Batteries Plus has a proud tradition of giving back to the community. Whether it’s contributing to families in need through Toys for Tots and The Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County or organizing blood drives at our corporate offices, we are deeply invested in the communities that we serve. But it’s not just our corporate employees that are committed to this cause; franchisees from all over the country have stepped up this season to help those in need. In light of the holidays, we would like to highlight just a few of the ways our franchisees are giving back to the communities that they serve.
Tim LeBlanc: 1 store – Baton Rouge, LA
For the past five years, Tim has organized and led the eye screening program for the East Baton Rouge Lions Club . The program visits local schools and daycares to provide children with access to free eye tests. Tim explained, “By screening children six years of age and under, many deficiencies can be corrected without surgery. Which is why we try to get into every school and day care.” The Lions Club also collects used eyeglasses and makes them available to any group doing mission work around the world.
The organization has a long history with this cause. In 1925 Helen Keller attended the Lions Club International Convention and challenged the organization to become active in the fight against preventable blindness. According to Tim, the East Baton Rouge Lions Club has “screened over 800 children each year, to ensure that their eyes are within the allowable parameters set by the Optometrist Society.” In the state of Louisiana, Lions Clubs are responsible for providing eye tests to over 30,000 children annually.
Rich Epps: 8 stores – Tampa, FL area
This year, Rich partnered with the Manatee County Police Athletic Club and a number of area churches to give away turkeys to families in need. Batteries Plus has a history with this charity that stretches back several years. Former Batteries Plus franchisee Steve Cooper was a long-time contributor to this event and Rich was good enough to step up this year in order to continue the tradition.
The giveaway took place on Saturday, November 28th, where an impressive 650 turkeys were shared with area families.
Andrew Dunn: 3 stores – Virginia area
Andrew currently serves as President of The Rotary Club of Oyster Point . Among the organization’s many service projects is the Annual Oyster Bash Event, which was held virtually on Friday, November 13th. Andrew served as the event’s MC, which benefitted a number of local organizations, including Smart Beginnings.
Smart Beginnings focuses on building community commitment to school readiness by bringing together parents, teachers, child providers and businesses, along with public and private leaders to help create a strong, healthy start for young children and their families.
The event itself raised $25,000, half of which will benefit Smart Beginnings, with the other half going to a dozen local charitable and community organizations.
This is just a small sampling of the many ways our franchisees work to make their communities better throughout the year. We’re proud of their efforts and look forward to sharing additional stories of Batteries Plus owners and their attempts to give back.
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