At Averitt, our commitment to community service is more than a corporate responsibility; it's a heartfelt mission that's grown deeply personal for each of us. As Thanksgiving approaches, we're reflecting on a year marked by remarkable generosity and impactful service, a journey made possible by the unwavering support of our customers and the selfless dedication of our associates.
A Year of Record-Breaking Generosity
Earlier this year, our team achieved a milestone by donating a record-breaking $1,200,001 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, facilitated by Averitt Cares for Kids. This non-profit charitable organization, supported and funded by associates giving $1 per week and company contributions in recognition of associate milestones and contributions, has been instrumental in impacting the lives of the less fortunate for over three decades.
Beyond financial contributions, our associates also contributed a year's worth of Play-Doh to St. Jude, providing a creative outlet for children undergoing treatment. We know that businesses can extend their impact beyond monetary support, and we wanted to foster an environment that uplifts and nurtures the spirits of young patients. We invite you to watch a heartfelt message from Marlo Thomas of St. Jude, which beautifully captures the impact of this contribution on the lives of countless children and their families.
Other Charitable Initiatives
Since 1986, Averitt's journey of giving has been a story not just of financial contributions, but of time, effort, and genuine care. Through our Team Up Community Challenge, Averitt associates engage with local organizations and charities to support those in need. In 2022 alone, our associates contributed over 10,000 hours of community service. Hours served also result in a company funded matching contribution to Averitt Cares For Kids. From feeding the hungry to aiding storm-ravaged areas, our team's commitment extends beyond monetary support, encompassing a holistic approach to community service.
Additionally, our partnership with Matthew 25 Ministries through our Uniform Recycling program is a testament to our environmental stewardship and global responsibility. By repurposing our uniforms, we contribute to worldwide humanitarian efforts, turning small gestures into global impacts.
Collaborative Efforts for Positive Change
At the heart of our philanthropic initiatives is the trust and continued support of our customers. Through partnering with us, our shippers make it possible for us to make contributions like this every year. We believe in the "Power of One," where even modest contributions add up to significant change, and we appreciate all our customers for their collaboration with us. This partnership underscores the influence that collective efforts can have on the lives of others.
As we reflect on the impact of this year's initiatives, our sincere appreciation goes to our shippers and our associates that have played a vital role in making a difference through Averitt Cares for Kids. Together, we've demonstrated that when businesses integrate social responsibility into their operations, they become powerful agents of positive change. Let's continue this journey together, leveraging our collective influence to create a brighter and more hopeful future for those in need.