Connect with us

The Nation

CFI Employees support 20 charities with over $46,000 in donations during holiday giving campaign

Published

on

JOPLIN, Mo. — Employees of transportation company CFI once again played the role of Santa Claus by supporting charities serving thousands of individuals in eight cities across the U.S., Mexico and Canada in their annual holiday giving campaign.

Now in its 25th year, the Truckload of Treasures campaign supported 17 charitable organizations across North America this December.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

PHOTO CAPTION

Courtesy: CFI

CFI President Greg Orr, left, presents a check to Angee Tingle, center, and Kristin Patterson of CampQuality Missouri, during the annual “Shopping Spree” at the Joplin, Missouri, Target where over 200 CFI employees used their donations to purchase gifts and supplies for 350 Joplin families, children and elderly.

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

A longstanding tradition unique to CFI’s culture, Truckloads of Treasures was established in 1993. The 2018 campaign raised over $46,000 entirely contributed by employees and independent contractors.

“This is one of the most inspiring events of the year for our company, our employees and the communities where we live and work,” said Greg Orr, CFI president “Our employees embrace giving back, engaging with our communities to help those underserved and less fortunate. I’m extremely proud of our employees, and I appreciate the spirit, joy and commitment they bring to this campaign every year to help meaningful charities in Joplin and across North America.”

The campaign supported nine charities in CFI’s headquarters of Joplin. Earlier this month, some 200 CFI employees participated in the annual “Shopping Spree” at the Joplin Target. Employees purchased over $21,000 in gifts and needed supplies, based on lists of items submitted by some 350 local underserved children and seniors identified by the Salvation Army.

At the “Shopping Spree,” the company also presented checks to local Joplin charities including Art Feeds, Ronald McDonald House of the Four States, Children’s Haven, the Area Agency on Aging, Pro Musica, Camp Quality and the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri.

Donations were also made to charities in other communities where CFI employees live and work. These included Dallas, Laredo, Texas; West Memphis, Arkansas; Taylor, Michigan, as well as Ontario, Canada. Employees of CFI Logistica, the company’s Mexico subsidiary, also supported charities in Monterrey, Mexico City and Guadalajara.

Donations were raised through a company-wide raffle with prizes including gift cards for retailers such as Target, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Sam’s Club, Bass Pro Shops and Academy Sports and Outdoors, as well as other prizes. All prizes were purchased and donated by CFI’s executive management team. The raffle also included two special drawings awarding one and two weeks of paid time off. Additional funds were raised through bake sales, a chili cook-off, book fairs and separate auctions of locally-donated prizes.

In addition, employees partnered with service organizations throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada to provide holiday gifts and food for underserved children and senior citizens.

CFI’s philanthropic efforts in 2018 also included the provision of over $83,000 of in-kind transportation services for two nationwide charitable organizations. The pro-bono services supported Holy Joe’s Cafe, which sends donated Keurig Green Mountain coffee to U.S. troops stationed in 70 countries, and Wreaths Across America, which each year during the holiday season, honors more than a million fallen U.S. veterans and their sacrifices for our freedom by placing remembrance wreaths at more than 1,400 locations in 50 states, at sea and abroad.

Since inception, Truckloads of Treasures has raised nearly $800,000 for local charities.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The Nation

WIT’s Ellen Voie wins inaugural Cinderella to CEO of the Year honor

Published

on

Women In Trucking Association President Ellen Voie, left, accepts a copy of the book “From Cinderella to CEO, How to Master the 10 Lessons of Fairy Tales to Transform Your Work Life” from its author Cary Broussard. Voie was named the 2019 Cinderella to CEO of the Year. (Courtesy: WOMEN IN TRUCKING)

PLOVER, Wis. — Women In Trucking Association President and CEO Ellen Voie has been named the 2019 Cinderella to CEO of the Year — along with winning her award category “Climbing the Beanstalk” — for cultivating an innovative improvement to the workplace to create inroads for women to achieve career goals and enhanced work-life balance opportunities for all genders.

The Cinderella to CEO Awards recognize women who have overcome obstacles to change businesses, communities and industries for the better.

The inaugural awards, inspired by the book “From Cinderella to CEO, How to Master the 10 Lessons of Fairy Tales to Transform Your Work Life” by Cary Broussard, honored 200 women across industries and communities who were nominated for the awards.

“Our goal is to accelerate the successes of women who have worked hard and helped others to also succeed by connecting them to opportunities and each other,” said Broussard, CEO of Broussard Global. “In 2030, women in the U.S. are expected to control 75 percent of the wealth in this country. We want the wealth to be in the good, caring hands of those who strive to make the world a better place.”

Nine category winners, including Voie, were recognized by a distinguished Cinderella to CEO panel of judges for their support of other women, their transformational ability to overcome obstacles and barriers, and their desire to motivate others to accomplish their dreams. Each award category is tied to a chapter in Broussard’s book.

“I am so honored to receive the very first Cinderella to CEO award, as there were hundreds of nominations featuring some amazing women who have done truly notable and altruistic projects,” Voie said. “I am especially thrilled to be recognized by an organization outside the trucking industry, which makes the award even more special.”

Women In Trucking Association is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission.

 

 

Continue Reading

The Nation

FMCSA explains Hours of Service proposed rule

Published

on

Here is what they have to say…

Continue Reading

The Nation

10 finalists named in search for top rookie military veteran driver

Published

on

Last year’s top military rookie Quinton Ward sits in the cab of his new Kenworth with Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. (Courtesy: KENWORTH TRUCK CO.)

KIRKLAND, Wash. — The top 10 finalists have been named in the search for the top rookie veteran driver.

Kenworth has teamed with the FASTPORT Trucking Track Mentoring Program and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes Program to find the top rookie military veteran, who has made the successful transition from active duty to driving for a commercial fleet.

The top 10 finalists with their military branch and current truck fleet include:

  • Chris Bacon/U.S. Marines/TMC Transportation
  • Thomas Blitch/U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves/Werner Enterprises
  • Wade Bumgarner/U.S. Navy/Veriha Trucking
  • Joseph Campbell/U.S. Marines and U.S. Army/Roehl Transport
  • Keso Going/U.S. Army/Epes Transport
  • Steve Harris/U.S. Marines/Stevens Transport
  • Kevin Lassing/ U.S. Army/U.S. Xpress
  • Maliq Melton, U.S. Army, Melton Truck Lines.
  • Monte Morrone/U.S. Army and U.S. Marines/Prime Inc.
  • Tim Raub/ U.S. Navy/Averitt Express

Drivers were nominated by trucking companies that made a hiring commitment and pledge to hire veterans on www.truckingtrack.org  or, by members of the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, or Commercial Vehicle Training Association-member school.

“This year’s competition in the “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” program features an outstanding group of 10 finalists, who are representing their fleet and branch of military service. On behalf of Kenworth, we appreciate their dedication to excel as truck drivers in their new profession, and we are grateful for their military service to the country,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director.

“It is important for organizations across the United States to especially reach out to our veterans to help them make a smooth transition back into civilian life. This is one way that the trucking industry is doing its part,” said Brad Bentley FASTPORT president.

During the Great American Trucking Show August 22-24 in Dallas, three finalists in the recognition program will be announced as America’s top rookie military drivers. All 10 drivers will receive special recognition at the President George W. Bush Library during a tour and reception. The final winner will be announced in December.

For further information on the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence award program, please visit www.transitiontrucking.org.

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading

Trending