KRA Launches 5th Annual Community Care Day

Knowlton R. Atterbeary, KRA Corporation President & CEO, has officially launched the 2013 Community Care Day Campaign, a company-wide initiative created in 2009 to celebrate the joy of giving and sharing good works with customers and neighbors in the communities the firm serves. The 2012 Community Care Day program, coordinated by Tiffany Haynes, KRA Lead Instructor, benefitted many military personnel and their families across the country.

At the conclusion of last year’s initiative, Haynes was quoted as saying, “Each year, the local projects’ campaigns reflect the caring, concern, and strength within our communities.  The focus of the 2012 initiative was ‘Support Our Troops’, and achieved a level of success that exceeded all my hopes and aspirations.  Not only did each project meet their goals and objectives, they surpassed them with flying colors!  Each site decided to support our military, both active and retired, in unique ways…”

A brief recap of a few 2012 projects includes: KRA/DC staff partnered with the VA Medical Center and donated coats for a January Coat Drive, and they  connected with Andrews AF Base staff, sending them personal-care and grooming items…of which there is always a critical shortage…to be distributed to active-duty Air Force personnel; KRA/CT staff  visited two residential facilities for homeless Veterans, distributed gift-baskets filled with personal-care items, and treated them to a home-cooked meal; KRA/NJ staff collaborated with their Community Work Experience Program partners to collect and deliver more than $500 and 300 individual gift items…snack-packs, toiletries, toys…to soldiers and their families.

Staff from a KRA/SC project worked with local Veterans’ Employment and Disabled Veterans’ groups to volunteer on Annual Appreciation Day and Tri-County Veteran Stand Down events, and to collect and donate personal-care items for members of the local Army Guard and Reserve Units; and KRA/VA staff volunteered with the local USO for their annual December Holiday Party for military families, and supported the USO’s Adopt-a-Family Christmas celebration, collecting gifts and toys and delivering five jumbo-size Christmas bags to an ‘adopted’ family of five.

Haynes, who is continuing her leadership role as National Coordinator, concluded last year, “I’d like to thank everyone, especially the Project-site Coordinators, who worked so diligently to make ‘Support Our Troops’ 2012 so very successful!  Also, I’d like to announce that planning has already begun for the 2013 Community Care Day Campaign, the focus of which is ‘Volunteer With a Local Hospital’.  I am confident that our projects will take this fifth annual initiative to heart, and make it every bit as successful as all the others.”

Recently, Haynes reported, “ The theme for this year’s Community Care Day Campaign evolved from a desire on the part of KRA projects to support local hospitals that provide a service unlike any other…healing the sick and saving lives should not go unrecognized.  That is why the 2013 initiative to volunteer our time with community hospitals is so very important. Everyone has had a loved one stricken by an illness, or they themselves may have been hospitalized at some point.  The Project-site Coordinators are collaborating, or have already, with each hospital’s Volunteer Coordinator to plan dates, times, and number of volunteers needed to undertake whatever tasks they need performed.  Over the coming weeks, I look forward to reporting on some very creative and resourceful project efforts.”