Maryland-based Almo Professional A/V, a distributor of professional audio and digital signage equipment, relates how its employees went “above and beyond” this summer as they put in their time participating in local-area fundraisers and volunteer outreach/service projects to aid nonprofits.
“It is both an honor and a privilege to be able to give back to our local communities, favorite charities and industry-related organizations,” says Warren Chaiken, president and CEO of Almo Corporation. “Our secret sauce has always been and always will be our people. Our culture is not only comprised of talented, hardworking professionals, but those with big hearts who want to make a difference in the community and for various causes by being actively involved and working together to change people’s lives for the better.”
PAL Bike Build
In June, as part of the Almo Dealer Channel National Business Conference, Almo’s team-building time was dedicated to the Philadelphia chapter of the Police Athletic League (PAL). The PAL provides safe havens for thousands of kids, some in the toughest neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. From homework clubs, computer classes and citywide educational tournaments, to more than a dozen organized sport activities, the PAL helps children stay safe, productive and engaged in worthwhile activities, the company says. Along with assistance from Sharp Appliances, employees worked together to build bicycles that were then presented to the PAL and given to children who may never had a chance to own one.
“The feeling of accomplishment after successfully completing any task is always sweeter when you know the end result benefited those in need,” says Jack Halperin, senior vice president sales and customer service for Almo’s dealer channel division. “We could not have been more proud being able to support PAL with the corporate generosity of Sharp Appliances as part of our 2018 Almo National Business Conference.”
Splash for Cash
In July, employees from the Almo Corp. headquarters paid to take turns knocking company executives and other colleagues into a dunk tank during the second annual Splash for Cash event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event included lunch provided by sponsors Sharp, Danby and Honeywell. More than $7,000 was raised over the course of the day and A GoFundMe page was set up for additional contributions, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
In August, Almo Pro A/V took advantage of the time together with employees and partners at its National Sales Meeting by giving back to Integrate Baltimore, a grassroots organization focused mainly on taking no-longer-needed technology components and distributing them to underserved areas. Integrate Baltimore also raises awareness about viable career paths in the pro A/V industry. Almo’s vendor partners made product donations worth more than $25,000. In addition, Almo made a monetary donation of more than $4,000 through a corporate contribution and raffle money that was raised at the event.
Other charitable contributions made by Almo Corporation this summer include:
- The Almo national sales and service division visited the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge-American Cancer Society to prepare “breakfast for dinner” for the patients and caregivers at Fox Chase Cancer Center.
- Almo interns volunteered in the community at Habitat for Humanity.
- Almo interns also volunteered at Holy Reedemer Food Pantry right around the corner from the Philadelphia office. They learned all about Holy Reedemer’s mission and helped out by bagging, sorting, and cleaning around the food bank.