By supporting local business you also support greater charitable giving in your community! According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses give more time and money to charitable organizations than do their large competitors. Studies have shown that small businesses donate almost twice as much per employee to charitable organizations as larger businesses. Since our local business owners live in the community, it’s not uncommon to see our Local First Arizona business members work to make a difference. The Arizona Children’s Association presented several programs they do to help the 17,000 children in Arizona’s foster care system at our November Local First Arizona mixer in Tucson. One program mentioned was the annual Penny Pitch effort to raise funds to help Southern Arizona families in crisis.
On hearing about the program, A&E Recycled Granite owner Julie Olauson wanted to figure out how Local First Arizona businesses could help. A winner of the SAHBA 2015 "Most Innovative New Product" Award, A&E Recycled Granite diverts scrap from local landfills & recycles it into Split Stone Tiles, Pavers & more! A&E graciously donated one of their custom granite firepits as a way to help draw attention to the cause. Olauson teamed up with fellow LFA member, Jeff Saunders to display the firepit at the America’s Mattress showroom at 2303 E. Grant Road. The firepit display explains that everyone is invited to give a little extra change to help foster kids this holiday season. 100% of funds raised go directly to help children and families served by programs in our community. Anyone stopping by can enter to win the firepit. Donating pennies, dimes, quarters and dollars at America’s Mattress from November 27 through December 15 will help Arizona’s children this holiday season.
The collected change will be taken to the Foothills Mall on December 15th to be combined with Penny Pitch donations from all over Southern Arizona. The firepit winner will be randomly selected on December 17 by KIIM-FM at their live remote at the Foothills Mall. Business members can join us at America’s Mattress on December 2nd, where we will be hosting our next Local First Arizona business mixer. Lets all come together and fill the firepit with coins to help the cause! Its just one more way that our local businesses help make real change in our community.