OnTrac Supports 8th Annual Million Can Crusade

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 11:35:12 AM

OnTrac joined KNIX Radio and St. Vincent de Paul in their fight against hunger. 2015 marks the fifth year that OnTrac has supported the Million Can Crusade by organizing a canned food drive at the OnTrac corporate office during the month of November.  In addition, OnTrac donated $1,500 to the cause at the KNIX Kickoff party on November 2, 2015. The donation is equivalent to 15,000 cans and helps bridge the gap to collect a total of one million cans. The OnTrac corporate office set a goal to collect 3,000 cans of food and surpassed the goal by 2,017, for a total of over 5,000 cans. In total with the monetary donation, OnTrac donated 20,017 cans to Million Can Crusade this year.

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KNIX Radio has hosted the million can crusade during the month of November since 2008. #hungersucks is the theme of the campaign in their eighth year. Ben and Matt In The Morning of KNIX Radio sold apparel with the slogan and one hundred percent of the proceeds went towards their goal to collect one million cans. In addition, tickets were sold to a special concert at Whiskey Row in Scottsdale featuring David Nail on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Five dollars of each ticket sold went towards the goal as well. For more information, please visit their website, knixcountry.com/pages/million-can-crusade.

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Morning show co-host Matt McAllister said, “During this time of the year, I feel so fortunate to help out in this way. It’s such a blessing to be able to do this for a living.”

“It’s a community effort,” said Ben Campbell, morning show co-host. “Every year it’s gotten a little bit bigger. I never imagined that the first year we’d hit the goal of one million cans or that this year we’d be over two million cans.”

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Additional to the canned food drive at OnTrac, there were multiple locations throughout the valley during the month where KNIX Radio collected cans from the community. In total, the Million Can Crusade collected 2,653,348 cans and will benefit more than 80 parish-based food pantries in the community to help feed hungry families this holiday season.

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For more information on the Million Can Crusade, or to support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, visit stvincentdepaul.net.

Topics: Million Can Crusade, Charity, Shipping Services, OnTrac Delivering Hope, Donation, Canned Food Drive

Deliver Hope on Giving Tuesday

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 4:39:46 PM

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As our Delivering Hope sweepstakes nears its last week for nominations, we want to point out a few new charities that have been entered. Along with the holiday season of sharing and giving, celebrate Giving Tuesday today by entering our sweepstakes and give back to someone in need. Giving Tuesday is a holiday that is dedicated to philanthropy and giving back to others. Our sweepstakes is a great way to give back to your community and support your favorite non-profit organization this holiday season.

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The sweepstakes is accepting nominations until December 3, at 5 PM MT. A few of the charities that have been nominated include:

Road Runner Sports nominated Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA). This organization began in 2000 in order to give back and make a difference to children with permanent disabilities across the country. AHA, Inc. believes that a world of greater acceptance for all can begin with our children, sharing athletic experiences and a love for sports while developing compassion and mutual respect. This organization has become a true passion for Road Runner Sports and its employees.

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Ronald Ruttenberg & Co nominated Boy Scout Troop 175. This organization focuses on teaching important life and survival skills to children regarding ethics, values and self-improvement.

Trans World Service chose AYSO Region 517 for their nomination. This youth non-profit soccer organization offers programs for the mentally and/or physically challenged youth, as well as a core, a next step program, and a club program. These programs are open to all who want to play soccer from the ages of 4 to 18 years of age, regardless of the parents’ income.

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Conner Logistics Inc. chose City Without Orphans for their nomination. The mission of City Without Orphans is to equip and partner with churches, families and service providers to help all children in the Fresno County child welfare system to be placed in a loving home.

Alan Garthwaite Industries nominated Staging a Miracle Program. The non-profit program brings disadvantaged youth together to learn high-quality music and arts education. These programs are offered to the children in session for summer, spring or winter.

We look forward to learning about your company’s favorite non-profit organization.

Topics: Delivering Hope, Charity, Shipping Services, Donation, Giving Tuesday

Delivering Hope Charity Nominations

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 3:26:07 PM

OnTrac’s Delivering Hope sweepstakes is in full swing and we’ve received many entries from businesses nominating their favorite charities. The sweepstakes opened November 6th and runs until December 3rd, at 5PM MT. We encourage all businesses to enter and share the sweepstakes with their communities. Once the sweepstakes comes to a close, one charity will be chosen at random to win the grand prize of a $1,000 donation from OnTrac on behalf of the company that nominated the cause. It’s a great way to give back this season and celebrate the holidays by donating to organizations that are making a difference, and could really benefit from the donation.  

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To spread awareness, we have highlighted a few of the outstanding charities that have been nominated in our sweepstakes. If you’re looking for a charity to support, we’ve included information for how to get involved and where to donate. Some of the charities nominated in the Delivering Hope promotion are:

One of the nominated charities includes The Red Cross. The Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides education, disaster relief and aid in emergencies during times of need. It prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Learn more about the cause here.  

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Nicole from Pyxl has nominated Lost Our Home Pet Foundation. This organization is a no-kill animal shelter that takes in animals left behind from unfortunate circumstances such as foreclosures and the economic downfall. Not only does this foundation help the animals find a forever home but it also aids pet owners during hard times through their programs such as pet food banks and a temporary care program in order to keep their pets. Visit their site here for more information. 

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The Valley of Flowers Half Century Club has been nominated in our sweepstakes. The non-profit was established in 1976, and its mission has been to promote the welfare of senior citizens age 50+ and the local community. Check out their Facebook page here to find out more about their mission. 

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Kimberly from Skinapeel Beauty nominated The Pearce Family Foundation. The foundation exists to provide needed financial assistance, mobilize resources and engage the community to support families with a child facing a chronic or life-threatening illness. Visit their website here to learn more. 

Lastly, the Wounded Warrior Project has been nominated in our sweepstakes. It stands to honor and empower wounded warriors. The project helps injured service people with the aid of programs and services to meet their needs. Find out more information on their website here

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to recognize a great charity. Enter here today! 

Topics: Delivering Hope, Charity, Social Media, Social Media Contest, OnTrac Delivering Hope, Donation

OnTrac “Delivering Hope” Promotion to Donate $1,000 to Winning Charity

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 12:42:15 PM

Today OnTrac launched its Delivering Hope sweepstakes; organized to allow businesses the opportunity to give back to their charity of choice.

Holidays are known as the season of giving back. Now through Thursday, December 3, businesses are suggested to participate by visiting OnTrac’s Facebook page and entering the sweepstakes. A nomination of the elected charity is required within 250 words or less. One grand prize winner will be randomly selected to receive a prize of $1,000 to donate to the nominated charity. OnTrac will make a donation on behalf of the company.

“One of our company initiatives that is near and dear to me personally is OnTrac Delivering Hope,” says OnTrac Vice President Laura Peterson. “This is our way as a company to not only give back to a beloved charitable cause, but to also spread the word about the many charities that need help this time of the year.”

To enter the Delivering Hope contest, please visit www.facebook.com/OnTracShipping and visit the contest tab. Entrants must be a registered business or organization represented by the person submitting the form. Shared entries via social media will provide the entrant bonus entries. Each nomination form must include #OnTracDeliveringHope, and each charity must be listed under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) or other applicable law as a non-profit entity. Photos submitted with the nomination form are optional. Contest ends December 3 and winners will be contacted via email and announced within seven days. For important terms, conditions and Official Rules please visit woobox.com/ry57ff.

Topics: Charity, OnTrac Shipping, Ground Shipping, OnTrac Delivering Hope, Donation

OnTrac Delivering Hope at Relay For Life of Downtown Phoenix

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 6:00:00 AM

OnTrac participated at the first annual Relay For Life of Downtown Phoenix event on Saturday, October 17, 2015. This is the first year that OnTrac participated as a Gold sponsor donating $1,500 to the American Cancer Society. The event took place at the Civic Space Center and included 150 participants walking to end cancer.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world’s largest fundraising event and most impactful by bringing communities around the world together for a common cause. The event symbolizes a celebration of life for those who have battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and taking action to finish the fight. Each Relay for Life event includes an opening ceremony, a lap for survivors, a lap for caregivers, a luminaria ceremony and a closing ceremony. OnTrac Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing Laura Peterson said, “On behalf of OnTrac, we are very thankful for Relay For Life of Downtown Phoenix for bringing the community together and putting on a special event. It’s great that OnTrac was able to participate this year and help to fight for a cure.”

The event was very successful with additional support from individuals who were unable to attend and a total of over $10,000 in fundraising to find a cure. Relay For Life Community Manager Cristine Frietze said, “It’s a wonderful thing to see support from corporate sponsors, such as OnTrac, as well as community volunteers to help get this event off the ground. Our hard work paid off.” Relay For Life of Downtown Phoenix is still accepting donations. Please follow this link for more information and to make a contribution: relayforlife.org/downtownphoenixaz

Topics: Delivering Hope, Charity, Phoenix, OnTrac, Relay For Life, American Cancer Society

OnTrac Spreads Awareness at the 5th Annual Yoga for Hope Event

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 2:25:00 PM

OnTrac Yoga for Hope 2015OnTrac participated at the 5th annual Yoga for Hope event that took place on Saturday, June 13, 2015. This year also happens to be the 5th year of participation for the OnTrac “Delivering Hope” team. To celebrate the fifth year of the largest yoga fundraiser in Southern California, OnTrac increased its donation to $2500 as a Karma Sponsor. The Yoga for Hope event benefits the City of Hope, which is a leading research and treatment center dedicated to the prevention treatment and cure of cancer.

The goal of Yoga for Hope is to bring awareness to the benefits of relaxation and well-being through gentle restorative yoga practices in combination with traditional treatments for patients with life-threatening illnesses. Nina Hegyi, OnTrac Corporate Account Manager, has led team “Delivering Hope” every year. Hegyi honors her mother through her practice since losing her to cancer. Hegyi shares, “Unfortunately most people have had their lives touched by cancer. The City of Hope, through research and treatment, helps so many families go from hopeless to hopeful.”

The event was held on the field at Petco Park in San Diego for the third consecutive year. Team “Delivering Hope” included ten participants who enjoyed yoga practices from four diverse instructors. Shopping at the Yoga Marketplace featured over 30 vendors, which included team “Delivering Hope” in beading cancer one bracelet at a time. Beading cancer sold handmade bracelets to fundraise for Yoga for Hope. More than $100,000 has been raised since Yoga for Hope started in 2010. Since then, thousands of yogis have united in working together to bring awareness to the City of Hope.

For more information on City of Hope or to donate, please visit cityofhope.org

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Topics: community involvement, city of hope, cancer awareness, Charity, OnTrac Shipping, Yoga for Hope

OnTrac Ops Manager Drives for Charity

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 10:36:00 AM

How many longest drive contests have you participated in?

I’ve been doing Long Drive competitions since 2008 and participate in 4-8 events a year. It has been a great hobby for me.

When did you start playing golf?

I started playing golf when I was 13 and was immediately hooked to the game.

How did you get involved in longest drive contests?

Around Christmas in 2007 my sister and I watched the Re/Max World Long Drive on ESPN. As I laughed at the guys yelling at their golf balls I told her it looked easy. My sister, being the motivator and supporter she is, signed me up that following spring. I soon realized it wasn’t that easy to not yell at your golf ball.

Can you talk a little bit about your number 2 ranking at the 2011 Re/Max World Long Drive Championship? 

2011 was a very successful year for me. My confidence was built up from finishing in top 5 for 5 of the 6 events I did prior to the World Finals. As the 2011 World Finals came and went, I ended up just short of my goal of being #1 in the world. My longest ball during the World Finals was 437 yards. Although I’ve still been unsuccessful of winning the Super Bowl of Long Drive, I’m happy my ranking hasn’t fallen out of the top 10.

What other tournaments/contests have you participated in?  

I don’t really golf as much as I did before so outside of Long Drive my participation is minimal.

There have been a few opportunities to use your skills to give back – can you talk a little bit about that?

The golf course is a great place to host charity events. I’ve been able to participate in a few. I’m normally on the tee box of a par 5 or long par 4 and anyone that has golfed before knows distance makes the game that much more difficult. My job is to be the golfer’s therapist and ease the stress by making what was a long par 4 into a putt for eagle.

Ben Tua’one, is an Operations Manager for OnTrac in Salt Lake City, UT. 

Topics: Charity, OnTrac, OnTrac in the News

OnTrac Partners with St. Vincent de Paul to Deliver Hope, Food for Sixth-Annual Million Can Crusade

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 11:06:00 AM

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OnTrac is proud to support St. Vincent de Paul in their efforts to help Arizona's hungry families this holiday season. 

For the sixth year in a row, St. Vincent de Paul will team up with KNIX's morning show team, Ben and Matt, to host the Million Can Crusade.

The Crusade, which will run November 1 – 27, is an effort to collect one million cans of non-perishable food items for St. Vincent de Paul.

"Sometimes people are overwhelmed by the need in our community," Saint Vincent de Paul Executive Director Steve Zabilski said. "But every donation makes a difference. To a struggling family, an emergency food box can go a long way to stretch their household budget so that when all the bills are paid, they can still put food on the table."

OnTrac will be sponsoring 250 boxes across the state of Arizona. The boxes will be placed in 119 Safeway stores throughout the Valley.

"We are truly grateful to be part of the Million Can Crusade for the third year in a row," OnTrac Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Laura Peterson said. "They are a dedicated organization and make a real difference in the community.  We are happy to be able to help." 

The Million Can Crusade Kick-Off event was held Friday, November 1, at Safeway store #2644, located at 1855 N Power Rd in Mesa, Arizona, 85207.

In addition to OnTrac, Safeway and Desert Schools Federal Credit Union locations across the state are participating. Donations of canned foods can be dropped off at Safeway locations, while monetary donations can be made at both Safeway and Desert Schools.

The food donated will help fill the shelves of St. Vincent de Paul's network of over 80 parish-based food pantries in central and northern Arizona. Last year, food pantry volunteers delivered nearly 400,000 food boxes to hungry families.svp logo

About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve. The Phoenix Diocesan Council has been assisting central and northern Arizona families since 1946. Programs include services for the homeless, medical and dental care for the working poor, charity dining rooms, thrift stores, a transitional housing shelter and general assistance for individuals in need. For more information about St. Vincent de Paul, please visit www.stvincentdepaul.net.

Topics: Million Can Crusade, community involvement, St. Vincent de Paul, Charity

Soles 4 Souls

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 3:50:00 PM

OnTrac is proud to support local Brownie Girl Scouts Troop 2870 of Orange County, California in their efforts to help

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charity.

In May, Brownie Girl Scouts Troop 2870 decided to do a community service project. The girls had been learning about connecting with their community and taking action to help others. After finding out that millions of children and adults worldwide need shoes, and that not having shoes can lead to serious problems, the girls decided to hold a shoe drive with Soles for Souls.

Soles for Souls is a group working to help people around the world who desperately need shoes. The group provides disaster relief, creates micro-enterprise, and donates shoes to orphanages and homeless shelters. 

The girls set a goal of collecting 150 pairs of shoes from friends, family, neighbors, and community members. They exceeded their goal by collecting over 200 pairs of shoes for Soles for Souls! Because they are a non-profit organization dedicated to using their funds to alleviate the effects of poverty, Soles for Souls asks its shoe drive partners to cover the cost of shipping the shoes to their warehouses.

“We knew this could get expensive, as well as challenging for us logistically,” said Leslie Wilson, Troop 2870 Leader. “We contacted a national shipping logistics company for help, and they told us we would have to find pallets, transport the boxes to a business location, load the boxes on the truck ourselves, and that it would cost several hundred dollars.”

That's where OnTrac came in.

“I decided to call OnTrac, because I personally get many packages delivered by them, and they are always friendly, professional, and helpful,” states Wilson. “Plus I knew they worked in the West, where both our Troop and the Soles for Souls warehouse are located.”

“The customer service representative I called for prices and shipping options was very nice and asked if he could forward my information to another department at OnTrac that might be able to help us. In a very short time I heard back from Jessica Schembri from OnTrac's Marketing department. Incredibly, OnTrac offered to ship all of our shoes to the Soles for Souls warehouse at no charge!” Wilson exclaims.

“Jessica also helped us coordinate all the labeling and pickup of our boxes. In the end, the Brownies loaded up 15 large boxes with over 200 pairs of shoes,” Wilson remarks. “OnTrac made it so easy and convenient for us, and by covering the shipping charges, the Troop now has money left to do another service project!”

Brownie Troop 2870 is deeply grateful to everyone at OnTrac who helped make our charity shoe drive a huge success.

OnTrac was thrilled to be able to help and happy to have assisted Brownie Girl Scout Troop 2870 in their successful charitable efforts.

For more information on Soles for Souls organization, visit http://soles4souls.org/photos.

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Topics: community involvement, Charity

Partnership with Colorado Rush Delivers Soccer Gear Around the World

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 4:24:00 PM

To some people, Donna Pettigrew is the woman in charge of the Events and Community Outreach Program for the Colorado Rush Soccer Club, a non-profit organization established to provide unparalleled personal growth.

She spends her days working to gather gently used soccer gear to send overseas, helping the less fortunate and instilling values into the Littleton youth.

To OnTrac's General Manager in Denver, Roy Yurt, she is an inspiration, a friend and someone worth lending a hand for.

"I worked with Donna a few years ago when the REACH program was sending soccer gear to Iraq," Yurt said. "This year, they are sending soccer gear to Africa. It’s a really great cause, and I’m happy to be a part of it."

Pettigrew started building the REACH program in 2003. After just one year, REACH was able to deliver soccer gear to 10 third-world countries and her cause aired on Good Morning America. REACH grew fast; it’s still growing and that’s due to the effort of Pettigrew and her team.

"I love pulling people together for a common cause," she said. "When we are building and improving relationships in other countries—and we are able to have all of our partners build relationships with each other, the job gets done and it gets done well."

OnTrac is proud to be a part of this noble effort. As a 100 percent for-charity effort, OnTrac has offered its vehicles to help Donna and REACH get gear from point A, being the Rush REACH facility storage in GarageTown, to point B—the US Navy. 

"OnTrac, and Roy, have always been there," Pettigrew said. "Anytime I call him and ask if he can help—we have an issue getting from point A to point B—he always steps up."

It is the vision, and the support of that vision, that enables the REACH program to remain successful. "Roy has always supported our efforts," Pettigrew said. "He believes in what we are doing, and he has proved it."

OnTrac is getting ready to do two more pickups of 80-100 boxes. We are proud to be able to support Pettigrew and the Colorado Rush in their endeavours.

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About the program:
Rush Equipment Assisting Children (R.E.A.C.H.) is a program that collects used or unwanted soccer equipment from Rush and other community members to donate to underprivileged children throughout the world. From tsunami victims, to Russian orphans, to the children of war torn Iraq, all benefit from the generous donations of Rush soccer and its members.

The Colorado Rush is always looking for more donations, either through cash or slightly used soccer equipment. Visit http://www.coloradorush.com/index.php/reach.

Topics: OnTrac Ground, Charity, outreach, deliveries