We Bring People and Nature Together® It is our mission statement and it’s more than just words. It is what drives us professionally and personally to give back.
A great example is our support for The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), which is a wonderful citizen-science project that we encourage participation in throughout the US and Canada. It is not too far off; February 15th – 18th. Wild Birds Unlimited is the major sponsor and original sponsors of this event.
We have also reached another milestone this year in our partnership with the National Audubon Society, as this was our seventh consecutive year partnering with them to send under-served children to camp. To date, 1,500 children have received full or partial scholarships to attend summer camp.
In February of this year our own Paul Pickett, vice President of Franchise Development, participated in the launch of the International Franchise Association’s Franchising Gives Back. Paul donated his time and a bird feeding station to help create a park setting for the residents of The Orlando Health & Rehabilitation Center. It is the 2nd largest non-profit nursing home in Florida.
Here at the Franchise Support Center, we are not alone in giving back. A vast majority of our franchise store owners’ partner with organizations in their local communities. Many support nature conservation organizations, wildlife rehabbers, nature centers, humane societies and just so many more through donations, fund raising, volunteering and promotion in their stores. They are a passionate and compassionate bunch of men & women that I am proud to work with.
Thank you for your patronage and support. We could not bring people and nature together without you. We are looking forward to yet another rewarding year in 2013.