AKA’s Dedication to Community Involvement
Our management and employees are truly wonderful and generous in giving back to our community. We consider it our privilege to be blessed with the abliity to reach out to those in need around us. Some of our recent community service projects include:
• Children’s Toys and Clothing
AKA has donated funds to supply blankets, hats, gloves and scarves for 800 children at St. Bonaventure Indian Mission School, put together shoe boxes for children with toys and school supplies for Samaritan’s Purse, and donated hundreds of toys to the many neglected children of St. Bonaventure. “Our profound thanks for your heartfelt compassion.” – Libby Jennings, Development Director for St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School (www.StBonaventureMission.org).
• School Support
As co-founders of Fredericksburg’s only Catholic High School, Saint Michael the Archangel (www.SaintMichaelHS.org), AKA has donated many items which directly benefit the school and its students, including computers, desks, chairs, marketing literature, and more. We’ve also provided many hours of professional, administrative, and IT help to St. Michaels, thanks to the charitable hearts of our wonderful employees. The AKA team also opened their hearts and their wallets to assist when a Native American school was vandalized in New Mexico, sending funds to repair the building providing Christmas food and gifts to those in need. AKA has also donated supplies for Iraqi schools through First Lieutenant Eric Spencer.
• Families in Need
AKA donates items for the mothers and babies at The Paul Stefan Home for Unwed Mothers. We also are privileged to provide direct mail fundraising services and materials to the home. “In deepest appreciation for your dedication and service to our community and cause, our mothers and babies thank you for your continued commitment.” – Paul Stefan Home for Unwed Mothers Board of Directors (www.PaulStefanHome.org). We also work with our local food bank, regularly donating food and supplies for local families, as well as donating turkeys during Thanksgiving, and contributing to the Food Bank’s clothing drives.
• Disaster Relief
Our team often assists when there is a local, state, or national disaster. For example, AKA donated five skids of non-perishable items and sponsored a trucking and driver to deliver a tractor-trailer full of items – bottled water, canned foods, blankets, diapers and non-perishable goods – to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. AKA also sent items through Convoy for Hope, an organization dedicated to helping Tuscaloosa, AL recover and rebuild after their tornado and ensuing disaster. We also use our professional skills to assist when needed – for example creating, producing and mailing 550,000 pieces of first class “Emergency Mail” for Catholic Relief Services during the 2004 Tsunami, going from concept to completion in record time – a mere 72 hours, quickly raising over $20,000,000 to aid the victims’ families and survivors.
• Angel Tree
Working with our local social services, our employees kindly purchase gifts for families who have not yet been picked from the Angel Tree – mainly for single moms with several children.
• Catholic Business Network
After attending an event of the Catholic Business Network in Northern Virginia (www.cbncv.org), Hugh Brown and Ed Dihlmann were inspired to create a local chapter in the Fredericksburg region in 2003. The chapter, comprised of business professionals, is open to all denominations and refers clients to other members of the group. The Network also offers business advice to all members at its monthly meetings. The group, however, is quite different form other business groups in the region – each meeting is begun in prayer by a member of the clergy who serves on the Board of Directors. Since its inception, the network has raised and donated more than $300,000 to our area’s five Catholic schools..