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.
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.
According to Ted Rollins, CEO of Campus Crest, his development team executes locally, while being supported by corporate staff. Their main responsibilities are site selection, investment underwriting and entitlements.
“Site selection is very important and not something that’s taken lightly,” said Rollins. “Our team, including our founders, works with regional development partners strategically located across the United States.”
They provide them with a list of potential markets based on research. Each location must comply with a site criteria checklist and pass certain filters before it is chosen.
“Every project is reviewed and approved by all key members of our executive team,” said Rollins. “By the time we are prepared for final approval, each member of our senior team has been to the site, reviewed all of the information at our underwriting committee meeting and signed off on the project.”
The team collects and summarizes a variety of information and uses it to create development, construction and operating plans for each new property.
The Campus Crest Development team spends many hours creating the best possible site plan for each project and takes into consideration all the possible points. Each project is considered in the overall context of each unique municipality and goes through iterations to create the most effective and cost-efficient plan.
“Once this is in place with each community, we then work with the various professionals in each market to deliver the fully designed package and work with them and the local municipality to gain all entitlements and permits necessary to construct the project,” said Rollins.
In a partnership with SolarCity, Campus Crest Communities is installing nearly 10,000 solar panels on its student housing communities in Greeley, Colorado; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Las Cruces, New Mexico. When complete, the initiative will provide more than 2.3 million kilowatt-hours of renewable power annually and offset electricity consumption by approximately 50 percent.
SolarCity is a national leader in clean energy products and services.
“We will eliminate over 80 million pounds of annual carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of taking approximately 7,000 cars off the road for a year,” said Ted Rollins, CEO of Campus Crest Communities.
The company is proactively shifting consumption towards clean energy to be a leader in regenerative practices. Using renewable sources will limit carbon emissions and reduce overall energy costs providing residents with cleaner, more energy efficient housing.
These projects reflect Campus Crest’s commitment to sustainability and making a positive environmental, social, and economic impact on the communities in which it owns and operates student housing developments. To help drive this initiative, the company is partnering with The Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) at Colorado State University, a multidisciplinary institute whose mission is to foster stewardship and sustainability of natural and built environments, and the Center for Living Environments and Regeneration (CLEAR), a 501c(3) non-profit organization focused on global regeneration (www.clearrevolution.org).
“Campus Crest is showing future generations there are better energy options available by giving students access to renewable power,” said Toby Corey, Chief Revenue Officer at SolarCity. “It’s possible for many housing developers to pay less for solar electricity than they pay for utility power and pass on the benefits of clean power to their tenants—SolarCity has completed more than 100 solar projects for housing developments in the U.S.”
While other student housing complexes may have similar facilities, Campus Crest does things a little differently. CEO Ted Rollins along with Mike Hartnett, co-founder and chief investment officer, focus on creating a lifestyle and atmosphere that is unmatched.
Campus Crest Communities, Inc. is a leading developer, builder, owner and manager of high-quality, purpose-built student housing under The Grove brand.
“We want to help others form bonds, inspire change, and be successful,” said Rollins. “Get the residents to feel like they belong to something bigger than themselves. This isn’t just a place to stay; it’s a place to live.”
Rollins explains that the student is the heart and soul of Campus Crest and the source of inspiration, dedication and drive.
“Every day, we strive to go above and beyond to provide unparalleled service to them, their parents and the institutions they attend. With each class that graduates, we are helping build the future and we take that responsibility very seriously,” Rollins said.
Both founders have a strong commitment to helping others through the Horatio Alger Association. Horatio Alger inspired young people to believe in the American dream. He felt if someone worked hard enough and never gave up, they could achieve anything they wanted.
Campus Crest awards three four-year housing scholarships at each location to those who receive the Horatio Alger scholarship. http://www.horatioalger.com/giving.cfm
Campus Crest Communities staff from North Carolina gathered at the WSU Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) as Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer Mike Hartnett presented the CCE with a check for $5,000. Campus Crest, founded by Mike Hartnett and Ted Rollins in 2004, develops student housing with a mission to provide an environment that fosters growth, learning, and civic responsibility. Campus Crest Communities will begin construction on a student housing property in Pullman in 2013 and, in keeping with a tradition to support the local community of the new property, selected the Center for Civic Engagement as the recipient of the gift of $5,000.
“We are very appreciative of this gift which will support the student-centered programming of the CCE”, said Melanie Brown.
The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) provides opportunities for WSU students, faculty, campus departments, and community partners to share knowledge, skills, and resources for the benefit of student learning and the well being of our communities. The CCE facilitates student learning and civic leadership development through engagement in community service, advocacy, political participation, public dialogue, and outreach. Established partnerships with local, regional, and national organizations provide diverse opportunities for students and faculty to create positive change in the world. In addition, civic engagement contributes to the University’s land-grant mission: to serve the needs of the people and communities of the state of Washington. In academic year 2011-12, the CCE facilitated the involvement of 8000 students and over 75,000 hours of recorded community service.
Student Leadership Development: peer mentoring and project leadership
Teams of student mentors and project leaders on the Center for Civic Engagement staff are trained to provide support, leadership and mentorship to student participants in service learning. Mentors support and advise students about their options for civic engagement while Project Leaders lead groups of students on short-term projects at a variety of community sites. This gift will support the civic development of these student leaders through training and leadership opportunities.
Service Learning Projects: taking action, solving problems
Each year, hundreds of WSU students participate in community service projects that are locally organized and implemented collaboratively by community partners and the CCE. Community-based projects are educational and involve direct, hands-on service in a wide variety of areas, from human services to environmental restoration. An area of recent growth engages WSU students in youth mentoring in after school programs to encourage persistence in school. This gift will support program development and delivery of such projects, including supplies, staffing, and transportation.
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 Fortegra 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.
“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
There are great organizations in this country that directly and indirectly prepare our youth for greatness. Ted Rollins had the privilege of interacting with teachers from Teach for America at one of their events this week in San Francisco. These teachers are truly making a difference for our upcoming generations. TFA is modeled after the Peace Corps in a way–qualified, outstanding teachers across the country teach incredible curriculums in low-income community schools for a two-year period.
This program has been shown to work well. Check out their site and accomplishments http://www.teachforamerica.org “Campus Crest was honored to be a sponsor of this event and I was even more honored to meet some talented teachers,” said Rollins.