Every day, 13 children in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor. Last month, GSF Chicago veteran drivers Todd Allen and George Kouzoukas participated in the 6th Annual Safety Drive for a Cure, a truck safety and skills competition benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF). The PBTF is the largest nonprofit dedicated to funding research and providing critical support programs for families battling the one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer, pediatric brain tumors. The PBTF provides emotional, social, educational and financial assistance to families in need dealing with this serious diagnosis.… Continue reading
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Having the right athletic shoes allows kids to participate in school play, live a healthy lifestyle and grow their confidence. Shoes may seem like an everyday, ordinary item, but for some families shoes are a luxury they can’t afford. Families that the GSF Foundation support struggle with financial hardship and face difficulties when finding ways to provide proper footwear for their children. Many kids go to school wearing shoes that are too large, too small or too tattered.… Continue reading
One in six children in the United States is hungry, according to Feeding America, a national network of local food banks. In a nation where it’s reported that 50 million people go hungry every day and 40 percent of food from farm to table gets thrown away, hunger is a phenomenon that affects the most vulnerable among us – our children.
As part of its national food program, the GSF Foundation continued for the second year to host Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch, a one-hour soup-kitchen style event to raise awareness and funds for childhood hunger. Launched last year with GSF’s Garner, North Carolina committee, this year the event expanded to three additional locations.… Continue reading
The GSF Foundation 2018 Associate Campaign month kicked off on September 1st! This year’s theme is “Heart 2 Heart!” and the Associate Campaign Chair is Bill Pocilujko, a 20-year veteran of GSF, who helps procure GSF’s fleet and other equipment through Centralized Leasing Corporation. To kick off the Campaign month, please enjoy the video below and see the heartfelt impact GSF associates have made in the lives of children and families in need.
Together we have made quite a difference in our communities. Last year alone GSF associates:
- Provided over 10,000 volunteer hours through generous service to more than 100 charitable partners.
- Helped 12,000 elementary school students start the year off right with new backpacks filled with school supplies.
- Provided 1,100 kids in need with bikes, and helped the kids build them with a mentor.
- Helped grant 100,000 meals for hungry kids and give nutrition assistance twice a month to 85 families who are food insecure with the money raised through the new national food program Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch. The inaugural event raised $61,000 that benefitted two Garner-area organizations that serve kids in need.
- Rallied over 75% involvement from our associates.
Throughout the month of September, all GSF, QCD and KanPak facilities will be holding Associate Campaign kickoff events to recognize the heart associates have put into make a difference in their communities and to encourage others to get involved. The need is still out there, and with our volunteers the GSF Foundation is determined to provide more food, support and heart to children and families. Let’s continue to help those who need it most!
“For many children and families, backpacks and school supplies are simply not affordable purchases,” said Anna Lisa Lukes, executive director of the GSF Foundation and GSF director of corporate social responsibility. “The GSF Foundation believes that every child deserves to begin their academic career with the tools necessary to become an engaged and successful student, and we hope to be able to contribute to that effort with our Back(pack) to School program.”
Throughout August and September, GSF Foundation volunteers will be visiting schools across the country to donate backpacks filled with school supplies to kids entering the 2017/18 school year. The local Foundation committees work with school principals and administrators to identify those kids who are most in need of assistance.
“Providing these academic necessities to at-risk children promotes and encourages attendance as well as boosts self-confidence,” says Melissa Nolan, GSF Foundation KanPak chair and KanPak plant controller.
Thank you to all GSF Foundation associates who are volunteering their time to help their local kids succeed this year. Check out pictures from the field here!
As Hurricane Harvey’s storm begins to weaken, the devastation of the aftermath still looms. Hurricane Harvey is said to be the most powerful storm to hit the United States mainland in more than a decade. The federal relief needed is estimated to far surpass Hurricane Katrina, which to this day, was the costliest storm in U.S. history.
This storm has impacted hundreds of thousands of people, including GSF associates, their families and customers. To help ease the pain of those children and families suffering from the hurricane’s destruction, the National GSF Foundation will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected.
“This contribution represents just one of the many ways that GSF associates have come together to help local children and families who have been impacted by this hurricane,” said Anna Lisa Lukes, GSF Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Executive Director, GSF Foundation, the charitable division of GSF whose mission is to serve children and families in need in the local areas where GSF associates live and work. “We will continue to keep all of those affected in our thoughts and prayers.”
By Melissa Primm, GSFF Volunteer and Pete Van Saun, GSFF Chair, QCD Charlotte
QCD in Charlotte, North Carolina looks forward to launching our Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch event on November 16, 2017 benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. We’re excited to host the event at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church and we’re thankful for the sponsors who have already joined to help this cause, including: Rehrig, Vector, Salem Leasing, Cool Runnings, Carrier, Raymond, Carolina Handling, Chick-fil-A, Staff Masters, Quick Fuel and many more!
By Cathlyn Baris, GSFF Chair, GSF Lexington
On November 15, 2017, the GSF Lexington, South Carolina Committee will host our Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch event, in partnership with Harvest Hope, a Feeding America affiliate that services 20 counties in South Carolina. With the support of the local community, we’ve developed an honorary committee that includes the State Superintendent of Education, Molly Spearman; Lexington Mayor, Steve MacDougall; Columbia Mayor, Steve Benjamin; and Cayce Mayor, Elise Partin. We’ve already received sponsorships, including a $10,000 Platinum Sponsorship from Ritchie McQueeney of Thermo King. The event will take place at The Hall at Senate’s End, and to date, we’ve raised $16,000 and are excited to watch that amount grow!
By Connie Shire, GSFF Chair, KanPak, Kansas
GSF KanPak in Arkansas City, Kansas is partnering with the Kansas Food Bank to a host a Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch event on November 16, 2017 at the Cowley County Community College Brown Center. To help support our event, we’ve created an honorary committee, which includes City Manager of Arkansas City, Nick Hernandez; Arkansas City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Ron Ballard; Cowley County Engineers Office Manager, Secretary for Community Emergency Response Team, and the Secretary/Treasurer for Cowley County Emergency Auxiliary, Crystal Merz; GSF Foundation Co-Chair and KanPak Project Manager, Connie Shire; KanPak Kansas General Manager, Shane Solberg; and KanPak Kansas Plant Manager, Darren Blackburn.
The GSF Foundation held three regional training events in the month of June where volunteer GSF Foundation Chairs from 27 GSF, QCD and KanPak facilities participated in two-day trainings at Chicago (for Central local chairs), CID (for Western local chairs) and Conyers (for Eastern local chairs). The Foundation leaders took part in interactive sessions on servant leadership, succession planning, fundraising, project management and grant making. They also engaged in an emotional intelligence and communications workshop and in a case study about the future direction of the Foundation. … Continue reading
The GSF Foundation completed the 2016/2017 “Partnership for Good” Vendor/Supplier campaign that started in October 2016. The campaign, which invites vendors, suppliers and other partners to support the Foundation by providing donations that help children and families in the communities where GSF associates lives and work, brought in a total of $312,300!… Continue reading
The GSF Foundation hosted its fifth national bike building event on Saturday, May 6. This year, more than 1,000 associates, friends and family members from Golden State Foods (GSF), Quality Custom Distribution (QCD) and KanPak facilities volunteered their time and built bicycles alongside 1,400 children in need in 24 local communities. All involved were driven by a common purpose to provide deserving school-aged children from local Boys and Girls Clubs and elementary schools with their own bikes.… Continue reading