Organization helps those in need stay cool during region’s torrid summers
The St. Louis Chapter of the International Facility Management Association donated $1,000 to Cool Down St. Louis. The nonprofit organization builds awareness and provides resources to help those in need avoid heat-related illnesses and deaths, especially the elderly and disabled, and needy families with critically ill children.
Representing facility managers and suppliers who maintain the region’s commercial buildings, the organization donated $1,000 to Cool Down St. Louis during IFMA St. Louis’ celebration of National FM Day in July. IFMA St. Louis President Dave Gardin and Past President Scott Held presented the check to Dennis Jenkerson, chief of the St. Louis Fire Department and board member of Heat-up/Cool Down St. Louis.
IFMA St. Louis also funds the organization’s Heat Up St. Louis, which provides services and support to keep residents warm during the region’s winter months. IFMA St. Louis has supported the weather-related assistance programs during the winter and summer for the past seven years. More than 300,000 area residents have received energy assistance since the programs’ inception in 2000.
IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has nearly 200 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. Considered a leader among local chapters, IFMA St. Louis holds monthly programs to enhance members’ knowledge and provide networking opportunities. IFMA members also value their membership to build their careers, seek counsel and advice from other facility management professionals, access a variety of resources and achieve professional certification. Represented in 142 chapters and 16 councils worldwide, IFMA members manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than $526 billion in products and services. For more information, visit www.ifma.org.