Hopefully you’ve all read our series on our commitment to community service in addition to customer service. We’ve shared some of our work around sheltering and feeding people in need. Today, I’ll share ways we are supporting the children of Central Ohio. As a family-oriented company, Safelite volunteers have had a tremendous impact on the children of central Ohio to put them on a better path toward successful futures.
Safelite is no stranger at Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus. Safelite’s Foundation Chairman Randy Randolph has been on the board of directors since 2006 and served as Board President from 2010-2013. Safelite’s IT team has made a big impact on the BGCC’s TECHie Club designed to encourage children to become interested in technology careers while also instructing them on daily uses for technology. In 2011, BGCC used a Safelite Impact Grant to purchase new iPads for use in the TECHie Club and Safelite’s IT department began weekly visits to provide lessons.
In 2013, they used a second Impact Grant from Safelite to purchase technology for their new Southside center. BGCC also received a Safelite 2012 Impact Grant to purchase of a new vehicle to transport additional children to the Club from areas that are currently under-served.
In 2013, Safelite’s $25,000 Impact Grants have (or will) help:
• Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Central Ohio purchased a 12-passenger van to transport at-risk and disadvantaged youth to summer camp.
• City Year will provide attendance monitoring, decrease behavioral incidents, and provide tutoring for Columbus's most underserved children.
• Flying Horse Farms will host a second Hematology/Oncology summer residential camp in 2014 for 65 campers.
• See Kids Dream will create and implement a new service learning program to develop critical thinking, problem solving, communication and leadership skills: Students will raise and donate $45,000 to central Ohio non-profit organizations in 2014.
I hope reading about our commitment to community service inspires you to take action. It’s important to note that our giving goes far beyond our home city of Columbus, Ohio. We give in all the communities we live and work as well as internally.
I thank all of our employees who help us make a positive change in the world.