Batteries Plus of Lewisville Launches 'Time to Care' campaign
Lewisville Leader - May 24, 2011
Recent studies from the Bureau of Labor Statistics find that the jobless rate of veterans is 15.6 percent - far exceeding the national average of nine percent. Batteries Plus of Lewisville was shocked by this gap and decided to join a corporately supported donation campaign called, "Time to Care", to help bridge it.
The battery retail leader has teamed up with USA Cares, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that helps post-9/11 military service members, veterans and their families with basic financial needs. USA Cares, founded in 2003, helps bear the burdens of service by providing military families and veterans with financial and advocacy support in their time of need. They have helped families in all 50 states and have received over 27,000 requests for assistance. No fees are ever charged and no repayment is ever requested.
The "Time to Care" campaign's goal is to raise awareness about all USA Cares efforts and the Jobs for Vets program in particular, by helping to raise funds to help veterans get placed back into the work force after serving their country. For one week from now through May 30. Batteries Plus of Lewisville located at 1093 W. Main St. will be donating $5 of each regular and lifetime watch battery replacement to USA Cares and accepting "In-Kind" donations from customers which will benefit USA Cares.
Batteries Plus, LLC will also be contributing $1 for every person who "likes" the Batteries Plus Facebook page and "supports" the USA Cares Jobs for Vets Cause page -- up to $25,000.
"Veterans are near and dear to Batteries Plus' heart," said Jerry Sample, owner of the Batteries Plus in College Station. "Many of our franchisees are veterans and many of our stores employ veterans. They are a valuable addition to the Batteries Plus family because of their strong work ethic, loyalty and discipline," Sample added. Batteries Plus has established partnerships with several military bases across the country, supplying them with all of their battery needs.
Batteries Plus is also a proud member of VetFran, a program created to honor those men and women who have served in the U.S. military and developed to help them transition to civilian life. Batteries Plus offers a $10,000 discount off their franchise fee in several states to qualified military veterans who are seeking to purchase a Batteries Plus franchise.
"Without the financial help of organizations such as Batteries Plus we wouldn't have the resources to give these veterans what they need," said Bill Nelson, Executive Director of USA Cares. "We hope that everyone in College Station will visit their local Batteries Plus during the 'Time to Care' campaign and make a donation to support the USA Cares Jobs for Vets Program and find out other ways they can help. Together we will reduce the impact of joblessness among veterans and help them get back on their feet."
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