Assateague Coastal Trust Thanks Travel Advantage Network

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After donating $1,505 to Assateague Coastal Trust, we received a very kind thank-you letter from Steve Farr, the Development Director of the organization (letter pictured to the right – you can click on the letter to zoom in and read). We are happy to see that our donation will be used immediately to help protect the water quality of the Coastal Bays watershed.

Assateague Coastal Trust was the selected charity for the month of April (Earth month) by The Travel Advantage Network Accounting Department, who also led the fundraisers for this charity.

You can find out more information about the Assateague Coastal Trust charity here.

Thank you to all who donated to this charitable cause!

Travel Advantage Network Assists Individuals with Disabilities

For the month of June, Travel Advantage Network, a vacation accommodations program, dedicated its charitable efforts to Abilities Network. This non-profit organization helps disabled individuals of all ages achieve their personal goals.

To support this charity, employees participated in jeans days along with bingo games. To help spread awareness, Lexi Kowalski, Human Resources Generalist and the leader of this month’s charity, distributed Abilities Network brochures so people could learn more about this opportunity to give back. In total, over $900 was raised toward Abilities Network efforts to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their personal goals and reach their maximum potential.

“Often, adults with disabilities are left unnoticed after they graduate high school because there are not a lot of programs that assist them directly,” said Kowalski. “Abilities Network works hard to make sure these individuals have the support they need.”

To find out more information about this charity, you can visit the official website here.

Travel Advantage Network Partners with The Doughy Dog

What better way to ring in summer and help those in need than with some good, old-fashioned hot dogs? Yes, you read this right! On June 20, 2014, Travel Advantage Network employees set aside their everyday brown bag lunches and lined up for a delicious meal from The Doughy Dog food truck. The food truck visit marked the beginning of summer for company employees who took advantage of the warm weather and ate their hot dogs outside.

The food truck visit was also part of Travel Advantage Network’s dedication to supporting local charities. The Doughy Dog is a program that the local Anne Arundel House of Hope sponsors. Travel Advantage Network purchased gift certificates that employees could use to purchase a preset combo lunch, including various types of hot dogs, side dishes and soda.

The Doughy Dog is a traveling food truck, and the program allows those who are unemployed to work through a training program and participate in transitional employment. In 2007, the program was created when the Arundel House of Hope worked in conjunction with students at the University of Baltimore’s Social Enterprise to develop a nonprofit program. The Doughy Dog services to the community through catering and special events.

A big thank you to the Anne Arundel House of Hope for partnering with Travel Advantage Network to help make a difference in community and bring some variety to our employee lunches at the same time.

Learn more about The Doughy Dog and how you can help by checking out their official website: http://www.doughy-dog.com/.

Thank you to Tiffany Bartee for the pictures from this event!

Travel Advantage Network Donates Supplies to Local Homes

Travel Advantage Network, a vacation accommodations program, dedicated its charitable fundraising efforts for the month of May to NAILS, a United Way mission project. This project donates supplies, money and labor to local homes to help homeowners in need. To find out more information about NAILS, you can visit the official website here.

All employees were given the opportunity to buy a nail and have their name written on it for only $1. The nail will be used in the September rebuild trip to Cumberland. Over $700 was raised to go towards this cause. Sara Clauss, a Travel Advantage Network Client Services Coordinator, chose this month’s charity.

“I chose NAILS because I’ve had the opportunity to work with them for the past 2 years through my church,” Clauss said. “They lost a pretty significant grant this year, and I wanted to help however we could.  The homeowners we’ve worked with have been very appreciative of whatever we were able to do to help.”

A big thank you to all those who were involved in this month’s charity! We can’t wait to see what next month’s charity has in store.

BBB Shred Day Event

A big thank you to Travel Advantage Network employees who showed up bright and early on a Saturday morning to support the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Shred Day event. The company had a great turn out and the team was so efficient that people were actually turned away due to the shred trucks being full! This is a great partnership between Travel Advantage Network and BBB to help give back to the community.

Travel Advantage Network Gives Back in a Big Way

Travel Advantage Network, a vacation accommodations program, gave back in a big way in 2013 through a monthly employee charity program. Each month, a Travel Advantage Network employee chooses a charity for the company to support and comes up with creative activities to help raise funds for that cause.

“I am happy to work for a company that allows employees to choose a charity that is close to their heart and supports them in raising funds. Every month, we see true selflessness in our company as employees give of their time and finances,” said Lauren Lombard, Training Coordinator and December 2013 charity sponsor.

In 2013 employee charities included; Cancer FREE Kids, Wounded Warrior Project, Mended Little Hearts, Operation Christmas Child, Emmaus Center, Connor Cares Foundation, Casa Charity, Bella Bully Buddies, Alimayu Ministries, Almost Heaven, 4K4 Cancer, and the ALS Association.

All the hard work and generous giving by Travel Advantage Network truly paid off! In total, employees raised over $15,000 for the local and national charities. Along with the monetary donations, employees also collected six cases of canned goods, 10 bundles of paper products and 142 Christmas boxes for children in need.

Travel Advantage Network Brings Christmas To Those In Need

Travel Advantage Network, a vacation accommodations program, collected one hundred and forty-two shoeboxes filled with gifts to be delivered to needy children by Operation Christmas Child.

“I have hosted this charity for the past three years because it’s very rewarding to have such a profound impact on less fortunate children and everyone in the office really seems to enjoy the experience. It’s so different than our usual monthly charities, in that employees get to shop for items and have their family members involved in the process,” explained Lauren Lombard, Training and Development Coordinator.

Travel Advantage Network Fundraising Goes to the Dogs

Each month, a Travel Advantage Network employee or department selects a charity to support and plans activities to help raise funds for that cause. Jennifer Ross, Account Administration Senior Specialist, chose Almost Heaven because her family adopted their dog Sadie through the organization.

“Almost Heaven has provided a safe haven for dogs that would typically be put down due to overcrowded shelters or because of their age. The money we raised will be used to purchase food and pay for veterinary visits for the dogs in the shelter,” said Ross.

Travel Advantage Network Works Toward CancerFree KIDS

Travel Advantage Network, a vacation accommodations program, dedicated its charitable fundraising efforts for the month of September to CancerFree KIDS, a non-profit Pediatric Cancer Research Alliance. CancerFree KIDS is dedicated to eradicate cancer as a life-threatening disease in children by funding promising research that might otherwise go unfunded.

Each month, a Travel Advantage Network employee or department selects a charity for the company to support and plans company activities and events to help raise funds for that cause. The Travel Advantage Network corporate marketing department chose to support CancerFree Kids for the month of September.