CHICAGO — The May community service roundup features seven convenience stores and five industry suppliers.
Check out this month’s contributions to the community …
Savannah, Ga.-based Parker Corp. launched a roundup campaign to support a rotating series of nonprofit organizations through the Parker’s Community Fund, which benefits local organizations dedicated to making a positive, measurable impact in key focus areas, including education, healthcare and hunger.
Through August, the campaign will match 25% of each customer’s donation to the nearest dollar. All 71 Parker’s and Parker’s Kitchen retail stores across Georgia and South Carolina are accepting donations.
All round-up campaign proceeds in Georgia will be donated to America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia, and all proceeds in South Carolina will be donated to the Lowcountry Food Bank.
Parker’s also donated $56,000 to the Beaufort County School District as part of the company’s Fueling the Community program. A portion of the Parker’s donation supports the school district’s annual Support Person of the Year recognition program, which honors school nurses, social workers, bookkeepers, office managers, teacher assistants, school secretaries, bus drivers and technology and data specialists. Other funds go to specific schools designated by Parker’s Pump Pal members when they purchase fuel on the first Wednesday of each month.
During Military Appreciation Month in May, Pilot Co., based in Knoxville, Tenn., donated $100,000 to Hire Heroes USA, an organization dedicated to providing job search assistance to current members of the military, veterans and their spouses.
With this donation, Hire Heroes USA will be able to take 100 military members through the transition process and into great careers.
EG America, Westborough, Mass., held an in-store fundraiser in its more than 1,700 c-stores where customers donated to United Way. The organization’s efforts advance youth development and educational resources in partnership with local nonprofit organizations.
Maverik Inc., based in Salt Lake City, Utah, launched its partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada, focused on regional fire prevention awareness.
The campaign—Spark Safety, Not Wildfires—provides tools for public land users through videos through Maverik’s fuel pumps and television screens, social media channels and a set of safety tips that come with firewood purchases.
Also in May, Maverik donated almost $764,000 to help those affected by the Ukraine crisis through the global Red Cross network. Nealy $414,000 was raised through customer and team member donations, and $350,000 was directly contributed by Maverik.
Rutter’s, based in York, Pa., raised more than $730,000 during its Children’s Charities 20th annual golf outing. The funds went to local charities, including, but not limited to:
- $75,000 to Rutter’s Secret Santa program, benefiting more than 50 different local organizations
- $50,000 to local youth sports leagues
- $25,000 to Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc.
- $25,000 to Make A Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia
- $20,000 to York County Food Bank
- $15,000 to Adams County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- $15,000 to Ronald McDonald House
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.'s Circle K Rocky Mountain Business Unit based in Greenwood Village in Boulder County, Colo., brought its donation total to $545,012.49 for the Community Foundation Boulder County. The organization created the Wildfire Fund to help aid in the recovery from last December’s Marshall Fire.
The Circle K Rocky Mountain Business Unit, which operates close to 360 Circle K stores across Colorado, New Mexico and West Texas, began fundraising for Marshall Fire relief efforts in January. The donations came as a small portion of fuel sales revenue, rather than by asking for donations from customers directly.
Post Consumer Brands
Post Consumer Brands, based in Lakeville, Minn., launched a new company-wide volunteer initiative called Ingredients for Good and donated 30,000 meals to 18 nonprofits. 500 volunteers came together across 12 U.S. and Canadian locations where the cereal company operates to stock food shelves, pack backpacks and deliver food.
Ingredients for Good has a mission to help those facing food insecurity.
“At Post Consumer Brands, we’re committed to helping our neighbors who don’t have enough to eat,” said Nicolas Catoggio, president and chief executive officer at Post Consumer Brands.
OPW Vehicle Wash Solutions
DePere, Wis.-based OPW Vehicle Wash Solutions, part of Dover Corp., revealed the winners for the Dover Scholars Program, which provided scholarships to children of full-time employees of Doverand its operating companies worldwide.
Selections were made by a four-member committee of college admissions professionals from prominent universities and based on academic excellence, leadership abilities and extracurricular activities. Winners represented both high school seniors and current college students and received up to $12,000 in scholarship support over the four years of their undergraduate education. Now in its 11th year, the program has awarded 373 scholarships, providing approximately $2.6 million in financial support to deserving students.
OPW Vehicle Wash Solutions was formed in January 2019 and consists of PDQ Manufacturing Inc., Belanger Inc. and Innovative Control Systems.
Talking Rain Beverage Co.
Talking Rain, which makes the Sparkling Ice beverage, unveiled its plans to continue its partnership with Homes For Our Troops. The partnership will result in more than 15 new custom homes for severely injured post Sept. 11 veterans in California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.
“Talking Rain has a long history of supporting our veterans,” said Ken Sylvia, CEO of Talking Rain, based in Preston, Wash. “Our national partnership with Homes For Our Troops is an exciting evolution of our commitment to this incredible community. We look forward to helping these heroes start the next chapter of their lives.”
Corona, Calif.-based Monster Energy joined Walmart’s campaign called Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Monster Energy donated 10 cents for every participating item sold in all Walmart locations in the United States in May.
As a third-year supplier partner, Monster Energy has donated more than $135,000 to local food banks through this campaign, and Monster plans on adding at least another $70,000 this year with the inclusion of Monster Energy 12-packs and Java Monster six-packs.
Monster Beverage Corp., Corona, Calif., is known for its Monster Energy drink and its spinoffs including Monster Energy Ultra, Monster Maxx, Java Monster, Monster Rehab and more.
Global Spirits USA
New York-based Global Spirits USA, producer of Ukrainian vodka, revealed KNOR Fundraise, a campaign supporting the well-being of Ukrainian disabled children most at risk during the war.
Global Spirits began a Khor-Dollar-A-Thon with the goal of reaching $100,000 in fundraising by donating $1 from each bottle of 1.75-liter Khor Platinum Vodka sold in the United States to Mama I Nemovlya, a nonprofit organization based in Ukraine.
Owner and CEO of Global Spirits, Evgeny Chernyak, created the KHOR Foundation fund to help and protect Ukrainian citizens in recent events. Since the end of February, more than 5,000 of the company's employees, together with their families who are based in Ukraine, have been provided safety and humanitarian aid- including relocation, if necessary.