Makin’ the Connection, a nonprofit whose mission is to remove barriers to success, and Building Readers First, a local tutoring business, have teamed up for a project that will aid them in both their missions. They aim to create a mobile literacy lab they are calling “Read and Ride: The SMARTKID Bus” that will provide reading opportunities for children in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas of the community. A $4,150 donation from the Arby’s AES Foundation will help make that vision a reality in the future.
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AES Restaurant Group Foundation donated $5,700 to LUM. AES operates four ARBY’s in West Lafayette & Lafayette. The staff and leadership at the local Arby’s nominated LUM to receive this gift, which AES makes three times a year. AES & Arby’s is committed to supporting families in their Arby’s communities.
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A large contingent of senior men, including several members of the local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 979, meet at Arby’s in Colonial Heights every morning. So, when store manager Kathy Evans — her son is an Army veteran — had the opportunity to designate a recipient for charitable donations by her customers, VVA was an easy choice. She and her dedicated staff collected donations for a month. Arby’s customers at the Colonial Heights location contributed nearly $4,000 for the chapter.
John Pollak, Chapter 979 president, earmarked a sizable portion of the donation to the victims of the flood disaster in Kentucky
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The AES Foundation added a disaster relief team for the first time. Hearing about the devastating tornado damage to towns in Kentucky, our owner John Wade immediately volunteered the Foundation’s services to assist. We deployed our mobile Arby’s unit to Mayfield, KY- one of the hardest hit communities.
Our amazing team of volunteers teamed up with local KY National Guard , community organizers, local ARG restaurants and ARCOP. This teamwork allowed us to serve over 6,600 meals in 3 days.
Special Thanks to our team of Area Supervisors and General Managers who left their families the week before Christmas to serve another community. AES VP Curt Oxyer organized the endeavor, VP Dave Early used his contacts to get us into restricted space and VP Michelle Carter sent strong leaders to help. Arby's Corporate helped AES with supplies, including 6,600 buns needed. We extend a warm thank you to Father Eric Riley pastor of St, Joseph’s Parish whose flock was so badly hit.
It is so amazing what a warm heart and a hot roast beef sandwich can do to bring smiles and tears of relief to those in need.