In a giving initiative to support transitioning programs for U.S. servicemen and women, Belgard conducted a nationwide “Welcome Home” campaign that began in March and culminated on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. To celebrate Welcome Home’s success, Belgard held a check presentation ceremony at Fort Carson, an army base in Colorado Springs, on Nov. 21.
In addition to cash donations, Belgard also installed a fire pit in the USO Colorado Springs at Fort Carson outdoor common space for service members to enjoy a touch of home with their loved ones. The new fire pit was dedicated during the presentation celebration, and attendees enjoyed gathering around the fire to enjoy refreshments from the s’mores and hot chocolate bars.
In total, Belgard raised $100,000 as part of our Welcome Home giving initiative for the USO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, connecting and comforting American service members and their families throughout every step of their military journey.
“We knew we had lofty goals in trying to raise this amount by Veterans Day, but we were confident our employees, customers and stakeholders shared our commitment to honoring the servicemen and women of this country,” said Erica Breazeale, consumer marketing manager for Belgard. “We are honored to have a partnership with such a significant organization and look forward to continuing to work with the USO to express our gratitude for those who have given so much for our nation.”
As part of the Welcome Home initiative conducted over the past eight months, Belgard has made individual donations in amounts ranging from $100 to $500 for every paver project installed during this time, as well as donations made for other trade partner actions. These funds will support USO programs focused on supporting service members as they transition from military to civilian life. These programs provide services ranging from helping troops create a strong resume to networking with employers to creating a more functional home environment.
“When service members and military families embark on transitioning into civilian life, it is important they know that America supports them,” said Michael Hoar, USO vice president of corporate alliances. “Partners like Belgard help the USO provide our nation’s military community with the resources they need to successfully reintegrate into civilian life.”