Community Service Programs

ASI encourages all employees to lend a helping hand to their local community. Some of the opportunities include contributing to United Way and Red Cross. ASI employees also participate in a holiday Adopt-a-Family, a Boy Scouts Food Drive and a Marine's Toys for Tots collection. ASI also matches any funds employees donate to United Way agencies each year.

United Way Contributions Over the Top

Every year, ASI raises upwards of $25,000 in payroll deduction commitments for the United Way of Bucks County. The Cohn Family matches individual employee contributions up to $1,000. Together, the money helps provide housing, food, training and heating assistance to area adults, children and elderly residents.

Employees can contribute $5 per pay commitment to help ASI reach its annual goal.

As thanks, the United Way featured ASI in its email newsletter along with a photo from Field Day, when the sale of raffle tickets raised more than $1,200 for the organization.

In the story, the non-profit called ASI's fundraising efforts "hard to beat" and credited strong leadership from the Cohn family and employees. "The biggest reason is their people," United Way said. "They have fun and really enjoy giving back."

Making Holidays Happen

In 2013, ASI employees donated over $6,000 to the Family Service Association's Holiday Gift Drive, which allows about 350 underprivileged families shop for their loved ones, from newborns to seniors. A one day "Coat Sale" raised an additional $655 for Family Services for the gift drive as well.

Silent Auction Makes Big Noise

ASI's annual Silent Auction and Sample Sale helps raise an average of $3,000 each year for the Southeastern PA American Red Cross. It is always a big success, not to mention a lot of fun as evidenced by the pic, which shows winning employees reacting as bidding closes.

For two days, employees bid on a wide array of items or on the chance to park in a front row reserved parking spot, as well as having an opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind samples featured in ASI's five award winning magazines.

ASI Honored for Generous Donations

In honor of Tim Andrews' service, dedication and enthusiasm, the Lower Bucks County chapter of the American Red Cross saluted ASI's president and CEO, and the staff of ASI, with a certificate of appreciation. In addition to the gift drive, ASI employees have participated in the Red Cross Hero's Breakfast and on-site blood drives.

"We value his service," says Red Cross CEO Kendria McWilliams, who lauded the former Red Cross board member for encouraging volunteerism at the company. "The people here are very giving."

"We're eager to help," said Andrews. "We love these programs and we love being involved. If the Red Cross had ASI's level of engagement from 10 other companies, just think what we could accomplish."

Previously, the American National Red Cross presented its prestigious Circle of Humanitarians award to Andrews and ASI, to recognize outstanding corporate philanthropy achievements. The award is given to donors by the American Red Cross to express appreciation for raising more than $50,000 in support of its many relief efforts around the U.S.

Several donation drives, spearheaded by Andrews and ASI, have raised over $400,000 for hurricanes and tsunami disaster relief efforts in recent years.

Volunteering at the Hope of the Harvest Charitable Garden

ASI employees ventured out to the Hope of the Harvest Charitable Garden in Doylestown, PA. Our group of volunteers got down and dirty, picking an entire field of potatoes! We had a great time and we were delighted to know our efforts helped to provide fresh produce for food pantries in Bucks County. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we will be going back again.

Volunteering at the William Penn Center

ASI employees took part in a volunteer painting project at the William Penn Center in Fallsington, organized in partnership with the United Way. Our team put a fresh coat of paint in the kitchen and added splashes of color to the steps and handrails. We even surprised the staff with being able to remove the 50 year old cabinet hardware and freshen up the drawers/cabinet doors.

We had fun, we were productive, and we were proud to know how much our being there meant to the staff. The William Penn Center is a daycare that provides care to children ranging in age from 35 months to 4 years of age. Seeing the joy in the staff's eyes told us that when the children woke from their afternoon nap, they'd be filled with excitement at the change in their environment. Even the littlest of tasks can mean the world to someone else!

The American Red Cross held its Annual Tournament of Champions!

The American Red Cross held its annual Tournament of Champions on Tuesday, May 24th at Makefield Highlands Golf Club; benefiting the programs and services of the Lower Bucks County Chapter of the Red Cross.

The rain held out for this year's team which consisted of Brian White, Colin Graf, Jason Krenzel, Eric Bayliss, and PGA Pro, Kerry Mattern. Although the team didn't win on the green, they did win a free round of golf from the auction!

Congrats to all involved.

Fund-Raising Efforts Lauded

Chuck Machion (at left) recently accepted a Leaders in our Community Award from the American Red Cross on behalf of CEO Tim Andrews and ASI.

The award recognizes members and organizations in the community who raise funds on behalf of the Lower Bucks County American Red Cross. ASI was one of eight organizations/individuals recognized at the Red Cross annual meeting, held June 10 at the Yardley Country Club.

ASI has helped to raise nearly $2 million in cash and goods for worthy causes since 2003. That amount includes $620,000 for the American Red Cross to assist hurricane victims, over $25,000 for the Adopt-A-Family program, five tons of donated items to food banks and homeless shelters, $60,000 to PPEF (an industry education fund), chairman Norman Cohn and his family's efforts to raise about $1 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (www.cohnsisters.com), and over $64,000 for CEO Tim Andrews' personally-established food bank fund in his native state of Indiana.

asi/33020
©2012, Advertising Specialty Institute®. All Rights Reserved.