breast cancer awareness and research.
For more information about this month’s fundraising efforts, grout and tile cleaning, or any of the services offered by the Grout Medic, call 333.333.3333 or visit thegroutmedic.flywheelsites.com.

Build-A-Bike 2014

build-a-bike-2014Grout Medic hosted its first Build-A-Bike. We were placed on teams of 4 and answered jeopardy style trivia questions in order to receive parts of a disassembled child’s bike. Once we had all the pieces it was a race to the finish to see who could assemble the bike first. It was a hotly contested race with accusations of pedal stealing, hiding of parts and hoarding of the tire pump, however, when it was all said and done the real winners were the 5 children from Respite Care of San Antonio. This organization is a refuge for abused and special needs children. Their faces lit up as soon as they entered the room and they immediately hopped on the bikes and raced around. It’s nice to know we had a hand in putting a smile on those kids’ faces.

Breast Cancer Awareness 2014

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Given that the Grout Medic’s customer base is made up primarily of women, the company decided it wanted to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place each October. Nearly everyone knows someone—family, friends, or coworkers—who has been touched by breast cancer, and the team at the Grout Medic is no exception.

This year’s partnership with the BCRF was a huge success. Thank you to all of our franchisees that participated. $5 dollars of every job booked in October by The Grout Medic went towards breast cancer research. We are honored to participate in this event and look forward to increasing our fundraising goals yearly.

About The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®:

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $500 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis. This year, we invested $45 million in the work of more than 200 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness, BCRF remains one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible charities. We are the only breast cancer organization with an “A+” from CharityWatch, and have been awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 12 times since 2002.For more information about BCRF, visit www.bcrfcure.org.

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Habitat for Humanity Project

b2ap3_thumbnail_Habitat-For-Humanity-Project-1.pngNAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS—Earlier this month, Ron Bandyk, owner of the Grout Medic of West/Southwest Chicagoland, was one of 20 participants on a weeklong trip to Clarksdale, MS to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. For the fourth year running, Ron and his sons made the 600 mile trip down to Clarksdale, MS into the heart of the famous Delta region in northwestern Mississippi. Long recognized as one of America’s most fertile cotton-producing areas, it is also one of America’s poorest regions. As of 2009, half of the children under 18 live in poverty and the unemployment rate has grown to 11.6 percent.

This year, the Chicagoland team was charged with finishing up a home that they began last summer.  Among other tasks completed, Ron, his son who is working for The Grout Medic this summer and others on the trip, installed a ceramic tile floor in the home as one of the final touches.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Habitat-For-Humanity-Project-2.png“I think it’s important that we all give back and help those in need and I’ve found that Habitat for Humanity is a great way to support these efforts,” said Bandyk.

After discussing ways franchisees could “give back” to their communities at the Grout Medic Annual Meeting, Bandyk thought that supporting Habitat for Humanity would be a good way to give back while doing something The Grout Medic specializes in — home repair.

“It was wonderful to be able to use our skills in laying a ceramic tile floor to support this project,” said Bandyk.

About The Grout Medic of West/Southwest Chicagoland

Servicing the area for over 18 years as a leader in the tile, grout and natural stone restoration market, The Grout Medic of West/Southwest Chicagoland uses the latest processes, products and equipment available to bring your tile and grout back to life! To schedule a FREE ESTIMATE, in the western suburbs call (630) 665-GROUT (4768) or in the southwest suburbs call (708) 593-GROUT (4768). For more information, contact Ron Bandyk, Owner of The Grout Medic of West/Southwest Chicagoland, via email at RBandyk@TheGroutMedic.com.

Breast Cancer Awareness, October 2013

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Given that the Grout Medic’s customer base is made up primarily of women, the company decided it wanted to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place each October. Nearly everyone knows someone—family, friends, or coworkers—who has been touched by breast cancer, and the team at the Grout Medic is no exception.

The Grout Medic began making its own contribution to recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2013. For every job participating Grout Medic franchises booked in October, that franchise contributed $5 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF). BCRF, which remains one of the most fiscally responsible charities in the country, has earned 4 stars from Charity Navigator (out of four stars) for the eleventh time since 2002. Currently, a full $0.91 of each dollar spent by BCRF goes directly toward breast cancer research and awareness programs.The Grout Medic corporate headquarters is honored to participate along with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation as a way to give back to the communities that support its business.

About The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®:

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $500 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis. This year, we invested $45 million in the work of more than 200 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness, BCRF remains one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible charities. We are the only breast cancer organization with an “A+” from CharityWatch, and have been awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 12 times since 2002.For more information about BCRF, visit www.bcrfcure.org.

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