Franchising is a huge industry across the country that has the power to give back—and give back it does, in a variety of ways. Take a look at the following examples of some ways that franchises can encourage successful communities.
By contributing time volunteering for nonprofit organizations, Allstate agents are a special group with a long history of giving back within local communities. The brand’s been around since 1931 and is present across the country, reaching communities of all types and sizes. To this effect, the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Grant Program was created to boost the volunteer efforts of Allstate representatives. Nonprofit organizations benefiting from the volunteer efforts of Allstate reps are able to directly apply for grants. $29 million is annually allotted for community projects and Allstate volunteers collectively donate over 200,000 hours each year to nonprofits in a wide range of sectors.
Touching the medical field and education sector, recent grants made available through the program went out to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and Call Me MISTER. The former features Alabama based Allstate agent Gabe Peck as an ongoing member on the Board of Directors, a position he’s held for 18 years now. The latter is a program hosted by Clemson University which focuses on increasing the number of available teachers in challenged school districts throughout South Carolina districts. Ray Williams, agency owner in South Carolina, received the grant to be passed on to the program this year. Allstate is currently expanding in southern states with a business opportunity to run and manage agencies across various communities.
Another way that franchises are reaching out is through supporting education, a form of giving back that The Dwyer Group (an over 30 year running company that’s been led by a woman since the mid 90s) is currently offering, with a scholarship opportunity available to women to promote diversity across the home services industry. The scholarship is now open to women trade and technical school entrants seeking to work in seven sectors, from plumbing to landscaping, as a way to support women who aim to work in the sector and perhaps one day operate their own home services business. Though often thought to be male dominated, women participants, franchise operators, and workers in home services sectors are on the rise and scholarships like these help to promote their involvement through supporting educational pursuits.