H.E.L.P. The Charity Continues To Raise Thousands

 

Since February 2018, H.E.L.P. The Charity has raised several thousand dollars for amazing charities throughout the country. Among the top, we have:

Grants Pass Figaro’s – $500 Chromebooks for math class at Redwood Elementary

Philomath Figaro’s –  $500 for funding foreign language classes at the Kings Valley Charter School in Philomath

Sheridan – $300 for a Senior project at the Willamina High School

Silverton Figaro’s – $3,240 for the hot lunch program for the Evergreen School Parent Teacher Club

Silverton Figaro’s – $1,400 – for the robotics program at Silverton High School

and Sweet Home Figaro’s – $500 for a read-a-thon at the Sweet Home Charter School

 

H.E.L.P., the Charity Awards Grants

H.E.L.P., the Charity announced that for its latest grant period, which ended February 15th, 2016, it issued 37 awards of grants totaling $13,445.60.

This brings the total awards of grants since H.E.L.P., the Charity began in October, 2010, to 491 awards of grants totaling $118,019.25.

Through its Gold Award winning grant program, H.E.L.P. provides grants to U.S. based non-profit tax exempt schools and other entities to support educational programs. H.E.L.P. was born out of our desire to make a positive, long lasting impact on the communities we serve. The worldwide recession caused many local, state and federal governments to drastically cut the budgets at schools, with potentially devastating results. If our children are unable to receive a quality education, they could fall behind children in other countries, potentially weakening our nation’s competitiveness. It was this need that drove us to conceive of H.E.L.P., the Charity. H.E.L.P. is ‘Helping Education with Love and Pizza’. H.E.L.P. was launched in late 2010 and began raising funds that October. H.E.L.P. is graciously supported by all Figaro’s Pizza outlets. The funds awarded to date will make a positive impact on children’s lives in many communities.

Worthy causes receiving awards in this grant period include:

  • Digital microscopes for Howard Elementary – Eugene, OR
  • A rock climbing wall for Grants Pass High School – Grants Pass, OR
  • Smart Boards for Vineyard Christian School – Grants Pass, OR
  • Wildlife conservation at Mule Deer Foundation – La Pine, OR
  • Drama and Music Departments at Philomath High School – Philomath, OR
  • Power Expanders for the West Salem High School Robotics Club – Salem, OR
  • Furniture for new library at Fern Ridge Middle School – Elmira, OR
  • Stage lights at Crow High School – Eugene, OR
  • Supplies for Brockway Elementary School – Winston, OR
  • Cispus Adoption Program at Centralia School District – Centralia, WA
  • Scholarships for the Howard/Suamico Education Foundation – Green Bay, WI

In September, 2015, H.E.L.P., the Charity was honored to receive the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation’s highest award, for Innovation and Impact.

If your school or school program could use our “H.E.L.P.”, please visit your nearest Figaro’s Pizza for grant applications, or visit H.E.L.P., the Charity online at www.helpthecharity.org.

H.E.L.P., the Charity is a 501 (c) 3 status non-profit organization.

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Young at [email protected] or
(503) 371-9318 ext. 236.

IFA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION HONORS INAUGURAL FRANCHISING GIVES BACK AWARD WINNERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

IFA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION HONORS INAUGURAL FRANCHISING GIVES BACK AWARD WINNERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
Franchising Industry Honors the Best, Most Innovative Community Leaders and Charitable Programs Nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Sept. 29, 2015) – The International Franchise Association (IFA) Educational Foundation announced today the winners of its inaugural Franchising Gives Back Awards, who were honored at a special event yesterday in Washington, D.C.

The IFA Educational Foundation recognized five Gold Winners at the Franchising Gives Back Celebration & Awards Dinner, including:

  • Spirit of Franchising Award Denny’s — In 2014, nearly 1,400 Denny’s restaurants nationwide sold coupons in support of No Kid Hungry’s efforts to help more than 16 million American children who struggle with hunger. For a $3 donation, guests received $9 worth of coupons redeemable at participating Denny’s restaurants and every dollar donated helped feed a child up to 10 healthy meals. In 2014, Denny’s raised nearly $945,000 for No Kid Hungry and since 2011, the company has donated more than $2.3 million in total to the campaign.
  • Enduring Impact Award Jersey Mike’s Subs — Since 2011, Jersey Mike’s restaurants across the country have championed a Month of Giving program in March where guests can make a donation to a charity partner chosen with care by the franchise owner.  The campaign culminates on Jersey Mike’s Day of Giving, a daylong, nationwide event where 100 percent of the proceeds of the day’s sales are donated to each local charity. In five years, Jersey Mike’s has raised more than $8.3 million.
  • Support Our Veterans AwardCertaPro Painters — CertaPro Painters kicked off a campaign to support Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), a privately funded nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. CertaPro became one of HFOT’s national sponsors, committing to raising $200,000 in funds and donations of its painting services by the end of 2014. CertaPro Painters exceeded its goal by raising $260,000 and an additional $160,000 through in-kind donations.
  • Innovation and Impact AwardFigaro’s Italian Pizza, Inc. — Each pizza box promotes the H.E.L.P. program where a portion of every dollar spent is contributed to a local school. Figaro’s matches every dollar donated by franchisees.  Figaro’s itself has contributed more than $92,000 to H.E.L.P., while suppliers and others, including Figaro’s staff, have contributed $45,000 as well. Since launching the charity less than five years ago, H.E.L.P., has issued over 400 grants to help with musical instrument repair, music camp scholarships, summer reading programs, library books, shoes for needy students, sports equipment, and school field trips.
  • The Newcomer Award Church’s Chicken — In 2014, Church’s Partners Foundation, the charitable arm of Church’s Chicken, launched the Church’s Scholars Program to provide $1,000 scholarships for students to use toward college tuition at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/trade school. In 2014, Church’s Partners Foundation awarded $50,000 in scholarships to students in Texas, and in 2015, $175,000 in scholarships was awarded to students in 18 states. Funds for the scholarships are raised in part by contributions from franchisees and company-owned restaurants, including profits generated from coupon books that are sold through Church’s restaurants.

Ten additional Silver Award Winners were recognized. They are:

  • Spirit of Franchising Award — Massage Envy Spa (The Arthritis Foundation) and Sport Clips Haircuts (American Red Cross)
  • Enduring Impact Award — Marriott International (Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals) and The Melting Pot (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital)
  • Support Our Veterans Award — CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (Stars for Heroes) and Golden Corral Buffet & Grill (Camp Corral Foundation)
  • Innovation and Impact Award — Jibu (Water Club Program) and Wingstop (Wingstop Flavor Tour)
  • The Newcomer Award — Moe’s Southwest Grill in Abilene, Texas (Taylor County Sheriff’s Office) and SOLDIERFIT (22 Needs A Face Foundation)

“On behalf of the IFA Educational Foundation, I want to congratulate the first-ever award winners of the Franchising Gives Back Awards,” said John Reynolds, CFE, president of the IFA Educational Foundation. “The winners are outstanding examples of how franchise businesses support their communities through charitable acts throughout the year.”

“Over the past five years, Denny’s has emerged as a true leader in the fight to end childhood hunger in this country,” said Billy Shore, Founder & CEO of Share Our Strength. “Through the leadership of their executives and franchisees and the commitment from their staff, Denny’s has grown to be one of the top fund raising restaurants. Their determination continues to inspire all of us at Share Our Strength and serves as reminder that together we can make No Kid Hungry a reality.”

“Despite life-altering injuries, many of the Veterans in the Homes for Our Troops program have embarked on new careers, completed college degrees and started families,” said Tim McHale, President/CEO of Homes for Our Troops. “Because of sponsors like CertaPro, veterans don’t have to worry about a mortgage, but instead are empowered to focus on recovering and rebuilding their lives.”

Established by a generous donation from Roark Capital Group, Franchising Gives Back salutes the best, most innovative community leaders and charitable programs nationwide.

“We are honored to be part of Franchising Gives Back and recognize those businesses with an exceptional commitment to community leadership across the U.S. and around the world,” said Steve Romaniello, CFE, managing director, Roark Capital Group. “These companies will set an example for our industry to follow and inspire others to join our efforts in making a difference.”

For more information on the awards winners and Franchising Gives Back, please visit www.franchisinggivesback.org.

As part of the ongoing initiative for Franchising Gives Back, the IFA Educational Foundation is developing a national registry of the franchising industry’s charitable contributions. Members of the IFA can register and create a profile for their organization by visiting franchisinggivesback.org, where they can submit details about their charitable activities — including hours volunteered and money donated — as well as upcoming events, news and blog posts.

Franchising Gives Back depends on donations to the IFA Educational Foundation. For more information on contributing to Franchising Gives Back through its partner program — including sponsorship opportunities for the Annual Awards event — please visit franchisinggivesback.org/who-we-are/partners/.

About the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation
Founded in 1983, the IFA Educational Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization and supported through the generous contributions of IFA members and others. The Foundation’s mission is to advance franchising and the free enterprise system by increasing the knowledge and professional standards of all members of the franchising community; educating the next generation of franchise practitioners; increasing recognition of franchising’s key role in the free enterprise system; and providing comprehensive information and research about important developments and trends in franchising.

About the International Franchise Association
Celebrating 55 years of excellence, education and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the more than 780,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 8.9 million direct jobs, $890 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy and 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology and business development.

About Roark Capital Group
Roark Capital Group is an Atlanta-based private equity firm that specializes in franchise, brand management, environmental services and marketing services companies with attractive growth prospects. Roark focuses on middle-market investment opportunities through family-owned business transfers, management and corporate buyouts, recapitalizations, going-private transactions and corporate divestitures. The firm has $3 billion of equity capital under management. For more information, visit www.roarkcapital.com.

2015 H.E.L.P., the Charity Awards Grants

H.E.L.P., the Charity announced that for its latest grant period, which ended February 15th, 2015, it issued 32 awards of grants totaling $10,583.70.

This brings the total awards of grants since H.E.L.P., the Charity began in October, 2010, to 403 awards of grants totaling $94,285.73.

Through its grant program, H.E.L.P. provides grants to U.S. based non-profit tax exempt schools and other entities to support educational programs. H.E.L.P. was born out of our desire to make a positive, long lasting impact on the communities we serve. The worldwide recession caused many local, state and federal governments to drastically cut the budgets at schools, with potentially devastating results. If our children are unable to receive a quality education, they could fall behind children in other countries, potentially weakening our nation’s competitiveness. It was this need that drove us to conceive of H.E.L.P., the Charity. H.E.L.P. is ‘Helping Education with Love and Pizza’. H.E.L.P. was launched in late 2010 and began raising funds that October. H.E.L.P. is graciously supported by all Figaro’s Pizza outlets. The funds awarded to date will make a positive impact on children’s lives in many communities.

Worthy causes receiving awards in this grant period include:

  • Scholarships for music camps for the Harney County Chamber Music Society
  • Expanding the Summer Reading Program at Creswell Library
  • Expanding the Outdoor School participation at Clackamas River Elementary
  • Purchasing a greenhouse at La Pine High School
  • Purchasing wrestling singlets for the Hanby Middle School
  • Providing iPads for Mid-Valley Christian Academy and Humboldt Elementary
  • Purchasing books for the Hammond Elementary School, the Independence Elementary School library, and Oakridge School District Project Read
  • Providing reading rewards at County Christian School in Molalla
  • Purchasing Phonics workbooks for Oakridge Elementary
  • Purchasing lights for the auditorium at Philomath Middle School
  • Purchasing CD players for the Marion Miller Elementary “Working to Read” program
  • Upgrading golf equipment for girls golf at Sprague High School
  • Buying equipment for the Sheridan High School softball team
  • Helping Skills USA at Thurston High School
  • Helping fund a school trip in Sweet Home, OR
  • Contributing to the Thirst Project in Regis High School
  • Helping the Lourdes Public Charter School in Scio, OR
  • Providing shoes for needy students at the Suamico School District in Howard, WI
  • Assisting the Special Education department at Pulaski High School in Pulaski, WI

The charity is a 501 (c) 3 status non-profit organization.

If your school or school program could use our “H.E.L.P.”, please visit your nearest Figaro’s Pizza for grant applications, or visit H.E.L.P., the Charity online at www.helpthecharity.org.

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Young at [email protected] or (503) 371-9318 ext. 236.

The Scappoose Vision Dancers from Scappoose High School – SAY THANKS!

The Scappoose Vision Dancers from Scappoose High School are so excited to receive a grant for your organization.  Our dance team program is mainly self-supporting, and we rely on our team fundraisers and support from our dance families and the community to run a successful program.  Our Vision Dance Team has consistently placed in the top five teams in Oregon at OSAA Championships, and the team works incredibly hard to achieve their goals.

One of the great benefits of receiving this grant from the H.E.L.P. Charity is being able to fund our competitions and transportation to events.  We pay for our own costumes, bussing, and competition fees – and fundraise throughout the school year in order to afford to compete.  This grant helps to alleviate some of those necessary costs so we can focus our energy on building our dance skills and competitive routines!  We are very grateful to Figaros in Scappoose for believing in our program and helping us to achieve these goals with this grant opportunity!!

 

Sincerely,

Pam Didier

Scappoose Vision Dance Team Coach

You are helping to shape our little community!

Thank you so much for your generous gift of $300 for our PBIS program (Positive Behavior Incentive System). Patrick Elementary School is a small school in Southern Oregon with a 78% free and reduced lunch rate. Our students are hard workers, bright, and talented, but often suffer from lack of materials at home to support their studies, and deserve recognition for their progress and effort. Our hope and goal is to encourage our students to continue to do their best (even when no one is looking), and to strive to continue learning and attend college, or trade school, after high school. We want to do our part to create a community of thoughtful and educated people. Your donation helped to purchase books for a “Panther Paw” drawing (Panther Paws are small notes given to students to recognize their efforts to be respectful, responsible and safe). And to help purchase recognition charms for each teacher’s students of the month (students who have gone the extra distance and exemplify what we want our Patrick Panthers to be known for).

Attached is a picture of our students of the month for November, and a presentation given by our fourth and fifth graders about the 50 states and the privilege of being an American.

Thank you again for all your kindness! You are helping to shape our little community!

 

Molalla River Middle School says: THANKS!

H.E.L.P. The Charity received this awesome “thank you” email in honor of Figaro’s Pizza & All Mine Frozen Yogurt in Molalla, OR:

It is my pleasure to thank H.E.L.P. for their generous donation to Molalla River Middle School. Your donation helped us purchase “Be the One” t-shirts for every one of our students. “Be the One” is our community wide program of Acceptance, Respect, and Responsibility. Attached is a picture of our students with their shirts. The gentleman on the left is Andy Anderson, owner of Figaro’s Pizza who brought us our check for $250. The Couple to the right of the picture in the orange “Be the One” t-shirts are Susan and Charlie Williams of H.I. Screen graphics who provided us with the shirts at cost. Andy and Susan and Charlie are three of the generous local businessmen who make a difference for our community.
Sincerely,
Shelly

H.E.L.P. The Charity received this awesome “thank you” email:

SUBJECT: Thank You from La Pine Parks & Recreation

La Pine Park & Recreation District would like to thank H.E.L.P. for your wonderful support of our after school program, “The Hub”. We serve over one hundred and twenty students on a daily basis. This all takes place in a safe environment where they find healthy snacks, homework help and lots of fun! The dollars you contributed will go directly toward helping those children who could otherwise not afford to participate. We are very proud of our program and community, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Without support from organizations like H.E.L.P., we would not be able to serve as many children as we do!
Thanks again.

Bob S.
Director
La Pine Parks & Recreation District