123JUNK Partner Feature on Amy Javaid from A Wider Circle in Silver Spring, Maryland

Meet Our Partner – Amy Javaid, Interim President & CEO at A Wider Circle

As the 123JUNK team is dedicated to serving our community, we are also committed to partnering with local organizations that are on a mission to help those in need. We are happy to introduce this month’s partner: A Wider Circle. A Wider Circle is a non-profit organization based in Silver Spring, MD, that is on a mission to end poverty by helping marginalized communities find stable homes, providing workforce development, and revitalizing neighborhoods. Let’s get to know their Interim President and CEO, Amy Javaid.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your role at A Wider Circle?

My name is Amy Javaid. I’ve been here for over four years, but I have been involved with the organization for nearly a decade. I was just so drawn in by the work that when a part-time Workforce Development Department job opportunity arose, I took it wholeheartedly. I really enjoyed connecting with clients and job seekers, understanding their different paths, and supporting them on their journey. 

Over time, I wore multiple hats. Now, as Interim President and CEO, I am honored to take the organization through a major transition period.

Why did you choose this field of work?

I’ve always worked with nonprofits and marginalized communities. I spent the majority of my career working with nonprofits overseas that specialized in a variety of social service work related to education, underserved communities, maternal and child health, and more.

After having a family and spending some time being a mom – which is its own community and very important work – I started out doing more, but I really wanted to do it domestically. 

It became this nice next chapter in being part of A Wider Circle, but it was also such a great complement to the work that I had already done.

Non-profit organization discussion with A Wider Circle

What are your favorite aspects of working at a non-profit organization? 

One of my favorite things is the passion those around me bring to work. I tell the staff they are what gets me up in the morning. They are also what keeps me up at night but mostly because I want us to succeed as a team.

People are drawn to this common sense of purpose. When you work in a large corporation, there are a lot of drivers that get you in that door, but when you work for a non-profit that is mission-driven, it’s really the mission that brings you in the door and binds you as a unit.

Do you remember how you ended up partnering with 123JUNK? 

As an organization committed to poverty eradication, it is really important for us to recognize that we can’t do it alone. We can be a key driver in that equation, but eradicating poverty and supporting all of our neighbors in need requires all of us. 

123JUNK has been involved in our Essential Support Program, providing trucks for collecting donations and pickups. They have been advocates and ambassadors to their clients about our work and active on our young professionals board. 

Our partnership is such a perfect example of the many different ways that organizations, corporations, and public sector officials can engage. It doesn’t need to be one and done or just writing a check. Engagement is equally important–it’s the time, talent, and treasure. 

Can you tell us about a memorable moment with 123JUNK?

As a business, moving things from point A to point B, collecting and hauling–it is a core part of our business too. The fact that we are able to collaborate and move or collect items from clients who otherwise might throw them away and get them to us so that our families can utilize them is a large concept to wrap your mind around. One empty apartment can suddenly be full with all of the items you need to make it feel like home. It takes many hands and great commitment. 

123JUNK has really been instrumental in recognizing that value and understanding how important serving those in need is. They help us make the seemingly impossible possible.

What advice would you give to others looking to support the community during such an uncertain time?

There’s various ways people can contribute, but often the concept of poverty eradication seems so overwhelming but it is possible. Shift your mindset; realize that everybody has a value in that equation and more can be accomplished.

Amy Javaid leading a discussion for A Wider Circle

How can others reach out to support A Wider Circle? Do you have any events coming up?

During last year’s lockdown, we were supposed to have a 5K, and we shifted it to a virtual event. It was the first virtual event and we were honored to have over 1,100 participants. We are happy to announce that we are doing it again this year!

The Virtual Race to End Poverty is a month-long series of activities that kicks off Saturday, April 3rd and concludes with a virtual 5K on Saturday, May 1st. When you register, you will have access to weekly workouts, cooking and nutrition workshops, yoga and meditation, and more. Anyone can log in, especially for those who want to time their run or walk, so we would love for people to participate. 

Learn more about A Wider Circle and how you can help by volunteering, donating items, and funding their programs.

Kevin Wheeler Business Development Manager at junk removal company in Northern Virginia

Meet Kevin Wheeler, Business Development Manager

Northern Virginia Junk Removal Business Development Manager with Mascot

Kevin Wheeler was just a 16-year-old high school student when his junkman career began. “When my brother Collin started 123JUNK, he didn’t give me much of a choice,” he explained. “He needed help and my friends and I were looking for jobs so he hired us. It was well paying, a good workout, I got to work with my friends, and it was a way for me to help my big brother.”

Kevin worked afternoons, weekends, and summer breaks through his high school and college years. Then after obtaining his degree in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Radford University, he took a job working for the Federal Government in the human resources department for Fish and Wildlife Services.

“I quickly realized that line of work didn’t suit my personality; I’m much more a people person, and more sales driven,” he said. “Meanwhile, Collin had mentioned he was looking to hire someone with my personality type to help drive new business development, so I ended up taking the position to help expand 123JUNK into Maryland and DC.” That was in November 2014.

Eventually Kevin’s territory expanded to cover the whole DMV and then later he transitioned from a Client Relationship Executive to Business Development Manager. Despite his growth, Kevin still jumps in where he is needed. You may find him assisting with a job in the field on Monday morning and sitting down for coffee or lunch with a referral partner or charity partner in the afternoon. You need humility in junk removal, a realty that Kevin is very familiar with.

“My dream is to keep moving up within the company. I’m proud to see the continued expansion, now with a devoted fleet of trucks for Maryland and a new office there, and it’s gratifying to know I played an important role in that expansion,” he explained. “The company is growing fast!”

Young Kevin Wheeler at Northern Virginia Junk Removal Company
Kevin posing in front of a truck in 2008.

Making a Difference

Outside of work and volunteering, Kevin loves his sports teams, including the Nationals, Wizards and Redskins, and enjoys playing golf and basketball.

Kevin was raised in a family that valued volunteerism and uses his spare time to coach fifth-grade basketball and mentor a little brother through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and enjoys interacting with his own close family. During college, he also participated in at least one mission trip each summer and even had a pen pal since the second grade that he got to visit in Sierra Leone twice on these trips.

As for 123JUNK, “I never realized the magnitude to which our services free up peace of mind with our clients. You’d never think that hauling stuff from someone’s garage would make a difference, but it does,” Kevin said. “We hear this from our charity partners too; they are so grateful for the service we provide them. Being so involved, I get to see and hear the feedback firsthand.”

“Those measures we take to go above and beyond is what makes 123JUNK different,” he continued. “It starts with our hiring process, followed by consistent training. Our employees buy into our philosophy and our message and believe in the company’s culture and core values.”

Kevin Wheeler, Northern Virginia junk removal company business development manager, with Family

Contact 123JUNK

If you live or work in Northern Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C., let 123JUNK make a difference in your life. Call today to schedule your appointment for junk, furniture, and appliance removal, or yard waste and debris cleanup from your home or office.

COVID-19 Safe Junk Hauling in Gaithersburg MD

Getting Ready For Spring: How to Get Rid of Old Junk During COVID

As the pandemic inspired many residents to declutter their homes in 2020, some are feeling re-inspired to reduce their household items yet again. However, it’s understandable that getting rid of your junk this year feels a little risky. 

Yard sales pose a safety risk and charity donation centers have limited hours that may not work with your schedule. Hiring professionals to haul away your junk from your home may be your best option to stay safe and reduce your clutter.

Below, we discuss how our junk removal team can help you embrace and out with the old and in with the new mentality for spring 2021.  

Benefits of Hauling Your Junk This Spring

haul away your junk safely in Gaithersburg MD
  1. More Convenient

Consider how long it will take to clear out, unload, haul, and dispose of your unwanted items. For many people, this can take hours and even days. With the help of your local junk removal company, you can spend more time doing things you enjoy while they take care of your project from start to finish!

  1. Safe and Healthy

There are some items that are too dangerous or hazardous to deal with on your own. You could seriously injure yourself without the proper knowledge or equipment readily available. 

Professional junk haulers have the training and experience to dispose of unwanted items and waste properly and legally while adhering to federal and state guidelines, as well as the CDC’s guidelines. 

  1. Major Cost Savings

Hauling your junk isn’t as simple as it seems. There’s a variety of factors to consider such as gas, mileage, dumping fees, and renting trucks. Using your personal vehicles can also pave way for additional issues, including unnecessary damages and costs.

  1. Reliable and Efficient

Junk removal involves much more than just hauling items away in the back of a truck. Knowing what can be properly disposed of or recycled is a not only cost-efficient but better for the environment. Not to mention, your well-loved items can potentially be someone else’s treasure. 

Consider junk removal experts who utilize an efficient junk hauling process, like 123JUNK’s 1-2-3 Process of donating, recycling, and disposing.

Our Junk Removal COVID-19 Safety Precautions

covid-19 junk hauling company in Gaithersburg MD

As we’ve previously mentioned in our policy changes in response to COVID-19, we take the safety of our customers and employees seriously. We continue to adhere to the federal, state, and local government guidelines to ensure your safety and health. Here are our safety protocols:

  • All service contracts and payments are processed virtually.
  • Our team and customers wear face masks or face covers.
  • Team members exhibiting symptoms of illness stay home for the recommended time frame established by the CDC. 
  • Only two team members per truck. They also stick with each other daily in their designated truck. 
  • Personal tablets and equipment are assigned to our staff.
  • Daily disinfection of trucks and equipment. 
  • Our support staff are currently working from home while our truck staff are dispatching in their designated trucks.
  • Our team holds frequent virtual meetings to remain transparent and keep communication open. 
  • Working is 100% voluntary for all staff as safety is our top priority.

Note: Discounts are available for customers who have the capability to leave their unwanted items on their property for a quick pickup.

Let Our Professionals Haul Away Your Unwanted Items!

As an essential service provider, our team is proud to continue assisting our community during this time. While we understand you may be concerned about the spread of Coronavirus, you can rely on our junk removal team to haul away your junk safely according to federal and local government guidelines as well as the CDC recommendations
Allow our team to help you declutter your home this spring so you can spend more time doing things that you love. Call (800) 364-5778 to haul away your junk today!

Pat Flynn Partner Spotlight on Flynn Realty Associates

Meet Our Partner – Pat Flynn, Flynn Realty Associates of Keller Williams Realty

123JUNK is excited for you to get to know a little more about our partner, Pat Flynn of Flynn Realty Associates of Keller Williams Realty. We have known Pat for about a decade, and we are thrilled to introduce you to such an incredible partner and friend. Let’s get to know Pat below!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’ve been a licensed real estate agent for just over 23 years, and I’m also one of the active owners of the Keller Williams office located in Reston, Virginia. Our Reston office has a little over 200 agents, which includes my team of four who operate as Flynn Realty Associates. We are licensed to serve the needs of our clients in Virginia, DC, Maryland and West Virginia.

Why did you choose to go into real estate?

I was born and raised in Chicago and went to the University of Illinois. I got into real estate right out of college, working a summer internship for a commercial real estate firm in DC. In my senior year of college, they hired me during winter break. 

I did that for a little over a year and didn’t think it was working for me. But right when I was ready to pack up and go back to Chicago, my mentor at the time encouraged me to get into residential real estate. I followed my mentor’s advice and was fortunate to have met the right real estate broker, who is still a dear friend of mine and the rest is history.

How did you end up partnering with 123JUNK? 

I met Collin (123JUNK Chief Executive Office/Founder) 11 years ago at a local networking group. We were both part of that Vienna networking group for a number of years and have been friends and colleagues ever since. We used to just brainstorm over ideas he had. Although he’s still a lot younger than me, I always knew he was going to go to great places. He’s got a great mind and incredible ideas!

Junk Removal Company in Northern Virginia at Charity Event

Can you tell us about a memorable moment with 123JUNK?

I’ve partnered with 123JUNK for a lot of clients, helping people clean out basements, garages, and vacant estates. I could tell you a number of stories, but my most memorable moments are when we’ve partnered up for different charitable organizations. 

123JUNK has always come out to provide trucks to pick up all the donations, taking collections where they need to go. Collin has always been quick to say, “absolutely, just let me know what you need, what time, and how many trucks.” They’re there to support the community and partner with us hand-in-hand. 

What are your favorite aspects of being a realtor? 

Over the last 24 years, I’ve loved building relationships. Though I’m in the sales business, I see it more as a ‘relationship-building business.’ When I first moved from Chicago, I only knew a couple of people, but now I have a wide network and a client base of many relationships. 

I’ve just enjoyed the ride of meeting people, working with people, getting to know them and having great relationships, like with 123JUNK to help support my business and give back to our clients. 

What advice would you give to others looking to gain experience in real estate?

My simple piece of advice is don’t be a secret agent. Being in real estate, it’s all about putting your name out there, letting people know what you do and that you’re ready to help. I think those who practice being secretive aren’t as successful in this business. 

Everyone has about 100 people in their sphere and, out of that hundred, there has to be someone who’s planning to buy or sell real estate this year. Tap into your network of 100 people to see who they may know. Then utilize those relationships and networks to grow your business!!!

What advice would you give to people looking to buy or sell their home? 

For buyers, I would say be patient and be prepared. It’s a tough market right now. It may be discouraging at times because you don’t get every house that you put a bid on, so it might be a longer process than you would expect. Once you find something, you really need to be prepared to have the best chance of having your offer accepted. 

For sellers, embrace the market but don’t take advantage of it. Lean into the advice and value that your agent provides. If you listen to your agent, they will be able to bring you more value and a higher sales price than if you tried to do it on your own.

Pat Flynn's Family on Vacation

Reach Out to Pat Flynn of Flynn Realty Associates of Keller Williams Today!

At 123JUNK, our team is always enthusiastic about working with others in our community, especially those like Pat Flynn. We are lucky to continue working together with you, whether it’s giving back to others through community service or helping people haul junk away from their homes. Interested in buying or selling a property? Get in touch with Pat Flynn of Flynn Realty Associates at (703) 615-0633 to discuss your needs!