H.E.L.P., the Charity Awards 185 Grants

H.E.L.P., the Charity announced that in its first 24 months of existence, it has already issued 185 awards of grants totaling $31,091.92.

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.

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:

  • Online math program materials in Dorena, Oregon
  • Track equipment in Stayton, Oregon
  • Bike storage shelter in Lebanon, Oregon
  • Interactive notebooks for Language Arts and Science in Molalla, Oregon
  • Binders in Hamilton, Montana
  • Life Skills reward system in Estacada, Oregon
  • Computer earphones in Defiance, Ohio
  • Gardening equipment for Girl Scout service project in Sheridan, Oregon
  • Science video library in Eugene, Oregon
  • Physical Education equipment in Monmouth, Oregon
  • Supplies in Encinitas, California
  • MP3 players in Keizer, Oregon
  • School books in Burns, Salem and Scio, Oregon
  • Football helmet reconditioning for safety in Madras, Oregon
  • Safety equipment in Rochester, Washington
  • Musical instrument repairs in Myrtle Creek and Philomath, Oregon
  • Laptop computer in Newport, Oregon
  • Playground stabilization materials in Sweet Home, Oregon
  • Scholarships for overcoming difficulties in Pulaski, Wisconsin

If your school or school program could use our H.E.L.P., please visit your nearest Figaro’s for grant applications, or visit Figaro’s online at www.figaros.com.

Madras Figaro’s Awards Culver High School Baseball With H.E.L.P. Grant

Pictured is Culver High Baseball head coach Shea Little, assistant coaches & 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. Little submitted the grant application to provide much needed equipment & supplies for assistant coaches & team members. Little said “As you are aware, school funds have been dwindling & our sports programs have suffered financially”.

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 18 months of existence, it has all ready issued 141 awards of grants totaling $19,587.17. Of this amount $1,600.00 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 503-363-5364.

West Salem Figaro’s Gives Back to Community School

(Salem, Oregon) – Figaro’s Pizza in West Salem, announced its participation in supporting H.E. L.P., The Charity. H.E.L.P. stands for Helping Education with Love & Pizza; a perfect fit for Figaro’s. By honoring the non-profit organization, Figaro’s ensures that a portion of each dollar spent at Figaro’s Pizza-West Salem is donated right back into the local community schools.

Chris and Brenda Wylie, West Salem Figaro’s Owners/Operators are honored to give back to the West Salem community. As local business owners they feel a responsibility to support the community that supports them and their business. The Wylie’s have owned the West Salem Figaro’s Franchise since 2008, but Figaro’s has been supporting the West Salem community for nearly 27 years.

Figaro’s West Salem has been able to honor several H.E.L. P. Grant Applications over the past year due to the continuous support of the community through purchases made at Figaro’s. On April 9th, Brenda Wylie, owner of Figaro’s West Salem proudly presented a check for $1,000, to Mr. Rundquist, the Band Teacher at Walker Middle School. While his students would like to see him use the funds to purchase pizza, Mr. Rundquist has plans to replace some outdated equipment.

Many schools are facing difficult decisions in making cuts as the budget crises continue due to the recession. Mr. Danner, Walker Principal is very grateful and pleased with the support to the music program the West Salem Schools received from local businesses and parents. Without the support they would not be able to continue the same high quality program that they currently offer.

Figaro’s Pizza founded in 1981, a Salem Based company has been recognized as “the best pizza you can have at home.” Offering pizzas baked in the restaurant or on oven ready trays for baking at home. In addition to pizza Figaro’s also offers calzones, lasagna, salads, breadsticks, chicken wings and soft drinks. The newest addition to the Figaro’s product line is a Gluten Free Crust for those suffering from wheat allergies. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.figaros.com.