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Community PARtners

"PAR donates a portion of our company profits to those in need and encourages our staff to donate their time and/or other resources for the purpose of helping others."

Cathy Smith
Vice President
Community Relations

Community PARtners Highlights

The movers and shakers on Team PAR are always very busy, participating in community service projects and supporting causes that are making a real difference! Here are a few highlights of our recent activities.

The PARty Animals emerged as leader of the pack in raising funds for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay at the annual Bark in the Park event. A large contingent from our staff, along with their four-legged friends, join the happy throng at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park each year to support the Humane Society and its vital work in our community.

“Love is Blue,” according to the old song, and that sums up one of Team PAR’s true labors of love: our support for autism awareness and research. But why blue? On World Autism Day each year, the Autism Speaks organization encourages people all over the world to “light it up blue” by wearing blue clothing and displaying blue lights in their homes, schools, and businesses. PAR staff turned out in our best dress blues that day; we also held a week-long silent auction and raffle, where theater tickets and fine wine were among the generous donations that had us all raising our bids. An enthusiastic team of walkers capped off the week by participating in the annual Autism Walk, engaging sponsors and raising thousands of dollars for autism research.

Earlier this year, PAR was thrilled to be honored as the 2015 Outstanding Corporate Partner for the PACE Center for Girls. The PACE Center in Tampa provides at-risk teen girls an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy. With a balanced emphasis on academics and social services, the PACE model is recognized as one of the most effective programs in the country for keeping girls from entering the juvenile justice system.

PAR was also honored to participate in this year’s Cup of Compassion Breakfast to benefit the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Through their crisis hotline and support services, the Crisis Center brings help, hope, and healing to people who are experiencing the devastating trauma of sexual assault or abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, and other crises.

Each week throughout the year, PAR employees deliver a hot meal and a warm smile to Meals on Wheels recipients in our area. Many are elderly or disabled, and they often don’t get much company, so we try to take a few moments to chat with these neighbors who help to brighten our day as well. Each April, we continue with our annual tradition of making and delivering an extra treat: cheerful gift baskets, brimming with goodies and designed to say, “Welcome, spring!”

Above par, below par, or just from PAR…it really didn’t matter at a recent golf tournament, where our foursome of keen PAR golfers helped raise funds to benefit The Children’s Home of Tampa. This event is one of the many ways that PAR supports The Children’s Home in its work to strengthen families in our community.

The Bloodmobile (a.k.a. OneBlood Services) makes regular stops at PAR, where they know that our regular donors—and a few first-timers, too—can be counted on for donations of blood and platelets. The experts on the Bloodmobile team make it easy for us to do the right thing!

PAR has created our annual Pay it Forward campaign to thank our Customers for their business and to acknowledge the important work they do throughout the year. Select Customers are asked to choose their favorite organization from a list; PAR makes a $5,000 donation on behalf of our Customers to the organization receiving the most votes. In 2015, Feeding America was chosen to receive the donation.

Below is a partial list of the community organizations and activities PAR supports throughout the year; please click on the logos to learn how you can be part of the important work they do!

Organization

Description

For nearly 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, ACS is helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures, and fighting back against cancer.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of communities.

The American Heart Association, whose slogan is "Learn and Live", is dedicated to educating individuals on how to prevent, manage, and conquer heart disease and stroke. Its programs focus on the importance of a healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition, physical activity, no smoking, weight control, and stress management. PAR has supported the American Heart Association by holding an annual bowl-a-thon for its staff, family members, and friends.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.

The Children's Home provides Florida families with a unique spectrum of social services, including foster care, adoption, child abuse prevention, emergency shelters, group homes, case management, and treatment for developmentally disabled children. For the 13th year in a row, PAR has sponsored an annual holiday card contest and party for the children at the Children's Home.

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay offers vital, immediate support to children, teens, adults, and families dealing with the trauma of sexual assault or abuse, domestic violence, financial distress, substance abuse, medical emergency, suicidal thoughts, and other crises. Their services include trauma counseling, case management, suicide prevention, travelers aid, survivor empowerment, psychological assessment, and more.

The Family Justice Center of Hillsborough County is a community-wide collaborative between public, private, and non-profit organizations to provide comprehensive services to domestic violence victims and their families in a centralized location.

This national network includes more than 200 food banks and food-rescue organizations in the U.S. The effectiveness of this network is due to the cooperation of food banks, food-rescue organizations, service agencies, donors, and national programs. PAR is proud to support our local food bank.

The Florida Aquarium is a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to entertain, educate, and inspire stewardship about our natural environment.

Florida Blood Services (FBS) sends a bloodmobile to PAR regularly every 8 weeks to collect from interested staff. In the Tampa Bay area, 34 hospitals and 80 ambulatory care centers count on FBS for more than 650 pints of blood every day.

The Glazer Children’s Museum is a not-for-profit educational and cultural resource whose mission is to create learning environments where children play, discover and connect to the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to the welfare of all animals because of their intrinsic value and rights. Its primary purposes are the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, the extension of humane education, and the provision of shelter-based services.

LifePath is a nonprofit hospice that works to relieve the suffering of those affected by life-limiting illnesses and end-of-life issues.

Meals on Wheels of Tampa provides the homebound with meals five days a week—regardless of age, special needs, or ability to pay. Over 800 meals are prepared daily in their on-site kitchen and volunteers deliver 45 routes throughout the greater Tampa area. PAR is an Adopt-a-Route partner, and nearly 50% of our staff are MOW volunteers.

Metropolitan Ministries is one of America's leading caregivers serving the homeless and those at-risk of becoming homeless in our community through programs and services that alleviate suffering, promote dignity, and instill self-sufficiency.

PACE Center for Girls, Inc. focuses on quality, gender-responsive, school-based programs for at-risk girls that produce life-changing opportunities. PACE has several care locations in Florida that have consistently exceeded outcome goals and achieved the highest quality assurance ratings.

PAR participates in a local recycling program for all plastics, aluminum, and paper waste. Keeping our environment healthy is an important commitment that complements our community service involvement.

Ruth Eckerd Hall is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to presenting the finest in performing arts and also providing performing arts education to all segments of our community. As a nationally recognized premier Performing Arts Organization, REH offers traditional and innovative performances and educational experiences that engage diverse audiences and participants, in order to advance the arts and enrich lives.

The Straz Center began as a dream by visionary citizens of Tampa who persevered to bring to reality one of the finest performing arts centers in the nation. It is many things to many people and it’s more than just a building, more than just a performing arts center. It is a presenter, a producer, an educator, a community partner and an economic engine for the Tampa Bay area. It is a cornerstone of the Tampa Bay community.

Tampa Preparatory School, a coeducational day school serving grades 6-12, was founded in 1974 by a group of citizens dedicated to the idea of an independent secondary school rigorous in college-preparatory curriculum and committed to the arts and athletics. Their goal was the raising of centered, inquisitive and selfless adults. They were also dedicated to creating a close-knit family atmosphere to foster the advancement of character development, commitment to community and altruism.

A catapult for the imagination since 1926, the Tampa Theatre is a symbol of our city’s glorious past and bright future. Tampa Theatre is a passionately protected landmark and one of America’s best-preserved examples of grand movie palace architecture. The Tampa Theatre Foundation’s mission is to preserve the Tampa Theatre as a dynamic cultural institution.

As the nation's leading community solutions provider, United Way invests in and activates the resources that make the greatest possible impact in communities across America. The United Way movement includes approximately 1,400 community-based United Way organizations. Each organization is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers. 100% of PAR staff donate to United Way Suncoast each year.

Copyright PAR, Inc. 2012