Innovative Give Back Program Launched This Week To Support Military Families in the Fort Meade Region

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This innovative program helps "give back" to military families by collecting books and sharing the proceeds the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

An innovative program to benefit military families was celebrated Monday, July 18th with a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Fort Meade. This event kicks off the placement of collection bins across the installation to directly benefit the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR). DFMWR was represented by their Director, Martha McClary. Far Corner Inc, the Columbia, MD based company was represented by its CEO, Chris Myers, along with Col. Kent Menser, USA (ret.) the Give Back Program Director.

The Give Back Program will accept used books and media in collection bins across the installation. It will use Far Corner’s global ecommerce network, technology, and logistics capabilities to sell the books through online venues around the world and share the proceeds with DFMWR to generate sustainable revenue.

“What began as a question on how to help support military families has grown into a strategically focused program which will provide sustainable revenue over the long haul,” Myers stated. “It has taken us over four years to make sure we built processes and a foundation that will provide tangible benefit for years to come.”

Avid cyclists, Myers and Menser came up with the concept on a bike ride and have made it a priority for Far Corner Inc which has dedicated thousands of man hours and over $150,000 to get the program to this point.

“Most other company’s would have given up a long time ago. Most of the past four years was spent finding the best way to ensure this program can continue well into the future. Far Corner truly believes in Give Back Program and the tenacity and commitment of its team and the dedicated collaboration of Fort Meade is what has made this possible,” said Menser.

Far Corner Inc.’s eCommerce division is one of the largest sellers of books through online marketplaces around the world such as Amazon and Half.com. It will use the technology it has built to process millions of orders each year to help sell donations received in the bins and share a portion of the proceeds with DFMWR. In addition, books will be donated to literacy programs and other causes. “This program is a win-win-win. It helps DFMWR at a time when their need is increasing, it helps great programs focused on literacy and it keeps these books from ending up in a landfill,” added Myers.

The Give Back Program has already garnered attention beyond Fort Meade and will be used in the future to help other groups leverage unwanted books and other materials to support worthy efforts.

About Far Corner, Inc.
Far Corner, Inc. is a 25 year old, Columbia, Maryland based company comprised of multiple business units including Far Corner eCommerce, Far Corner Logistics, Far Corner Technology, Far Corner Wholesale, Far Corner Give Back, Far Corner Media, and Far Corner Publishing. Far Corner generates sustainable revenue for its partners by leveraging its innovation and extensive assets at all points along the global supply chain.

For additional information about Far Corner Inc or any of its divisions, please contact: John Boyer, 410-858-8646.

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