Volvo Rents is continuing its affiliations with charities dedicated to helping military personnel and their families by participating in two programs—Homes for Our Troops and Folds of Honor.
Founded in 2004, Homes for Our Troops is a national, non-profit organization that helps severely injured veterans and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials, and professional labor, as well as coordinating the building of homes that provide maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.
Volvo Rents donates manpower and actual equipment to build homes for veterans, aiding in building more than a dozen homes in 2011. The company is on pace to help build at least 17 more this year.
“We are eternally grateful for the sponsors that have stepped up to support our mission, such as Volvo Rents, whose generosity has helped enable Homes for Our Troops to build homes for our most severely injured veterans,” said Sergeant Major Kenneth Preston (Ret.), president of Homes for Our Troops. “Not only has the campaign initiated by Volvo Rents aided our mission financially, it is clearly a sponsor that cares about what we are doing by providing us the tools necessary to accomplish our goal of restoring freedom and independence to our veterans and their families.”
Through scholarships and other assistance, the Folds of Honor Foundation gives back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to the U.S.
Volvo Rents maintains a number of specially painted pieces of construction equipment and, on average, 20 percent of the revenue generated from the rental of that equipment is donated, helping raise the necessary funds to provide post-secondary educational scholarships to the spouses and children of service members disabled or killed as a result of their military service.
Folds of Honor has helped more than 2,700 families; 500 of them were aided directly via Volvo Rents’ contributions. In 2011,Volvo Rents raised more than $80,000 for Folds of Honor.
“Today’s servicemen and women bear the incredible burden of combat and face the same economic strain faced by the rest of the country,” said Matt Tavianini, VP of Sales & Marketing for Volvo Rents. “This is the least we can do to show our gratitude for their sacrifices and ensure that they receive our continued support.”