The Business of Giving Back
Closing 2020 with Donations in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, to Support Four Local Nonprofit Organizations Close to Home
Since our founding in 2002, we’ve held a philosophy of profit-sharing over profit-taking. That has always meant that when the business is doing well, so are the employees and our surrounding community. In 2016, we formalized employee profit-sharing by becoming 100% employee-owned. And our donations in the community in and around Rhinelander have continued too.
Despite the challenges of 2020, we were blessed to have been able to maintain our operations throughout the year. We were proud to have the chance to expedite an order to another essential business for the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) early in the pandemic when supplies were so short. We dedicated a new mural recognizing the role of industry in Rhinelander. We closed the year strong, busy, and optimistic about the future.
Making Donations In Rhinelander
Strong business means continued community support. But we realized that we could help even more by sharing what we’re doing more publicly. Maybe folks aren’t aware of these important programs and would be interested in supporting them too. Maybe talking about it will give other local companies some new ideas about lending support through funding, words, and actions.
In that spirit, we offer a brief overview of four deserving organizations that we chose to support through charitable donations in Rhinelander, in hopes of helping them have a great start to the new year in 2021.
Rhinelander Area Food Pantry (RAFP)
Opened in 2005, RAFP is a non-denominational, tax-exempt 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that relies almost exclusively on volunteers. Last year over 425 volunteers donated time and energy toward the success of the pantry, and they serve an average of 400-450 households per month.
The effects of COVID-19 and the efforts to stop its spread have been devastating to many, from illness to job loss. That means even more of our neighbors rely on the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, and it stayed busier than ever, with a greater need for volunteers, donations of food, and funding.
We’ve been supporting this fine organization for years as volunteers, and in 2020, we upped our game. We helped organize a food drive early in the year and made a financial contribution to help them continue to meet the high demand. There are so many ways to help!
Rhinelander Community Foundation - Hodag Park Improvement Fund
The mission of the Rhinelander Community Foundation is to facilitate charitable giving and, together with donors, enhance the quality of living in the Rhinelander community now and for future generations.
The organization envisions the Rhinelander area realizing its full potential through philanthropy. They provide knowledge and collaborations to enable interested donors to participate in or establish meaningful funds. One such fund is the Hodag Park Improvement Fund, established in 2004 with the intention of helping revitalize the community and supporting Rhinelander youth.
Hodag Park Improvement Fund is near and dear to our hearts. In addition to being employee-owned, we’re a family business, founded in part to create jobs and opportunity right here in Rhinelander. Many of us grew up playing baseball in Little League, spending years of quality time with family in Hodag Park. We see that kind of experience as essential and were thrilled to have the chance to contribute substantial funding in a year when much of the focus was elsewhere.
Oneida County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC)
The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation was created in 1989, as a partnership between business and industry. The mission of the nonprofit organization is “to promote and stimulate the orderly growth of stable businesses, which will provide year-round employment throughout Oneida County while maintaining a high quality of life with a livable wage.”
Keith White Jr., AirPro’s VP Operations, sits on the board of OCEDC. The organization plays an important role in the community every year as a bridge between public and private entities, but this year it took on an additional role connecting COVID-19 disaster relief to the people and businesses that needed it most. We’re proud of the difference our continuing support can make.
New Dawn Pregnancy Resource Center
Since 2011, New Dawn Pregnancy Resource Center has provided compassionate, confidential, and cost-free care to women and men in need of support while facing an unexpected pregnancy. They answer questions and provide accurate information about all the options available. Their services are available anytime throughout pregnancy.
As you can see, supporting kids and families is a high priority for us. New Dawn is an important part of that in the Rhinelander area, and we are pleased to have been able to continue supporting them through what turned out to be a difficult year in so many ways for so many people.
A Final Word About Donations in Rhinelander
“Personally, being able to do this was very gratifying and I’m grateful for the collective hard work that allows us to not only benefit our own livelihoods as AirPro employees but also support other organizations working toward causes we believe in,” affirmed Keith White Jr.