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QCD Los Angeles Rewards Attendance at Local Elementary School

A child’s performance in school can be affected by their attendance. If students are not present in the classroom consistently, they will not be able to achieve their full academic potential. The Pedal to Perfection program was created to help schools raise attendance rates by rewarding at-risk kids for exceptional attendance. By demonstrating perfect or nearly perfect attendance for the school year, kids in the Pedal to Perfection program earn a brand new bike, complete with a helmet and lock.

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CLC and Craftsmen Partner for their Community

The Centralized Leasing Company (CLC) GSF Foundation Committee partnered with Craftsmen Trailers for a Pedal to Perfection donation event with Blackburn Elementary School in St. Charles, Missouri. The program, funded by CLC associates, provides brand new bicycles to children with perfect school attendance for the year.

This year, they donated 22 bikes and look forward to increasing their donation with even more perfect attendance next year!

Additionally, they supplied more than 700 books to students who completed reading 150-300 books during the school year. For those who made it through 150 books, the students were allowed to select two books to take home. Those that read 300 or more, were able to select five books to read over the summer break.

Thanks to Tony MercurioCrystal BarzErin Theobald and Lauren Stuart from Craftsmen for your partnership!

School Lunch Gets Some Added Spice at “Cooking up Change” Competition

As the GSF Foundation continues to work in local communities to help raise awareness and provide meals for the food insecure, they recently partnered with Kid Healthy on their “Cooking Up Change” event, a student-led movement to create healthy, great tasting meals that meet the real-life requirements of the national school meal program. The contest, which took place at the Northgate Gonzalez Market Headquarters in Anaheim, California, drew 10 local high schools to compete and was hosted by Dan Kohler, Emmy-Nominated Senior Culinary Producer of Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family. Continue reading »

Atlanta RMHC Spotlights 17 Years of Partnership with the GSF Foundation

For nearly two decades, the GSF Foundation in Conyers, Georgia has supported the Ronald McDonald House Charity in Atlanta. The Conyers Foundation Committee provides meals for families staying in the house on the fourth Thursday of every month.

“One of my personal favorites to prepare is breakfast,” says Janice Jones, the Conyers Committee Chair. “There is just something comforting about breakfast for dinner and I usually have my children and a group of Boy Scouts with me. That’s an easy one to divide up among helpers.”

Read more about what RMHC had to say about this longstanding partnership, here.

GSF KanPak China Donates Water to Rural School

In the spirit of the GSF Foundation’s mission of improving lives of children and families in need, GSF KanPak China, a GSF-owned company in China, donated a set of water purifiers to the Fuxing Primary School, which has more than 165 students who typically bring heavy water bottles in their school bags more than 20 miles each day. Fuxing is located in rural China where 85 percent of the students are taken care of by their grandparents due to their families seeking work in other areas. The donation of the water purifiers and dispenser tackles the drinking water issue and was given as a gift to the students at the beginning of their new semester. Continue reading »

Phoenix is in Full Swing with Top Golf Team Building

QCD in Phoenix kicked off 2019 with their first ever GSF Foundation event at the Top Golf in Avondale, Arizona. Several associates enjoyed the opportunity to hit their very first golf ball and also heard a moving speech from a guest speaker from Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Michelle Major.

Michelle mentioned how much she appreciated the support GSF has given the Children’s Hospital throughout the years, and she also spoke on the impact that the Foundation’s most recent grant for $25,000 is having on the lives of the children and their families in long-term care. The grant is helping to pay for hospital meals for these families to remove the worry of where their next meal is going to come from. The night was a huge success and helped gain ten new first-time Foundation donors!

The GSF Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director, Tess McAnena

The GSF Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Tess McAnena! A GSF associate since February 2016, most recently Tess was responsible for the oversight of several core programs, including the effort to combat childhood hunger in our communities. Tess graduated from Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and has lived in Orange County since she was a child. An attorney by trade, Tess has served in a number of legal and marketing positions, coupling her skills for law and business to provide thoughtful and creative solutions for the organization. Continue reading »

The GSF Foundation Granted $1.4 Million in 2018!

The GSF Foundation operates through 24 local committees across the U.S., and last year alone those committees collectively donated more than $1.4 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations that benefit children and families in the areas where GSF associates live and work.

The funds are raised by GSF associates through individual involvement and contributions, with as many as 80 percent of GSF’s associates actively engaged in the Foundation. Last year, those funds impacted 169 local nonprofits, including 45 individual Ronald McDonald House Charities! Continue reading »

Three GSF Foundation Committees Help Provide 300,000+ Meals

This past fall, three GSF Foundation committees hosted separate Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch events, where attendees learned firsthand what it’s like to receive a meal at a soup kitchen. The three committees, QCD in Charlotte, North Carolina, and KanPak in Arkansas City, Kansas and Penn Yan, New York hosted these events to raise funds, and ultimately food, for local food banks in their communities. Collectively, they raised enough money for the food banks to provide 305,000 meals to hungry children in need. Continue reading »

Irvine Committee Donates Shoes to Every Hope School Student and Judges Garland Competition

The GSF Foundation Irvine Committee donated 270 shoes to Hope School in Buena Park, giving every single student a new pair of athletic shoes. Hope School is dedicated to preparing students with special needs for lives of purpose, quality, contribution, and independence, and was nominated by an Irvine associate as a partner for the Best Foot Forward Program.

While the volunteers were at the school, they had the honor of judging the annual “Garland Competition” where students create a holiday garland to display in the classrooms. Check out the pictures below!