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Almo showcases 2019 community outreach efforts

In 2019 the distributor provided time, donations, and monetary support to several organizations

Throughout the year, employees at Almo Corporation (#AlmoGivesBack), the nation’s leading independent distributor of appliances, consumer electronics, Pro A/V equipment and housewares, jump at the opportunity to plan, give, serve and participate in multiple philanthropic outreach programs primarily focused on helping children and their families. This year alone, Almo employees provided time, donations, monetary support and more to organizations such as Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (RMH), AVIXASt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, City Kitchen at the Reading Terminal Market, Philabundance/Somerton Interfaith Food Bank, and St. Peter Cleaver Church.

“Our employees are passionate about helping others, not just during the holidays but throughout the entire year,” explained Warren Chaiken, president and CEO for Almo Corporation. “While our philanthropic efforts are focused strongly on organizations supporting childhood illness, we are always looking for ways to give back to our communities, within our business sectors, and both locally and on a larger, national scale. Every year I am blown away by the generosity of our staff and the time and passion they put into giving back. Serving others is part of our Almo business model and it truly brings out the best in all of us.”

Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
To help create a warm, comfortable living space for families with children receiving hospital treatment, Almo donated a total of 23 major appliances to the Philadelphia RMH. The donations have been placed in suites and a lounge on a patient-protected floor for immunocompromised children, and in a family kitchen. Details about this donation are here. Almo has a national partnership with RMH and has contributed volunteer time, patio furniture, meal preparation/serving, and more to facilities located near Almo offices.

AVIXA Michael Vergauwen Foundation Donation
Every June during the InfoComm Show, Almo Pro A/V makes a monetary donation to the AVIXA Michael Vergauwen Foundation program by which scholarships are awarded to college students who display a passion for the AV industry and a commitment to creating integrated experiences in their future career plans. As part of Almo Pro A/V’s 10-year anniversary celebration, a donation check of $2,500 was provided to the foundation with the ongoing goal of mentoring and supporting college students interested in pursuing careers in the AV industry.

Splash for Cash 
Each summer, employees from Almo Corporation pay to take turns knocking Almo executives and other colleagues into a dunk tank during an event called “Splash for Cash” to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year, $6,600 was raised over the course of the day and through a Go-Fund-Me page, 100 percent of which was provided to St. Jude.

City Kitchen at The Reading Terminal Market
City Kitchen is the demonstration kitchen inside the historic Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market that offers private and public cooking classes and events. Almo donated a range, wall oven, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher and garbage disposal as part of a project that involves providing ongoing, free, practical cooking lessons to inner city kids to increase their independent living skills. (pictured).

Turkeys and Donations to Philabundance and Somerton Interfaith Food Bank
Since the 1950s, Almo Corporation has treated its employees with Thanksgiving turkeys. Each year, employees are given the option to donate their turkey or the cash equivalent to the Philabundance and Somerton Interfaith Food Bank, two Philadelphia-area hunger relief organizations. Almo employees provided a total of 70 turkeys along with a monetary donation. 

St. Peter Cleaver Church
As part of its “Feeding the Homeless 2019” program, Almo Professional A/V employees donated contents such as toiletries and snacks to create 85 care packages, along with bags of clothes, shoes and blankets for local-area families through St. Peter Cleaver Church in Baltimore.

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Tim Albright

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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