KRA/Lower Savannah Partners With Veterans Groups

Previously, it was reported that Knowlton R. Atterbeary, KRA President & CEO, had officially launched the 2012 Community Care Day Campaign, a company-wide initiative created to celebrate the joy of giving and sharing good works with customers and neighbors in the communities the firm serves. Every year since 2009, KRA staff have selflessly volunteered time, effort, and gifts to make each Community Care Day a resounding success. This year, the company proudly launched a new effort…Support Our Troops…dedicated to our active and veteran military members.

According to Tiffany Haynes, KRA Lead Instructor and Corporate 2012 Community Care Day Coordinator, “Since October 22, KRA project sites across the country have been planning and implementing activities and events, many times with community partners, to let our troops…along with their families in our communities…know how much they are appreciated, honored, and remembered for their service.”  Each week, through January 7, 2013, different KRA project sites will be profiled here in celebration of their contributions to their communities.

Jahkesha Abraham, KRA Program Manager, Lower Savannah, South Carolina, reported, “To kick-off our project, we approached a community partner, the SCWorks Local Veteran Employment Representatives [LVER], and through them the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program [DVOP], to discuss the most pressing needs of area military members.  This year’s KRA Community Care Day initiative presented a perfect opportunity to collaborate with the LVER and DVOP, who help veterans transition into the workforce, and in the process to discover several volunteer opportunities.”

Abraham continued, “Out of our conversation with the LVER Supervision, KRA was invited to participate in the upcoming Spring 2013 Tri-County Veteran Stand Down event, and we learned there was a critical shortage of personal-care items, i.e., toiletries, needed by members of local Army Guard and Reserve Units who deploy on a frequent basis.  So, we decided to meet this challenge, as part of the 2012 KRA Support Our Troops mission, by placing a large box in the office, and soliciting KRA employees and those of partner agencies to donate a wide variety of toiletry items.  On November 9, KRA staff volunteered by assisting the SCWorks Veterans Unit during their Annual Appreciation Day celebration, and continued our support by attending the December 5 planning meeting for the Stand Down event, at which time we presented the box of toiletry items, which was well received and much appreciated.”

Jahkesha Abraham and Gene Gartman, SCWorks DVOP Representative

Examples of Donated Toiletry Items

Abraham concluded, “It was a great pleasure supporting the Veterans Unit with the donated toiletries, and we intend to continue collecting and packaging items right up until the April Stand Down, which will take place on April 27, 2013 at the local YMCA.  KRA staff will be participating as community volunteers, in any way we can, but especially in the dissemination of workforce-development program information.  This event enables active and veteran members of the military to visit one location to receive employment, medical, dental, and other services, as well as clothing, and we look forward to attending to ‘Support Our Troops’.”