Community Endeavors

 

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Examples of our corporate and employee engagement and impact within our communities include the following:

Charitable Causes

The Bestwick Foundation:            

bestwick-logoThe Bestwick Foundation is a non-profit organization nestled in the heart of State College, PA.   Money raised     through yearly events and fundraisers is distributed to local families and individuals in the Centre County Region, who are struggling in their fight with cancer and other hardships. Our efforts hope to make a direct impact on our community and enrich the lives of others.

ARM sponsored, and our personnel volunteered at, various events throughout the year, such as the semi-annual paper shred.  (photo above – “grilling stickies” at shred event).

Coaches vs. Cancer:

ARM is a yearly sponsor and participant in the annual Coaches vs. Cancer (CVC) Golf Tournament, hosted by the CVC-Penn State organization (a collaborative 20160602_193742program between the Penn State Men’s Basketball team and the American Cancer Society (ACS)). This year marks the 20th anniversary for this highly anticipated event as the CVC organization neared eclipsing $2.5 million in total funds raised.  For the past several years, ARM employees and business partners have golfed in this annual tournament in support of the local fight against cancer.  Last year, ARM uniquely participated as sponsors, golfers, donors and volunteers, and helped the organization raise over $115, 000!

“The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers coaches, their teams, and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in awareness efforts, advocacy programs, and fundraising activities.

Honoring our Veterans:

In 2016 alone, ARM and its employees donated thousands of dollars to charities that help veterans. Among these highly-rated (researched through CharityNavigator.org) charities include:

  • The Fisher House Foundation;
  • Hire Heroes USA;
  • Operation Homefront;
  • AMVETS NSF;
  • Wounded Warriors Family Support;
  • Adaptive Sports Foundation; and
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

ARM also supports a local veteran’s charity: Wounded Warriors of PA, Inc.

In addition to our active engagement in the organizations described above, ARM has supported numerous charitable organizations in its 18-year history, with the following organizations representing only a sample of charitable causes to which ARM has supported to a variety of levels, both financially and with participation/volunteerism:

  • The Hope Lodge/American Cancer – Annual Company Financial Support
  • Hershey Aquatic Club – Company Financial Support and Employee Volunteerism
  • The Vista Foundation – Company Financial Support. The Vista School prepares children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to function in the community with increasing independence
  • Hershey High School Swimming – Company Financial Support and Employee Volunteerism
  • The Muscular Dystrophy Association – Company Financial Support
  • The Ben Yupcavage and Tim Russell Memorial Scholarship Fund – Company Financial Support and Employee Event Participation
  • The Hershey New Year’s Celebration – Annual Company Financial Support since the Inception of the Event
  • Multiple Sclerosis – ARM employees have been on the MS Leadership Society, actively fundraising on behalf of MS.
  • The Hershey Food Bank – Annual Company Financial Support
  • The Children’s Miracle Network* – Company Financial Support and Employee Participation
  • Hershey High School Diving Boosters– Company Financial Support and Employee Participation
  • Nittany Lion Aquatic Club– Company Financial Support and Employee Volunteerism
  • Trojan Youth Wrestling– Company Financial Support and Employee Volunteerism
  • Hershey Youth Soccer– Company Financial Support and Employee Volunteerism
  • Commodore Perry Lions Little League– Company Financial Support and Employee Volunteerism
  • The North Museum – Company Financial Support
  • The National Civil War Museum– Company Financial Support
  • Conley Cushings Foundation– Company Financial Support
  • College Scholarships (Bucknell University and Franklin and Marshall College)- Multi-Year Scholarship Donor
  • Ruffed Grouse Society** – Annual Company Financial Support
  • Trisomy 18 Foundation – Company Financial Support and Employee Volunteerism
  • Derry Preschool – Annual Company Financial Support

*The Tour de Chocolatetown for The Children’s Miracle Network: “Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raise funds for children’s hospitals, medical research, and community awareness of children’s health issues.” ARM has been a Gold Level Sponsor and ride participant for the past 2 years (2015 and 2016).

 ARM President Bill Tafuto, P.E. and Daniel Fellon, P.E. racing at the “Tour de Chocolatetown”

ColorRGS** “Ruffed Grouse Society funds create thousands of acres of healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other forest wildlife species.” ARM has sponsored the Ruffed Grouse Society annually as well as participated as Prize Chair of the Red Brush Chapter in central Pennsylvania.

Civic Duties, Public Outreach/Education, and Workplace Volunteering by ARM employees:

  • Capital Region Heart Walk
  • Centre County Women’s Resource Center
  • Derry Township School District
  • Derry Township Planning Commission
  • Derry Township Zoning Hearing Board
  • McDonald Borough Council
  • McDonald Parks and Recreation
  • Fort Cherry Marching Band Boosters
  • Coaching Youth Sports Teams throughout Pennsylvania, including, but not limited to: Soccer; Baseball; Wrestling; and strength and conditioning sessions for a variety of junior high and high school sports teams
  • Marcellus Shale Coalition
  • SWANA Keystone Chapter
  • Women’s Energy Network
  • Penn State Hoops Club
  • ARM’s engineers and scientists routinely conduct guest lectures at the request of faculty from Pennsylvania universities:
    • Bucknell University Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
    • Penn State University Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
    • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • ARM has provided numerous Job Shadowing and Internship opportunities to local high school and college students. Providing job shadowing and internship opportunities not only helps students in our community explore potential career paths, it provides job experience and resume content for college applications and employment pursuits.
  • ARM sponsors science fair and Eagle Scout Projects for high school students and senior design projects for college engineering students.

Bringing people together and making a difference in people’s lives – it’s all part of being a good neighbor and creating a sustainable company.