Dozer Day® a Favorite with Kids and Families in Post Falls, Idaho
Since 2008, Dozer Day® has been the chance for young children to get behind the wheel of real, heavy equipment. It’s also an opportunity for proud parents to take some great pictures of their kids aboard those machines, and meet industry professionals. This year’s event took place May 18 and 19.
Les Schwab was proud to be among some amazing, local sponsors of the first annual Dozer Day in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. This weekend of family fun gave kids an opportunity to try out dump trucks, dozers, excavators, tire crawls, fire trucks, and activities like the Les Schwab Pit Stop Challenge.
This year, the charitable fundraiser helped raise money for at-risk youth organizations. Those charities included Communities in Schools of Spokane County with a mission to keep teens from dropping out of school, and Children’s Village in Coeur d’Alene dedicated to providing a safe haven for abused and neglected children.
In addition, a donation was made to the groups that provided much of the volunteers for the event, including North Church Youth Group and Coeur d’Alene High School Key Club.
Delivering Six Pickup Loads of Food for a Local Cause
In an effort to end hunger, Les Schwab stores throughout Western Washington joined together to help collect non-perishable food items. Employees and customers helped collect over 5,000 pounds of food for Food Lifeline.
The organization helps provide over 116,000 meals every year to those throughout the community.
The food collected at Les Schwab locations filled six pickup trucks and was distributed by Food Lifeline to over 300 locations, including shelters, food banks, and meal assistance programs.
Taking the Plunge for Special Olympics
For the past 15 years, Les Schwab has proudly participated in the Special Olympics Oregon Polar Plunge in Central Oregon. The event helps raise money for the Special Olympics High Desert Program. Funds are used to pay for transportation, lodging, practice space, and equipment.
It’s a worthwhile cause that helps just over 14,000 athletes every year.
Over the past several years, Les Schwab employees have raised thousands of dollars by taking the plunge and continue to be a top fundraiser for the event.
Donating Books to SMART in Lane County
By Jennifer Meeker
The SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) program in Lane County is always on the lookout for books to help develop young readers and improve literacy skills. The organization serves over 1,200 local children every year.
Les Schwab is proud to have helped deliver books to this worthwhile cause by donating a book for every free pre-trip safety check completed earlier in the year. In all, over 650 books were purchased for the program.
Laurie McNichols, SMART South Valley Program Manager said, “Having enough books for children to read is very important to us.”
Coming together with SMART will help make sure that children in Lane County have plenty of books to read.