The Albertsons Vons and Pavilions Foundation is once again hosting an in-store fundraising campaign in May benefiting Easterseals Southern California’s Bob Hope Veterans Support Program, which assists veterans transitioning from the military to civilian careers.
During a week-long campaign in observation of Memorial Day this year (May 23-29), Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions shoppers throughout Southern California are being asked to make donations in support of the program via the pin pad at registers, or by rounding up their total purchase amount, with 100 percent of the donations going directly to ESSC. Over the past decade, The Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions Foundation has raised more than $10.5 million for ESSC services, $2 million of it specifically through the Veterans Campaign, which was launched in 2014.
The Bob Hope Veterans Support Program provides one-on-one employment services, as well as referrals to other resources, to meet the unique needs of military personnel and veterans transitioning out of the military into a civilian job, starting their own small business or pursuing higher education. Since launching in 2014, the program has served nearly 1,100 veterans and families with employment support and referrals to other resources, placing more than 600 into civilian positions and 83 pursuing education degrees. Free to veterans, who do not need to have a disability to participate, the program was launched with a generous seed grant from The Bob Hope Legacy.