Charities & Community Involvement

Terminal Tower: WSCC Warm Hearts Winter Nights

Since 1977, the West Side Catholic Center has offered hot meals, hospitality, clothing and household goods, emergency services, advocacy, a family shelter, housing solutions, and workforce development training to those in need at no charge, regardless of religious affiliation. The West Side Catholic Center was established in 1977 by several area churches that saw a critical need within the community due to extreme poverty. We are a unique, private, not-for-profit agency with Catholic roots, independent of the Catholic Diocese and Catholic Charities.

Warm Hearts Winter Nights is WSCC’s premier social event and fundraiser in support of their mission. This annual gala benefit brings together members of the community for a night of fun and goodwill in celebration of WSCC’s mission and those who have helped them in their work to fulfill it. All Terminal Tower Observation Deck ticket sales during the month of December 2019 went towards this fundraiser, bringing in $2,870.

 

K&D: Alzheimer's Association / The Longest Day

The Longest Day is all about love. Love for all those affected by Alzheimer's disease. On the summer solstice (or any date that they choose), companies team up with the Alzheimer’s Association and select any activity they love — or an activity loved by those affected — to help end Alzheimer’s. Together, we will raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.

The past 2 years, the K&D Corporate Office went “Casual for a Cause” – and K&D double-matched every donation made. The combined total raised by the staff and K&D’s double match are as follows:

Wednesday, May 15, 2019: $465
Wednesday, May 9, 2018: $510

K&D provides information on Alzheimer’s Disease and research at the K&D Wellness Fair each year.

 

K&D: Samaritan’s Purse Alabama Tornado Relief

Based in Boone, North Carolina, Samaritan's Purse responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Led by President and CEO Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse works in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution.

On Sunday, March 3, 2019, a tornado outbreak struck several southern states in the U.S., including Beauregard, Alabama, where a monster of a tornado reached estimated wind speeds of 170 mph (as powerful as a Category 5 hurricane) – the deadliest tornado in the US since 2013. It left a path of destruction more than 20 miles long in Lee County, killing 23 people, and injuring at least 100 others.

Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief organization, has deployed staff, volunteers and a tractor-trailer stocked with tools and supplies to tornado-ravaged Alabama. Teams of volunteers cleared debris, removed downed trees, tarped roofs and searched for personal belongings. Chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Rapid Response Team will worked alongside Samaritan's Purse to provide emotional and spiritual encouragement to storm victims.

During the month of March in 2019, K&D reached out to all its employees and residents to support the relief efforts of Samaritan’s Purse in Alabama. K&D triple-matched the donations given, bringing the total donated by the company as a whole to $1,185! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this cause.

 

Village Tower: SAM (Serving Area Military) Center

The SAM Center (Serving Area Military) is dedicated to honoring all service members, veterans and their widows. It is the mission of the SAM Center to honor their service and sacrifice, by providing support and hope through the love of the community.

We believe that no veteran or active service member should be in need. Our military has volunteered to protect our nation and our way of life even at the risk of their own life and asks little to nothing in return. It is our responsibility as a thankful nation to make sure we assist these Heroes in any way we can.

Village Tower joined forces with our neighbor Manor Care Nursing home to do a food drive for the SAM Center. We asked other area businesses to put boxes out to help us with the drive. We were able to collect 250 pounds of food and over $1000 in monetary donations in a month and half to donate to the SAM Center on April 6, 2018.

In December, for the second time in 2018, Village Tower residents came through with collecting 350lbs of food and $1500 in monetary donations for this Veterans organization which the staff of Village Tower took to SAM Center on December 19, 2018. “Thank you” Village Tower residents.

 

K&D: World Vision Hurricanes Florence & Michael Response

World Vision is a first in, last out responder providing assistance during the relief, recovery and rebuilding phases of a disaster response. World Vision partners with organizations to set up shelters for evacuees in areas most affected by the storms. Truckloads of relief supplies are also distributed to areas affected by the storms. Each truckload provides relief supplies including food, water, temporary shelter items (such as tents and sleeping bags), hygiene items, coolers, blankets, diapers, clothing, and flood cleanup kits. World Vision had positioned relief supplies nearby in Georgia and South Carolina in order to significantly reduce the transit time of getting those supplies into the areas that need them. Working with church and community partners in affected areas allows their response teams to mobilize quickly from our domestic disaster response hub in North Texas and their field site in Philippi, West Virginia.

During the months of October and November 2018, K&D reached out to all its employees and residents to support World Vision’s Hurricane Response efforts to help our fellow Americans in Florida and on the East Coast recover from the two recent devastating hurricanes, Florence and Michael. K&D double-matched the donations given by employees and residents bringing the total donated by the company as a whole to $2,470. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this cause.

 

Terminal Tower: A Kid Again

A Kid Again’s mission is to foster hope, happiness and healing for local families raising children with life threatening illnesses. They do so by taking them out on fun-filled, cost-free, group activities that they call Adventures. These Adventures occur throughout the year to great destinations such as Cedar Point, Monsters and Indians games, the Zoo and trips aboard the Good Time III to name a few. The Adventures are designed so critically ill children can get the much-needed healthy breaks from illness throughout the year. Siblings and parents are included because everyone is affected by illness in their own way.

A Kid Again is an Ohio based nonprofit with three chapters: Central, Southwest, and Northern Ohio. Approximately 1800 families across the state benefit from the hard work of dedicated volunteers and generous donors.

From February 9 through February 14, 2018, all Terminal Tower Observation Deck tickets sales went towards the fundraiser, bringing in $1,920. Through generous vendor contributions and raffles held at the end of the event, adding another $1,640 for a total of $3,560 was donated to A Kid Again.

Thank you to the following vendors who contributed donations to the fundraiser and raffle prizes: ABM Parking, Tower City Supreme Car Detail, ABM Housekeeping, First Choice Coffee, Brewer-Garrett, G.L.A. Water, Kone Corporation, Clearview, Interfinish, Relmec Mechanical, Boak & Sons, Inc., Securitas.

 

K&D: World Vision Hurricanes Harvey & Irma Response

World Vision is a first in, last out responder providing assistance during the relief, recovery and rebuilding phases of a disaster response. As of the ending date of K&D’s fundraiser, more than 50 trailers of relief products had been sent to Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico. One truckload can carry enough supplies to serve up to 2,500 people. World Vision officially opened a 50,000 sq. ft. distribution warehouse in Houston on Monday, October 30, 2017 to serve the greater Houston area for at least the next year. Product distributions, including the DMC products, began on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. World Vision works with local organizations who know the communities they are in and can appropriately assist in distributing relief, recovery and rebuilding products.

During the months of September and October 2017, K&D reached out to all its employees to support World Vision’s Hurricane Response efforts in Houston and Florida in an effort to help our fellow Americans recover from the two recent devastating hurricanes, Harvey and Irma. K&D double-matched the generous donations given by employees bringing the total donated by the company as a whole to $11,760! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this cause.

 

K&D: End 68 Hours of Hunger, Lake County

The mission of End 68 Hours of Hunger, Lake County is to confront the 68 hours of hunger experienced by some local school children between the free lunch they receive on Friday and the free breakfast they receive on Monday at school. They provide bags of non-perishable food for the children to take home and eat over the weekend. During the 2016-2017 school year, they helped over 300 students on a weekly basis.

On August 18, 2017, K&D held its annual Wellness Fair at their corporate campus and employees were asked to bring in a non-perishable food item in support of this cause. We were overwhelmed by the response of all staff (corporate and site) and ended up with 10 boxes of food and almost $300 in donations! The monetary donations that we received were used to purchase additional food for the children. Thank you to all who generously donated to this cause!

 

Terminal Tower: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

At St. Jude, treatment, travel, housing and food are provided at no cost - because all a family should worry about is helping their child live." At St. Jude, a family never sees a bill at all, not one bill. It's like the world has been lifted off of your shoulders, and now your focus is supporting this child," says patient Jordyn's dad, Joel.

On May 3, 2017, K&D staff and Owner Karen Paganini met with St. Jude Representative Ashley Green on the Observation Deck to present a check for $12,752.00.

This was an incredible experience for the team at Terminal Tower. The tickets sold out within days of the local media announcement. The phones rang off the hook with people desperate for tickets.

 

Riverview Towers: Stark County Humane Society

The mission of the Stark County Humane Society is to "speak for those who cannot speak for themselves". Some of the services that they offer beyond rescuing and rehabilitating strays and abused animals for adoption are educational programs that give age-appropriate instruction regarding responsible pet ownership, pet therapy, and cruelty investigations. The Stark County Humane Society is a private, charitable organization. Because they are not privately funded, their continued existence and success depends upon the support of the community through membership fees, gifts, and contributions. The shelter is open to the public every day except holidays.

The residents at Riverview Towers did an awesome job of donating 1,150 pounds of food for the Stark County Humane Society in April of 2017.

 

K&D: Cleveland Animal Protective League

The Cleveland Animal Protective League offers many life-saving programs and services for Northeast Ohio’s homeless animals including Humane Investigations, Animal Admissions, Animal Welfare Clinic, Trap-Neuter-Return Program, Foster Care Program, and much more! Since they receive no government funding, they rely on generous financial supporters to make a difference in the lives of the animals for which we care for.

K&D came together at our Annual Holiday Party in December 2016 to raise money for the Cleveland Animal Protective League. A variety of baskets and prizes were raffled off for a Chinese Auction and all proceeds went to the CAPL. In December of 2016, K&D presented a check in the amount of $1,448.00 to the Cleveland Animal Protective League.

 

K&D Corporate: The Ronald McDonald House

Every night, The Ronald McDonald House provides families whose children are undergoing medical treatment at local hospitals with a private room and bathroom, community living areas, laundry facilities, large kitchen area and use of a fully stocked pantry. Each evening they provide a complete dinner for all the families. Their services are provided with a minimal request of a $10 per night donation, but no one is turned away due to the inability to pay. They are privately funded and supported by a generous community.

In 2014, the K&D Corporate Office had a drive to collect food and other necessities for The Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland and in Akron. Not only did the employees pitch in, but our wonderful vendors also made generous donations to the cause. Each department was assigned to a subcommittee to keep everything organized and running smoothly and at the end of the drive, everything was boxed up and divided to take to the two locations. A team of K&D employees personally delivered the donations to both locations. Included in the donations were non-perishable food items, toiletries, gift cards, cash donations, televisions and a washer and dryer just to name a few.

The vendors who contributed to the drive were: Kost Electric, LZ Custom Cabinets, Waste Management, Wilmar, Evolution, Vincent Painting, Bricklayers, Gene Ptacek, WCC, Roberts Mechanical, Vadakin, K-Kern, Portion Pac, Able Pest Control, CC Mitchell, ACE Business Solutions, Sherwin Williams, Ruple, Ruland Construction, Advanced Vending, Pre-ferd Maid Service.