We Want to Hear from You
Due to the overwhelming support we have seen from our friends and neighbors, we want to get you directly involved by helping decide our next cause. We carefully examined the nominations given to us by our community and employees and narrowed options down to three based on need, community impact, volunteer opportunities and the ability to keep the funds local.
Please read through our final three options carefully and vote below for the one you want us to support.
Option 1: Honoring our Elders
Over 25 million Americans aged 60+ are economically insecure, living at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (FPL) ($29,425 per year for a single person). These older adults struggle with rising housing and health care bills, inadequate nutrition, lack of access to transportation, diminished savings, and job loss. For older adults who are above the poverty level, one major adverse life event can change today’s realities into tomorrow’s troubles. Older adults are also targets for scammers, losing billions of dollars each year to fraud. Financial abuse against older Americans can take many forms, from illegal debits, to third-party scams and even unauthorized withdrawals by an approved caregiver.
Option 2: Fighting Hunger
There is no possible excuse for children and adults to go hungry in this country. Yet it happens - every day, in every community. More than 15 million households in the United States are "food insecure" homes. That phrase may sound mild, but it means that those households don't have enough food for every family member to lead a healthy life. 11 million of these homes have children living in them. By partnering with the local food banks and area backpack programs, we could help ensure no one in our communities goes hungry.
Option 3: Caring for the Chronically Ill
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, ALS, cystic fibrosis, MS, parkinson disease and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. They are also leading drivers of the nation’s $3.5 trillion in annual health care costs. By partnering with local hospital foundations, we could provide support to those struggling with these diseases. Opportunities would include providing monetary donations to assist with bills, purchase equipment and gas money for transportation to appointments. By partnering with local hospital foundations, we could provide support to those struggling with these diseases. Opportunities would include providing monetary donations to assist with bills, purchase equipment and gas money for transportation to appointments.