Community Involvement

RJ Young seeks to provide and utilize our resources as an investment in our community.

Hands & Hearts Committee

The Hands & Hearts Committee was created in 2004 in order to raise awareness, recruit volunteers and organize fundraisers for several community service projects throughout the year for the RJ Young Employees.

The current committee members include:

  • Bridgett Bennett
  • Holly King
  • Jake DeMille
  • Paige Crunk
  • Steve Huff
  • Lindsey Jarvis
  • Theresa McClendon

We’re proud supporters of the following organizations:

Habitat for Humanity

Since its founding in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International has built and rehabilitated more than 250,000 houses with families in need sheltering more than 1,000,000 people in more than 3,000 communities worldwide. Through the work of Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle the significant social problem of offering decent housing for all.

In 2014, RJ Young built its sixth Habitat House in the Nashville community. The employees volunteer their Saturdays and Sundays in order to build a home. Our branch offices in Mississippi built their first Habitat House in the spring of 2007 in the Hattiesburg, MS community.

Make-A-Wish Foundation

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 in 2008 to sponsor one wish. Employees held two fundraisers to grant the wish of 15-year-old Trenton Sandefur to meet Derek Jeter with the New York Yankees.

RJ Young has granted two additional children wishes since then. In 2010, 15-year-old Darian got her wish of taking a Caribbean cruise with her brother, mom and grandmother. In 2012, 12-year-old Mary also wished to take a Caribbean cruise with her family and swim with dolphins.

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 holds an annual event to benefit the American Heart Association. In 2016, employees and community members held the 14th Annual Pumpkin Run. Over the years, this event has raised over $55,000.

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 Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The employees of RJ Young Company are given the opportunity to donate blood at their local office.

St. Luke’s

St. Luke’s 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 purchased Christmas gifts for families. Typically, RJ Young employees are able to provide an entire Christmas for 18-25 people each year.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. They seek to prevent cancer, save lives and diminish suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.

The RJ Young Chattanooga branch not only participates in company-wide events but they have taken it upon themselves to get involved in their local community. RJ Young Chattanooga hosts their own fundraising events to benefit their local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Additional Charities

In addition to those listed above, RJ Young generally organizes and hosts a fundraising event for at least one other rotating charity each year.

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