During this holiday season, Young’s Market Company is proud to support six local charitable organizations across the 10-states where our employees live and work: Operation Ride Home, Dress for Success, Vine Maple Place, Sunshine Division, Phoenix Rescue Mission, and Greater Phoenix Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Providing inspiration and support for our annual “Season of Giving” are four Partner Network Groups, which are employee-led groups that are the cornerstone of Young’s diversity and inclusion efforts: Armed Forces, LGBTA, Latino American, and Women. This month, we’re putting the spotlight on each of the worthwhile causes that our Partner Network Groups have chosen to support.

Operation Ride Home is made possible by the partnership of Jack Daniel’s & ASYMCA and provides financial assistance to eligible active duty junior-enlisted military and their families to travel from their duty station, back home to spend time with their families. Christopher Lees, Director, Asset Protection and member of the Armed Forces Partner Network Group is proud that Young’s supports this important mission. Chris says, “Operation Ride Home by Jack Daniel’s and Armed Services YMCA embodies the spirit of giving by getting active-duty service members home for the holidays. For the Young’s Family to contribute to reconnecting military families is such an honor, and the truest peacetime mission we know.”

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. This organization’s focus echoes our mission for the Women’s Partner Network Group at Young’s: ‘To empower women by providing a network of support and to help them thrive in work and in life.’ Here’s what a few members of the Women’s Partner Network Group say about Young’s support for Dress for Success:

“You only have one shot to make a good first impression on a job interview. Donating clothing to Dress for Success allows for another woman to carry herself with extra confidence and stand a little taller for the best shot at entry into economic independence.” – Tamiko Ishidate, Director of Sake – California

“You only have one shot to make a good first impression on a job interview. If donating a blazer or dress will allow for another woman to carry herself with extra confidences and she can stand a little taller because she knows she is dressed the part to get the job, I wish I had more professional attire to donate.” – Jessica R Kirby, Senior Vice President National & Strategic Accounts – On Premise

“The Arizona Women’s Partner Network Group chose to partner with Dress for Success because of their mission to empower women toward economic independence.  They not only provide proper attire for job interviews, they also give advice and support for how to make that interview successful.”  – Katie Woodcock, Import Specialist

Vine Maple Place utilizes a unique and innovative approach to meet homeless families wherever they are in their crisis, toxic stress and trauma. As a team, parents, volunteers and staff work collaboratively to implement a custom action plan that emphasizes each family member’s strengths, assets and challenges. Natalie Siebert, Associate Creative Director for Young’s in the Pacific Northwest shares that, “ The Washington team has enjoyed volunteering with Vine Maple Place on our annual Charity Day for the past five years. Vine Maple Place utilizes a unique and innovative approach to meet the needs of homeless families, meeting them wherever they are in their lives.”

Sunshine Division provides food and clothing relief to all Portland families and individuals in need. The group was founded in 1922 as a volunteer group called the Portland Police Reserve, and was quickly dubbed the “Sunshine Boys”.

The Phoenix Rescue Mission is a place of hope, healing, and new beginnings for people in our community struggling with homelessness, addiction, and trauma. With a vision of a community mobilized to transform lives and end hunger and homelessness, the Phoenix Rescue Mission has been working to help the greater Phoenix area since 1954.

The Greater Phoenix Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce provides an inclusive business environment by fostering growth, visibility, outreach and professional development opportunities within the LGBT and allied communities.