LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – September 1, 2010) – Oakwood Worldwide (www.oakwood.com) is pleased to announce that its Phoenix-based Worldwide Sales and Service Center (WSSC) employees have been providing more than just the usual customer service to customers worldwide. Through its annual water drive for the St. Mary’s Food Bank, Oakwood’s WSSC and its Tempe office have provided 26,875 bottles of water (a total of 456,926 ounces of water) to approximately 6,000 individuals in need in Phoenix, AZ. These bottles will be distributed to the various ‘hydration stations’ around Phoenix.
“Associates here at Oakwood had the idea a few years ago to help the local food bank,” notes Hugh Jones, Vice President Call Center Operations. “We’re all busy during our days, but it’s during these times of fundraising where we can all come together from the 10 different divisions that make up the service center to create a team effort and support our community.”
The Oakwood water drive is made up of seven teams in Phoenix and Tempe offices. Last year’s goal for 100,000 ounces of water was surpassed when 182,000 ounces were collected. For 2010, the goal went up to 200,000 ounces of water and the teams more than doubled the goal, bringing in 456,926 ounces. Results included 8,752 bottles of water gathered by over 100 Oakwood Associates in teams led by Vinny Laude, Jason Eisman, John Prestia, Kendall Borchers, Crystal Anderson, Penny Reese, Paula Hill, and Shelby Campbell.
“Oakwood Associates have donated many hours and talents to various philanthropic causes,” notes Bill Maxwell, SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer for Oakwood. “We are very grateful to all of our WSSC Associates who gave back to the Phoenix community.”
Oakwood’s WSSC is an integral part of the Los Angeles-based company’s operations, handling sales, customer care, billing, and account support. The Phoenix facility is just one of Oakwood’s 65 worldwide offices. Oakwood is well known as the leading provider of temporary furnished and serviced apartments worldwide. It is currently celebrating its 50th year providing housing solutions to travelers looking for reliable, flexible, and comfortable accommodations for short and long term stays.
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