Within Appalachian America lie beautiful rolling mountains, diverse ecosystems, and some of the most kind-hearted people in the country.
However, it is also a well known fact that the college attendance rates for Appalachian students are much lower than those for students in other areas of the US. The goal of the iBELIEVE Foundation is to provide students with the leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills that they need to be successful, and to also give them a better understanding of their personal strengths and weaknesses to enable them to become better students, leaders, and citizens.
Honor recognizes company's commitment to helping youth in Appalachia
Columbus, OH – April 15th, 2019
The iBELIEVE Foundation announced Walmart as its 2019 iGIVE Corporate Award winner, honoring its top corporate donor for the year. The award was presented to local Walmart representatives during the Eighth Annual iBELIEVE Benefit Gala on April 12th at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus.
Following the iGIVE Award presentation, Walmart announced it was awarding the iBELIEVE Foundation another $20,000 grant to support its efforts in Appalachia and beyond.
In 2018, Walmart donated an $88,000 grant to The iBELIEVE Foundation to purchase two vehicles to reach more youth in Appalachia with educational programs that teach leadership and problem-solving skills, and ultimately close the college access gap that affects so many in this region.
“We are excited to honor Walmart and the incredible servant leaders that work there. Their commitment to community engagement is really impactful. As the iGIVE Award winners, we want to thank them for their commitment to The iBELIEVE Foundation,” said Patrick Klein, iBELIEVE’s Founder and Executive Director. “We were able to build a more sustainable model with the purchase of the two vans. I am even more excited about the future partnerships that we are discussing and the impact we will be able to have together not only in Appalachian region but also in the Columbus community.”
The iBELIEVE Foundation’s mission, ideas, and programs closely align with one of Walmart’s core areas of giving: education. The Foundation appreciates Walmart’s efforts to support organizations that work to address the needs of the community and have a lasting impact.
“We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve by supporting organizations that share our mission of helping people live better,” said Dann Moore, Walmart’s Regional General Manager for northwest, central and southern Ohio. “Walmart is proud to support The iBELIEVE Foundation and its efforts to reach youth in areas throughout Ohio and West Virginia to provide them with opportunities to learn leadership, communication and problem-solving skills.”
The iBELIEVE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Gifts to The iBELIEVE Foundation are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance. To support leadership opportunities for Appalachian students, please designate your gift to The iBELIEVE Foundation and mail to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. Donations can also be made online at www.theibelievefoundation.org.
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. In Ohio we serve customers at 171 retail units and online through Walmart Online Grocery, http://Walmart.com and our family of brands. We are proud to employ 49,330 in Ohio. Walmart supports local businesses, spending $17 billion with Ohio suppliers in FYE 2019 and supporting 138,631 Ohio supplier jobs. Walmart continues to be a leader in employment, sustainability, and corporate philanthropy. In FY 2018, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed more than $51.3 million in cash and in-kind donations to local nonprofits in Ohio and our Ohio associates volunteered more than 24,000 hours with local causes. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting our corporate website and our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter channels.
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