SOURCE: BRIDGES USA

youth, leadership development, diversity appreciation, community transformation, memphis

January 08, 2015 09:35 ET

BRIDGES Announces $75,000 Gift From ServiceMaster

The Donation Will Provide Support for Annual Fund and 2015 YOUnified Youth Festival

MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - January 08, 2015) - The management of BRIDGES is pleased to announce a $75,000 gift from ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services. The donation was given on behalf of ServiceMaster employees to one of the most dynamic community groups in Memphis and the Mid-south.

"We are ecstatic about ServiceMaster's support," said Cynthia Ham, president and CEO of BRIDGES. "This is a substantial investment in the future of Memphis and the company's commitment to fostering connections in diverse groups and developing young leaders in the community is in lock-step with the core principles of BRIDGES."

The gift will support the BRIDGES annual fund, student sponsorships and the 2015 YOUnified event, an annual youth festival, organized by Bridge Builders® who have recently completed summer conferences. The event allows students to reconnect with one another prior to the start of the school year. In addition to the gift, Bill Derwin, president, Terminix, and a father of three, will join the BRIDGES Board of Trustees.

"BRIDGES is doing something special and impactful in Memphis," said Bill Derwin. "They are ensuring that the future thought-leaders of this city have shared experiences early on; and that they are making connections with individuals from every part of this vibrant community."

The Memphis-based not-for-profit began in 1922 and is dedicated to inspiring diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation. The programs and initiatives developed by BRIDGES aim to transform young people who will play a positive role in making Memphis and the world a better place.

About BRIDGES  
BRIDGES, the premiere youth leadership development and diversity appreciation organization in the Mid-South region, serves more than 5,000 students each year through its CONNECT, COLLABORATE and CHANGE programs. Its mission is to unite and inspire diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation. Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to participate regardless of school affiliation, socio-economic status, racial or religious background.

About ServiceMaster
ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV) is a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, operating through an extensive service network of more than 7,000 company-owned, franchised and licensed locations. The company's portfolio of well-recognized brands includes Terminix (termite and pest control), American Home Shield (home warranties), ServiceMaster Restore (disaster restoration), ServiceMaster Clean (janitorial), Merry Maids (residential cleaning), Furniture Medic (furniture repair) and AmeriSpec (home inspections). During the last 12 months the company has provided services to approximately 5 million residential and commercial customers through an employee base of approximately 13,000 company associates and a franchise network that independently employs an estimated 33,000 additional people. The company is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. Go to www.servicemaster.com for more information about ServiceMaster or follow the company at twitter.com/ServiceMaster or facebook.com/TheServiceMasterCo.

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