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Community Involvement

We love our communities. Each has given so much to us. To give back, we reinvest resources in the areas we serve.

Hands & Hearts Committee

The Hands & Hearts Committee was created 15 years ago to raise awareness, recruit volunteers, and organize fundraisers for community service projects throughout the year.

In years past, we’ve 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.

Read more about our recent partnership with Dreams and Wishes to grant a child's wish.

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. 

Our 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. 

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. Our team members at RJ Young are given the opportunity to donate blood at their local office. On average team members 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. 

We’ve built six Habitat Houses in the Nashville community. The Hattiesburg office in Mississippi built their first Habitat House in the Hattiesburg, MS community. Employees volunteered their Saturdays and Sundays to build a home and pay the mortgage. 

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. 

We first partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation eleven years ago. Team members 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. We’re is proud to help these children with their wishes and enjoy their community involvement with Make-A-Wish.

St. Luke’s Community House

St. Luke’s Community House provides more than 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, we 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. Our team members can provide an entire Christmas for 20-50 people each year through the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. 

Waiting for Wishes

We’re a proud sponsor of The Kevin Carter Foundation, which 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.  

Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project®  (WWP) is a charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services, and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following September 11, 2001. 

As a Corporate Champion, we support Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) in their effort to deliver life-changing programs to more than 100,000 wounded warriors, their families, and caregivers. Through support like this, warriors can connect with each other, overcome mental health challenges, lead active and healthy lives, and find rewarding civilian careers. These programs and services are provided at no cost to the warriors and their loved ones. 

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Additional Charities

In addition to those listed above, we organize and host a fundraising event for at least one other rotating charity each year such as: 

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