Acts of Service volunteer service program coordination moves from Lippert Components to Community Foundation of Elkhart County
Elkhart, Ind. — Acts of Service, which has inspired half a million hours of volunteerism in northern Indiana, is making a move.
Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®), which started Acts of Service in 2017 as a way to inspire its team members to volunteer in the community, is handing over coordination of the successful program to the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, effective December 2, 2019.
The program started in 2017 as part of LCI’s philanthropic initiatives. LCI is a leading manufacturer of highly engineered components for the mobile and leisure transportation industries. Chief Executive Officer Jason Lippert challenged those who work for his company to give back by volunteering for a total of 100,000 hours in the first year of Acts of Service, and they succeeded and successfully doubled that amount in the second year.
Since then, 34 other businesses have joined LCI in encouraging their employees to give volunteer time to non-profits across the South Bend-Elkhart region. More than 100 non-profit entities have become part of the network of recipients, and hundreds more have been the recipients of projects ranging from remodeling to clean-up by teams of volunteers.
Since its inception, more than 500,000 hours have been given back to local communities via Acts of Service. LCI is handing off the program and its coordination to the Community Foundation of Elkhart County to ensure its ongoing growth.
“We’re extremely proud of the initiative we’ve started for our community, and the fact that we’ve inspired so many other companies to start their own service hours initiatives to help the community is amazing, and is one of our biggest accomplishments as a company, to date,” said Jason Lippert, President and CEO of LCI. “At the end of the day, I get most excited about leaving lasting marks that will improve our communities for generations to come, and Acts of Service is certainly one of them. We know the service is in great hands, and we’re excited to see it continue to flourish through the support of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County.”
Community Foundation President Pete McCown said he and his team are pleased to receive the gift of this successful program. “During the holiday season, people think a lot about giving. Acts of Service has made giving back to our community a year-round activity as people give of their time,” he said. “As we try to inspire generosity and open doors for people and agencies in our community, we are thrilled that Lippert Components is entrusting us with sustaining this great program.”
Michilah Grimes, Director of Corporate and Community Impact at LCI, added, “Acts of Service has truly been a labor of love. To see this vision become a reality and to see the impact and support of our community has been humbling. It’s been an honor to spearhead the philanthropic initiatives through Acts of Service. LCI would like to thank the countless individuals and businesses who’ve helped grow Acts of Service.”
The website www.ActsOfService.com and its accompanying mobile app will remain the key resources for agencies to apply for assistance and to log volunteer hours.
With over 90 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, Lippert™ is a leading, global manufacturer and supplier of highly engineered products and customized solutions dedicated to shaping, growing, and bettering the RV, marine, automotive, commercial vehicle, and building products industries, and their adjacent markets. Lippert also serves a broad array of aftermarket segments, supplying best-in-class products designed to enhance recreational pursuits, both on the road and on the water. From powerful towing technology and automated RV leveling systems, to boating furniture and one-of-a-kind shade solutions — Lippert combines strategic manufacturing capabilities with the power of our winning team culture to deliver unrivaled Customer Service, award-winning Innovation, and premium Products to every industry and person we serve.
3501 County Road 6 East
Elkhart, IN 46514