Safelite AutoGlass® Foundation, the 501(c)(3) giving arm of the nation’s largest vehicle glass repair and replacement company, has awarded $200,000 in Impact Grants to seven separate Columbus area non-profit groups, six receiving $25,000 and one receiving $50,000. This is the second year the Foundation has awarded its Impact Grants, and thanks to improved fundraising, 2012 has doubled over last year.
The recipient of the $50,000 grant was given to: – Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio: Sponsorship of the “Home of Hope” Blitz Build with WBNS-10TV in April 2013. Additional $25,000 recipients include: – Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Ohio: Replacement of a 12-passenger van used for the Camp Oty Okwa summer camp program for at-risk and disadvantaged youth, located in southeastern Ohio. – Mid-Ohio Foodbank: Support for Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s efforts to acquire 8.5 million pounds of fresh, nutrient-rich produce, donated by local farmers, distributors and suppliers, to distribute to Franklin County’s nearly 200,000 residents in need. – Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus: Purchase of a new vehicle to transport additional children to the Club from areas that are currently under-served. – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio: Support of the Helping Hands program, designed to close the gap between what families pay to stay at the Ronald McDonald House and the actual costs. This grant will result in 500 nights of rest for families in need. – Children’s Hunger Alliance: Support of the “Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools” initiative to reduce childhood obesity in Franklin County, targeting middle school students. – LifeCare Alliance: Funding of 2,679 meals for LifeCare Alliance clients through Meals-on-Wheels program and Senior Dining Center as well as 43 new thermal bags for meal delivery. Applications were reviewed by members of the Safelite AutoGlass® Foundation, a volunteer committee, and selected by the breadth and depth of impact the grant would have on the local community. The Foundation received 54 grant requests this year. Funding for the Impact Grants is provided by the Foundation’s Annual Golf Classic, which also funds a number of other donations made by the Foundation.
“We give back to charity because it’s simply the right thing to do. We believe in investing part of our profits into the betterment of mankind,” said Safelite® President and CEO Tom Feeney. “We are looking forward to seeing the good work of our Impact Grant recipients and to building a long-term supportive partnership.”
About The Safelite AutoGlass® Foundation
Safelite AutoGlass®, the nation’s leading provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services, is committed to be a responsible member of the communities where we live and work. This includes those outside our doorstep and those across the world. As such the company supports employees’ charitable endeavors while also being a large fundraiser. The Safelite AutoGlassÂ® Foundation was created in 2005 as the 501(c)(3) giving arm of the company aimed at supporting organizations that promote the health and well-being of families through monetary and in-kind contributions and volunteer hours. The Safelite AutoGlassÂ® Foundation is set up as a separate entity, governed by company employees from the corporate offices and the field organization. The Foundation administers giving on behalf of Safelite® and its employees, disbursing aid to approved causes or charities, and organizing many giving initiatives in communities where our associates live and work.