For Travel Advantage Network, charitable giving doesn’t just happen once a year; it’s part of our every day culture. Travel Advantage Network, a vacation accommodations program, has been giving back to the community since 1992 through its monthly employee charity program, supporting both local and national charities. In 2015, the company raised a record total of $15,000 in monetary donations, collected 204 Christmas boxes for children in need and 21 bags of donations that included toiletries and clothes.
Each month, a Travel Advantage Network employee chooses a charity to support and throughout the month, he or she raises money for that charity with a variety of activities. Past activities have included bingo games, 50/50 raffles, bake sales, auctions, department challenges and more. In 2015, employee charities included: Anne Arundel Medical Center’s NICU Unit, Maryland Therapeutic Riding, March of Dimes, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Wounded Marine Fund, Lupus Foundation of America, National Stroke Association, Frisky’s Wildlife & Primate Sanctuary Inc, Alzheimer’s Association, Down Syndrome Connection, Operation Christmas Child, and Making Dreams Come True.
“The charity program allows us the opportunity to support a cause we otherwise might never have known about,” Lauren Lombard, who has led the Operation Christmas Child charity for four consecutive years, said. “What I love most is having the opportunity to teach my three young daughters the importance of getting involved and giving back. Watching them experience the joy of helping someone else is priceless. They had such a great time putting together the Christmas boxes for the boys and girls around the world, and they can’t wait to do it again this November!”
2016 has already proven to be a great start to our charity efforts with money and awareness being raised for 100 Club of Anne Arundel County, Mended Little Hearts of Greater Baltimore and Almost Heaven Rescue & Sanctuary. So far, over $5,000 has already been donated just in these first three months. We are looking forward to seeing what success this year continues to bring us!