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!

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