Jo-Ann Team Members give back in big way during National Volunteer Week

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444 corporate Team Members participate in inaugural volunteer program.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores partnered with Habitat for Humanity during National Volunteer Week

Jo-Ann Stores CEO and president Travis Smith (on scaffold) and EVP, Store Operations Ken Haverkost hang siding at a Twinsburg, OH Habitat for Humanity site.

We are thrilled with the response from our team members who were so eager to give back to their communities. Their generosity is inspiring.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the leading fabric and craft specialty retailer in America, with help from 22 community organizations, celebrated National Volunteer Week by giving back to the communities they call home.

National Volunteer Week officially took place April 15 through 21, and Team Members from the Jo-Ann Stores corporate office in Hudson, Ohio took advantage of a new company volunteerism program which allowed them to donate time during their work week – up to eight hours each. Throughout the week, 444 employees participated in the program fulfilling 651 volunteer opportunities and donating more than 2,529 hours collectively.

"We are thrilled with the response from our team members who were so eager to give back to their communities. Their generosity is inspiring," said Jen Frantz, manager of community marketing for Jo-Ann. "And we would not have been able to put this Volunteer Week program together without help from Business Volunteers Unlimited and the many non-profit organizations we partnered with; I cannot thank them enough."

Highlights from the week-long program include:

  •     In addition to the volunteer hours, $21,500 in monetary donations were made; $500 per volunteer group
  •     Over 500 pillow cases were hand-sewn for Conkerr Cancer
  •     More than 8,000 pounds of meat and cheese and two tons of pasta were packaged at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
  •     Five acres (500 pounds) of garlic mustard plant were eradicated at the Holden Arboretum; garlic mustard plant is an invasive species which endangers indigenous ones
  •     Beautification projects took place at numerous other sites including the Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  •     Over 300 greeting cards and 100 tote bags were handcrafted for Hattie Larlham

Additional non-profit partners included Habitat for Humanity, Replay for Kids, The Salvation Army, and the Ohio & Erie Canalway.
For a recap Volunteer Week activities through photos, visit the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Flickr page.

About Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the nation’s largest fabric and craft retailer with locations in 49 states, was founded in 1943 as a single retail store. Today, more than 770 Jo-Ann stores across the country provide customers all the fabrics, craft supplies and inspiration they need, conveniently under one roof. For additional information, visit http://www.joann.com.

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