September 15, 2017 - by Dara

         Throughout 2017 PPAI Staff have put their commitment to community service into action by participating in several volunteer initiatives with local community organizations and the Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF). The PPAI Community Service Committee, an internal group that coordinates the Association staff’s outreach efforts, spearheads the community service projects.
         In February, PPAI staff raised $461 for PPEF. PPEF is an educational, charitable, nonprofit organization that awards college scholarships to students who have a parent working in the promotional products industry or who are working for a company in the industry.
         In April, PPAI staff collected 1,010 pounds of food and $875 in cash to assist local food pantry Irving Cares during a 4-week period. The Association has supported Irving Cares since 2003 and has donated more than 44,000 pounds of goods to benefit families in the community. Irving Cares is a United Way agency dedicated to providing Irving residents with temporary assistance and training to promote self-sufficiency.
         PPAI staff also volunteering their time at Irving Cares. Over a three-day period at the end of April, a total of 16 staff members helped stock the food pantry, offloaded pallets and bagged groceries for Irving Cares clients and cleaned the facilities.
         In May, four PPAI staff members each spent 4 hours volunteering (16 hours total) at Operation Kindness. Also, staff members and their families participated in the CHD Awareness Walk & Fun Run and helped raise $1,000 for congenital heart disease awareness and research.
         In June, PPAI staff participated in the 2nd annual PPAI Unleashed Run for the Rescues agility challenge. $733.88 was raised to purchase needed products for the Irving Humane Society. Additionally, there was $400 in direct cash donations and PPAI staff donated food, towels and toys for the shelters. All4Paws Grooming donated product valued at $906.70.
         In August, 20 PPAI staff members and family plus 5 Irving Cares staff volunteered 50+ hours and donated $60 of rocks and painting supplies for the #60for60 awareness challenge. Staff painted 140+ rocks which were placed throughout the City of Irving to raise community awareness about Irving Cares and their support for the community.
         The PPAI Community Service Committee and PPAI staff will continue their commitment to community service with the Thanksgiving Food Drive during the holiday season.

PPAI's Commitment to Community Service

The PPAI Community Service Committee and PPAI staff are dedicated to helping local organizations and PPEF.

Painting With Purpose

PPAI Staff’s Rock Paintings Draw Attention To Local Charity.

Community Service

PPAI's internal committees annually volunteer and participate in events that support our local Irving community.