Members of the Priority One group that poured new oyster domes made with marine-friendly concrete.
Employees at Priority One Financial Services, the recreational industry’s oldest and largest F&I outsourcing provider and a subsidiary of Forest River Inc., volunteered their time to three local charity organizations throughout the month of November.
“We feel fortunate for all we have so we decided to give our thanks by volunteering in our community,” Heather Mariscal, president of St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Priority One, stated in a news release. “It was such a success last year that we decided to do it again this year.”
Priority One has been serving the marine and RV industry since 1987. Acquired in 2007 by Forest River Inc. a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. company, Priority One serves as the F&I managed services provider for hundreds of dealers nationwide. For more information, visit www.P1FS.com.
- The first group of Priority One volunteers helped Tampa Bay Watch, a nonprofit stewardship program dedicated exclusively to the protection and restoration of the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary, by rebuilding oyster domes. Oyster domes, made with marine-friendly concrete, increase oyster populations which lead to a reduction in erosion, improve water filtration and provide a new habitat for fish and crab. “It was really refreshing getting out of the office to do some physical work that will actually help benefit the ecosystem,” said Rebecca Vogel, Priority One business administrator. “It is something small, but as we have learned, small actions can lead to big changes. “ For additional information on Tampa Bay Watch, please check out their website at www.tampabaywathc.org.
- The second group, comprised of a dozen animal loving Priority One employees, volunteered with Pet Pal Animal Shelter where they cleaned kennels, washed towels and other laundry, and played with the animals. Located in Pinellas County, Pet Pal rescues dogs and cats from animal shelters that may otherwise be euthanized and educates the public about pet overpopulation, the importance of spaying/neutering and responsible pet ownership. Jessica Haengel, Priority One business administrator, commented on her first experience at Pet Pal, “when you see all the animals and realize they can use any help at all, you truly feel you are doing something proactive to help.” Many of the Priority One volunteers said they would volunteer here again and a couple of them are going to adopt. For more information on Pet Pal, visit their website at www.petpalanimalshelter.com.
- The final group of volunteers donned their cleaning clothes and organized pantries, scrubbed rooms and decks and painted areas at the St. Petersburg shelter for Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA). CASA shelters house residents that have suffered from domestic violence. Priority One’s director of sales, Nicole Armstrong, who participated in this activity, pointed out, “CASA plays such an important role in our community, providing a safe haven for victims of abuse and helping them to find the courage to live a better life. I was honored to help support the people who devote their lives to this mission.” To learn more, log onto www.casa-stpete.org.