AllyMaids Pays Employees to Volunteer at LifeLine Community Animal Center Shelter, An Essential Service, Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak

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To assist in the ongoing need for volunteers in animal shelters, AllyMaids, an Atlanta cleaning company, is paying its employees to volunteer at the LifeLine Community Animal Center, a nonprofit no-kill animal shelter

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In order for our business to survive, we had to keep our fully-trained and trusted staff so that when this crisis is over and our customers return, we can still have the same cleaners they have grown to know and request by name.

Because maid services have slowed down during COVID-19, AllyMaids has worked toward a solution that doesn’t involve laying off their employees. The company has found a way to serve its community while maintaining job security by paying its staff to volunteer at LifeLine.

In early March, at the beginning of America’s response to COVID-19, AllyMaids implemented safety protocols in their daily operations. Each team member was required to have their temperature taken before starting their workday, and were provided with face masks, alcohol wipes, hand sanitizer, and gloves. This ensured the safety of both staff and customers. Despite these precautions, AllyMaids experienced over 50% decrease in its business.

“We had a moral obligation to our staff,” says AllyMaids co-owner, Wayne Bedenbender. “We couldn’t let them lose the steady income needed to support their families. In order for our business to survive, we had to keep our fully-trained and trusted staff so that when this crisis is over and our customers return, we can still have the same cleaners they have grown to know and request by name.”

AllyMaids employees are now assisting with the cleaning of this local Atlanta nonprofit animal shelter. During COVID-19, all three shelter locations managed by LifeLine Animal Project are still open and operational with social distancing strategies in place. Both LifeLine Animal Project and AllyMaids are deemed essential businesses, as the animals still need proper care and clean facilities.

To protect employees and potential adopters, LifeLine’s strict cleaning protocol was enhanced during the COVID-19 outbreak and extended to public areas. Since LifeLine employees were still busy caring for animals, working with adopters and fosters, and treating animals at the center’s low-cost veterinary clinic, AllyMaids employees provided much-needed cleaning assistance.

“As an essential business providing janitorial service, we are happy to keep our employees paid while helping a local organization in need,” states Ben Blair, co-owner of AllyMaids. “While we as a company are not benefitting financially, we are benefiting in this act of service as doing so meets with our company’s goal, which is: to survive this uncertain time by keeping our staff happy, safe, engaged, and employed. LifeLine Animal Project is one of our favorite nonprofit organizations, and keeping the facility clean keeps the animals safe. Like it is for humans, a clean living-space is essential for keeping the animals happy & healthy. We plan to continue to assist LifeLine as we are available for the near future. However, we look forward to returning to our customers’ homes, but we will be busy serving the community in the meantime.”

LifeLine is currently taking steps to ensure that all volunteers are practicing safety regulations while keeping the facility clean. Tracy Thompson, the shelter’s Director, expressed her relief over the help provided by AllyMaids: “We are grateful to AllyMaids for stepping up and thrilled they are helping us keep the center clean, sanitized, and open for business, which ultimately helps more animals get adopted into loving homes.”

About AllyMaids
AllyMaids, a locally owned and operated company, has provided maid services to the greater Metro Atlanta area since August 1995. Their services include a general cleaning and tidying of all areas in the home, with supplies provided by the company itself. AllyMaids’ routine cleaning services can be performed on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. To learn more about AllyMaids, visit: https://www.allymaids.com/

About LifeLine Animal Project
A nonprofit founded in 2002, LifeLine Animal Project provides lifesaving solutions to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals in county shelters. LifeLine manages DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services, where it has increased adoptions by 300 percent, and operates two LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics. LifeLine provides services to over 40,000 animals annually and has performed nearly 140,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to date, including 40,000 stray/feral cats through its Community Cat program, Metro Atlanta’s first and largest trap-neuter-return assistance program. LifeLine’s community outreach improves the quality of life for animals in the area and helps prevent pet overpopulation. LifeLine’s Community Animal Center features an adoption center and a full-service, low-cost veterinary clinic to help make pet care accessible to all. For more information, please visit LifeLineAnimal.org or follow LifeLine on Facebook and Twitter.

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