Community service

Spotlight on Community Services: Rutter’s, Pilot, Sheetz, Casey’s and Wawa

COUNTRY REPORTGiving back through community service efforts and charitable donations is a positive force that keeps many retailers and suppliers in this industry moving forward. Regularly, Convenience store news highlights these philanthropic efforts in this special section.

Here are the latest projectors from the company:

Caseys General stores

at Casey’s announced the names of the 89 local schools benefiting from the Cash for Classrooms grant program in 2022. Now in its second year, the Cash for Classrooms program will support projects, physical improvements and resource requests at accredited public kindergarten facilities to grade 12 and private not-for-profit. schools in Caseys communities across the Midwest.

At Casey’s, our goal is for Cash for Classrooms grants to help schools improve the learning environment for students, teachers and families in the communities where we live and work, said Megan Elfers, Vice President of Marketing at Caseys. We appreciate the dedication of guests and Casey’s team members who have helped support this program by reaching nearly 100 schools across the Casey’s footprint over the past two years.

With the support of his guests and partners like Keurig Dr Pepper, Caseys distributed $1 million to schools in need. Grants ranged from $3,000 to $50,000. Funding priorities included:

  • Physical upgrades: School Updates and Improvements internal or external environments through repairs, improvements or new additions.
  • Material needs: Supplies, technology or other resources to enrich the learning environment.
  • Support for teachers: Programs that aim to develop teacher skills, such as professional development or training opportunities.
  • Community involvement: Efforts to involve students in the community through field trips, student volunteer programs, or camps.

Grants awarded this year include $50,000 to a school in Des Moines, Iowa, to improve after-school facilities and equipment for arts and sports programs; $45,000 for a playground in Yukon, Okla. ; $25,000 to repair the playground surface and purchase a smart board in Joplin, Miss; and more.

CHS Foundation

The CHS Foundation has partnered with the National 4-H Council through the 4-H True Leaders in Equity and What I Wish People Knew (WIWPK) programs. The $1 million grant from the CHS Foundation will support the 4-H True Leaders in Equity Institute (TLEI), which will train up to 100 youth and adults to serve as equity leaders in their communities and launch the WIWPK program to support 4-H youth in sharing their stories and their passion for diversity, equity and inclusion.