Local Company Lends PORTCO a Helping Hand

When Smith & Keene, a leading local family-owned heating and cooling, electric and plumbing, company, heard that PORTCO, was in need of replacing their much-aged heating and air conditioning system, they were eager to help.

PORTCO’S NEED

PORTCO’s office building had a HVAC system that was so old and in need of replacement that it was unable to cool the building.  In fact, in the heat of the summer temperatures within PORTCO’s building would reach upwards of 90-degrees.  On these scorching days employees had to work remotely.  Additionally, the aged heating and cooling system had leaks within the coils, causing additional infrastructure issues to ceiling tiles.

THE PARTNERSHIP

Smith & Keene is a significant business within the fabric of the Hampton Roads community.  A well-established local business in Hampton Roads since 1947, Smith & Keene has a heart for the local community.  With this passion for the local community, Smith & Keene was thrilled to use their expert HVAC installation skills to help PORTCO.  Smith & Keene rolled their sleeves up to help PORTCO by  installing a new heating and cooling system.

THE RESULTS

Not only was Smith & Keene able to save PORTCO on the installation of the new system, there were additional perks for the non-profit as well.  Over the course of the year, PORTCO will save an estimated $36,000 in utility bills.  Additionally PORTCO has completely eliminate their gas bill.  Gone, also, are the days of stressing over the damage caused by leaky coils.  The new system provides more efficiency for the non-profit with zoned thermostats.  Not only do these individual thermostats allow PORTCO employees to be more comfortable, they also allow the building to be heated and cooled with more control and more efficiency.

At the heart, Smith & Keene saw a need they could meet to support the Hampton Roads community and rolled their sleeves up to do just that.  As PORTCO’s President & CEO, Mark Wilson, states, “we judge a man’s character by how he helps another man of whom he needs nothing from and this is a perfect example of how Smith & Keene stepped forward and helped PORTCO.”

Supporting PORTCO Through The Car Wash Program

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The PORTCO car wash program is a great opportunity for many reasons.

By having your vehicle cleaned by the PORTCO team, you not only support the mission of PORTCO, you are also providing opportunities for employees to gain valuable skills.  These skills are not only avenues to earn more money, but also learning to work together as a team.  This program also facilities a connection point for PORTCO employees to be integrated in the community with non-disabled individuals.  While having skills for employment is the obvious benefit for PORTCO employees, just as important is the opportunity for employees to build social connections with the community.

This program is also a great way to support the PORTCO team with a perk to you – a clean vehicle!  Stop by locations either at the PORTCO offices in Portsmouth or the Community Services Board in Hampton and have your vehicle washed by PORTCO employees.  You can find the PORTCO team ready to make your wheels shiny and clean every Wednesday from 9:00am to 11:30am at the PORTCO offices parking lot.  If the peninsula is more convenient for you, visit the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board the last two weeks of each month from 10:00am to 12:00pm to have the PORTCO team wash your vehicle.  Car washes include interior and exterior cleaning of your vehicle.  While additional donations are welcome, general pricing is $8 for cars, $12 for vans, and $15 for buses.

Coming full-circle, the proceeds from the car wash program go back directly into the program.

Southside Location

  • PORTCO Offices
  • 800 Loudon Avenue | Portsmouth VA
  • Wednesdays 9:00am – 11:30am

Peninsula Location

  • Community Service Board
  • 300 Medical Drive | Hampton VA
  • Last two weeks of each month 10:00am – 12:00pm

Pricing (additional donations welcome)

  • Cars $8
  • Vans $12
  • Buses $15

Janitorial Crew Members – Cincinnati, OH

PORTCO, Inc. is seeking motivated Janitorial Crew Members, for a custodial contract at the FDA Forensic and Chemistry Center in Cincinnati.

Janitorial Crew Members – Asheville, NC

PORTCO, Inc. is seeking motivated Janitorial Crew Members, for a custodial contract at the Asheville Veach – Baley Federal Building, and Asheville Court house site location Asheville NC.

Part-Time Direct Support Professional / Vocational Coach

PORTCO, Inc. is seeking a qualified and motivated Part-Time Direct Support Professional/Vocational Coach for Waiver Program recipients in the Hampton Roads area.

PORTCO is CIMS-Green Building Certified

PORTCO, Inc. has successfully passed its Cleaning Industry Management Standard- Green Building assessment and is hereby awarded CIMS-GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATION WITH HONORS.

CIMS-GB certification demonstrates that PORTCO, Inc. has undergone a comprehensive assessment by an independent, accredited CIMS-GB assessor and has successfully demonstrated a commitment to the delivery of environmentally preferable services that are designed to meet customer needs and expectations.

By implementing the CIMS-GB principles into the organization’s operations where requested, PORTCO, Inc. has established its capability to provide green cleaning services and assist customers in achieving points under the LEED-Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) Green Building Rating System.

Giving Back To The Community

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Everyone needs a purpose in life. PORTCO Inc. is making a difference by employing more than 140 people with disabilities in many different types of services.

Portco President and CEO Mark Wilson and Executive Vice President Belinda Daugherty joined Chris Reckling on The Hampton Roads Show to show how you can help make a difference in the community by donating and getting involved with Portco.

Portco
800 Loudoun Ave – Portsmouth
(757) 399-2444
Portco.org

Car Wash Every Wednesday
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

This segment of The Hampton Roads Show is sponsored by Portco Inc. This article originally aired on WAVY.com’s Hampton Roads Show on November 28, 2017.

CELEBRATING CHAMPIONS OF DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT

(HAMPTON, Va.)  Six local employers’ efforts to hire more individuals with disabilities were recognized Oct. 4 by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Peninsula Worklink, SEVA Rapid Response and Peninsula Council for Workforce Development.

 

This year’s champions of disability employment include:

  • AAFES Dan Daniel Distribution Center, Newport News
  • Brevard Achievement Center, Joint Base Langley-Eustis
  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • Hampton VA Medical Center
  • Newport News Shipbuilding
  • PORTCO Inc., Portsmouth

 

Gov. Terry McAuliffe recognizes October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Virginia.

 

What Makes PORTCO Unique?

What makes PORTCO unique from other similar organizations is that we are focused on providing employment opportunities to the full spectrum of the disabled population.  This gives us an edge of being a multi-faceted organization to meet the needs of individuals who would not otherwise be gainfully employed.

We also have internal measureable goals for each of our employees.  As a result,  we are not only providing our employees with employment, but also an environment to better themselves and learn new skills.  We would like to see a growth of skill sets prior to our employees being provided employment through PORTCO.

We are focused on crossing organizational and governmental boundaries to forge new relationships with the goal of creating more job opportunities to persons with disabilities.  We look to establish relationships with vocational organizations to the Wounded Warriors and Veteran Services.

Our national scope also allows us to carry on this plan to other areas of the country.  Our Board of Directors is passionate in helping and providing employment opportunities to people with disability.  This passion is evident in the support PORTCO receives in developing and pursuing opportunities throughout the country.

Accomodating People With Disabilities

Accommodation for People with Disabilities

If you have a disability and would like an accommodation in order to apply for any open position with PORTCO, Inc.  Please email info@portco.org or call the Human Resources department at (757) 399-2444.

PORTCO, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer