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Gary Sinise Foundation
We are thrilled to enter the seventh year of our partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation, which honours America’s defenders, military veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. The foundation does this through the creation and implementation of unique programmes designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities.
Our partnership focuses on supporting the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment), First Responders Outreach and Snowball Express programmes. Through these efforts, the foundation builds 100% mortgage-free specially adapted custom smart homes for severely wounded heroes and their families, serves the children of fallen military heroes and aids critical funding for emergency relief, training and essential equipment for America’s firefighters, police departments and EMTs, respectively. In 2021 we expanded our partnership focus to include the foundation’s Avalon Network, a cognitive health and mental wellness network that provides transformative care to veterans and first responders experiencing post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries and substance abuse.
We supply the necessary equipment for each of the R.I.S.E. programme’s projects to the contractors working on the home builds, at no charge. We also donate a portion of rental proceeds from co-branded Gary Sinise Foundation equipment and organise various localised fundraising efforts. This year, we contributed more than $0.9m in monetary and in-kind equipment donations to the foundation. Our goal is to bring heightened awareness to the foundation’s work through continued fundraising and outreach initiatives in an effort to help positively impact the lives of veterans, defenders, and first responders. In 2021/22, we launched a national fundraising sweepstake with the chance to win a Ford Bronco, to raise further funds and awareness.
American Red Cross
We continue to work closely with our designated charitable partners, the American Red Cross and its affiliates such as the Second Harvest Food Bank for which we have a food drive every November in the US.
We allow employees to make payroll deductions to contribute to the American Red Cross or the Sunbelt Employee Relief Fund. On top of financial donations to the Red Cross, we send equipment and support to disaster-affected areas throughout the US to aid in relief efforts.
UK charity partners
In the UK, we work regularly with a number of charities including The Prince’s Trust, Teach First and CRASH. The Prince’s Trust supports 11-30 year olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion, in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or who have been in trouble with the law.
Teach First recruits and trains teachers, placing them in schools in low-income communities. Not only are we providing valuable funding to Teach First, the charity’s teachers and pupils in partner schools also have the chance to work with Sunbelt volunteers across our business.
CRASH is the construction industry’s charity that helps homelessness and hospice organisations with their construction projects. 2022 represents the twelfth year we have been a patron of the charity with our expertise and products helping a number of homelessness and hospice projects.