Category Archives: Community Outreach

Campus Crest Collaborates with Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore

When Campus Crest acquired an existing property near the OSU campus in Stillwater, OK, the firm knew a major interior renovation would be required to bring the property in line with its existing portfolio.

This presented a new opportunity for collaboration with the local community and Campus Crest Communities, Stillwater Habitat for Humanity, Stillwater Public Schools, Oklahoma State University and North American Van Lines who collaborated to execute the largest donation to date for the Stillwater Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.

Stillwater_river_habitatThe donation was valued at well over $100,000 in ReStore value and included Campus Crest donated household items from more than 135 apartments, including refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, washers, dryers, couches, coffee tables, dining room sets and other miscellaneous items.

“Reuse of existing furniture and appliances not only reduces demand of virgin material but also provides quality goods at an accessible price point for those who cannot afford to purchase new,” said Ted Rollins, co-founder and CEO of Campus Crest Communities.

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Campus Crest Initiative to Recycle Donated “Dead” Electronics

Electronics recycling is important to decrease contamination of our landfills, while also maximizing the reuse of non-renewable resources. Unfortunately, electronics recycling is generally not easy to do, and the importance is often unknown.

To increase awareness, The Grove properties and Campus Crest Corporate participated in the first annual Donate the Dead E-waste Drive, collecting 994 items, ranging from cellphones, receivers, remote controls, and computers. recycle electoronics

Once the competition was over, each property manager contacted their local recycling center to properly salvage these goods. This winner of this educational event was The Grove Moscow property, located in Moscow, Idaho.

“We seek to decrease toxic materials in landfills and maximize reuse/recycling of non-renewable resources,” said Ted Rollins, co-founder and CEO of Campus Crest Communities. “From a social perspective, we want to inform residents about the importance of electronics recycling and tangible ways to properly dispose of these items at the end of their useful life.”

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Ted Rollins constructs playground for children’s home

The children at SOS Children’s Village in Barrett Town, St James now have another reason to play outside.

Just recently, they received a new playground donated by United States (US)-based Campus Crest Communities, Inc. The company was co-founded by Ted W. Rollins, son of the late American businessman and entrepreneur John W. Rollins. John, together with Dr Harland Hastings, Johnny Cash and Professor Heinz Simonitsch, founded SOS Children’s Villages Jamaica in 1970.CampusCrest-Tedrollins

A leading owner and operator of student housing properties located across the US, Campus Crest shares a historical link with SOS Children’s Villages Jamaica. Ted Rollins, who serves as Campus Crest’s CEO, always admired his father’s philanthropic endeavors and passion for helping the underprivileged children of Jamaica. Having spent a great deal of his childhood on the island, he witnessed first-hand the positive impact SOS Children’s Villages had on the community. With the passing of his father, Rollins vowed to carry on his legacy by supporting the organization through volunteerism and charitable contributions.

Recently, Rollins arrived in Jamaica to give back to the village that helped shape his future and that of so many other youths. He was joined by his brother Michael, niece Catherine, 11 of his Campus Crest colleagues, and Andrew Johnson, from the nursery at Rose Hall Developments.

Rollins worked side-by-side with SOS Villagers to construct a new 3,200-square foot playground. A few hours, some teamwork and 2,500 bags of rubber mulch later, the sound of clanging hammers and wrenches was replaced by children’s laughter as the playground was complete.

Corporate generosity is not new to Campus Crest. The company also provides housing to Horatio Alger scholars who chose to attend universities where Campus Crest operates student housing communities. The Horatio Alger Association, another worthwhile cause championed by Ted and The Rollins Family, is an organization devoted to honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity.

Several of SOS Village children have been recognized as Horatio Alger scholars, including Suny Maritime Engineer Markham Laird and Biochemist Dr Steven Bahado-Singh.

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Ted Rollins and Campus Crest Build Jamaica Orphanage Playground

Ted Rollins and Campus Crest Build Jamaica Orphanage Playground

Ted Rollins and a hard-working group of Campus Crest employees built a much-need 3200-square foot modern playground for the children at the SOS Village in Montego Bay Jamaica in April

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Our Milledgeville Turkey Giveaway was a Great Success!

We’d like to express our gratitude to all who participated in our Gobbler Giveaway! A very special thanks to Pastor Omer Reid for his compassionate efforts and the Union Recorder for publishing this story:

Local families in need of Thanksgiving turkey were provided with a free holiday bird at Flagg Chapel Baptist Church last week thanks to the annual donation by Campus Crest Communities Inc.

“Each year, turkeys are given out to needy families. This year we have 150 turkeys,” Pastor Omer Reid said of the “Gobbler Giveaway” event. “We try to make sure families who are in need have access to turkeys.”

This year, Campus Crest donated a total of 675 turkeys. The company’s first Gobbler Giveaway event of the year took place Friday, Nov. 16 at Kingdom Fellowship Christian Center located in Charlotte, N.C.

“We’re lucky to be involved with great people like [Pastor Reid],” said Ted Rollins, Campus Crest co-founder and CEO.

Campus Crest Communities Inc., a leading developer, builder, owner and manager of high-quality, resident life focused student housing, including locally The Grove Apartments, recruited Fted-rollins-2ortegra Financial Corporation, Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Brandywine Realty Trust to participate in its eighth annual Gobbler Giveaway event. Together, the companies partnered with 13 different charities and faith-based organizations to provide more than 1,900 turkeys to families in need this holiday season.

The annual event began shortly after Campus Crest’s inception in 2004 and is an integral part of the company’s broad corporate social responsibility program, according to an event press release. Over the past seven years, Campus Crest has steadily ramped up its efforts to grow the initiative, resulting in the donation of approximately 4,000 turkeys to residents in communities where the company owns and operates student housing properties. This is the first year Campus Crest has enlisted the help of other businesses to grow the initiative and replicate the event in their respective communities.

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“As we continue to grow, our focus remains on implementing new and existing initiatives that allow us to give back to the residents that have welcomed us into their communities,” said Rollins and Mike Hartnett, Campus Crest co-founder and chief investment officer via press release. “Our annual Gobbler Giveaway continues to be one of our most successful community events and we are pleased to have respected companies like Fortegra, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, and Brandywine join us in our efforts to feed families in need this holiday season.”

Red the full story here:  http://unionrecorder.com/x1752035140/Gobbler-Giveaway-provides-holiday-birds-to-locals

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