Community Involvement in Mt. Olive, Goldsboro, Jacksonville & Across Eastern NC
Handy Mart strives to make a difference in each of the communities surrounding our stores and home office. Our commitment to community support is evident through the many local and national fundraising programs that Handy Mart participates in each year. Whether it is donating supplies to youth sports events or volunteering our time in raising money for charity programs, Handy Mart believes that without strong community ties, we have no future.
Read below to learn about the many ways in which Handy Mart and Turtle Dude give back to communities in Mt. Olive, Jacksonville, Goldsboro, Greenville, New Bern, Havelock, Wilson, Princeton and across eastern NC.
Handy Mart/Mount Olive College scholarship program
Each year since 1986, Handy Mart has sponsored the Handy Mart/Mount OliveCollege Scholarship Golf Tournament. With the generous support of our vendors, community sponsors and the volunteer efforts of our employees, as of 2013 this tournament has raised over 2.3 million dollars and has provided over 573 scholarships to Mount Olive College students. As a result of the vision and dedication of Handy Mart, the lives of hundreds of students have been transformed by the opportunity to attend college.
American Cancer Society Relay for Life & Handy Mart
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in America. Odds are that everyone can name someone who has been affected bythis disease. TheHandy Mart/PopeTransport Relay For Life team is doing its part to find a cure by raising money for the American Cancer Society. Over the past five years, the amounts of money we’ve raised for this wonderful cause have grown to over $100,000. Since 2007, Handy Mart has also offered customers the ability to donate to Relay For Life by purchasing a Handy Mart gift card. For every Handy Mart gift card purchased, 1% will be donated to Relay For Life (up to a $20,000 annual amount).
Handy Mart supports MDA in defeating neuromuscular disease
Each year during the month of March, all Handy Mart locations participate in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Shamrocks Against Dystrophy® campaign. Shamrocks are offered at all Handy Mart locations for $1 and $5 to allow our customers and vendors to be a part of defeating neuromuscular disease. Dollars raised support MDA programs in research and health care services that provide help and hope to families affected by neuromuscular diseases. With the support of our customers and vendors, Handy Mart has sent over $128,000 to MDA in support of their efforts.
Handy Mart joins St. Jude to find a cure
During the month of October, Handy Mart, along with thousands of retailers, unites to help fight childhood cancer through the St. Jude Halloween promotion. During the month-long promotion, employees at Handy Mart ask our patrons to make a $1 donation to St. Jude to join in the fight against childhood diseases. In return for the contribution, the donors have the opportunity to write their names on pumpkin-themed cards, which are displayed through Halloween. Through the generous donations of our customers, Handy Mart has sent over $54,800 to St. Jude to help find a cure.