Holly Hughes, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Carter
ATLANTA (July 13, 2011) – When it was time to upgrade the entire printer fleet at Carter’s corporate headquarters, we wanted to make sure the machines did not end up in a landfill. The Atlanta office had 30 printers worth more than $7,000 still in great condition. We decided to divide the machines among the following three organizations that are meaningful to Carter associates. See below for picture of Carter’s IT Department on pick-up day! (From left: Joe Terrell, Lauren Cantrell, Derek Davis)
1) Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia, Alabama and Central and Northern Florida. In 2007, we chose the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia & Alabama and Central & Northern Florida to be our primary charity partners by committing to help make wishes come true for children battling life-threatening illnesses. Since then, more than 95 percent of our associates have participated in granting wishes for 28 children in Georgia, Alabama and Florida, contributing hundreds of hours and donating hundreds of thousands of dollars. These included trips to Disney World, room makeovers, new play sets, and life-size trains, among others.
2) Capitol View Elementary School. In 1993, Carter kicked-off a partnership that still thrives today with Capitol View Elementary, a public school in downtown Atlanta. Carter implemented a mentoring program for at-risk children, which encourages our associates to mentor children on company time for four hours a month throughout the school year. Carter associates have provided over 10,000 hours of tutoring and mentoring and participate in special events, including job shadowing, Principal-for-a-Day, and Career Day.
3) The YWCA of Greater Atlanta. Carter continues to support the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The printers will not only be used for the YWCA staff, but also available for the children to use in classrooms.
Carter’s Tampa office also donated machines to Metropolitan Ministries, a Tampa-based non-profit focused on preventing homelessness, easing hunger and helping people develop self-sufficiency in order to transition back into the community.