Arpin Strong is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a look back on the causes it has supported since 2013.
“Arpin Strong has had an amazing five years, raising well over $315,000 for charity and donating to about 150 causes,” said Michael Killoran, treasurer of Arpin Strong. “These numbers, while impressive, only tell a piece of the story. We want to use the special occasion of our fifth anniversary to revisit some of the causes we’ve touched.”
Arpin employees founded Arpin Strong in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 to show support for the relief efforts. The scope of the program expanded in the following months to aid the victims of disasters around the world. The organization obtained its official 501(c)(3) status the same year. Its mission is “to help one another, in times of need, by raising funds via distinct and creative undertakings throughout the year.”
Today, Arpin Strong seeks to address more than disaster relief, and supports a wide range of causes. These include medical research and treatments, environmental preservation, education, support for veterans and first responders, efforts to curb domestic abuse and homelessness, feeding the hungry and other social issues.
Annual charity golf tournaments
Arpin Strong’s signature fundraising event is its annual charity golf tournament, which has raised more than $130,000 over the past five years. The golf event committee selects and announces four charities before the start of the tournament, then launches a community-wide campaign to support them by reaching out to employees, friends and potential corporate sponsors.
“The golf tournament is an event we look forward to each year because it provides an opportunity for us to shine a spotlight on four causes we believe in, meet the people behind the charities and hear their inspirational stories,” said Brian Asay, vice president of Arpin Strong. “It helps everyone feel truly connected to the causes and moved to support them.”
Disaster relief efforts
Arpin Strong has been quick to rally support from employees, partners and the community for relief drives after national and international disasters. Arpin Group is in a unique position to provide free transportation and delivery services to locations across the globe, assuring that help gets to where it is needed most. Arpin Strong’s most active year was 2017, in regard to providing relief from natural disasters.
In September, Arpin sent six full-sized moving trucks to Houston, Texas, filled with cleaning and building supplies for survivors of Hurricane Harvey. Arpin Strong and Cardi’s Furniture collected these contributions during a community supply drive in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
In November, Arpin transported three 40-foot shipping containers filled with emergency supplies, food and bottled water to Puerto Rico to aid in recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria. Multiple local organizations, supported by Arpin employees and other volunteers, collected the donations during a community drive in Chicago.
Arpin Strong also held a clothing drive in the fall of 2017 to support the families of movers who passed away in the Mexican earthquake in September. The men had worked for Mexico-based moving company Atlasmex Relocations.
Community volunteerism and fundraising
Over the years, Arpin Strong members have volunteered for causes they believe in. They regularly help at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank by sorting donated food and preparing boxes for distribution to those in need. They also participate in community cleanup events, such as Save the Bay Day.
Last year, Mark Dearborn, president of Arpin Strong, joined about 40 of his industry peers in Guadalajara, Mexico, to take part in a Techo community service project to build five houses for the homeless. The Techo program is a social responsibility initiative that runs throughout Latin America and focuses on making communities sustainable.
Arpin Strong hosts events to raise money throughout the year, including employee theme days and monthly raffles. The Arpin Strong race team participates in runs, walks, and obstacle race events, such as Rhode Island’s popular BoldrDash, to raise funds for numerous charitable causes.
Remembering and supporting our nation’s heroes
Since 2013, Arpin has participated in National Wreaths Across America Day every December. Arpin drivers and agents across the country volunteer to collect and deliver remembrance wreaths to be laid at veteran cemeteries. In 2017, Arpin drivers delivered 140,000 wreaths. Arpin Strong has raised money to purchase wreaths, and volunteers placed them on gravestones at a local veterans’ cemetery.
Mark Dearborn has been participating in the annual Run to Home Base, supporting veterans, since 2014. Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of veterans, service members and their families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research. He ran the 9-kilometer Run to Home Base course in 43 minutes — a personal best. To date, he has raised $25,000 for the charity and was honored as a top-3 individual fundraiser and an all-star fundraiser.
Arpin Strong continues to grow by looking for new ways to help those in need in the years ahead and to extend more opportunities for Arpin employees to get involved.
“Arpin Strong has a dual purpose,” said Mark Dearborn, president of Arpin Strong. “While we are focused on contributing to our local, national and world community, we aim to have fun while we are at it. Arpin Strong provides volunteers with enriching activities that help them grow by testing their leadership and teamwork skills. It helps them to focus on something that’s bigger than them and often discover a higher purpose.”
The Arpin Charitable Fund announced today that its Fifth Annual Arpin Strong Golf Tournament, held at the New England Country Club in Bellingham, Massachusetts, has successfully raised $27,479 for charity.
The Arpin Charitable Fund, also known as Arpin Strong, was formed to help those in need during natural disasters, or when unfortunate circumstances arise, by participating in community-based volunteer projects and fundraising events throughout the year.
“This was a very special charity golf tournament because it marks Arpin Strong’s fifth year,” said Michael Killoran, co-chairman of the Arpin Charitable Fund, Inc. golf committee and chief financial officer of Arpin Group. “These golf tournaments have collectively raised about $130,000 for charity over the past five years, and we are very proud of our volunteers, sponsors, and friends who have helped us achieve this incredible benchmark.”
Of the funds raised at this year’s event, $24,000 has been split equally in denominations of $6,000 and donated to the following charitable organizations: The Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Sojourner House, and StopConcussions. The remainder of the funds will be used to promote other nonprofit organizations and to continue with regular monthly donations to various charities.
Arpin Strong wishes to thank all of its sponsors, particularly Courtney International Forwarding, which was the event’s top sponsor, platinum sponsor Citrin Cooperman, and gold sponsors Arpin America Moving Systems / Relocation Express, Carousel Industries, Royal De Gruijter & Co., and Mellor Agency.
The Arpin Charitable Fund, also known as Arpin Strong, held a clothing drive this fall after a Mexico-based moving company, Atlasmex Relocations, lost four of its men in the Mexican earthquake in September. The clothing, which arrived January 5 in Mexico City, was offered to the families of those left behind.
On September 19, a terrible earthquake shook Mexico City and caused over 40 buildings to collapse. This tragedy resulted in over 300 deaths and rendered thousands homeless. Four movers from Atlasmex Relocations were helping a couple to pack on that fateful day. All six people were tragically killed in the quake. The company put out a call for help to the international moving community to support the families left behind, including 12 children. Arpin Strong responded.
“Arpin Strong wanted to help and we sent a donation,” said Mark Dearborn, president of Arpin Strong. “However, we wanted to do more and decided to assist by hosting several regional clothing drives to collect items for 12 children, including an unborn child, who no longer have a father in their life.”
Arpin Strong and several Arpin agents that held clothing drives in November included:
Together, they collected 26 large moving boxes of clothes, including a baby swing.
“I was completely blown away at the response to this clothing drive and the amount of items received for these families in need,” said Dearborn. “The international moving community is like a family and we help each other when it’s needed most.”
Freightsaver.com of Hunting Beach, California, helped ship the goods from Massachusetts to Laredo, Texas, at no cost. From Laredo, the shipment crossed the border to be delivered to the families of earthquake victims.
“That is so cool and, to be honest, I like this much better than the money donations,” said Brian Lickerman, owner of Atlasmex Relocations. “This means so much from the heart and that people came together. Thank you so much.”
The Arpin Charitable Fund Board of Directors are pleased to announce that over $30,000 was raised during the 4th Annual Arpin Strong Charity Golf Tournament held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the New England Country Club. Because of the generosity of our golfers, sponsors, donors, and volunteers, we were able to provide $7,000 to each of our charity partners, Honor Flight New England, MitoAction, Teach for America, and The Jimmy Fund. The reminder of the funds raised will go to support other charitable causes.
Mark Dearborn, President of the Arpin Charitable Fund and VP, Corporate Accounts for Arpin Group, joined about 40 of his industry peers in Guadalajara, Mexico, to take part in a community service project. He helped build five houses for the homeless in the two days before the LACMA Conference in Puerto Vallarta. The Techo program is a social responsibility initiative that runs throughout Latin America. It focuses on building houses for hand-picked communities with the goal of making them sustainable.
Mark described his feelings about returning home after the experience: “I came home after LACMA with a completely different perspective and have tried to pass that message along to friends, family, and co-workers. We take things for granted, especially in the United States. Techo has reminded me of that and my message to everyone is that life is good for us, love life every day, and do not worry about the small things. It can always be worse.” For more info about the program, visit http://www.techo.org/paises/us/.
Following the Techno-build experience, Mark headed to the LACMA Conference where he proudly accepted the Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2017 from LACMA’s president, Walter Laffitte, on behalf of Arpin International Group for its commitment to the environment and the global community it serves.
Arpin team members and their families joined Save the Bay at Barrington Town Beach in RI to clean up the beach on Saturday, November 12, 2016. This was one of the first events in which children of employees participated, some to earn community service credits. It was an extremely rewarding experience for all.
On Tuesday, October 4 during Arpin Van Lines' Annual Agent Convention, the winners of the Arpin Charitable Fund's Annual Agent Charity Contest were announced by Mark Dearborn, President of the Arpin Charitable Fund, Inc. Arpin's agents were invited to submit a one page description of the charity or cause closest to their heart and why they should be selected as prize recipients. The winners of the contest and amounts awarded are:
$1,000 Mark’s Northeastern Furniture Foundation (Mark’s Moving & Storage) – this Foundation collects discarded furniture and helps distribute it to those in need. Since 2011, the foundation and its partners have distributed more than 2,700 pieces of re-purposed furniture. More than 300,000 pounds, or 150 tons, of furniture have been given to individuals and local charities, such as the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, United Way of Tri-County, and House Hoods.
$1,000 HomeStretch (Star International Movers) - this organization helps homeless and abused families in Northern Virginia. Anywhere from 50 to 60 families at a time are enrolled in the two-year program. They receive housing and supportive services such as budget counseling, job training and child care. Sixty percent of the mothers who come to Homestretch are victims of domestic violence. The average age of the children they help is nine years old. Since their conception in 1990, Homestretch has helped over 1000 people start their lives over, get out of homelessness or get away from an abusive home situation.
$1,000 Songs4Soldiers (McGuire Moving & Storage) – Songs4Soldier’s (S4S) mission is to enrich the lives of combat veterans and their families who have limited resources. They honor their service through effective assistance in everyday situations. Every nickel of the money raised through donations, fundraising events and programs, and the annual benefit concert S4S holds each September, goes to veteran assistance. They’ve bought cars, renovated kitchens and bathrooms in the homes of vets, they’ve helped find jobs for vets, helped battle addictions, moved vets to facilitate fresh starts, erased debts, etc., all in the spirit of improving the life quality for these heroes and their families. The founder is a combat vet who survived a convoy attack in Iraq in 2004. He has struggled with “why me” feelings about making it back when others didn’t, and he founded S4S as a way to give back.
$2,000 Citizens Caring for Children (Affiliated Movers of Oklahoma City) - For more than 30 years, Citizens Caring for Children has provided for children living in foster care by meeting their material, emotional, and intellectual needs. After bringing many abused and neglected children into their hearts and home, an Edmond, OK foster family knew first-hand the unaddressed need of clothing and resources children in foster care face after leaving all of their personal belongings behind. They knew more could be done to meet the basic needs of these children and founded Citizens Caring for Children in 1984. Today, Citizens Caring for Children is still committed to the agency's original vision of providing hope, changing lives and creating healthy futures for children in foster care. Citizens Caring for Children meets the needs of more than 4,000 Oklahoma children in foster care each year through services and programs like the Resource Center, Back-to-School, Joy 4 Kids, Mentoring and "It's in the Bag."
Congratulations to all our winners!
Mark Dearborn, President of the Arpin Charitable Fund, participated in the 2016 Run to Home Base presented by New Balance. The Run to Home Base is a 9K run and 2 mile walk fundraising event held on July 23, 2016. All funds raised benefit the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. The Home Base Program is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war for post 9/11 veterans and their families.
For more information about the 2016 Run to Home Base, click here.
The 3rd Annual Arpin Strong Charity Golf Tournament, which took place Saturday, May 14 at the New England Country Club in Bellingham, MA, was more successful than the Arpin Charitable Fund's Board of Directors could imagine. This year's event, benefiting the Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, Serve Rhode Island, The Center Against Pediatric Pain, and the Tomorrow Fund, raised $26,000.00 for these four charities. Check presentations to each took place on Wednesday, June 8. Many thanks to our golfers, sponsors, donors, and volunteers for our Annual Charity Golf Tournament a success.
The 4th Annual Arpin Strong Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the New England Country Club.
On Sunday, March 20, Arpin Strong Vice President, Brian Asay, participated in a Super Plunge to support the Special Olympics of Rhode Island.
The Board of Directors of the Arpin Charitable Fund has released its 2015 Year in Review Newsletter, outlining the 2015 accomplishments and plans for 2016. Click here to view the newsletter.
The Board of Directors of the Arpin Charitable Fund has released its 2014 Year End Review Newsletter, outlining the 2014 accomplishments and plans for 2015. Click here to view the newsletter.
The Arpin Charitable Fund was honored with the Global Citizenship Award at Cartus Corporation's 2014 Global Network Conference in October 2014. The Global Citizenship Award is given to an organization for its outstanding contributions to the health, welfare, and safety of others, and for improvements in a community's quality of life on a national or international level. Cartus also made a contribution to Arpin Group's designated charity.
A brave Arpin Strong team took on the “BoldrDash in the Beach” challenge on September 13, 2014 at Yawgoo Valley Ski & Sport in Exeter, RI. The BoldrDash is New England’s premiere military-style obstacle course race that is designed to test competitors’ strength and stamina at all skill levels. The challengers ran a 5K course, scaling walls, crawling through tunnels and in the mud, and carrying weighted objects. However, the race’s difficulty did not deter anyone from Team Arpin Strong because all members crossed the finish line together! Participating in events like the BoldrDash is a major Arpin Strong initiative, which focuses on raising money for charitable causes.
Arpin has already assembled its new team for the next BoldrDash event, "BoldrDash on the Beach," taking place on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett, RI.
It was a rewarding day for the Board of Directors of the Arpin Charitable Fund on Tuesday, June 10 as they delivered donations to Barbara Ducharme and Kathy Connelly of The Tomorrow Fund and Andrew Schiff and Lisa Roth Blackman of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. These donations were made possible by the generosity and support of the sponsors, donors, golf participants, and volunteers in the 1st Annual Arpin Strong Golf Tournament.