Events October 16-18: 3 Local Organizations to benefit from College Pro’s donations of time and supplies
3 of the US divisions of College Pro Painters are participating in 3 different events from October 16-18, in 3 different cities across the US as our way of giving back to the communities in which we serve. We could not be more proud to have partnered with The Center for Victims of Torture in St. Paul, MN, the Autism Society of Illinois in Lombard, IL, and the Reading Food Pantry in Reading, MA for these events.
Alex Calof, College Pro’s Regional Business Manager for our Upper Midwest Division, and his team are donating their time to shop for and put together a donation box to drop off at the Center for Victims of Torture (www.cvt.com).
The Center for Victims of Torture is an organization in St. Paul, MN that works to provide supplies for victims in need. Many of the torture survivors they serve are asylum seekers, so they do not qualify for any public services, and are not allowed to have paid employment during the months before they obtain work permits. Their social workers appreciate having specific personal care items and storable food staples available to give to the clients. Some of the personal care items include toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap, lotion, shampoo and conditioner, and combs and brushes; some of the storable food staples include water packed tuna, sardines, green lentils, oatmeal, bags of rice, peanut butter and cans of tomato paste.
Casey Clark, College Pro’s Vice-President for our Midwest Division, and his team are donating their time to work with the Autism Society of Illinois (www.autismillinois.org) to help them put together important business packets for a mailing they are planning.
The Autism Society of Illinois (ASI) was founded more than 30 years ago for individuals with autism, parents, families, professional, corporate partners and friends. Their objective is to provide education, training, individual assistance and practical support for parents; increase public awareness of autism; offer a referral network of professionals. They understand that autism is a lifelong disability, and ASI is there to provide support and advocacy, and to increase awareness and acceptance throughout the state of Illinois.
Dave LeVeque, College Pro’s Regional Business Manager for our Great Lakes Division, and his team are donating their time to work with the Reading Food Pantry, and the Old South Methodist Church, to help them organize the food pantry and sort through the donated canned goods.
The Reading Food Pantry is located at the Old South United Methodist Church (http://oldsouthumc.org/transform-the-world/). The “big white church on the green” is a center of community activity as well as Methodist worship. An essential part of being United Methodist is the belief that what you do with your faith, here on earth, really matters, and they are passionate about social justice, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and caring for God’s creation. The Reading Food Pantry serves food to the needy twice a week, and provides groceries for over 80 Reading families.
College Pro Painters has helped thousands of young entrepreneurs realize their dream of becoming small business owners over the years, and we have also been a very strong presence in the communities in which we serve, coming together to donate our time and do something good for communities across North America through a variety of local and national initiatives. Since 2004 alone, our Alternative Spring Break events have taken place in Oklahoma City, Denver, Spokane, Tampa, New Orleans, Nashville, Bend, Pueblo, Louisville, Philadelphia and Kansas City, providing over $1,000,000 in services, equipment and materials. We strongly believe in partnering with community organizations that strive to improve the communities in which they serve.
Thank you for embarking on these events to improve the lives of people in the communities in which we serve!