Valid USA believes we have a responsibility to be an active participant in the communities in which we operate. We are committed to providing community support through participating in local events and contributing to charitable organizations. Each year, we renew our commitment to social responsibility and work with our clients and employees to focus on events and organizations that impact lives in our local communities. We are a global organization, so we think globally and act locally.
Below are some of the events we have taken an active role in participating with and have made a difference in our communities.
Valid Employees Serve for the Greater Good at Local Festival
September 1, 2017
On Friday, September 1st, six Valid employees from the Marmon and Katrine facilities located in Illinois, USA participated in a local volunteer event once again benefitting Sharing Connections, a non-profit that provides furniture and other household items to families coping with domestic violence, returning or homeless veterans, job loss, or financial hardship.
Cristina Camacho, Veronica Mehraban, Veronica Solis, Theresa Jensen, Diane Ippolito, and Julie Hermanson worked shoulder to shoulder with other local volunteers serving beverages to attendees at the Last Fling festival. All tips collected during the event directly benefitted Sharing Connections and their mission within the community. Many thanks to this dedicated group for their volunteer efforts on behalf of Valid!
Cleaning Supply Product Drive
July 10-21, 2017
Through Valid’s Community Outreach program, our Marmon and Katrine facilities located in Bolingbrook and Downers Grove, IL, respectively, held a successful Cleaning Supply Drive benefitting Sharing Connections. The non-profit organization provides furniture and other household items to families coping with domestic violence, returning or homeless veterans, job loss, or financial hardship.
For two weeks beginning on July 10th, employees at both production facilities donated a wide variety of cleaning supplies ranging from dish soap to anti-bacterial spray. Sharing Connections identified these supplies as some of the most needed items for their clients. Valid’s donation will directly impact dozens of local individuals and families utilizing the organization’s beneficial services. Thank you to all employees who donated to this worthy cause!
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
July 20, 2017
Nine employees from the office located in Lisle, Illinois, USA volunteered their time at a local Ronald McDonald House (RMH), which provides vital resources, compassionate care, and a “home-away-from-home” for children and their families being served by leading hospitals worldwide.
As part of the “Meals from the Heart” program, Valid volunteers served dinner to RMH residents and had the opportunity to meet some of the families staying at the facility. In addition to the volunteer effort, Warrenville office employees generously donated over $400 as well as baked goods for the event. These donations directly support programs like the Ronald McDonald House around the world. Thank you to all employees who volunteered their time or donated to this worthwhile cause!
To learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities, please visit https://www.rmhc.org/.
ALLIANCE DATA AND UNITED WAY FUNDRAISING
August 24, 2017
Valid USA is honored to sponsor Alliance Data’s Annual Golf Outing & United Way Fundraising Event at Kyber Run Golf Course in Johnstown, Ohio.
June 12 – 20, 2017
From June 12th to June 30th, our office located in Woodland Hills, California held a food drive benefitting FOOD Share, a 501(c)3 not for profit dedicated to feeding, nourishing, and educating the hungry of Ventura County, educating the community on those who are hungry and why, and advocating a reduction of the root causes of hunger.
The goal set by employees was to collect 200 lbs. of donations. After two successful weeks, the team was able to collect 318 lbs. of donations, far exceeding their original goal! Their efforts ultimately created 251 meals for local families in need. Congratulations to all those who participated in this worthwhile cause!
The American Cancer Society – FIS / CardPro Golf Outing
June 12, 2017
Valid USA is a Proud Sponsor
The American Cancer Society is a global leader in the fight against cancer, working tirelessly to save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against the disease. Your donations help fund groundbreaking cancer research, patient care programs, and can make a difference in communities like ours. With every donation, you are helping the American Cancer Society. Thanks in part to the Society’s work, there are nearly 14.5 million people alive in the United States alone who have survived cancer. In fact, more than 500 lives are being saved each day that would have otherwise been lost to cancer.
Valid was a proud sponsor of the 2nd annual FIS/CardPro Golf Outing that took place on June 12th in Lockport, IL. As a valued FIS partner in Payment Solutions, Valid was invited to sponsor and participate in this exciting event benefiting the American Cancer Society. The initial fundraising goal was to raise $10,000 which quickly increased to over $25,000.
At the event, FIS SVP of Global Payments Bastian Knoppers was elated to announce that FIS reached 140% of their goal for a grand total of $34,882, directly benefitting the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society is a global leader in the fight against cancer, working tirelessly to save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against the disease. Valid’s donation is helping to make a difference by funding groundbreaking cancer research and patient care programs.
To learn more about this event, please click here.
December, 2016 – As part of our annual holiday card program, Valid USA contributed $2,000 on behalf of our clients to the American Cancer Society.
VALID USA SPONSORS A HERO’S WISH PROGRAM
Valid USA recently partnered with Vet Tix, an organization that links companies to Services Members (Active & Retired) who want to participate in their Hero’s Wish Program. Our California Data Solutions office raised funds for SSgt. Scott Heninger, who recently returned from a lengthy deployment, and his family to spend 3-days at Disneyland.
Valid USA and our employees are proud to be a sponsor for Vet Tix and able to give back to our Military. We are committed to providing community support through participating in local events and contributing to charitable organizations.
The following is the thank you message Scott posted on VetTix.org, but little does he know we’re the ones that thank him every day for his service.
“I just wanted to say a big Thank You to all that made my “family’s wish” come true. It was an amazing adventure that we were able to make lasting memories on. All three days at the park were filled with a lot of giggles and smiles from my daughter, which made this vacation the best for my wife and myself. It is a time we will all remember for years to come. Again a big Thank You to all donors and to Vet Tix for making this all happen!” – Scott Heninger
THE WURST PARTY EVER AND TEED-OFF AT CANCER GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Valid USA Mobile team attended “The Wurst Party Ever and Teed-off Golf Tournament” promoted by Teed-off at Cancer foundation (http://teedoffatcancersa.com/). One of the largest charity golf event in San Antonio whose sole purpose is to raise funds to help children with cancer. In the past the foundation has donated all proceeds to the American Cancer Society, CTRC and Wings. For the seventh year in a row, it is proudly associated with the Children´s Hospital of San Antonio.
This project was created by Tom (T-Bone) and Jana Bounds back in 1998 as a way to give back and help children fight cancer, after a tough battle that was successfully won by Jana Bounds. A group of golfers were put together to launch the first “TEED OFF AT CANCER” golf tournament. This group has grown to include not only friends, but business acquaintances and supporters every year. Tom Bounds joined the Valid team in 2013 as an Account Manager for Mobile Solutions clients, which has afforded Valid the opportunity to became one of the sponsors and participants in this event since 2014. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to be a contributor to such a noble cause and spend time with our customers outside of the day to day business.
There is a themed party and auction held the night before the golf tournament kicks off. Last year the party had a Halloween Costume theme, which included dinner, Casino’s, and a Live/Silent Auction with Entertainment. This year’s theme was “Oktoberfest,” dirndls and lederhosen were encouraged!! This year’s event was a huge success!! “TEED OFF AT CANCER” generated over $500,000!
ALLIANCE DATA AND UNITED WAY FUNDRAISING
August 25-26, 2016
Valid USA was honored to partner with Alliance Data for their Annual Golf Outing & United Way Fundraising Event in Columbus, OH.
SWIM ACROSS AMERICA
July 23, 2016
Valid USA supports our very own, Cathi McNamara, Client Relationship Manager, in her quest help raise funds to fight Cancer and join hundreds of swimmers on July 23rd in the annual Swim Across America Open Water 3-mile swim event in Lake Michigan. Let’s cheer Cathi on and donate to help fight Cancer!
Swim Across America, Inc. (SAA) is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming related events. In 2015, the organization raised over $6 million for cancer research, prevention and treatment. Since its inception in 1987, SAA has raised over $65 million through 15 open water swimming fundraising events and over 100 pool swim fundraisers.
Cathi McNamara has been involved with Swim Across America–Chicago for the past 22 years. She started as a volunteer, but has participated in the swimming event, doing various distances, for the past 20 years and is a past committee member. This year Cathi will be swimming the 3-mile distance. Cathi’s parents, brothers, sisters, and cousins have also been involved with SAA for many years. They have all been involved with swimming since childhood, but are particularly dedicated to this event in memory of Cathi’s grandfather who died of brain cancer. Over the years she has made many friends through this event and also does her best to recruit family and friends to participate.
If you would like to make a donation to sponsor Cathi, click on this secure online donation link: Cathi SAA Page.
For general information about the charity, go to the Swim Across America main webpage: http://www.swimacrossamerica.org.
THE VERMONT FOOD BANK
July 6, 2016
In association with the AAMVA Region I Conference, Valid USA made a Platinum Sponsor donation to the Vermont Food Bank.
“It’s incredibly heartwarming to see the generosity coming from the AAMVA Region I community. I must tell you how amazing you are! Through cooperative agreements and a network of partnerships, the Vermont Foodbank is able to provide 3 meals for every dollar donated. Because of you…The AAMVA Region I community has helped to provide 13,713 meals! As Chair of the Vermont Charity Event Committee, I can’t say enough about how grateful I am to witness the tremendous difference you are making in the lives of so many in need by giving so generously to this event. This is indeed a proud accomplishment and a wonderful tribute to the AAMVA Region I community.” – Carol Kelley, Vermont DMV Commissioner’s Office.
May 20, 2016
2016 marks the 14th Anniversary of the Dunkin’s Donuts Cop on the Rooftop event with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois! This year’s Cop on the Rooftop event was held statewide on Friday, May 20, 2016. Special Olympics Illinois provides opportunities for more than 22,000 athletes, more than 20,000 young athletes, 45,000 volunteers and thousands more people statewide through 18 area programs in all 102 counties of Illinois.
Valid USA presented Lisle Police Department with a check in support of Special Olympics – Cop on a Rooftop Event at Dunkin Donuts.
In addition to Valid USA supporting our local communities, we also like to partner with our clients and their philanthropic efforts.
In April 2016, we will contribute $25,000 to “Bank of America Small and Diverse Business Education Fund, A Scholarship Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas”.
This is a grant-based program designed to provide targeted training and development success to qualified, certified small and diverse business owners.
Valid USA is pleased to join Bank of America in this endeavor.
December, 2015 – As part of our annual holiday card program, Valid USA contributed $1,500 on behalf of our clients to the American Cancer Society.
REUSE BEFORE RECYCLING
October 5, 2015 – In hopes of reusing an item before it’s ultimately recycled, Valid USA reached out to local school districts and donated nearly $1,000 in poster board materials to DuPage County School District 45. During our manufacturing processes we accumulate high quality poster board materials previously sent straight to recycling. But now we have partnered with local schools so they can reuse our excess manufacturing materials before they recycle them. Superintendent Anthony Palmisano, DuPage County School District 45, accepted a donation from Valid USA of white poster board materials to be used at York Center, Ardmore, and Stevenson Elementary Schools.
For many of us, it’s hard to imagine the pressure some families have to go through in deciding whether to buy medicine or put food on the table. It happens all too often.
West Suburban Community Pantry serves families in the Downers Grove, Lisle, and surrounding neighborhoods. The food pantry provides eggs, milk, cheese, produce, frozen meat, non-perishable foods and personal care items to an average of 9,868 individuals including 4,101 children and 650 senior citizens throughout the year. These items are donated by individuals, local businesses, and food service companies/restaurants.
During September, donation bins have been placed at our facilities, so our Associates can donate non-perishable food/or personal care items to help individuals/families in our community.
Monetary donations are also being collected and Valid will match up to $1,000.
Just $360 can buy one ton of food, which is:
2,000 cans of soup or vegetables
Or 2,000 boxes of cereal
Or 2,000 pounds of cheese
Or 1,333 jars of spaghetti sauce
Valid Associates are doing their part to help our communities!
In September 2015, Valid USA raised enough to contribute over 6 tons of food to the pantry…that’s over 12,000 pounds of food for our community!
Armed Forces Tribute
Sunday, September 20, 2015
The Chicagoland Speedway
We are sponsoring the recognition of all active military members and veterans in attendance prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTM race at Chicagoland Speedway® on Sunday, September 20. Our salute to veterans and all active military members includes honoring those who defend our freedom by sponsoring numerous veterans and their families with grandstand tickets to the race, recognition to veterans and active military members in attendance on the video screen and PA announcement during the pre-race ceremonies, and banners throughout the speedway.
Light The Night Walk – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Headwaters Park West
Fort Wayne, IN
Click here for more event information.
Light The Night is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s nationwide evening fundraising walk to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. Nationally in 2014, LLS’s Light The Night Walk campaign raised more than $55 million nationally and nearly $900,000 in Indiana to support the LLS mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
3-year old Evan Conner, son of Joe Conner (a Valid USA Associate), started his battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in April 2014. Evan is the 2015 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Boy of the Year. He is currently going through a 3.5 year chemotherapy protocol. Evan loves bulls, buffalos, elephants and rhinos. So Evan, his parents, and numerous Valid USA Associates are joining in stampeding out Leukemia.
If you would like to join Evan’s Team in helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society conquer blood cancers, you can make your donation online by clicking here.