RJ Young seeks to provide and utilize our resources as an investment in our community.
With a community-centric mindset, RJ Young proactively seeks out new opportunities to make an impact on the local economy through investments and partnerships with local charities. They are continually seeking ways to invest in their community and partnering with other family-owned and operated businesses.
Hands & Hearts Committee
The Hands & Hearts Committee was created 15 years ago in order to raise awareness, recruit volunteers, and organize fundraisers for community service projects throughout the year for the RJ Young Employees.
In 2019 the committee is focusing on Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that grants wishes to individuals between the ages of 5-21 who have relapsed from cancer.
In years past, RJ Young has granted nine wishes for individuals which was a record-breaking campaign.
RJ Young has been very supportive in their efforts and has allowed employees to utilize payroll deduction to make their pledge. This year the annual Crawfish Boil in May benefited Dreams and Wishes raising over $18,000.
Proud supporters of the following organizations:
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is “building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.” The association’s impact goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20%, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases, and stroke by 20% by 2020.
RJ Young employees and the community hold an annual Pumpkin Run every fall to benefit the American Heart Association.
This fun, family-friendly run/walk event is in memory of someone affected by heart disease and stroke. All registration fees are donated to the American Heart Association to raise awareness and provide education to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Contributions from past Pumpkin Runs have surpassed $100,000.
This year marks the 16th Annual Pumpkin Run. Check back here for a link to sign up.
American Red Cross
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation’s premier emergency response organization. The American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.
Some four million people give blood—the gift of life—through the American Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The employees of RJ Young are given the opportunity to donate blood at their local office. On average employees donate 32 pints of blood and each pint of donated blood can help save as many as three lives.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity partners with people in the community to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own home alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.
Homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.
RJ Young has built six Habitat Houses in the Nashville community. The Hattiesburg office in Mississippi built their first Habitat House in the Hattiesburg, MS community. The employees volunteered their Saturdays and Sundays in order to build a home and the company paid the mortgage.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
RJ Young first partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation eleven years ago. Employees held two fundraisers to grant the wish of 15-year-old Trenton Sandefur, who met Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees. Other granted wishes were 15-year-old Darian, who got her wish of taking a Caribbean cruise with her brother, mother, and grandmother. Twelve-year-old Mary received her wish to take a Caribbean cruise with her family and to swim with dolphins. RJ Young is proud to help these children with their wishes.
St. Luke’s Community House
St. Luke’s Community House provides over 30 programs to the residents of West Nashville. The services offered are holistic in their approach, bringing in numerous community agency partners to provide specialty services. The overall goal is to empower residents to improve their lives and their community by involving them in the process of determining the community’s needs while eliminating the duplication of services.
Each year, RJ Young employees hold a cooking contest to raise funds for St. Luke’s Adopt-A-Family program in the form of a chili or spaghetti cook-off. The money raised from this event is used to purchase Christmas gifts for families. Typically, RJ Young employees are able to provide an entire Christmas for 20-50 people each year through the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
Waiting for Wishes
The Kevin Carter Foundation was created to enrich the lives of children and focuses on youth and character development. Carter created a star-studded event in Nashville entitled “Waiting for Wishes” where he, fellow athletes, musicians, and entertainers serve as waiters and waitresses for dinner at The Palm. This Nashville premier celebrity event has raised more than $2.2 million since its inception in 2002. The event raises funds to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions through The Kevin Carter Foundation and Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. RJ Young is a proud sponsor.
In addition to those listed above, RJ Young generally organizes and hosts a fundraising event for at least one other rotating charity each year such as: