Harrisburg, Pa. - D&H Distributing said its D&H Cares charity foundation has raised more than $50,000 dollars for not-for-profit causes in its first year of establishment.
The program, in which D&H's ESOP employees administer a series of quarterly initiatives to benefit different charity organizations, has garnered "a terrific response from its participants, who have not only volunteered their funds, but have repeatedly organized teams to participate in various marathon-type activities," the company said in a prepared statement.
The D&H Cares effort also comprises initiatives such as wellness programs for its co-owners and eco-friendly infrastructures and policies throughout its four distribution centers, in addition to its corporate headquarters.
One of the company's most recent D&H Cares events, for example, was a charity golf outing that took place on July 25. It was attended by approximately 140 individuals who raised close to $15,000 for the American Cancer Society and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The main recipient for D&H Cares charity activities for the program's current fiscal quarter (August to October 2009) is the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute.
Since D&H Cares was launched in August of 2008, it has focused its quarterly proceeds on the following organizations, respectively: The American Cancer Society, Shriners Children's Hospital, the Autism Society of America (ASA) and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
D&H's employees (known as "co-owners") have joined together to oversee several activities per month to benefit each quarter's beneficiary, coordinating and attending events such as silent auctions, raffles, luncheons and association walks. The schedule often went beyond a single charity per quarter, involving several organizations per month.
Some additional D&H Cares activities and beneficiaries in the program's first year include: The March of Dimes March for Babies; Habitat for Humanity projects; Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk; Harrisburg Jingle Bell Walk for Arthritis; The Millers Mutual Harrisburg Mile, benefiting local YMCA youth and child care programs; Toys for Tots drive; Rejoice! (adoption, foster care and specialized recruitment agency serving Pennsylvania); Central Pennsylvania Food Bank drive; The Salvation Army; PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society); The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area's 5K Run/Walk for the Animals; and Caitlin's Smiles (helping chronic and terminally ill children through creative arts, which reaches up to 70,000 children per year).