July 15 2014

Safelite’s Culture of Service: Sheltering the People of Central Ohio


Tom Feeney, Safelite® President and CEO
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At Safelite, we believe a culture of service extends to the communities where we live and work. In fact we’ve recently earned the Benefactor of the Year in Columbus Business First’s 2014 Annual Corporate Caring Awards program, which recognizes companies that are dedicating their resources to a variety of nonprofit organizations.

Last week, I shared our 1-2-3 philosophy, and today, I sheltering the people of central Ohio.

Last year, 9,000 of our neighbors faced disaster in the form of a housing crisis. Safelite is helping provide temporary solutions through shelters and long-term solutions through affordable housing.

Safelite has been an advocate for the Community Shelter Board (CSB) for roughly six years, and Safelite’s CFO Doug Herron has served on the board since 2010. The company has been a co-sponsor of The Day to End Homelessness telethon for several years. This fundraiser broadcasted on 10TV invites community members to become a Housing Hero by donating $1 a day for one year to help people get off the streets and into housing. Safelite employees also donate their time to the phone bank on pledge day. With emergency shelters over capacity, the campaign responded to the growing need for the community’s support; the telethon raised a total of $80,950. In 2013, Safelite also awarded CSB a $25,000 Impact Grant that will help to redesign the shelter system for single adults and open a new shelter space by early summer 2014. When it opens, the shelter will provide sleeping quarters, showers and meals for up to 244 men, women, and families. Waiting lists will be eliminated, as well as the need to site a winter overflow shelter each year. The system will be able to address the growing numbers of men, women and families who are experiencing homelessness so no one has to sleep on the streets in Franklin County.

Safelite also has supported Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio since 2010 through a variety of volunteer and fundraising efforts. In 2013, Habitat for Humanity received a $50,000 Impact Grant from Safelite toward sponsorship of the Home of Hope Blitz Build with WBNS-10TV in April 2013. During the five-day build, each sponsor sent a team of volunteers to assist in building this home for a single mother of two children. While this project provided a home for one family, it also helped revitalize a blighted community and bring awareness to the cause. This is the second family home funded, in part, by Safelite.

In 2013, Safelite awarded a $25,000 Impact Grant to the Central Ohio Furniture Bank, which is the 2nd largest furniture bank in the country taking in donated furniture and providing it to those in need, primarily coming out of homelessness. The grant will be applied toward 1,500 pieces of furniture (kitchen tables, chairs, dressers) for 111 families in the community.

We’re pleased to partner with so many great charities in these endeavors. Check back in the next few weeks to learn more about how we are feeding the people of central Ohio and supporting the children of central Ohio.

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