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(L to R): Cristo Rey students Luis Montoy, Aaron’s Jeff Stine, Adrian Rodriguez, Alfonso Pena, Trish Nguyen, Kennedy Harris, Aaron’s Beth Van Loon, Aliyah Crawford, Stephanie Villasenor, Fatima Morales-Salas and Aaron’s Jill Reinert.

Aaron’s, Inc., a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, has partnered with the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Corporate Work Study Program to provide eight high school students with a work/study program during the 2016-2017 school year.

One of the 32 schools in the nationwide Cristo Rey Network, Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is a college preparatory high school for underrepresented urban youth. In 2003, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with venture philanthropists B.J. and Bebe Cassin, provided seed funding to promote the replication of the Cristo Rey schools.  Through rigorous academics, coupled with real world work experience, Cristo Rey students graduate high school prepared for success in college and in life.

As part of the school’s Corporate Work Study Program, each of Aaron’s eight sponsored Cristo Rey Atlanta students will work five full days a month at Aaron’s corporate office. This educational initiative aims to transform the lives of low-income, underserved students in Atlanta.

“We have already been incredibly impressed by the Cristo Rey students and their enthusiasm to learn and participate in daily work/study opportunities here at Aaron’s,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “In order to have economically-thriving communities, it’s critical that we provide opportunities where young people are prepared and accepted into colleges that will ultimately support a strong career. Aaron’s is excited to offer these teens work experience in a fast-paced business environment that they will recall for years to come.”

By enrolling in this program, students earn the majority of the cost of their own education, and gain valuable real-world job skills, contacts and experience. Cristo Rey Network students go on to college in record numbers, in large part because of their early exposure to the working world. By matching business interests with the educational and economic needs of lower-income students, the program gives at-risk young people their best chance of overcoming the financial barriers that limit their educational and professional opportunities.

“Many good students from low income families in Atlanta have no hope,” said Bill Garrett, President Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School. “The Cristo Rey solution provides a rigorous college preparatory academic environment and surrounds the students with people and resources to drive success to assure that each Cristo Rey graduate is accepted to college.”

Aaron’s has a long legacy of giving back, a commitment that was started by founder Charlie Loudermilk and continues today through Aaron’s Gives (www.AaronsGives.com) philanthropic efforts including Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. and the Aaron’s Community Outreach Program (ACORP). The Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. mission is to commit to strengthening the communities in which Aaron’s operates, with a focus on improving the life prospects of at-risk youth. Aaron’s provides at-risk youth with the tools, resources and skills to achieve their goals and to become productive, contributing members of their communities.

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 Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School
Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is a Catholic learning community that educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. Cristo Rey Atlanta is located at 680 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30308, and is part of the Cristo Rey Network.

About the Cristo Rey Network
The Cristo Rey Network provides a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to young people who live in urban communities with limited educational options. Our mission is clear – college success for Cristo Rey Network students. Member schools utilize a rigorous academic model, supported with effective instruction, to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college. Cristo Rey Network schools employ an innovative Corporate Work Study Program that provides students with real world work experiences. Every student works five full days a month to fund the majority of his or her education, gain job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of his or her education. Students work at law firms, banks, hospitals, universities, and other professional Corporate Partners.

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National RTO represented by Tom Moore and MRDA by Mary Hazal presenting $3500 to the Lambert Field USO in St. Louis on October 12, 2016.

The Missouri Rental Dealers made their final stop of their five-city charity tour at the USO in St. Louis last week. The award winning USO serves all military bases in St.Louis, Mid-Missouri, Madison, Jersey and St. Clair counties in Illinois.

Associates from National RTO and MRDA presented a $3,500 check to Lambert Field USO in St. Louis. The USO’s eight employees along with 1200 volunteers will provide baskets for 50,000 service men, women and families during the 2016 holiday season.

Click here to view more photos of MRDA’s Charity drive.

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Warrick Dunn, Terorah Davis, and daughter Londyn Davis pose in front of the family’s new, fully-furnished home made possible thanks to furniture and electronics donations from Aaron’s.

Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, provided the home furnishings for a surprise home presentation this week to Houston resident Terorah Davis and her daughter as part of Warrick Dunn Charities’ (WDC) Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) program.

“Thanks to the tireless work from Warrick Dunn Charities’ Homes for the Holidays, we are celebrating 149 families who now have a home where they can feel safe and build the lives they deserve,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “Aaron’s is proud to continue this partnership that benefits single parents across the country like Terorah. We’re happy to provide her with furnishings helping make her house a home for her and her children to enjoy for years to come.”

Warrick Dunn Charities’ Homes for the Holidays assists single parents in becoming first-time homeowners by providing the materials necessary for long-term stability and the provisions required to ensure that both parent and children can thrive educationally, socially and economically. To date, in partnership with Aaron’s and Habitat for Humanity affiliates, WDC and its sponsors have rewarded over 149 single parents and over 400 children and dependents with the American Dream of first-time homeownership in 15 cities across the nation.

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On Tuesday, October 11, Aaron’s helped surprise local Houston resident Terorah Davis and daughter, Londyn, by donating home furnishings and electronics as part of Warrick Dunn Charities’ Homes for the Holidays program.

Aaron’s has been a longtime supporter of Warrick Dunn Charities initiatives and began contributing home furnishings, appliances and electronics to the Homes for the Holidays program in 2003. Warrick Dunn Charities was founded in 2002 by former NFL star Warrick Dunn.

“We’re so thankful to have this partnership with Aaron’s which fills these homes with furniture, electronics and appliances and supports our goal of helping single parents achieve financial freedom and stability,” said Warrick Dunn. “It always brings me so much joy to know we have positively impacted these families’ lives and see the new homeowners full of gratitude and amazement as they walk through their fully furnished home.”

The Davis family was joined by Warrick Dunn Charities Founder Warrick Dunn, Aaron’s Vice President of Southwestern Operations Ryan Malone and Habitat for Humanity of Houston Executive Director Allison Hay.

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 Warrick Dunn Charities
Warrick Dunn Charities provides hope and healing to communities through innovative programming inspired by our Founder’s life journey. Since 1997, the Homes for the Holidays program has rewarded 149 single parents and 380 children and dependents that have achieved first-time homeownership in Atlanta, GA, Baltimore, MD, Baton Rouge, LA, Dallas, TX, Jacksonville, FL,Tallahassee and Tampa, FL Serving single-parent families nationwide, WDC and its partners have combatted poverty, hunger and ensure families have basic necessities and comfortable surroundings to improve their quality of life. Betty’s Hope, a mobile children’s bereavement program provides students aged 5-18 with a safe and responsive environment for them to heal and enhance their quality of life after experiencing a loss. For more information, visit www.wdc.org.

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Pictured R to L, Front Row to Back: Rental City, Arlyn Kuluva; Rental City, Diana Carrillo; Aaron’s, Vanessa Baptiste; Representative from Harvesters; Rental City, Chuck Kuluva; Aaron’s, Michael Turek; Rent-A-Center, Tony Xiong; Aaron’s, Dana Keller; Central File, Rick Rineberg.

The Missouri Rental Dealers Association made their third stop of their five-city community service tour at The Harvesters in Kansas City, MO.

Associates from Aaron’s, Rent-A-Center, Rental City and Central File packed over one ton (2,100 lbs) of vegetables to be distributed at local food pantries. The vegetables arrive in 50 lbs bags and were repacked into smaller bags, a size to be given to a family.

MRAD presented The Harvesters with a check for $1,000, enough money to provide 3,000 meals.

Click here to view more photos of MRDA in action.

MRDA Gives BackThe Missouri Rental Dealers Association made their second stop in their five-city charity tour last week. Associates from Show Me Rent To Own and Rent One spent a day at the Stoddard County Gospel Mission Food Pantry where they helped separate and prepare dinner packages. They also presented the organization with a $1000 check on behalf of MRDA.

The Stoddard County Gospel Mission collect and give food to 1200 families a month and provide 1500 families with Christmas baskets in December. Mission Director, Kim Slavings, expressed gratitude for any type of food and monetary donations such as the time spent and donation provided by MRDA.

MRDA’s next stops include:

  • Convoy of Hope in Springfield, MO
  • The Harvesters in Kansas City, MO
  • USO in St. Louis, MO

Click here to view more photos of MRDA in action.

 

 

img_4140The Missouri Rental Dealers Association have planned a five-city community service tour starting this month through October that includes donating hours of charitable assistance, as well as $1,000 contributions.

Associates from Cleek’s Inc., dba Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership, Rent-A-Center and Rent One made their first stop at the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri in Columbia. They spent the day volunteering at the food bank, separating and bagging fish sticks. They closed out their service day by presenting the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri with a $1000 check.

MRDA’s next stops include:

  • Stoddard County Mission Gospel Food Pantry in Dexter, MO
  • Convoy of Hope in Springfield, MO
  • The Harvesters in Kansas City, MO
  • USO in St. Louis, MO

Click here to view more photos of MRDA in action.

 

rent-to-own charity featureMorgan Scherer, son of American Rentals employee Rick Scherer, was a 2014 APRO scholarship winner. One of the biggest reasons for his award was his work with “Giving Back to Africa” charitable efforts where he raised $10,000 for the cause hiking the  500 toughest miles of the Appalachian trail with his dog, Niko.

Now his trek is one of the featured stories of a children’s book “I Just Kept Walking” where author Elsa Marston writes about two separate individuals far apart from each other across the world and circumstances. But, the two have similar paths in regards to helping fight against the plight and death in the Congo, Africa.

Mobembo runs for his life and Morgan walks for their lives. Morgan’s describes his journey on the beginning of the first day as a “piece of cake” and ends his day “empty as a popped balloon”. In the end, 17-year old Morgan offers inspiration and awareness for an on-going tragedy in Africa that he continues to help. In his third year at Indiana University, Morgan is now the President of the “Giving Back to Africa” student association.

The book is geared for 4th-5th grade level and can be ordered through their website IJustKeptWalking.org.

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Left to right, top to bottom: Derek Watkins, R.O.A.M Dennis Posey, R.O.A.M Wade Woods, R.O.A.M Trampas Posey, Gordon Simmons, Cody Wallace and Gary Simmons

National TV Sales and Rentals of Missouri recently partnered up with the Ava, MO community to raise money for Riders On A Mission.

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R.O.A.M Trampas Posey

R.O.A.M. is a group of freestyle motor cross and stunt riders that has one focus and that focus is to share, spread and show the love of Jesus and the word of God whereever they may ROAM.

National TV Sales and Rentals raffled a BBQ grill. The Ava, MO community rallied around the cause to raise over $1300 for R.O.A.M.’s latest mission trip to Nicaragua. The staff presented the check to R.O.A.M at their customer appreciation event on September 18th. 

 

MidOhio Food DriveThe Ohio Rental Dealers Association is partnering with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to help keep their shelves stocked. ORDA will host a food drive at this year’s annual Midwest Expo on Tuesday, September 13th at the Crowne Plaza in Columbus, Ohio.MidwestExpo

The ORDA board is asking for your help in supporting neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet. Let’s work together to reach their goal of loading up a truck to the brim. The drop-off location will be on site at the expo at the Crowne Plaza located at 6500 Doubletree Ave, Columbus, OH.

Most Needed Food Items include (but not limited to):

  • Chili with Beans
  • Canned Fruit (in juice/light syrup)
  • Tuna
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Meat
  • Soup with Vegetables
  • Peanut Butter

Please note that perishable, homemade, home-canned and outdated food, bulk packaged weighing more than five pounds or food in glass containers are not permitted.

In addition to food, Mid-Ohio Foodbank also distributes some personal care items such as:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Bar Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Body Wash
  • Toothbrushes (all ages)
  • Deodorant (any)

For every $1 donated to Mid-Ohio Foodbank they can provide 4 meals or distribute $10 worth of groceries. Each pound collected provides one meal!

Mid-Ohio Foodbank contact information:
Grove City, Ohio 43123
614.227.3663
info@midohiofoodbank.org

Monday – Friday
8:00AM – 4:30PM

Click here to read more about the Ohio Rental Dealers Midwest Expo.

 

Aaron’s, Inc., a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, celebrated its first year of sending 100 underserved kids to overnight camp in five states through the Aaron’s “Own Your Summer” Scholarship Program.

Scholarship recipient spoke about his summer camp experience.

Aaron’s “Own Your Summer” Camp Scholarship recipient, Neville Williams, 13, of Charlotte, N.C. spoke about his overnight camp experience at Camp Harrison this summer. A hundred kids were able to go to overnight camp this summer because of Aaron’s “Own Your Summer” Camp Scholarship Program.

“Overnight camps provide such a wonderful and meaningful experience for kids whose families are able to afford camp, and we’re proud to be able to bring this experience to these young leaders who wouldn’t have this life-changing opportunity without a scholarship,” said Andrea Freeman, Aaron’s Vice President of Marketing. “We set a goal to impact 100 kids by providing them with an experience that would help them grow, and we were able to send them to five amazing camps that are shaping our future leaders.”

At the overnight camps this summer, the scholarship recipients were able to try experiences that build character, leadership skills and confidence. The kids said they were able to participate in activities completely new to them like horseback riding, archery, fishing and building campfires.  The kids also said they learned valuable life skills including how not to give up and how to tear down personal walls so that they could focus on building friendships.

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YMCA day campers celebrate the end of summer at the McCrorey Family YMCA in Charlotte, N.C. A hundred kids were able to go to overnight camp this summer because of Aaron’s “Own Your Summer” Camp Scholarship Program.

“At camp, you have to practice a lot of leadership and learning to take charge of your own responsibilities; that’s going to impact me for a while,” said a Camp Grace scholarship recipient.

Overnight camps also create events that help the kids establish a sense of community.  The Camp Grace hosts an annual food fight where campers get to truly enjoy being a kid and make great memories while building friendships that last for a lifetime.

Aaron’s “Own Your Summer” Camp Scholarship Program was designed to provide underserved kids with an opportunity to learn the life lessons of developing confidence, team work and decision-making skills that happen during overnight summer camp experiences. In its first year, Aaron’s partnered with five camps in Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Tennessee to give $50,000 in scholarships to 100 underserved kids.

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(Left to Right): Dave Purcell, Camp Harrison’s Executive Director; Mark Rubright, Aaron’s Regional Manager; Andrea Freeman, Aaron’s Vice President of Marketing; and Gwen Tolman, YMCA of Charlotte’s Financial Development Director of Camping Services stand with Aaron’s “Own Your Summer” Camp Scholarship recipients Neville Williams, Sabrina Blackburd, Imani Eason, Savannah Johnson and Elijah Alston.

The five camps each received $10,000 to send between 10-35 kids to overnight camp: The Camp Grace(http://thecampgrace.com/), Camp Atwater (www.campatwater.org), YMCA Camp Harrison (www.campharrison.org), Girl Scouts Louisiana East Camps (www.gsle.org/camp) and YMCA Camp Widjiwagan (www.campwidji.org).

To learn more about Aaron’s “Own Your Summer” Scholarship Program, visit www.AaronsGives.com and see Aaron’s “Own Your Summer” Camp Scholarship video here.

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 1,940 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.