Bonner Sports & RV, 5335 N. Route 44, Jersey Shore, will hold their first Vote for Charity program from now until the end of the month.
Bob Reeder, president and owner of Bonner Sports & RV, said he felt the need for businesses to give back to the community.
"I felt a strong need to create a new way for the business to give back to the community, rather than the traditional method of writing checks to various non-profit organizations that submitted donation requests. I wanted to refresh the charitable giving concept with an innovative, personal touch."
Pictured from left to right is Ashley Wall, business and financing manager; Mike Lose, sales representative; and Denise Young, service advisor, all posing with a voting box being used in the contest.
Vote for Charity is a contest between local non-profit organizations. The charities were chosen after all 18 of Bonner Sports & RV's employees submitted their choices of which non-profits they thought should be included.
"Bonner Sports & RV has pledged to donate $1 for every vote submitted via ballot at any of the numerous off-site community events that the organization attended throughout the spring and summer seasons," Tracy Haas, marketing manager for Bonner Sports & RV, said.
In addition, she said, individuals may place a vote at the Bonner Sports &?RV location.
The Williamsport YWCA, Journey House, The Jersey Shore YMCA, Red Cross Disaster Relief and the Central PA Food Bank were the chosen non-profits for Vote for Charity. The winner will receive a minimum of $500 donation.
The Williamsport YWCA has many outreaches for the area, including Wise Options, Liberty House and other education initiatives.
The Journey House is a "four apartment transitional living facilities for homeless families." The house is owned and operated by New Covenant Church of Christ. Here, four different families can live while they work toward independence and "self-sufficiency."
The Jersey Shore YMCA has been serving the area of Jersey Shore for more than 100 years and is "a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility."
Central PA Food Bank distributes food and grocery products every year to more than 700 soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries in 27 central Pennsylvania counties, totalling more than 22 million pounds of food. The American Red Cross Disaster Relief provides help to those that are affected by 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the United States.
"It is always important for an organization doing business in a community to be a good steward and do its part to give back to that community," Haas said. "It is even more empowering to involve the employees and team because they are an integral part of the business's success, so it was a natural fit for them to help determine where to distribute charitable funds."
To cast a vote, visit Bonner Sports & RV and vote for one of the five non-profit organizations until the end of the month.