“At ABCO, we exist to enrich the communities that we live and work in.”
– Our Mission Statement
The fire protection business is about serving communities by playing our role in keeping them safe. At ABCO, we take that notion of service one step further by making it our mission to enrich those communities as well. Our team takes this mission to heart, and the last few months of 2016 offered a snapshot of what that means.
In October, our Cincinnati branch got together with Chive charities to help a young girl with a rare disease. They assembled this fire-safety-themed gift basket that included a fire extinguisher lamp made by one of our team members. The basket went on to fetch more than any other item auctioned off at the event!
In November, our Bowling Green (KY) team supported the Alzheimer’s Association by sponsoring and participating in the Checkered Flag Chase 5K. This event was coordinated by the Bowling Green Area Lodging Association, and raised a total of approximately $3500 for Alzheimer’s awareness and research.December was a big month for community enrichment at ABCO, with our Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Port Clinton, and Toledo branches participating in two extremely successful events. Our Cleveland and Akron teams helped Cleveland Firefighters Local 93 with their Operation Warm campaign. Through employee donations with a company match, ABCO’s Cleveland and Akron teams were able to raise enough funds to purchase 40 of the new American-made coats that went to underprivileged kids in the Cleveland area. A couple of our team members were able to help deliver the coats to those kids and witness first-hand how appreciated they were. Also in December, our Toledo, Port Clinton, and Columbus branches brought smiles to the kids at Toledo Children’s Hospital. The Vanguard Tech Center in Fremont, OH, held a campaign called Stuffed with Love that brought a new stuffed animal to every child in the hospital during the holiday season. Through employee donations with a company match, ABCO was able to donate a full day’s worth of stuffed animals. We even raised a bit more than needed and were able to make a donation to Ronald McDonald House.
We played our part, but the real stars of these events were the organizations that put them together. Our deepest thanks goes out to those who planned these campaigns for embodying our mission and giving us a chance to give back locally. We hope you’ll join us in enriching our communities in 2017 and beyond.