Loyal Rent-A-Center customers received a surprise recently, when the stores gave away outdoor grills as thank yous. One such customer was Susie Torres, who has leased from RAC for six years.
Forty Rent-A-Center employees recently devoted six volunteer hours to Frisco Family Services food pantry. In teams of three, the group took inventory of the entire food pantry.
This is just one of many charitable efforts encouraged by RAC. In May, the company held a month-long fundraiser for the North Texas Food Bank dubbed “RAC Around the Clock to Stop Hunger.”
Rent-A-Center just delivered a $114,000 check to the North Texas Food Bank — the culmination of a month-long coworker giving campaign themed “RAC Around the Clock to Stop Hunger.” The fundraiser included fun activities like a hula hoop contest, ping-pong tournament, and raffle.
A single mom in North Texas recently got the surprise of her life thanks to Rent-A-Center. Leilani Ferguson, 37, received a kitchen, living room, and laundry room makeover, courtesy of the nation’s largest rent-to-own operator.
Ferguson was chosen to receive new LG appliances and Ashley Furniture by Frisco Family Services, a nonprofit that helps families faced with hunger, abuse, and homelessness become self-sufficient, thriving members of the community.
Rent-A-Center has awarded $60,000 in scholarships to 60 high school and undergraduate students across the country, as part of the Make-A-Difference Scholarship Program. Twenty recipients were coworker dependents, while the remaining 40 were either customers of Rent-A-Center or their children.
Scholarships were awarded based on a number of factors, including academic and non-academic accomplishments, community activities, work experience, and educational and career goals. There were 250 applications.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County in Texas is on a mission to provide safety, healing and justice for children across the community who are victimized by abuse or neglect. They work in collaboration with law enforcement and Child Protective Services to help more 3,300 children and their families each year, free of charge.
During the holidays, the Children’s Advocacy Center works with the community to provide hundreds of holiday gifts to these abused and neglected children. Through our Give-A-Gift campaign, Rent-A-Center coworkers were able to spread some of our holiday cheer by donating over $1,000 in cash and piling hundreds more presents under our tree. We’re honored to be able to partner with CACCC and bring holiday happiness to children and families across our community.
Back in 2009, Rent-A-Center started Soup to Nuts, a humble in-store effort to collect cans of soup and jars of peanut butter for Americans struggling to balance the costs of housing, health care, clothing, transportation, and more. The inaugural program became a national store-based fundraising campaign aimed at helping food banks, and in the years since its inception, Rent-A-Center patrons have made a huge difference. Last year, stores raised $50,000 that was distributed to food banks across 39 regions. And in the last three years, Rent-A-Center has donated more than $180 million toward fighting hunger—but there’s plenty of room to do more.Read Story
Each year since 2003, Rent-A-Center team members at the company’s Texas headquarters have campaigned on behalf of the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) to help fight hunger at the local level. In 2013, NTFB recognized RAC as Corporate Innovator of the Year for its creative mix of campaign programming, which has raised more than $625,000 for NTFB to date — the equivalent of providing 1.8 million meals to families in North Texas.
In 2003, Rent-A-Center began partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters to achieve a common goal: helping at-risk children thrive in our local communities. Since then, RAC co-workers and customers have raised more than $2 million for BBBS. And this year’s Spring Egg Campaign to benefit the organization, is now underway.Read Story
Rent-A-Center’s Make a Difference scholarships help students and their families offset the rising costs of attending college. We have long understood the impact a college education has on developing a diverse and well-qualified workforce, and applications for scholarships for the 2015-16 school term are being accepted now.