The Republic Services, Inc. Charitable Foundation named 10 grant recipients for its 2022 National Neighborhood Promise® program, a nationwide community revitalization initiative. The grants will primarily support local chapters of national nonprofit organizations – Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity International and NeighborWorks America – to build sustainable green spaces, refresh community spaces and provide housing for those in need.
“We believe it is essential to invest in the communities where our customers and employees live and work, so it’s a privilege to support proven organizations delivering critical resources locally,” said Jon Vander Ark, president and chief executive officer, Republic Services. “These neighborhood revitalization projects strengthen both our communities and business for the long-term, which is why we’ve embedded charitable giving into Republic’s sustainability goals.”
Since 2018, National Neighborhood Promise has provided partner organizations with funding, products and services, serving as an engine for local revitalization efforts. In addition, the Foundation prioritizes volunteerism by providing employees opportunities to give back to the communities in which they live and work. To date, the Foundation has funded nearly 70 National Neighborhood Promise projects and, across all Republic Services’ charitable giving efforts, positively impacted nearly 6 million people.
The 2022 Foundation recipients, receiving grants ranging from $125,000 to $250,000, include:
- California: Bracken’s Kitchen, Orange County
- Colorado: Rebuilding Together Metro Denver
- Illinois: Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago
- Louisiana: Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge
- Massachusetts: NewVue Communities, Fitchburg
- North Carolina: Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte
- Ohio: Famicos Foundation, Cleveland
- Oregon: MId-Willamette Family YMCA
- Pennsylvania: Rebuilding Together Philadelphia
- Texas: Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity
This year’s projects include the construction of community centers, the revitalization of neighborhood playgrounds and the expansion of a meals program for those experiencing food insecurity. In 2022, the Foundation’s charitable projects include Baton Rouge, La., and Albany, Ore., for the first time.
This year also represents the continuation of successful past relationships, including the Foundation’s second project with Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago – an example of how Republic Services and community leaders are working together to leave a lasting legacy.
“Our ongoing partnership with the Republic Services Charitable Foundation has brought so much joy and relief to Chicago’s most vulnerable neighborhoods,” said Wanda Ramirez, CEO of Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago. “With the Foundation’s help, we plan to repair and revitalize Margaret’s Village, a crucial community space for women and families seeking transitional housing. It’s this kind of continued impact in the community that inspires our organization to continue to seek out invaluable partners like Republic Services.”