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PHILANTHROPIC AREAS OF FOCUS FOR GRAINGER
Emergency preparedness and technical education have long been Grainger’s two main philanthropic focus areas. The company makes a significant impact by using its resources and expertise to create relationships with communities.
Disaster Preparedness and Response
Given the company’s extensive product mix, distribution capabilities and culture of service, Grainger is a natural leader in disaster preparedness and response. Since 2001, the company has built a strategic partnership with the American Red Cross, providing nearly $13 million in cash, products and volunteer resources to support relief efforts across the U.S. and internationally.
In 2006, Grainger became the national founding sponsor of the American Red Cross’ Ready When the Time Comes™ program. Ready When the Time Comes™ recruits volunteer teams from local businesses across the country and trains them to serve as Red Cross emergency response volunteers. More than 1,400 Grainger team members across the United States are trained and ready to provide assistance to those affected by disasters
Since the program’s inception, Ready When the Time Comes™ volunteers have responded to more than 50 disasters across the country. In 2011, volunteers responded to storms in Alabama, Missouri, North Carolina, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Maryland and Puerto Rico assisting the Red Cross with call center support, shelter operations, disaster assessment and mass feeding.
The Ready When the Time Comes™ program has trained nearly 14,000 volunteers from more than 460 organizations and businesses in 52 cities across the U.S. and in Canada. See Grainger’s Ready When the Time Comes Program Fact Sheet for more detailed information about Ready When the Time Comes™ and view our video about the program on YouTube.
As a leading distributor of industrial supplies, Grainger is committed to helping stem the growing shortage of skilled workers while supporting the increasing technical demands of today’s industrial workplace. Grainger customers rely on trades people to keep their businesses afloat.
As communities, we in turn rely on these businesses to keep our infrastructure sound and our local economies healthy and viable. Check out Grainger’s Technical Education Web Site for more information.
Grainger has contributed more than $1.5 million in support of technical education in the form of scholarships, classroom equipment, supplies and funding for technical program start-ups. Beginning in 2006 Grainger and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) have offered the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program. The scholarship recognizes outstanding students with $2,000 scholarship and a customized Westward® toolkit upon graduation.
Since 2006, Grainger and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) awarded more than 350 scholarships to students studying in a community college skilled trades program. In 2011, Grainger appropriated $200,000 in scholarship awards for military veterans in recognition of their service to our country.
Trades in Focus, a community awareness program developed by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and sponsored by Grainger, launched in Summer 2011. Learn more about Trades in Focus, industry’s opportunity to work with partners to reach out and cultivate new industrial trades leaders.
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