LifesaverThe Louisiana Rental Dealers Association is providing assistance across Louisiana with their LRDA Disaster Relief Fund. President Louis Bacile is at ground zero of the devastating floods in Louisiana and is asking for support in flood relief efforts by family sponsorship.

The parish where Bacile resides has suffered the loss of more than 100,000 homes while less than 15% have flood insurance. He has spearheaded the LRDA Disaster Relief Fund for families who lost everything and to help them through these tough times.

With the help of your RTO donations the LRDA Disaster Relief Fund has thus far sponsored a family of three who found refuge on higher ground as their home quickly flooded leaving them with only the clothes on their backs. Louis’ wife, Laura Bacile, continues to interview families in need. “We have identified several other local families in desperate need of sponsorship and are currently accessing their needs,” said Bacile.

Whether it’s furniture for their homes or clothes for their children, he is asking for state associations to donate to the cause that will help make the process of rebuilding a little easier.

If you are interested in donating to the LRDA Disaster Relief Fund or sponsoring a family please contact LRDA at Checks should be made out to LRDA and mailed to 119 Berryland Shopping Center, Ponchatoula, LA 70454. Please note that 100% of the money donated is going directly to aid Louisiana flood victims.

Genesis White

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. Here, camper Genesis White of Fort Washington, Maryland, works on an art project. Source:

Henry M. Thomas III, president and CEO of the Urban League of Springfield, praised a $10,000 donation from Aaron’s Inc., and matching funds from local donors, saying their generosity provided 10 Springfield youth with two-week stays at Camp Atwater this summer.

Donations from the local companies and organizations helped those 10 campers along with an additional 40 campers from Springfield, Thomas said.

The Urban League is “excited and appreciative” of the gift from Aaron’s, an Atlanta-based retail company, Thomas said.

“Thanks to the generosity of several local companies and individuals, the Urban League was able to leverage Aaron’s gift with local donations to provide a two-week overnight experience for all the campers,” Thomas said.

Camp Atwater, located in North Brookfield, has been a summer camp for black youth for 95 years. It is owned and operated by the Urban League.

The experience offered at Camp Atwater “helps the Urban League do its part in developing youth to be ready to take the mantel for the next generation of leadership,” Thomas said. The camp helps build personal development skills that prepare youth for life opportunities and success, he said.

Camp Atwater is accredited by the American Camp Association and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Aaron’s donation of $10,000 benefited 10 youth in Springfield

Those providing matching funds for those 10 campers and 40 others from Springfield were: Geico, Comcast, Davis Foundation, Westfield Bank, TD Bank, Mercy Medical Center, People’s Bank, Chicopee Savings, Peoples United, Corvias, Colvest, 1st Niagara, Big Y, MGM Springfield, Buckley Richardson, Palmer Paving and one individual, Charlie Spencer.

Aaron’s gave donations to several overnight camps in several states. The company praised Camp Atwater’s mission “to assist in the academic and social growth and development of youth by offering a quality residential camp experience within a safe, nurturing and Afrocentric environment,” Aaron’s stated in a press release.


2015 Scholarship winners

2015 Scholarship winners Sage Buchanan, Coltin Griffith and Mary Cleek with their family members at Fuse’16: APRO’s National Convention and Trade Show

APRO, TRIB, the Tennessee Rental Dealers Association and the Florida Rental Dealers Association awards over 50 students with more than $100,000 worth of college scholarships.

The following are listed by association scholarship amount. APRO, TRIB, TRDA and FRDA each funded this year’s education scholarship foundation.

APRO Scholarship Recipients:
Jacob Adams
Harrison Daniel
Shelby Daniel
Kiersten Hartley

Elizabeth Lytton

Hannah Hogan

Lydia Allen
Andrew Busch
John Cleek III
Mary Cleek
Erin Conachen
Tyler Davis
Sydney Denman
Trevor Dobbs
Jacob Furtney
Faith Jennings
Za’Kazia Morgan
Alec Rotert
Alana Stewart

Matthew Alberta
Nikki Bagoly
Alexis Cherry
Adam Estep
Margaret Gallagher
Zach Hyden
Giovanni Knight
Madeline Lacey
Jordan Levy
Katrena Martin
Austin Maxwell
Javontay Moss
Alexis Nixon
Willard Page
Leslie Phelps
Lindsay Pristou
Laresa Rayner
Sean Reed
Katelyn Romero
Elyse Serrano
Marissa Shutt
Amber Sigmon
Rachel  Sprayberry
Adrianna Vasquez
Sara Waldbauer
Braeden Westhusing
Matthew Whittenberg
Alyssa Williams
Madison Williams

Abigail Wallace

Nick Elkik
Michaela Peterson

TRIB Scholarship Recipients:
Atyrus McDonald

Michaela Peterson

Sage Buchanan
Nick Elkik
Jacob Marcum

Caitlin Miller
Abigail Wallace

TRDA Scholarship Recipients:
Alexis Doroba
Claude Ford
Hannah Hogan

FLRDA Scholarship Recipients:
Caitlin Miller
Abbey Tomaszewski


Group at Mount Moriah Church

Watershed Development Corporation has partnered with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to deploy the Mobile Food Pantry 10 times during 2016.  “Hunger in the communities we serve is very real and the Northern Illinois Food Bank rises to the challenge of feeding our hungry neighbors each and every day” says Watershed President Casey Pristou. The Northern Illinois Food Bank provides 6 meals for every $1 of financial contribution. “We like working with the Northern Illinois Food Bank because every dollar counts. There is no waste,” Pristou added.

The food bank’s Mobile Pantry takes the fight against hunger to a new level. The Mobile Pantry is a unique tool strategically used to combat hunger in what are commonly known as “food deserts.”  These are areas that are either underserved or not served at all by grocery stores or traditional food retailers. Typically, the only place for residents to get food in these areas is at gas stations or liquor stores. The Mobile Pantry is an oasis of relief in these food deserts.

On a typical deployment the Mobile Pantry delivers 10,000 pounds of nutritious food, including meat, fresh produce, bakery goods and non-perishable food to approximately 200 families in need.

See more photos here.

About the Northern Illinois Food Bank
The Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) is a non-profit organization providing food to more than 600 network partners – food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and youth and senior feeding programs – in 13 counties.  More than 500,000 people each year rely on the food provided by the NIFB to meet their basic nutrition needs.  Essentially the NIFB represents a community of donors, volunteers, supporters and programs with a common goal of feeding our hungry neighbors.  NIFB is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks and has received the Charity Navigator 4-Star rating for eight consecutive years.

About Watershed Development Corporation
Watershed owns and operates Aaron’s (NYSE – AAN) stores throughout Northern Illinois and Iowa. Aaron’s is a leading rent-to-own company with more than 2,000 company and franchise stores throughout North America. Watershed, a franchise operator since 2004, has earned the distinction of being an Aaron’s Top 5 Performing Franchise Operator multiple times since its inception.

Great Expectations FoundationThe Great Expectations Foundation was created by Rent One’s owners, Larry and Sharon Carrico, to enhance the lives of children throughout the Midwest by awarding grants to communities, organizations and groups aimed at helping children age birth to 18.The Great Expectations Foundation awards grants two times a year for programs aimed at children’s education, fitness and wellness, and emotional and spiritual development. As a local and national foundation, Great Expectations makes it possible for smaller communities that may not have access to financial assistance get help for their younger residents so that they have the opportunity to develop as individuals. Read More

The United Way of South Central Illinois received a $10,000 donation for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library on Tuesday.

The donation was made possible by a grant from Rent One’s charity foundation, “Great Expectations,” which was started by Rent One owners Larry and Sharon Carrico in 2011. Read More

The eyes of about 100 kids widened as they ran onto the field at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on Friday. Each of them rushed to a bed set up on the field where Dallas Cowboy swag awaited. Sure, they were there for a sleepover, but sleep was the last thing on their minds. Read More

Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, announced the Aaron’s “Own Your Summer” Camp Scholarship Program today which will provide 100 underserved youths from Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Tennessee with scholarships to attend overnight summer camp. Read More

Georgetown, OH Rent-2-Own donated ten 32” televisions along with wall mounts to the local Georgetown Ohio Veteran’s Home on June 3rd. Rent-2-Own Store Manager, Melinda Carpentern and colleague, Jacquie Decker are pictured with Veteran’s Home Executive Secretary, Dottie Coffey and Regina Moore. Read More

Puppies, cats, kittens and dogs will be available for adoption at the Whiteville, North Carolina Aaron’s Rent To Own Animal Adoption Event June 4. Read More