As a local resident and business owner, I feel that I have a moral obligation to give back to the community. I know I can take it to an extreme at times, but if the worst thing someone can say about me is that I donated a lot of time and money to many different charities, that’s fine by me! As I write this, it is fall of 2016. I am a member of the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce and The Cape Cod Canal Chamber of Commerce. I have also been in the Cranberry County Chamber of Commerce and the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. Over the years. we have sponsored youth sports across the South Shore, numerous police and fire department events which benefit the fight of cancer, and MS, to name a couple. There is not much we do not try to help with, as it is what part of being in a community requires, teamwork. We have painted houses for Habitat for Humanity. We have also donated time and supplies to Local Art Guilds, little leagues, and high school booster clubs. We run contests from time to time to give away free Children’s Room Makeovers. We have received some fabulous entries! The last year we ran this contest, instead of just one winner, we not only picked a 1st place winner but we also added a 2nd place, and we even painted a 3rd room at just the cost of materials and small portion of labor, well under the normal cost! The 1st place winner, Robert Richter, submitted a great essay! As the winner, he received newly painted ceilings, walls, trim, new wall to wall carpet from Sherwin Williams, and a new stereo from my friend John Bonwitt, owner of Wiring Solutions. I then added in the final touches of curtains, comforter and sheets, and two Patriots pictures, one autographed to Robert. All who entered the contest received a thank you letter, and a gift card to Friendly’s for taking the time to write an essay. I am so happy to live on the South Shore. This is a special place, and I am here to stay, to live, and to help make it a better place to live!
In November of 2001, One Stop was chosen Business of the Year by the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce. I have spoken and passed out awards before, at many of our company parties, but this was the first time I had to stand up in front of 300 local business owners and politicians, to receive an award. It was truly a great feeling, and I was not as nervous as I thought I would be!
In 2006, One Stop was voted “Plymouth Best Painter’s” by a reader’s poll in the local newspaper, the Old Colony Memorial. This was a very proud moment. I know we pride ourselves on quality work and honest ethics, but it is great to receive public acknowledgment. A nice pat on the back always feels good! 2014 and 2015 we were chosen as the “Best of the Best” for local paining contractors by a national survey of the industry. This was a great compliment to go along with our local recognition!
Jeff Cohen served for many years on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Plymouth. In his time on the board, he has co-chaired the fundraising committee. One of the more successful benefits recommended by Jeff was the Annual Valentines Ball. This was a formal party. In 2001 it raised $12,000, after expense. Funds raised have increased each year, by almost $10,000 In 2010, the last year we held the ball, we raised over $70,000 after expenses! The combined Valentine’s Ball funds raised was over $250,000.
One Stop and Jeff have been very active in raising money and helping out the Special Olympics of Mass, and Special Olympics of Plymouth. In past years the town had hosted a benefit known as the “Corporate Games” and One Stop was a force in raising over $3000 each year. Jeff was voted into the Mass Special Olympics Hall of Fame for his work with them over the years, raising over $10,000 during the games, and One Stop is looking forward to the eventual return of the games. We as a company have received numerous plaques and awards for our help, but more importantly, we have put many smiles on many faces. If you have never attended an event, it is a must, as the energy and the sheer joy on the participants faces will change your life, and brighten any day, for years to come.
Many prior July 4th parades in Plymouth have seen One Stop Trucks pulling floats for the Boys and Girls Club, as well as for Special Olympics. We have missed the last few, but plans are underway for a return during the 2008 Fourth of July parade! We may even post some advance photos as we shall be building a float during the winter months of 2008, laying out the framework on the van we just took off the road. We will be following specs outlined out by the Thanksgiving parade criteria, so we may appear in two parades in 2008; do stay tuned! The kids love being in the parade and passing out candy as they drive along the streets of Plymouth, and my daughter has been asking, so I think we will be making a splash next year!
Jeff has been active in the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce over the years, serving once on Board of Directors during 2003, and several years as an Ambassador to welcome new members. While still a member in good standing, Jeff has been a bit less active of late, balancing work with family and numerous other boards and committees as well. Jeff is a past member of the Pilgrim Society in Plymouth, and has been a Rotarian with the Plymouth Rotary Club, since 2003 as well. Rotary is a great organization that helps raise money throughout the community, and then funnels it back to many local groups and non- profits, in need of assistance. In fact, Jeff is a “Paul Harris Fellow” which shows a higher personal & financial commitment to rotary and community.
We are also involved in the United Way program, which donates money directly from employees’ paychecks. This is their number one program to help raise money throughout the year. It is a very worthwhile program and I think more companies should be involved- it was relatively easy to set up as they come down to do an entire presentation. We have helped out area YMCA’s over the years as well, and my daughter Chelsey attends their summer camp, here in Plymouth (she’s a member of the Rainbow Girl’s and on her way to doing many things in the community as well!) and truly loves the camp, and I feel very strongly about the YMCA having a larger presence in town. They do compete for the same children that go to the Boys & Girls Club, but each are very different and both bring worthwhile programs to the children and the community. I am a big fan of both and plan on helping any efforts for a new club to come into Plymouth!
But in 2014 we ended getting very serious about our community efforts, and we formed the Jeff Cohen charitable foundation! This is a true Legal 501©(3) foundation, banded our endeavors. We do a yearly car show that we call “cars for cancer”, last year 2016 had approximately 200 cars registered, hundreds of people in attendance along with 30 or so vendors, but most importantly three local people going through chemo at that moment benefited directly from the car show with all proceeds. We plan on starting a scholarship fund in the near future from this car show as well.
The JCC Foundation now also hosts an annual “Back to the 80s party”, and the money generated from this event goes directly to help both the Plymouth Fourth of July parade as well as the fire work celebration. We enter floats into the parade under the foundation, typically with an 80s theme among others. Since we are so focused on community we pass out on average $1000 worth of candy to the children, along with temporary tattoos, approximately 400 T-shirts , and American flags! Again are float are constructed through volunteer efforts and a lot of the one stop company helps both with the float and with walking in the parade with their children! For 20 years I’ve been hosting an annual Halloween event, which over the last six years has been focused on raising money for a family that is suffered, it can be from the loss of a child, the loss of a parent, and in this year’s case a portion of the proceeds is being directed to a local construction worker who suffered a broken neck in the fall last year and has been out of work for a very long time.
Our charity and community work focuses more on local and national causes, although we do participate and help with national events as well, the overall Rotarian theme of “service above self” has been relevant through my entire life, and it trickles throughout our entire company and staff.
Both the foundation along with one stop painting I received numerous awards and accolades through the years, as well as some incredible press and notoriety. Most recently we received our second citation from the Massachusetts Senate, as well as a new citation from the house of Congress, and another from the House of Representatives recognizing our work throughout our communities.
We also try and help our local veterans as much as we can, whether it’s donating our time to perform free projects, we painted the cannons that are local VFW this year before their Memorial Day events, and we partner with other companies that work for veterans in a charitable manner weather is performing painting for “Hydreas for Heroes” or helping out another local foundation “The Nathan Hale Foundation”, both of which we look forward to helping even more in the coming years. And both are very focused on veterans and their needs.
Several years ago the JCC foundation hosted a Venetian themed masquerade ball that was attended by over 300. We had Brookline ice who does the Boston Commons for New Year’s Eve come to town and provide us with some incredible ice sculptures, Sysco foods donated and prepared all the food for the event, we had some incredible local sponsors, and we typically partner up with Coralee Burke, owner of “To the Max events” along with my dear friend DJ Gene Dupuis (both also serve on my event/foundation committee) and to say that the events we are capable of hosting are just short of incredible would actually be an understatement indeed. Everything we do from the painting at one stop, to the fundraising and event planning at the JCC foundation is always to the next level, or as Max would say, it is “To The Max” Even the website you’re viewing now is created by Barry Crowley, another good friend and he has helped plan and orchestrate much to do with our events, as well as our foundation website, and now my latest version of the one stop painting website including the charity page you are reading currently! So many things we do large and small, far too many to begin to list, these are just some of the ones to come to mind, or I feel are more notable and take great pride in such as our rewards. The satisfaction that comes from such simple things as playing Santa Claus for my Rotary club at our Polar express events in the look of delight on the children’s faces, or the faces of the kids as we passed by the parade and give them flags and candy, the complements will receive from people throughout that we have touched or helped, makes this one of the most satisfying portions of my life. And I would all in part too both one stop painting which has provided me the vehicle to launch my events from, to my staff at one stop was always there for setup and breakdown, to my office manager who has to deal with my frantic event planning and total takeover of the office when the auction items are accumulating, to the incredible volunteer committee and board of directors we’ve assembled for the JCC foundation, it’s both amazing what we’ve been able to do, and the personal satisfaction is beyond description. We look forward to many more years of both painting and community partnerships.
One Stop Painting donating their time for Memorial Day remembrance at the American Legion in Plymouth
We ground all the rust from the cannons, then sanded, primed, and applied industrial steel coatings.
The one-stop team showing off some of their awards and certificates, including Senate recognition, congressional recognition, House of Representatives recognition, business of the year award from the Chamber of Commerce, better business award for no complaints, and the best of the best award of local companies!
Jeff running the camera at Rotary Charity Auction
One Stop team competing in Corporate Special Olympic Challenge. We have helped raise thousands of dollars for this cause.
The costume contest winners at our 2016 Halloween Party Benefit.
This is what it is all about – making others happy! This is the actual Plymouth Special Olympic team competing in the Cape Cod games. We are major sponsors in this event yearly.
Annual Valentines Ball in Plymouth. This event was conceived and put on by Jeff. It started in 2001 and raised over $12,000. The second annual ball brought in over $22,000; and 6 years later we raised over $250,000 combined after expenses for the Boys and Girls Club of Plymouth.
4th of July Parade in Plymouth. You can count on seeing several One Stop trucks pulling floats and kids representing the Plymouth Special Olympics and the Plymouth Boys and Girls Clubs.
Little League Announcement Stand. In addition to sponsoring local teams, we also help out by performing work at a greatly reduced or free rate to local youth organizations.
The set-up for Jeff Cohen Charitable Foundation's "Back to the 80's" party.
"Back to the 80's" themed parade float in the Plymouth Fourth of July parade.
Jeff at the Jeff Cohen Charitable Foundation's annual Halloween party.
The crowd at the Jeff Cohen Charitable Foundation's New Year's Eve Ball.