As an essential service provider, Republic Services has been committed to serving our customers and our communities during this challenging time.
SEATTLE (Jan. 15, 2021) – HomeSight has received a grant from the Republic Services Charitable Foundation to support the revitalization of locally owned small businesses that have experienced disruption during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The $105,000 grant is part of Republic Services' Committed to Serve initiative, which was launched last spring to help support the Company's employees, customers and communities through the pandemic. HomeSight is one of eight local affiliates of NeighborWorks America to receive funding through the program.
"We’re proud to be providing funds and other resources to HomeSight to support small businesses and our local economy,” said Jeff Nguyen, general manager of Republic Services in Seattle.
With the help of this funding, HomeSight is expanding the organization's scope to provide critical support and repairs to 10 minority-owned businesses in the historically underserved neighborhood of Southeast Seattle.
"The pandemic has been incredibly difficult on our local business community," said Darryl Smith, executive director of HomeSight. "Partnering with the Republic Services Charitable Foundation to support these small businesses is crucial in helping to further spread our mission. HomeSight is honored to have played a role in this important effort."
HomeSight will be helping with repairs and renovation projects that will help each business survive the COVID-19 pandemic and thrive beyond this unexpected challenge.
Launched in April 2020, Committed to Serve is a $20 million initiative to recognize Republic's frontline employees and help support small businesses at the heart of local economies.
"As an essential service provider, Republic Services has been committed to serving our customers and our communities during this challenging time," said Nguyen. "The heart of our organization is community-based. In the wake of the pandemic, we know that helping small business owners is one of the best ways to support our communities."
Through this initiative, Republic has provided $3 million in grants to three nonprofit partners, which funded 29 local affiliates across the country to support small business revitalization projects.
Since 1990, HomeSight has worked to preserve and promote economically and culturally-diverse communities through affordable homeownership, business development, and community advocacy. HomeSight believes that communities can only be strong, vibrant, and equitable if homeownership is attainable, cultural anchors can thrive in place, small businesses have access to the knowledge and tools to excel in changing markets, and prosperity is built and shared amongst all members of each unique community.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal. Through its subsidiaries, Republic's collection companies, transfer stations, recycling centers, landfills and environmental services provide effective solutions to make responsible recycling and waste disposal effortless for its customers across the country. Its 36,000 employees are committed to providing a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue Planet® for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world.