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Each of us has a chance, every day, to make a difference in someone’s life.
AZCO has a strong commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen. With in-kind donations, service, time and/or money, AZCO makes a difference in the lives of those in our community. By sponsoring an event, participating in planned activities and caring about others, the following is a partial listing of organizations AZCO has given to:
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. With AZCO’s participation in the Sole Burner fundraising event throughout the years, our company has raised more than $150,000.00 for the American Cancer Society.
The Performing Arts Center serves as a gathering place for the community to engage in educational and entertainment opportunities and enhance understanding and enjoyment of life through the creation and presentation of the arts. Since the founding of the center, AZCO annually supports touring productions presented at the Fox Cities PAC. A few productions AZCO has sponsored include “The Merchant of Venice”, a piano recital by George Winston, “A Christmas Carol”, and the international production of “Sweet Honey in the Rock”.
Building children’s imagination, creativity and confidence is the mission of The Building For Kids – it’s more than a museum, more than a play area for kids and more than story hour at the library. AZCO helped sponsor one of the most intriguing, family-friendly exhibits the museum has showcased; The Art of the Brick, featuring the work of Nathan Sawaya, a professional LEGO artist.
Over the years, AZCO has become very involved with our local school district on a number of levels. Because our corporate employees have children involved in sports and extra-curricular activities, AZCO has sponsored field banners, teams, and helped make improvements to the sports’ facilities. At the high school level, AZCO is more directly involved in the future of the students through the Education for Employment program. Education for Employment is a system of education-related opportunities that center on actively preparing all students to enter the global workforce of the future.
Additionally, AZCO has coordinated tours through the training facility at Local 400 and when possible, given the students a tour through a field site. Service learning is a method of teaching and learning that combines academic work with volunteer service to the community.
AZCO has partnered with the Menasha High School Students numerous times to build Habitat for Humanity Homes.
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. One of AZCO’s employees, Christy Birling, created an astounding miniature house for a Habitat for Humanity Silent Auction fundraiser event. Complete with carpeted rooms, a stocked refrigerator and an attic full of collector items, the miniature was quite a sensation! Additionally, AZCO has teamed up with the Menasha High School numerous times to sponsor and build Habitat for Humanity homes.
The Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve is a 775 acre independent, nonprofit wildlife preserve and environmental education facility, located in Outagamie County, Wisconsin. In addition to the walking trails and wildlife viewing, the Preserve provides educational and recreational opportunities to encourage persons of all ages to develop and practice a sound environmental ethic, which reflects an understanding and appreciation of nature. AZCO INC. has provided annual funding and most recently has committed to helping sponsor the capital campaign in raising funds for the new nature center.
The Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee’s mission is to identify and serve the spiritual, emotional and material needs of the community in an effective, responsible and accountable manner without discrimination.
AZCO INC. fabricated and donated a Larger-than-Life Red Kettle in connection with the annual Campaign Match Day. The kettle, a giant 3-ton, 7 foot icon, also used in other areas throughout the Fox Cities, is meant to bring awareness to those in need during the Christmas Season.
In addition to donating to the local communities, AZCO has made separate donations during national crisis, such as Hurricane Katrina, to help out those in need.
Since 1965, Rawhide Boys Ranch has helped hundreds of troubled teen boys change their lives. Located in the heart of Wisconsin along the scenic Wolf River, Rawhide is a faith-based, non-profit, residential care center dedicated to changing the lives of troubled teen boys. With monetary help from AZCO INC. and other corporate sponsors, we set the Rawhide Boys Ranch apart from other residential care centers by providing a home-like setting with House-Parents and Resident Instructors, offering moral guidance, encouragement, therapeutic counseling, specialized education, work experience and fun activities.
The Isle of Valor statue honors Elmer J. Burr and Ken Stumpf, Menasha natives who received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor in action bestowed on any U.S. soldier, plus others who gave their lives in military or civilian service. U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Elmer J. Burr, was 34 when he died Dec. 25, 1942, a day after he jumped on a grenade that had been thrown in his foxhole. His heroism saved the lives of his commander and others. In April of 1967, SP/4 Ken Stumpf braved enemy troops in Vietnam to rescue three men in his squad. AZCO INC. was instrumental in funding and recognizing the Menasha natives in their current place of honor.
A World War I statue of an American soldier – “The Spirit of the American Doughboy” stands in the median between the City of Appleton and the Town of Menasha. The monument was dedicated Nov. 11, 1934, by local American Legion Post 38 to honor 85 men from Outagamie County who died in the war. The statue was damaged in 1986 when a vehicle hit the base. AZCO INC. donated to the restoration in the name of the many employees and relatives who have served or are currently serving in the military, with special notation to those relatives who served our country in World War I.
CAP Services has been on the front-line of the war on poverty since 1966. As a private non-profit corporation, CAP offers programs in Marquette, Outagamie, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara and parts of Marathon and Wood counties. AZCO donates every year to make sure such an important organization continues.
The Community Clothes Closet is a non-profit organization serving our community by providing free clothing to those in need throughout the Fox Valley region. By providing free clothing, clients are able to stretch their limited income for other basic necessities such as food, shelter and medicine. The CCC serves the working poor, elderly, victims of abuse, students, homeless, veterans and those with emergency clothing needs.
In 2016, the CCC gave away over 336,000 pieces of clothing to over 2,200 families. In addition to supporting the capital campaign, AZCO employees participate in donation drives to benefit underprivileged children throughout the year. With annual monetary help from AZCO INC., the CCC is able to support over 13,000 client visits annually to the underserved population within the Fox Valley.
The Fox Cities Community Health Center, also known as the Fox Cities Community Clinic, opened as a free clinic in 1997. In addition to serving people with difficulty accessing high quality health care due to geographic, financial, or language barriers, the clinic also serves homeless individuals, as well as individuals at imminent risk of homelessness regardless of their ability to pay. With the annual monetary help from AZCO INC., and others, the Clinic is able to provide a broad array of health services to over 10,000 underserved Fox Valley residents.
Harbor House in Appleton and the Christine Ann Abuse Center in Winnebago County lead a community-wide partnership in the awareness and prevention of domestic violence and abuse offering safety and support to diverse families and individuals in crisis. Through individual employee donations and annual corporate funding, AZCO helps spread the word and actively takes steps towards lessening domestic violence and abuse in our community.
With in-kind donations, service, time and/or money, AZCO INC. is helping make our community healthier, happier and a better place to live and work. Each of us has a chance, every day, to make a difference in someone’s life.
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