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

H.E.L.P., the Charity announced that for its latest grant period, which ended October 15th, 2013, it issued 50 awards of grants totaling $15,280.20.

This brings the total awards of grants since H.E.L.P., the Charity began in October, 2010, to 275 awards of grants totaling $55,721.12.

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 the desire of the shareholders and franchisees of Figaro’s Italian Pizza, 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 Figaro’s Pizza and its franchise owners 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 now also graciously supported by all Pizza Schmizza and Schmizza Pub & Grub restaurants, Nick-N-Willy’s in Grand Junction, Colorado, and All-Mine Yogurt in Molalla, Oregon.

The charity has since applied for and obtained 501 (c) 3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.

The funds awarded to date will make a positive impact on children’s lives in many communities, providing contributions to facilitate the purchasing of:

  • A positive behavior program at Montclair Elementary in Pensacola, Florida and an Intervention System in Gold Hill, Oregon.
  • Books for Paulding Elementary in Paulding, Ohio.
  • Admission to outdoor school for low income families in Aumsville, Oregon.
  • Recycling totes for Slater Grade School in Burns, Oregon.
  • Renovation of a game room at Estacada Junior High School in Estacada, Oregon
  • Replacing 13 year old computer equipment at Orenco Elementary School in Hillsboro, Oregon.
  • Brain training equipment for Humboldt Elementary in Canyon City, Oregon.
  • Programming for LaPine Park and Recreation After School Program in LaPine, Oregon.
  • A new athletic track for Grandhaven Elementary School in McMinnville, Oregon.
  • Computer workstations for Clarkes Elementary in Mulino, Oregon.
  • Scholarships for the Philomath Middle School drama program at Philomath, Oregon.
  • Spanish books at Hammond Elementary in Salem, Oregon.
  • A ‘first book’ for every student to keep at Stayton Elementary School in Stayton, Oregon.
  • Scholastic News Weekly Readers at Foster Elementary School in Sweet Home, Oregon.
  • I-Pads for Talent Elementary School in Talent, Oregon.
  • Equipment and supplies for the Culture Club at Molalla High School in Molalla, Oregon.
  • Folders, binders, pencil cases and other organizational tools for Hamilton Middle School in Hamilton, Montana.
  • A digital camera for the yearbook fund at Albany Christian School in Albany, Oregon.
  • Materials to build a weather station at Latham Elementary School in Cottage Grove, Oregon.
  • Musical instruments for the early literacy story time program at Creswell Library in Creswell, Oregon.
  • Field trip to the aquarium for the Prairie Mountain School Kindergarten class in Eugene, Oregon.
  • Supplies for the Hawks afterschool program at Henry Hill Elementary School in Independence, Oregon.
  • Supplies to rebuild the track at Grant Union High School in John Day, Oregon.
  • MP3 players for Keizer Elementary EGC class in Keizer, Oregon.
  • Field trip to the State Capitol for the fourth graders at Riverview Elementary in Lebanon, Oregon.
  • ROTC Dinner & Dance to promote etiquette and bearing to the cadets at Madras High School in Madras, Oregon.
  • Field trip for the Future Business Leaders of America from South Umpqua High School in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, to the State Competition.
  • Model rockets to build and launch for the Cedar Ridge Middle School in Sandy, Oregon.
  • Enrichment materials for 6th grade science students at Otto Petersen Elementary in Scappoose, Oregon.
  • Equipment, uniforms, field maintenance for Tri-Cities Little League in Sheridan, Oregon.
  • Supplies for Culture Fair projects for Fern Ridge Middle School near Veneta, Oregon.
  • Math board games for McGovern Elementary School in Winston, Oregon.
  • Magnifying glasses and materials for Studies in Stone class at Grand Mound Elementary School in Rochester, Washington.
  • Continuing Education scholarship for Howard-Suamico High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • Guest artist to teach folk music culture, history and dance at a Folk Fest at Glenbrook Elementary School in Pulaski, Wisconsin.
  • Read Well Spelling and Writing Program at Sam Case Primary School in Newport, Oregon.

If your school or school program could use our H.E.L.P., please visit your nearest Figaro’s, Pizza Schmizza, All Mine Yogurt or Nick-N-Willy’s, 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.

Madras High School Swim Team receiving some H.E.L.P., the Charity

Pictured is Madras High School Swim Team Head Coach Bobby DeRoest & swim team members receiving a H.E.L.P., the Charity Grant check for $200.00 cash & $200.00 in Matching Food Grant Voucher from Madras Figaro’s Pizza owner Tom Hansen. DeRoest submitted the grant application to present the funds to Dave Towers in appreciation for his invaluable help in the success of the swim team program. Dave volunteered 10 hours per week for 3 months.

Madras Figaro’s Pizza proudly supports H.E.L.P., the Charity. H.E.L.P stands for “Helping Education with Love & Pizza.”Figaro’s Pizza owner & staff want to show their support for local schools & community by giving back. The H.E.L.P. grants will be presented for school funding to assist in special projects, equipment, school supplies needed, and/or teaching programs. H.E.L.P., the Charity announced that in the first 24 months of existence, it has all ready issued 141 awards of grants totaling $31,092.00. Of this amount $2,000.00 was presented by the Madras Figaro’s to local schools & non-profits.

As a Figaro’s Pizza customer, a portion of your purchases will go towards H.E.L.P., the Charity, and 100% of that fund is distributed within your community & schools. Please stop by Figaro’s Pizza at 37 SW H St in Madras to pick a H.E.L.P., the Charity Grant application or go to www.figaros.com & click on Fundraising & Charity to print an application. Please return completed applications to the store or fax to 541-475-5506.

Scappoose High School Weight renovation program

From left to right:
Avi German, Taylor Loss, Kenny Klippel, Joe Nowlin, Mark Dennis, Lexi Courtney, and Goldie Dinsmore.

Mark Dennis, the Figaro’s store owner of Scappoose, Oregon presents a $500 H.E.L.P., The Charity donation check to the Scappoose High School Weight renovation program for equipping/replacing their old machines.

Metolius School Receives H.E.L.P. Grant Check

Pictured from left to right are Metolius Elementary fourth grade teachers and students Brody Piercy, Trevor Smith, Jordan Piercy (front row) and Barb Hutchins, Naomi DeAnda, Figaro’s Pizza Owner, Tom Hansen, Katie Knobel, Maryjean Povis, and Tyler Hughes.  The fourth grade teachers submitted a grant application to H.E.L.P., The Charity for to support an overnight field trip to OMSI and The Oregon Historical Society Museum.  They received $200.00 in grant money and $200.00 in matching food vouchers from Tom Hansen and Madras Figaros.

Madras Figaro’s Pizza proudly supports H.E.L.P., the Charity.  H.E.L.P. stands for “Helping Education with Love & Pizza.”  Figaro’s pizza owner and staff want to show their support for local schools and community by giving back.  The H.E.L.P. grants are presented for school funding to assist in special projects, equipment, school supplies and teaching programs.  H.E.L.P., the Charity announced in the first 24 months of existence, it has already issued 185 awards of grants totaling $31,092.00.  Of this amount $2,000.00 was presented by the Madras Figaro’s  Pizza to local schools and non-profits.

As a Figaro’s Pizza customer, a portion of your purchases go towards H.E.L.P., the Charity and 100% of that fund is distributed within your community and schools.  Please stop by Figaro’s Pizza at 37 SW H St. in Madras to pick up a grant application or go to www.figaros.com and click on Fundraising and Charity to print an application.  Please return completed applications to the store or fax to 551-475-5506.

Madras High School JROTC receive H.E.L.P.!

Pictured, from left to right, are Madras High School JROTC members Bailey Brown, Andrea Guerin, and Parker Dominguez  receiving H.E.L.P., the Charity Grant checks for $200.00 cash & $200.00 in Matching Food Grant Vouchers from Madras Figaro’s Pizza owner Tom Hansen. LTC Renfro submitted the grant applications to provide help for the annual JROTC Military Ball, a formal event for the program.

Madras Figaro’s Pizza proudly supports H.E.L.P., the Charity. H.E.L.P stands for “Helping Education with Love & Pizza.” Figaro’s Pizza owner & staff want to show their support for local schools & community by giving back. The H.E.L.P. grants will be presented for school funding to assist in special projects, equipment, school supplies needed, and/or teaching programs. H.E.L.P., the Charity announced that in the first 24 months of existence, it has all ready issued 141 awards of grants totaling $31,092.00. Of this amount $2,000.00 was presented by the Madras Figaro’s to local schools & non-profits.

As a Figaro’s Pizza customer, a portion of your purchases will go towards H.E.L.P., the Charity, and 100% of that fund is distributed within your community & schools. Please stop by Figaro’s Pizza at 37 SW H St in Madras to pick a H.E.L.P., the Charity Grant application or go to www.figaros.com & click on Fundraising & Charity to print an application. Please return completed applications to the store or fax to 551-475-5506.

Madras Figaro’s Pizza proudly supports H.E.L.P., the Charity.

Pictured is Kid’s Club Executive Director Joe McHaney & Kid’s Club members receiving a H.E.L.P., the Charity Grant check for $200.00 cash & $200.00 in Matching Food Grant Voucher from Madras Figaro’s Pizza owner Tom Hansen. McHaney submitted the grant application to provide Pizza & supplies for Kid’s Club Family Night events, serving from 75 to 200 people.

Madras Figaro’s Pizza proudly supports H.E.L.P., the Charity. H.E.L.P stands for “Helping Education with Love & Pizza.” Figaro’s Pizza owner & staff want to show their support for local schools & community by giving back. The H.E.L.P. grants will be presented for school funding to assist in special projects, equipment, school supplies needed, and/or teaching programs. H.E.L.P., the Charity announced that in the first 24 months of existence, it has all ready issued 141 awards of grants totaling $31,092.00. Of this amount $2,000.00 was presented by the Madras Figaro’s to local schools & non-profits.

As a Figaro’s Pizza customer, a portion of your purchases will go towards H.E.L.P., the Charity, and 100% of that fund is distributed within your community & schools. Please stop by Figaro’s Pizza at 37 SW H St in Madras to pick up a H.E.L.P., the Charity Grant application. Please return completed applications to the store or fax to 541-475-5506.

Madras Figaro’s Gives More H.E.L.P. Grants!

Pictured, from left to right, are Madras High School Trap Shooting Club members Jamie Moe & Jared DuPont, Football team members VoShaun Bryant & Cesar Alonso with Athletic/Activity Director Rory Oster, each group receiving H.E.L.P., the Charity Grant checks for $200.00 cash & $200.00 in Matching Food Grant Vouchers from Madras Figaro’s Pizza owner Tom Hansen. Oster submitted the grant applications to provide much needed equipment & supplies for Trap Club & for helmet reconditioning to ensure the safety of student athletes for the football team.