Trellis to Receive “Committed to Serve” Grants from Republic Services Charitable Foundation for Small Business Revitalization

98 percent of funded projects will support minority-owned businesses disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic 

PHOENIX, Nov. 13, 2020 – The Republic Services Charitable Foundation has awarded grants totaling $1 million to NeighborWorks America for revitalization projects benefiting small businesses that have suffered a downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an affiliate of NeighborWorks, Trellis will be receiving funds to help nine small businesses along the commercial corridor known as the McDowell Miracle Mile for critical repairs as well as public infrastructure, lighting and safety improvements. 

Investing in Diverse Communities 

“Investing in the diverse communities where we live and work is important to Republic Services, so supporting local small businesses, including minority-owned businesses, is a natural extension of our ongoing neighborhood revitalization efforts and our ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity,” said Catharine Ellingsen, president of the Republic Services Charitable Foundation and executive vice president of Republic Services. “We are proud to partner with NeighborWorks America and its affiliates to support their critical work in neighborhoods across the nation, which is needed more than ever in these challenging times.” 

“NeighborWorks America is dedicated to helping families achieve their dreams of homeownership in safe, sustainable communities, and helping communities thrive through business and job opportunities is a vital part to our progress,” said NeighborWorks America President and CEO Marietta Rodriguez. These funds are critical to helping small businesses make repairs that they would not be able to complete due to the lack of access to capital. Most women, minority, disabled and veteran owned micro-businesses have a difficult time receiving loans from Banks.  These repairs combined with Trellis’ work providing no-cost marketing and business development consulting will be of great help to the businesses who are struggling due to the downturn in business related to Covid-19 

These efforts support Republic Services’ long-term sustainability goal to positively impact 20 million people through charitable giving by 2030. 

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About Republic Services 

Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, transfer stations, recycling centers, landfills and environmental services provide effective solutions to make responsible recycling and waste disposal effortless for its customers across the country. Its 36,000 employees are committed to providing a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue Planet® for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world. For more information, visit

About Trellis 

Trellis ( is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Since it established our roots in 1975, Trellis (formerly Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix) is dedicated to making stable homes and communities possible through educatingbuilding and lending. Regardless of income, education or background, Trellis helps individuals and families across Arizona, especially the community’s most vulnerable and under-served. As a NeighborWorks America member and a Freddie Mac Borrower Help Center, Trellis is connected to a strong network spanning all 50 states.