GACS members give back to their communities in a multitude of ways, including partnering with charitable organizations. Below are a few of our member partnerships.
Clipper Petroleum founded their non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation in 2013 with a mission to impact and support local schools and charities. Their main fundraiser is an annual golf tournament. In 2017, the Foundation awarded $110,960 in grants to 42 deserving organizations and schools.
United Way of Northeast Georgia supports 29 human service agencies. Golden Pantry's annual golf classic supports their 2-1-1 program, which is a resource to connect those in need to local resources, such as physical or mental health services, employment assistance, and services to address homelessness.
Jet Food Stores annual golf tournament enefits NephCure Kidney International, an organization dedicated to seeking a cure for Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). In over 12 years, Jet Food Stores has raised more than $350,000 for NephCure.
McDonald Oil is a proud supporter of MDA and holds an annual golf tournament benefitting them. Through research, caring for those affected by muscle disease and their families, support groups, and summer camps, MDA champions for those affected by muscle disease.
The Fueling the Community program, launched in 2011, distributes over $100,000 per year to local schools. Parker's raises money for the program through their annual golf tournament and by donating one cent from every gallong of gas purchased at all of their stores on the first Wednesday of each month.
Since 2011, RaceTrac has partnered with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and has raised more than $3 million through 5k races and store-level efforts. The Michael J. Fox Foundation commits itself to finding a cure for Parkinson's. During Parking's Awareness month (April), RaceTrac offers specials in stores for customers to donate, as well as holding 3 5K events across the nation.
GACS GEMS, or Going the Extra Mile Stories, is on an ongoing initiative to showcase how GACS members give back. Thank you for serving and supporting your local communities! Read GACS GEMS stories.
GACS and its members are joining the fight against human trafficking by partnering with Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT), a program launched by national non-profit In Our Backyard.
Convenience stores are intertwined into their communities, and with Georgia being ranked 7th in the nation for most cases reported to the National Human Trafficking hotline (2018), GACS members have committed to join the fight.
CSAT provides a simple, no-cost program with practical tools for retailers to recognize the signs of human trafficking and safely report the suspected crime. Learn more about CSAT.
CSAT also has a new web training video offered at Ready Training Online.
Retailers can post Freedom Stickers in their stores, which contain the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
Join today and materials will be sent directly to your office.
Safe Place is a national program geared at providing assistance to at-risk youth. Youth who are in a crisis situation and need help and/or shelter may enter a Safe Place location where they will have access to a qualified Safe Place volunteer or agency partner staff.
GACS is proud of QuikTrip, who has been a designated Safe Place since 1991.
To learn more and become a Safe Place, visit www.nationalsafeplace.org