How Much Office Space Do I Need?

Steps to Help You Determine the Right Amount of Office Space

It’s a question we get often, and an important one to consider before choosing your office space: How much office space do I need?

Of course, working with either your commercial real estate agent or a professional real estate management company in West Virginia would give you direct access to someone who could help you determine the answer to this need.

However, we understand many feel more comfortable knowing exactly how much office space they need before entering conversations with a professional. Below, we’ve outlined just a few steps to help you determine the best fit for your business’s needs, so that you can be armed with a plan when you give us a call.

List Out Personnel

First, write a list of all the different personnel that will be working in your office space. From the CEO to the office administrators, make sure that your list includes every position.

Identify Needs of Employees

Next, determine what type of actions will take place within each space. For instance, will the CEO need space within his or her office for private meetings that would include 3 or more people? Would an engineer need space for a drawing table? The more you determine the actions and needs of the space, the better you will be able to answer the question “How much office space do I need?”

Determine Needs of Customers within Space

Also closely related, it’s imperative that you list all the actions and needs that will be required by patrons visiting your business. If this is a medical office, patient examination rooms will be necessary. Perhaps a separate room for x-rays will be required. Will a waiting room be necessary? Will a board room be needed in the event of larger meetings?

Other Space Considerations

Here are a few other important space needs to consider:

  • Will you need a file room or mailroom?
  • Will you need a lunch/break room?
  • Will a kitchen be necessary?
  • Do other rooms need space for sinks (i.e. patient examination rooms)?
  • Will you need a storage room?

Factor in Growth

After all of these space needs have been determined, it’s important that you look to the future and consider your company’s growth potential. We certainly hope that you’re planning on growth, and if so, you’ll need to consider that when looking at your space. A general rule of thumb is to plan for 10-20% more space than you currently need if you’re signing a 2-5 year lease. This allows you ample space for growth without hurting your current cash management needs.

Plan Now to Save Later

Thinking through all of these questions now will save you headaches down the road when you’re squeezing into too little space or you’re paying for far too much.

Stay tuned for our next article in this series, as we will be giving you space guideline suggestions for each type of office or retail space.

As always, if you have any questions that we can help you answer, please call us today!

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Should You Buy or Lease Your Commercial Real Estate?

Pros and Cons of Buying vs Leasing Commercial Property

While running a business is rewarding, the list of stresses and pressures that accompany any business owner seems to multiply around every bend in the road. And with each added pressure, productivity can suffer.

Thankfully, every pressure, whether small or large, provides an opportunity for change and growth, bringing more efficiency and productivity. There is always a solution to every obstacle.
You simply must find the right solution for your company.

Don’t let your building space distract from the primary goal

One foundational factor that ideally should warrant the least amount of stress and time, your building, often can become the biggest stress.

Your physical property should be one that supports your daily operations, displays your company’s environment and stands as a professional testament to your success, without detracting from company goals.

Your space should offer efficiency, versatility and functionality. Therefore, you must ask yourself “Will those goals best be achieved by buying or leasing my commercial space?”

Which is best? Is buying or leasing commercial property more cost effective? When does buying vs leasing make the most sense for a business?

All important questions to ask.

That’s why we’re providing you with a quick comparison for buying vs

leasing commercial property.

Buying Vs Leasing Commercial Property

Below we’ve outlined the top three areas of consideration for your space and the effects both buying and leasing have on each.

  • Your Cost
  • Your Time
  • Your Flexibility

Your Costs – How does your building affect your P&L?

Whatever you want to call it – cash flow, the bottom line, the P&L – the cost of any decision is certainly the most profiled factor of a business. So which option is the most economical – buying or leasing? Let’s take a look.

Upfront Costs

  • Buying – Your upfront costs when buying are generally 10 – 25% of your entire purchase price
  • Leasing – Upfront costs for leasing generally consists of the first and last month’s rent

Working Capital

  • Buying – With large investments in the down payment and building upgrades, much of your working capital is tied up in the building
  • Leasing – With minimal upfront investment, cash is available for more business growth and continued investment opportunities

Property Repairs

  • Buying – You are solely responsible for funding and maintaining repairs on your property
  • Leasing – The burden of the property upkeep and repairs rests with the landlord

Appreciation

  • Buying – Owning allows you the opportunity to benefit from long-term appreciation in value
  • Leasing – No appreciation assets available through property investment

Your Time – How does it affect your time as a business owner?

Time is Money. And those that have run a business for any amount of time, fully understand the value of that statement. You can’t do it all. You must determine if your building maintenance is one area in which you are willing to give your time or not.
Property Management

  • Buying – Your time and attention must be given to the upkeep and management of the property
  • Leasing – The landlord invests the time and attention for the needs of the property

Your Flexibility – How does it affect your ability to be flexible as a business?

Fixed vs Variable Rate

  • Buying – Fixed rate on most building mortgages can allow you to plan well for the long run
  • Leasing – Monthly rates can vary and change with the market, requiring more strategic planning for unexpected price adjustments.

Growth considerations

  • Buying – Better for a stable company with established systems and company size
  • Leasing – Better for a new or rapid growth company, that may need to change property locations more easily

Location

  • Buying – Can experience limitations if stuck in a location that may no longer fit your needs, or may have hit a temporary dip in property value depending on current real estate market
  • Leasing – Flexibility to move without concern of the current building value, allowing ample opportunity for growth and expansion

Ultimately, you must closely analyze numerous factors of your business, including current working capital, future cash flow needs, growth potential and long-term investment goals.

Both buying and leasing have a place in different cycles of a business’s lifespan.

And while PMC offers commercial leasing as our primary service, we have determined never to recommend a space or situation that is not right for your business. We have helped hundreds of businesses find the right solution for their unique situation, even if that means recommending something outside of our holdings.

However, we would be remiss not to suggest leasing as a viable and preferable option for your business. After all, we service commercial leasing because we believe that it provides an optimal solution to businesses.

We find the most satisfaction in our business when we are providing the right solutions to our clients. Let us help you determine what space is the right fit for you!

Call PMC today at 1-304-485-8000.

“Thank You” to Our Employees!

We believe our employees are our greatest asset. Without the men and women that make the gears turn behind the scenes, our reach would be limited. It is only through the dedication and hard work of our team that we are able to successfully grow, provide more value to our customers and change more lives through our work.

So today, on National Employee Appreciation day, we want to say thank you to all of our employees that stand with us as an integral part of the PM Company team. You all have taken on the PMC vision as your own, and we are grateful for your contribution to our business, day in and day out.

We asked employees in three different departments to answer a few questions that show their perspective as they work in this industry. Enjoy their answers below!

Lisa Collins, Marketing Strategist at PMC

What do you enjoy about the industry you are in?

“I’m fascinated by the way commercial real estate is an indicator of the economy. I never looked at it that way until I came to work for PMC. If new business is investing here, that means our economy is still moving in a positive direction. Even though we have a couple of big, empty buildings in our area right now, major companies are still looking at us. That’s a great sign.”

What does a “win” look like for you?

“A win for PMC is a tenant who is happy with their location and their service.  A win is a client who feels we’re always a step ahead in looking out for their interests. For me personally, as a brand builder for the company, a win is when people recognize PMC as a professional, thoughtful organization made up of people who care about making this valley a better place to live and do business.”

What gets you through the hard days?

“At the moment? Seeing that Starbucks in progress outside our front window!”

Kelly Cale, Banquet Captain at Grand Pointe Conference & Reception Center

What do you enjoy about the industry you are in?

“I enjoy learning as much as I can about the banquet/restaurant/hospitality industry.  I enjoy striving to be the best that I can be in an ever changing industry. Each event is different and unique in its own way.  Each event pushes you to learn something new, whether you’re learning about the AV system, or what gluten free is.”

What does a “win” look like for you?

“A “win” for me is when every single guest leaves Grand Pointe smiling and full of compliments. Another win would be when a group re-books because of the excellent  service and food that they experienced at Grand Pointe.”

What gets you through the hard days?

“We have a lot of long days. What gets me through the hard days is meeting with my team. We take about 30 minutes out of each shift and go over each event as well as our personal lives. It’s important to me that my team knows that I truly care for their health and wellbeing inside and outside of work. If they need someone to talk to, I am confident that they know that any one of our team would listen and help them in whatever way they can.”

Stanley Durrett, Maintenance Staff at PMC

What do you enjoy about the industry you are in?

“I like the diversity of the work. I have set things I have to get done, but things can change quickly, which I like.”

What does a “win” look like for you?

“When everyone works together as a team and gets things done. This morning, I needed help with something and called a fellow employee to come help. He came right away and we got it done.”

What gets you through the hard days?

“I just try to keep a positive attitude and stay flexible.”

We are so thankful for every one of our employees. They carry on our vision here at PMC to value each relationship, whether client, tenant, employee or vendor, and to provide superior customer service.

Thank you, PMC and Grande Pointe employees. We could not do this without you!

Navigating Snowy Property Conditions in the MOV

In mid December, it looked as though we might enjoy a record-breaking warm winter. By the end of the month, however, the typical frigid temperatures had arrived right on cue.  MOV’ers are no strangers to snow and icy conditions, but sometimes we forget to be as careful as we should as we rush from place to place. We’ve outlined a few helpful tips to keep in mind as you navigate slippery conditions.

Out and About at Properties in the Mid Ohio Valley

Make sure you wear proper footwear

If your walk to and from the building is of any significance, consider the shoes you will be wearing. Make sure they have a greater amount of traction, such as shoes with rough soles, thermoplastic rubber soles or even the convenient option of ice cleats that attach to your existing footwear.

Give yourself extra time

If under a time limit, plan an extra 10 minutes to your travel time. This will allow you the peace to traverse slowly across parking lots, sidewalks and slippery entryways. If possible, stay clear of areas that appear too dangerous or poorly maintained.

Keep your focus

Avoid distractions while walking through areas with snow and ice. Put the phone away. Avoid a conversation with a fellow employee. Make sure loads being carried are easily handled and not overbearing.

Focus your full attention on the ground in front of you, ensuring that you are cautiously navigating slippery areas.

Be aware of problem areas

Every parking lot has particularly difficult spots to maintain, whether it be a low area in the pavement or sidewalk, a highly trafficked area where snow has been packed down, or drainage areas from downspouts. Make sure you carefully cross these areas or avoid them altogether.

Inside can also pose a problem. Ice and snow that has melted on the smooth slippery surface of most business entrances can bring just as many dangers; as can the packed snow that may have accumulated on your shoes during your trek inside.

Again, simply take the time to be mindful of where you are walking and purpose to take extreme care.

Maintaining Properties as the Business Owner

Maybe you’re the business owner, and you take seriously the responsibility to keep your establishment free of potential hazards. Here are a few suggestions for your property upkeep during snowy conditions.

Pay close attention to trouble spots

As mentioned above, many properties can produce trouble areas for snow and ice maintenance. Pay close attention to low spots in the parking lot or sidewalks, as well as heavily trafficked areas with severely packed down snow.

Make sure that downspouts are not draining directly into walkways, and if no other drainage option is possible, focus more care and immediate attention on the drainage areas.

Clear areas frequently

Plowing and shoveling often is desirable to keep walkways well maintained. It is helpful to determine beforehand what amount of snow will warrant plowing and stick to that schedule during all downfall (during business hours).

Establish predetermined areas for piling the collected snow that will not prove more dangerous in the long run.

Of course, snow melt and salt are often necessary elements for decreasing slippery conditions. Use as needed for melting difficult icy spots.

Don’t forget the inside hazards

Moving inward, make sure that ample mats are spread just inside the door to catch all snow and ice. Even consider adding an extra mat during snowy conditions. Also, a simple warning sign about the slippery surface may serve enough reminder for patrons to be careful as entering.

Ultimately, as business owners, do your best to keep your property free of potential hazards, providing your patrons and employees with a stress-free experience.

A Real Estate Management Company in the MOV that Does it All for You

At the PM Company, we enjoy providing snow and ice management for our tenants, so you don’t have that worry. If your current property has become difficult to maintain with little help from your management company, consider the PM Company for your relocation.

We have numerous prime locations to choose from and a team of experts available to customize and renovate your space.

Look through our current available properties in the MOV or call us today for more information!

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Spirit of Giving 2017 Smashes Records

The PM Company has announced their 10th annual Spirit of Giving fundraising has broken all previous records, with the total raised exceeding $50,000.  PMC is matching those dollars raised in the community, bringing the total to be given to local charities to $116,000.

For the tenth year in a row, the PM Company and Minnite family elected to forego traditional gifts to tenants and vendors with whom they do business, giving the money instead to area non-profits.

PMC created the Spirit of Giving Fund at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, and they invite those businesses to join them in raising funds and awareness for the designated charities.  The PM Company then matches the money raised. “This is the perfect way for us to come together with our business associates and friends, to demonstrate the spirit of the season,” said Karmyn Minnite Conley, one of the Managing Partners. “We look forward to this gift-giving all year, because we get to benefit so many important efforts.”

Spirit of Giving has donated in excess of $500,000 in the last nine years, and they planned to celebrate their 10th anniversary with their largest year ever. The goal was to raise $50,000, and match it, bringing the total to $100,000.

Student, business and civic groups were also invited to participate by collecting items from Wish Lists provided by the charities.  Donations were collected by Student United Way, Ohio Valley University, Berkshire Hathaway, Mt. State Oral Surgeons, the office of Dr. Florence, the Big Red Archery Team, Put Supplies Plus, and others.

In addition to PMC and Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center, major sponsors for the event also included Family Carpet, Huntington Bank, Peoples Bank & Insurance, and United Bank. Each company donated $5,000 toward the effort.

PMC Announces Recipients for Tenth Anniversary of Spirit of Giving Effort

The PM Company has announced their 10th annual Spirit of Giving fundraising has broken all previous records, with the total raised exceeding $50,000.  PMC is matching those dollars raised in the community, bringing the total to be given to local charities to $116,000.

For the tenth year in a row, the PM Company and Minnite family have elected to forego traditional gifts to tenants and vendors with whom they do business, giving the money instead to area non-profits.

PMC created the Spirit of Giving Fund at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, and they invite those businesses to join them in raising funds and awareness for the designated charities.  The PM Company then matches the money raised. “This is the perfect way for us to come together with our business associates and friends, to demonstrate the spirit of the season,” said Karmyn Minnite Conley, one of the Managing Partners. “We look forward to this gift-giving all year, because we get to benefit so many important efforts.”

Spirit of Giving has donated in excess of $500,000 in the last nine years, and they planned to celebrate their 10th anniversary with their largest year ever. The goal was to raise $50,000, and match it, bringing the total to $100,000.

Student, business and civic groups were also invited to participate by collecting items from Wish Lists provided by the charities.  Donations were collected by Student United Way, Ohio Valley University, Berkshire Hathaway, Mt. State Oral Surgeons, the office of Dr. Florence, the Big Red Archery Team, Put Supplies Plus, and others.

In addition to PMC and Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center, major sponsors for the event also include Family Carpet, Huntington Bank, Peoples Bank & Insurance, and United Bank. Each company donated $5,000 toward the effort.

PMC Announces Recipients for Tenth Anniversary of Spirit of Giving Effort

The PM Company has announced their 10th annual Spirit of Giving fundraising has broken all previous records, with the total raised exceeding $50,000.  PMC is matching those dollars raised in the community, bringing the total to be given to local charities to $116,000.

For the tenth year in a row, the PM Company and Minnite family have elected to forego traditional gifts to tenants and vendors with whom they do business, giving the money instead to area non-profits.

PMC created the Spirit of Giving Fund at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, and they invite those businesses to join them in raising funds and awareness for the designated charities.  The PM Company then matches the money raised. “This is the perfect way for us to come together with our business associates and friends, to demonstrate the spirit of the season,” said Karmyn Minnite Conley, one of the Managing Partners. “We look forward to this gift-giving all year, because we get to benefit so many important efforts.”

Spirit of Giving has donated in excess of $500,000 in the last nine years, and they planned to celebrate their 10th anniversary with their largest year ever. The goal was to raise $50,000, and match it, bringing the total to $100,000.

Student, business and civic groups were also invited to participate by collecting items from Wish Lists provided by the charities.  Donations were collected by Student United Way, Ohio Valley University, Berkshire Hathaway, Mt. State Oral Surgeons, the office of Dr. Florence, the Big Red Archery Team, Put Supplies Plus, and others.

In addition to PMC and Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center, major sponsors for the event also include Family Carpet, Huntington Bank, Peoples Bank & Insurance, and United Bank. Each company donated $5,000 toward the effort.

Mid-Ohio Valley Volunteering Opportunities

Want to Give Back this Holiday but Not Sure How?

Here’s a list of MOV volunteering opportunities for the holidays

An eloquent statesman and inspirational leader, Winston Churchill’s words are quoted often, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

At the PM Company we certainly enjoy our work as a real estate development company in the Mid Ohio Valley; however, an even greater joy is the opportunity to give back to others.

Yes, we view it as the right way to live, but we also give back because life is so much fuller when you give more of it away.  

Quote from Winston Churchill

Besides providing numerous health benefits, as many studies show, volunteering brings happiness and meaning.

Simply put…giving is fun! And we hope you’ll give it a try this holiday season.

Below, we’ve highlighted just a few of the local volunteering opportunities in which you can participate this year.

Consider these opportunities for your employee group, religious group or even collection of families and friends. It’s always rewarding to volunteer with others you know and love.

You’ll see throughout that those opportunities suitable for families with children are indicated under the “notes” section. However, always make sure to contact the organization with any specific questions you may have about ages of the children you will be bringing.

Volunteer Opportunities in the Mid-Ohio Valley

Parkersburg/Vienna Volunteer Opportunitiesgirl volunteering in Marietta, OH

Friendship Kitchen meal ministry of North Parkersburg Baptist Church that serves meals for those in need throughout the year and at Christmas time

Location: 3109 Emerson Avenue Parkersburg, WV

Serving Opportunities: Christmas Luncheon for 300 – 500 people in need

Serve food and help with simple meal prep

Wrap holiday gifts going to lunch participants, monitor gift tables

Clean up after the event

Contact: Susie Meredith, 304-428-3293, susiemeredith@northpbc.org

Notes: Please contact Susie for more information and to sign up no later than December 10th. Appropriate for families.

Latrobe Street Mission – a mission that provides resources, opportunity, and shelter for the homeless

Location: 1725 Latrobe Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101

Serving Opportunities:

Provide a weeknight dinner for residentsCheck the dinner schedule here to find an open night. Have your family work together to make a meal, or grab a few families and do it all together!

Greeting at the missionGreet those that visit the mission with a warm smile and helpful word.

Sorting and OrganizingThe thrift store is always in need of volunteers who are able to sort through the many donations received.

Contact: info@latrobestreetmission.org, (304) 893-9460

Notes: Appropriate for families

Salvation Army of Parkersburginternational mission dedicated to meeting human needs in any capacity possible

Location: 534-570 Fifth St. Parkersburg, WV

Serving Opportunities:

Red Kettle Campaign – Bell ringers needed! Families are welcome.

The Angel Tree Program

Purchase clothes and toys for a specific child in need this holiday

Help distribute holiday gifts for Angel Tree program on distribution day

Thanksgiving Meal 4 different opportunities to assist on Thanksgiving:

Food preparation: 9:00 AM (16 and over)

Serve food: 11:30 AM (16 and over)

Clean up: 1:00 PM (16 and over)

Meal Delivery to elderly: 11:15 AM – families welcome

Food Drive – Holiday food donations assist in Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner baskets as well as meals provided during the week

Contact: Shirley Grogg, 304-485-4529 ext. 203

Notes: Appropriate for families.

Old Man Rivers Missionlocal organization providing a food pantry and meal opportunities throughout the year

Location: 703 Pike Street Parkersburg, WV

Serving Opportunities:

Food Pantry – open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, the food pantry can always use volunteer help for organizing and sorting

Weekend Meals – serving upwards of 500 families per month, the weekend meal program is always in need of volunteers

Contact: Jeanette or Bill, 304-428-6677

Notes: Opportunities may vary. Contact the mission for specific information.

 

Humane Society of Parkersburg – provides shelter, rehabilitation and adoption for homeless animals

Location: 506 29th Street, Parkersburg, WV

Serving Opportunities:

The Humane Society offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, from walking dogs to helping decorate for the holidays. For a complete list, visit their website at http://www.hsop.org/general-information

Contact: 304-422-5541

Marietta Volunteer Opportunities

Salvation Army of Marietta – international mission dedicated to meeting human needs in any capacity possible

Location: 136 Front Street, Marietta, OH

Serving Opportunities:

Red Kettle Campaign – Bell ringers needed at a variety of locations around Marietta! Families and groups are welcome. Ringing starts November 17th.

Contact: Aaron Moore, Captain, 740-417-1480 or message on facebook

Notes: Appropriate for families.

 

Washington Morgan Community Action – a non-profit community-based organization that strives to properly assess and meet the needs of Washington and Morgan Counties

Location: 218 Putnam Street, Marietta, OH 45750

Serving Opportunities:

Secret Santa – Choose a child or family that does not have the means to enjoy gifts this year at Christmas and be a secret santa to them! You will receive a complete wish list with sizes and toys desired and be able to shop for the child or family.

Secret Santa Organizing – Help in the distribution center anytime from November 27 – December 14 as many gifts and toys will need organized and distributed.

Contact: Cathy Rees, 740-350-6126

Notes: Appropriate for families.

 

Humane Society of the Ohio Valley – providing shelter, rehabilitation and adoption for homeless animals

Location: 90 Mount Tom Road Marietta, OH

Serving Opportunities:

The Humane Society offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, from walking dogs to taking animals to nursing homes. For a complete list, visit their website at http://hsov.org/how-can-i-help/

Contact: 740-373-5959

Marietta Main Street – local nonprofit focused on economic development through historic preservation

Location: 100 Front Street, Suite 300, Marietta, OH

Serving Opportunities: Merry-etta Christmas Parade

Date: Saturday, November 25th

Parade Volunteers – 15-20 volunteers needed for the Merry-etta Christmas Parade. Parade starts at 6 p.m., volunteers need to be present at 3:30 p.m. and meet at the Food4Less lot in Marietta

Appropriate for volunteers 18+

Contact: Christie Thomas, 740-885-8194

Notes: Great for a group. Please contact Christie asap if interested so that she is able to prepare materials ahead of time.

 

La Musee Rose – a local nonprofit organization focused on discovering the untold story of women’s contributions to Washington County, Ohio and Wood County, West Virginia

Location: 300 Fourth Street, Marietta, OH

Serving Opportunities:

Museum Exhibit Oversightopen museum displays with a short intro on organization and exhibit during times.

When: Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday from 10-2

Contact: Jenny Powers, powersjh1@gmail.com

Notes: This opportunity exists throughout the year. Times available must be consistent. Not suitable for families with small children.

 

Washington County Historical Society – a local nonprofit dedicated to collecting, studying and preserving all items pertaining to the history of Washington County, Ohio

Location: Marietta, OH

Serving Opportunities:

Organization and Inventoryhelp organize and inventory historical society’s collection

When: Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10-2

Contact: Sarah Bird, sarah.wchs@gmail.com

Notes: This opportunity exists throughout the year.

 

The Veterans Museum of Mid-Ohio Valley – local nonprofit

Service Location: Marietta Rinks 404 Fort Hammer Dr, Marietta, OH

Serving Opportunities:

Huge Outdoor Yard Sale – need volunteers to assist with all aspects of the yard sale happening at the Marietta Rinks, including sorting and organizing

Date: December 1st, 2nd and 3rd, starts at 10:00 AM on 12/01

Contact: Gloria Husk, 304-420-0332 or 304-966-2040 (cell)

Notes: A family friendly event with drinks and refreshments supplied. All proceeds for the yard sale will go to support the Veteran’s museum.

Belpre Volunteer Opportunities

Blessings in a Backpack – organization providing weekend meals for school children that do not have adequate food at home

Location: serving approximately 200 children in the Belpre school system

Serving Opportunities:

Pack a Backpack – help sort and pack weekend meals for local children in need

Donations – provide food or monetary donations for the local ministry

Contact: Amanda Purdue, 304-210-8308

Notes: Appropriate for families

 

Belpre Holiday Lights Festival – presents a series of lighted displays celebrating the holiday season, local groups and themed displays to all visitors with a self-guided driving tour of the city

Location: Belpre City Park

Serving Opportunities:

Display Construction and Set upIf you’re handy and/or creative, help is needed to set up, construct and maintain lighting displays

Donation Booth – man donation booth and hand out candy canes to local visitors

Contact: Karen, 740-423-8934

Notes: Appropriate for families

Other Volunteer Ideas for the Mid Ohio Valley

Local Churches – Most local churches have a variety of volunteer opportunities for you and your family. From holiday gift services, food drives and even holiday meals, many churches offer some sort of way for you to give back during the holidays.

Nursing Homes – Elderly individuals in nursing homes often experience great loneliness, especially during the holidays. Many opportunities exist for service to these individuals. If musically talented, consider singing fun Christmas carols. Sit and play cards with them. Deliver handmade gifts and cards. Just talk and laugh with them. It’s amazing the way their histories and stories can enrich your own life if you simply take the time to listen.

Local Arts Organizations – Both Parkersburg and Marietta offer community theaters that often need help during and after productions. Or simply consider a holiday donation to these organizations that provide opportunities for the arts within our community.

https://midohiovalleyplayers.org/

https://peoplesbanktheatre.com/support/volunteer/

http://www.actors-guild.com/

http://www.parkersburgartcenter.org/vounteer/

Donations – All of these organizations greatly benefit from monetary donations as they are nonprofits dedicated to giving, not getting. Sometimes this is the best way that you can help. Consider giving back financially this season if you are able.

Volunteermov.org – This site offers a great resource all year long for volunteer opportunities in the Mid Ohio Valley.

While we realize this list is not comprehensive, we hope it provides some direction in your search for ways to give back. If you know of more volunteer opportunities in the MOV, please share with us on facebook!

Whatever way you give back this year, we hope you find value and joy in your giving.

Go make a life, not just a living.

Share with us on facebook or twitter about your efforts with #makealife @pmcompanymov.

Blog: PMC Gearing Up for Spirit of Giving Recipients 2017

PMC Announces Recipients for Tenth Anniversary of Spirit of Giving Effort

Jason Minnite congratulates Jeanette Flowers and Melissa Ogden, representing Faithlink.

The PM Company has announced the 2017 recipients for their 10th annual Spirit of Giving fundraising effort, to be conducted through the months of October and November. Final totals will be announced in December, when checks are presented to organizations named below.  For the tenth year, the PM Company and Minnite family have elected to forego traditional gifts to tenants and vendors with whom they do business, giving the money instead to local charities.

PMC created the Spirit of Giving Fund at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, and they invite those businesses to join them in raising funds and awareness for the designated charities.  The PM Company then matches the money raised. “This is the perfect way for us to come together with our business associates and friends, to demonstrate the spirit of the season,” said Karmyn Minnite Conley, one of the Managing Partners. “We look forward to this gift-giving all year, because we get to benefit so many important efforts.”

Spirit of Giving has donated in excess of $500,000 in the last nine years, and they hope to celebrate their 10th anniversary with their largest year ever. The goal is to raise $50,000, and match it, bringing the total to $100,000. Those interested in donating to the fund may do so by sending gifts to Spirit of Giving Fund, attn PMC, 1000 Grand Central Mall, Vienna WV 26105. Online donations may be made at www.pacfwv.com/SpiritofGivingFund.

Follow the progress of the effort at Spirit of Giving on Facebook, or on the PMC Facebook page.

Student and civic groups are also invited to participate by collecting items from Wish Lists provided by the charities. Those who would like to help may email lisa@thepmcompany.com  for more details.

 

2017 Recipients of the Spirit of Giving Fund are as follows: 

 Artsbridge, Belpre Area of Ministries, Faithlink, Family Crisis Intervention Center, Firefly – A Spark of Hope, Gabriel Project of WV, YMCA of Parkersburg, Parkersburg Day Nursery, Stout UMC Backpack Ministry, Veterans Museum of the MOV, North Place Maternity Home, Humane Society of Parkersburg SPOT Clinic, Smoot Theatre, Belpre Area Ministries, Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home.

In-kind assistance  is being provided to:

MOV Multi-Cultural Festival,  Children’s Home Society of WV and  Salvation Army.

Spirit of Giving Supports New Agencies in 2016

The PM Company held its annual Spirit of Giving event Thursday, December 8th, and announced the 2016 recipients for their annual fundraising effort, for a total of $60,050 to be shared among the agencies. For the ninth year, Pat Minnite, Sr. and his family elected to forego traditional gifts to tenants and vendors with whom they do business, giving the money instead to local charities.

This brings the total cash and donations distributed by Spirit of Giving to nearly a half million dollars. PMC created the Spirit of Giving Fund at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, and they invite area businesses to join them in raising funds and needed items for the designated charities. The PM Company then matches the money raised. “This is the perfect way for us to come together with our businesses and friends, to demonstrate the spirit of the season,” said Managing Partner Karmyn Minnite Conley. “We look forward to this gift-giving all year, because we get to contribute to so many important efforts.” The company has set a fundraising goal of $100,000 for 2017, in celebration of their 10th anniversary.

2016 Recipients of the Spirit of Giving are Belpre Area Ministries, Family Crisis Intervention Center, Habitat for Humanity MOV, Firefly: A Spark of Hope, Parkersburg Art Center, Faithlink, and Artsbridge. This year, for the first time, Student United Way members from high schools throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley collected canned food to donate to Belpre Area Ministries, as part of the effort.

Since 1980, The PM Company has served the Mid-Ohio Valley’s real estate development and management needs. PMC currently holds approximately a million square feet in commercial and retail properties, housing 120 tenants, as well as ownership of the Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center and partnerships in several area hotels.