quitaby: Linda Stouffer from WSB-TV Atlanta

A single mother was brought to tears this week as she realized her family would have a home for the holidays.

Habitat for Humanity teamed up with former Falcons player Warrick Dunn and the Aaron’s Foundation to present Quita Burney and her two children with their new home,

Dunn, who was raised by a single mother, has made it his mission to help hundreds of moms just like his. Burney’s was the 151 home completed by Dunn’s charity.

“This is the holidays. You want to help put smile on individuals’ faces, change someone’s life that can impact them long term so I’m definitely thankful that I have the opportunity,” he said.

Burney knew she was receiving a home, but didn’t know the home would be full of furniture, food and other household items. The donations totaled around $40,000.

“I’m a dad and I think of the holidays, how special it is for family, and to see Quita and her children be able to enjoy the holidays here in this brand-new home, it’s wonderful,” said Robbie Kamerschen with the Aaron’s Foundation.

Burney and her children cried as they saw the bedrooms that had been prepared for them.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Burney said through tears.

As she received the keys to her new home, she made a promise to pay the mortgage, and said that’s what she wants her children to remember about that day.

“Everyone who helped me, helped my kids have something to have that’s ours, thank you,” she said.

Source: WSB-TV

Aaron's, Inc. associates surprised members of the Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center on Friday, November 18, 2016 in Miami, FL. Keystone is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier teen leadership program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and create positive change in their community. (Mitchell Zachs/AP Images for Aaron's, Inc.) (PRNewsFoto/Aaron's, Inc.)Aaron’s, Inc.  a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, surprised teens last Friday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club of Miami.

Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron’s associates and Club officials worked over the last several weeks painting, decorating and furnishing a study, lounge and games area in a multipurpose space at the Club. On Friday, local Aaron’s associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for the rooms: Dynamic Blue; Byte Blue; Redbud and Charming Pink.

Keystone teens practice their leadership skills in the newly renovated Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club Keystone Teen Center by Aaron's, Inc. associates on Friday, November 18, 2016 in Miami, FL. Keystone is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier teen leadership program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and create positive change in their community. (Mitchell Zachs/AP Images for Aaron's, Inc.) (PRNewsFoto/Aaron's, Inc.)“With Thanksgiving around the corner, Aaron’s is so grateful to be in a position to help teens across the country and here in Miami. We have been awestruck by the enthusiasm our associates bring to these renovations and the ongoing relationship with the Clubs in their communities,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “The Hank Kline Club is focused on preparing teens for college and beyond by providing positive, enjoyable programs, so it’s vital that the Club is a comfortable and tech-enabled environment to help them succeed. Aaron’s looks forward to continuing our commitment to the Keystone Program in 2017.”

In 2015, the Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Keystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach. The Keystone Club makeover at the Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club of Miami includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $24,000.

“The teen program at the Hank Kline Club is now in its fourth year and it’s amazing to see how many kids in our community have flocked here who previously didn’t have a safe space to go to after school,” said Eddie Rodriguez, Unit Director of the Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club. “Thanks to Aaron’s generosity, we now have the resources to serve even more teens in Miami and I expect that many more kids will bring their peers to join the Club and become leaders in their community.”

Aaron’s partnership with BGCA’s Keystone Program inspires teens to “Own It” by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve. The Aaron’s and Keystone Club “Own Your Future” campaign supports three principles:

  • Own Your Path:  No matter where you come from, the future is yours to decide.
  • Own Your Decisions:  Making good choices opens more doors for your future.
  • Own Your Community:  Use your talents to make an impact in your community.

To see photos of the Keystone Club remodel at the Hank Kline Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami, visit Aaron’s on Facebook (www.facebook.com/aaronsinc), on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AaronsInc) and at www.AaronsGives.com.

About Aaron’s, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) is a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, and currently has more than 1,930 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada. Progressive Leasing, a leading virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 16,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through a federally insured bank. Aaron’s was founded in 1955, has been publicly traded since 1982 and owns the Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com brands. For more information, visit www.aarons.com.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at www.facebook.com/bgca.clubs and https://twitter.com/BGCA_Clubs.

f243-1Senator Richard Blumenthal and Mayor Joseph P. Ganim of Connecticut recognized Aaron’s store F243 in Bridgeport for their contributions to the community last week.

Aaron’s Store F243 has partnered with a non-profit organization, Needs Clearinghouse, for the last four years and together they have contributed close to $20,000 through Aaron’s Community Outreach Program (ACORP) and helped more than 13,000 people in just two years.

The two companies work together to feed the homeless with a pizza party provided by Pizza Planet each month. “Between the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the Disability Resource Network alone we fed approximately 250 people per month for the last 25 months!” shared Needs Clearinghouse President Joe Kaliko. “Pepsi as you know has joined to provide free soda; and add another 200-300 people we feed pizza to on the 3rd Sunday of the month through the John Street Bridge Project. That’s around 13,000 people who have eaten fresh hot food they love thanks to Aaron’s.”

Additionally, Aaron’s also contributes to the community through donations as well as miscellaneous products such as a recliner for a brain cancer patient, money to sponsor a disabled girl’s trip to summer camp, mattresses to various families in need, an iPad to a boy who underwent a heart transplant and many more.

Way to go Aaron’s Store F243! Keep up the great work.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR AARON'S INC - (L - R) Andrea Freeman, Vice President of Marketing at Aaron's, Beth Chancey, winner of the Michael Waltrip Family Vacation Sweepstakes, and Michael Waltrip, racing legend, seen at an Aaron's store on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Miami. Beth Chancey, her husband and two friends enjoyed a shopping spree at Aaron's as part of her winning weekend getaway in Miami. (Joel Auerbach/AP Images for Aaron's, Inc.) (PRNewsFoto/Aaron's, Inc.)

(L – R) Andrea Freeman, Vice President of Marketing at Aaron’s, Beth Chancey, winner of the Michael Waltrip Family Vacation Sweepstakes, and Michael Waltrip, racing legend, seen at an Aaron’s store on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Miami.

Aaron’s, Inc., a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, hosted a whirlwind weekend getaway in Miami for the winners of the Michael Waltrip Family Vacation Sweepstakes.

Elizabeth Chancey, a Tennessee resident and huge racing fan, won the Michael Waltrip Family Vacation Sweepstakes and brought along her husband and two friends to Miami for an all-expenses-paid vacation. They enjoyed a shopping spree on Saturday at a Miami Aaron’s store. They were joined by racing legend Michael Waltrip, who helped pick out their furniture, appliances and electronics.

On Sunday, Waltrip and Aaron’s treated the family to a VIP Racetrack Experience at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The family also received a private tour of the garages at the track with the racing star.

“The excitement has been building for this sweepstakes and we’re thrilled that the winners were able to enjoy a beautiful weekend in Miami with Aaron’s and Michael Waltrip,” said Andrea Freeman, Aaron’s Vice President of Marketing. “It was no accident that this coincided with the holiday season, as we were looking for ways to show our appreciation to our loyal customers. We were especially excited to give these racing fans an exclusive racetrack experience with Michael, who we’ve worked with for many years.”

Waltrip has been featured in Aaron’s commercials this year and has raced with the Aaron’s logo visible on his car as an associate sponsor. The Aaron’s Waltrip Family Vacation Sweepstakes, which ran from May 2 to May 26, received thousands of entries across the country.

“My partnership with Aaron’s continues to present me with new opportunities to give back to my fans,” said Waltrip. “I had a wonderful time in Miami with Beth and her family and was excited to see how much they enjoyed the race on Sunday.”

About Aaron’s, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) is a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, and currently has more than 1,930 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada. Progressive Leasing, a leading virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 16,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through a federally insured bank. Aaron’s was founded in 1955, has been publicly traded since 1982 and owns the Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com brands. For more information, visit www.aarons.com.

2016-11-17-wendy-williamsAaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, is partnering again with “The Wendy Williams Show” to award one lucky Wendy Watcher new furniture, electronics and appliances for a home makeover.

Making this home makeover even sweeter is that it will be awarded to a deserving family and wrapped in a big blue bow – a nod to Aaron’s signature color and its giant December holiday promotion, the “Big Blue Bow Event.”

The home makeover contest will accept entries through November 20.  Viewers can upload a 200 word or less description of why their home needs a makeover and a photo of a room in their home at www.wendyshow.com/2016/11/07/aarons-home-makeover.  In a surprise reveal during “The Wendy Williams Show” on December 9, the winner will be awarded furniture, electronics and appliances for a Master Bedroom, Guest Room, Living Room, Dining, Kitchen & Laundry Room.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the holidays than with Wendy and her loyal fans,” said Andrea Freeman, Aaron’s Vice President of Marketing. “We want to give Wendy’s viewers the chance to experience Aaron’s amazingly affordable brand-name products as we surprise one special winner to help make their holiday dreams come true.”

As a media mogul and entrepreneur, Williams delights viewers with her distinctive authenticity, entertaining personality, and real advice she offers to her audience. Her empowering messages parallel that of Aaron’s sentiment to help customers “own the life you want.”

Aaron’s partnered with “The Wendy Williams Show” the previous two years for a “Win a Room in June” contest. Karen Veldman, Senior Vice President of Branded Partnerships for Debmar-Mercury, which syndicates and distributes “The Wendy Williams Show,” said the Aaron’s Big Blue Bow Home Makeover “is a perfect and heart-warming opportunity for Wendy Watchers to win a fabulous home makeover that will make their next family reunion unforgettable.”

See Official Rules for details including prize descriptions and Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) at http://community.wendyshow.com/page/content/aarons2016/.

About Aaron’s, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) is a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, and currently has more than 1,930 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada. Progressive Leasing, a leading virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 16,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through a federally insured bank. Aaron’s was founded in 1955, has been publicly traded since 1982 and owns the Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com brands. For more information, visit www.aarons.com.

About “The Wendy Williams” Show
“The Wendy Williams Show” is the provocative, must-see talk show in daytime. Taped live in New York City, the show screens internationally in 52 countries, is syndicated nationally and airs on BET at midnight. Viewers delight over Williams’ distinctive and entertaining personality, as well as a diverse mix of interviews with celebrity guests from television, film, music and sports. Popular segments include “Hot Topics,” in which she delivers her own unpredictable, honest and authentic take on the juiciest headlines, and “Ask Wendy,” during which she offers real advice to audience members looking for solutions to problems. “The Wendy Williams Show” is produced and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company.

Aaron's, Inc. associates surprised teens with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Wattles Boys & Girls Club in Portland last Friday. Keystone is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier teen leadership program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and create positive change in their community. (Greg Wahl Stephens/AP Images for Aaron's, Inc.) (PRNewsFoto/Aaron's, Inc.)Aaron’s, Inc., a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, surprised teens last Friday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Wattles Boys & Girls Club of Portland.

Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron’s associates and Club officials worked last Wednesday painting, decorating and furnishing a study, lounge and games area in a multipurpose space at the Club. On Friday, local Aaron’s associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for the rooms: Copen Blue; Pink Shadow; Peacock Plume; Pewter Tankard and Belvedere Cream.

“This is our 15th Keystone Club makeover and it’s always an honor for Aaron’s associates to work with the teens to redesign their space.  Together we are creating inviting, exciting and safe places for them to learn and grow as leaders,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “These Clubs serve a vital purpose, preparing teens for college and beyond with leadership, social action and community service opportunities. Aaron’s is proud to continue its commitment to the Keystone Program with our Portland Club renovation.”

Aaron's, Inc. associates painted, decorated and installed furniture and technology at the Wattles Boys & Girls Club Keystone Teen Center last week in Portland. Keystone is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier teen leadership program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and create positive change in their community. (Greg Wahl Stephens/AP Images for Aaron's, Inc.) (PRNewsFoto/Aaron's, Inc.)In 2015, the Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Keystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach. The Keystone Club makeover at the Wattles Boys & Girls Club of Portland includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $27,000.

“Our last renovation was over 15 years ago and it was clear to our staff, visitors and especially to our kids that our Club was in need of an update,” said Kelsey Kuhnhausen, Marketing & Communication Coordinator, at the Wattles Boys & Girls Club of Portland. “Aaron’s has gone above and beyond to make a great space for our teens so we can help these future leaders reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.”

Aaron’s partnership with BGCA’s Keystone Program inspires teens to “Own It” by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve. The Aaron’s and Keystone Club “Own Your Future” campaign supports three principles:

  • Own Your Path:  No matter where you come from, the future is yours to decide.
  • Own Your Decisions:  Making good choices opens more doors for your future.
  • Own Your Community:  Use your talents to make an impact in your community.

To see photos of the Keystone Club remodel at the Wattles Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, visit Aaron’s on Facebook (www.facebook.com/aaronsinc), on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AaronsInc) and at www.AaronsGives.com.

About Aaron’s, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) is a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, and currently has more than 1,930 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada. Progressive Leasing, a leading virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 16,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through a federally insured bank. Aaron’s was founded in 1955, has been publicly traded since 1982 and owns the Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com brands. For more information, visit www.aarons.com.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at www.facebook.com/bgca.clubs and https://twitter.com/BGCA_Clubs.

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Rent One donated an XBox 1S to the Winter Wonderland toy drive.

Rent One is a corporate sponsor of this year’s Winter Wonderland to be held at the Southern Illinois Miners’ Rent One Park. The park will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland and will have fun activities for the whole family.

Rent One has donated an Xbox 1S to the toy drive that will take place onsite of the event. “Rent One is proud to be a part of the Southern Illinois Miners’ Winter Wonderland, coming in December to Rent One Park. In addition to the great events, if participants donate a new toy during the events they will be entered to win a new Xbox 1S from Rent One, “shared Rent One’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mark Williams.

The special event will take place on two weekends: December 9th – 11th and December 16th – 18th. The park will be open from 6-10PM on Fridays, 2-10PM on Saturdays and then 2-8PM on Sundays.

Events at the Winter Wonderland will include ice skating, carriage rides and photos with Santa Claus. Both Friday nights will include a fireworks show.  Admissions will be $5 per person on Fridays and Saturdays, and $3 on Sundays.

The first 500 attendees on Friday, December 9th will also receive a special giveaway item.

cover_400px_rtohqso16In the September-October issue of RTOHQ: The Magazine, we offer a twist on our “Now & Then” series of APRO-member profiles. Instead of featuring someone on the rise in rent-to-own alongside an RTO veteran, this issue takes a “Now & Then” look at how the RTO industry has helped those in need after natural disasters. It started in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina caused horrific damage along the Gulf Coast. In its aftermath, APRO launched a foundation to help RTO employees severely affected by Katrina receive financial support. The association’s disaster relief fund has been in existence ever since. The damage caused by the flooding in Louisiana this summer is being compared to Hurricane Katrina; however, the media attention hasn’t been as focused as it was in 2005. But that hasn’t stopped Louisiana Rental Dealers Association President Louis Bacille and others in the industry from helping flood victims recover. In our twist on “Now & Then,” Bacille reminds us that the rent-to-own industry—a business founded on customer service—is often there to help those in need.

Also in this issue, APRO Deputy Executive Director Richard May outlines APRO’s 2017 Dave Egan Legislative Conference, February 8 and 9 in Washington, D.C. In case you haven’t heard, there is a general election this year, one that will cause lots of shifts on Capitol Hill. It is crucial, therefore, that RTO dealers meet with lawmakers old and new to let them know the issues that affect rent-to-own and to remind them that the industry is a valuable part of the U.S. economy.

Ed Winn III, APRO’s general counsel, examines the pursuit of customers who take what’s yours in a feature titled, simply, “Rental Thieves.” There are options for retrieving your big-screen TV that hasn’t been paid for, but are those options worth it?

Finally, wage-and-hour expert Brian Farrington outlines the new overtime rules going into effect December 1. There has been a lot of talk within the RTO industry about these significant changes and, thankfully, we have just the person to sort it all out. In the article, Farrington explains the salary exemption test and how can affect your business.

Click here to read the entire September-October issue of RTOHQ: The Magazine.

187990The Nationwide Marketing Group announced a partnership with a non-profit organization in the Winston-Salem area, located where the group is headquartered. The Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem (RMHWS) is a community-supported non-profit organization that provides a “home away from home” for families of children who are receiving medical care in the Winston-Salem community. Most families come from out-of-town and are able to stay at the House while their child is receiving treatment.  Home-cooked meals, warm beds, and recreational programs after long days in the hospital are provided to help families through these difficult times.

187992Nationwide’s employees have signed up, in groups of ten, to spend a couple hours on various days, making treats and snacks for the families residing in the facility. From cookies to salty snacks to delicious dinners and desserts, the Nationwide staff is there to help support the families at the House.

Tom Hickman, EVP of Nationwide, said “We wanted to give back in our community, and what better way than spending time with our peers in an environment that allows us to help families in need. Some of our staff has even brought along their family members, so we are encouraging our whole team to get involved.”

187993The group will continue to provide meals and snacks in the holiday season weeks ahead.

About Nationwide Marketing Group
Nationwide Marketing Group works beside thousands of appliance, furniture, electronics, specialty electronics, custom installation and rent to own dealers helping them grow their businesses and their bottom lines. With over 3,500 members operating more than 10,000 store fronts and $15 billion in combined annual sales, Nationwide is North America’s largest buying and marketing organization. Industry veterans, heading Nationwide’s seven regional divisions, work to provide independent dealers with personalized service and local programming in every market they serve. More information is available at www.nationwidegroup.org.

aarons-keystone-is-boys-girls-clubAaron’s, Inc., a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, surprised teens with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Pittsburgh’s Sarah Heinz House on Friday.

Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron’s associates and Club officials worked last Wednesday painting, decorating and furnishing a study and lounge area in a multipurpose space at the Club. Last Friday, local Aaron’s associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for the rooms: Navel, Direct Green and Jay Blue.

“We’re so excited to be kicking off the 2016 school year renovations with the Sarah Heinz House, a landmark after-school teen destination in Pittsburgh,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “The Boys & Girls Clubs of America are essential to creating supportive and safe environments for kids in communities across the country and Aaron’s is committed to continue empowering teens as we move into our next year of our partnership.”

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto attended the surprise unveiling and congratulated the teens.  “What an exciting space for these teens to learn how to interact with the community and grow as leaders,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto.  “With public-private partnerships forged by companies like Aaron’s, we are together building strong communities for our teens to develop as tomorrow’s leaders.”

aarons-boys-girls-clubIn 2015, the Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’sKeystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach. The Keystone Club makeover at the Boys & Girls Club of Pittsburgh’s Sarah Heinz House includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at$28,000.

“The Sarah Heinz House focuses on building the character, service and leadership of Pittsburgh kids and teens, and it’s clear thatAaron’s shares these same values,” Dan Turkovich, Teen Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Pittsburgh’s Sarah Heinz House. “Thanks to Aaron’s, our Teen Center now reflects an environment that is conducive to inspiring admirable leaders in our community who give back now and throughout their lives.”

Aaron’s partnership with BGCA’s Keystone Program inspires teens to “Own It” by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve. The Aaron’s and Keystone Club “Own Your Future” campaign supports three principles:

  • Own Your Path: No matter where you come from, the future is yours to decide.
  • Own Your Decisions: Making good choices opens more doors for your future.
  • Own Your Community: Use your talents to make an impact in your community.

To see photos of the Keystone Club remodel at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pittsburgh’s Sarah Heinz House, visit Aaron’s onFacebook (www.facebook.com/aaronsinc), on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AaronsInc) and at www.AaronsGives.com.

About Aaron’s, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) is a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, and currently has more than 1,930 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada. Progressive Leasing, a leading virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 16,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through a federally insured bank. Aaron’s was founded in 1955, has been publicly traded since 1982 and owns the Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com brands. For more information, visit www.aarons.com.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located inAtlanta. Learn more at www.facebook.com/bgca.clubs and https://twitter.com/BGCA_Clubs.