July 26, 2019
The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS) earned a 2019 ASAE Power of A Summit Award for its Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT) program dedicated to eradicating human trafficking by training workers and providing tools and resources association members.
ASAE honored the program that encourages convenience stores to serve their communities by registering for CSAT, a no cost program focused on equipping convenience store employees with proper training and materials to safely recognize the signs and report human trafficking. Materials include Freedom stickers for restroom stalls, as well as an education video produced by their partner, IN OUR BACKYARD (IOB).
May 23, 2019
IN OUR BACKYARD (IOB), a non profit organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking, was awarded a Telly Award this week for a short film it helped produce earlier this year. The film, which is titled Human Trafficking: A Lifeline, focuses on the organization’s Freedom Stickers campaign, its ensuant success and stories of victims who are helped. The award is a testament to the contributions IOB has made to combating human trafficking as well as the need to continue raising awareness about an issue that is often overlooked by the media and the public.
Stay tuned for the next edition of GACS Today, which will include an IOB Super Bowl Update—29 of the 34 children in the Missing Children Booklet have been recovered!
March 21, 2019
Meredith Coleman, Sales Analyst and Marketing Manager for Jones & Frank, has been nominated as a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Women of the Year. LLS Man & Woman of the Year is a philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research among a group of motivated and dedicated individuals in communities across the United States. The man and woman who have raised the most funds during the ten-week campaign are awarded the prestigious title of Man or Woman of the Year in their community. Meredith is competing in honor of the Boy of the Year, Braylon Beam. Meredith’s goal is to raise $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The campaign kicks off March 21st and ends with the winner being announced at the Grand Finale Gala on June 1st.
March 18, 2019
First Lady Marty Kemp has begun a GRACE initiative to fight against human trafficking in Georgia. In Our Backyard, who GACS began partnering with in 2018, commended our work with a letter to the First Lady.
“As an organization, IN OUR BACKYARD, has been heavily involved in anti-trafficking efforts in Georgia over the past year. We collaborated with GBI, Atlanta PD, FBI, Wellspring Living, and many nonprofit partners to combat human trafficking surrounding the Super Bowl and act as a catalyst for further action the other 364 days of the year.
In these efforts, we also aligned closely with the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores, an organization that serves the convenience store industry in your state. To say that they were incredible partners is an understatement. What began as an opportunity for them to give back to their community turned into an ongoing commitment to engage their industry as the eyes and ears to spot human trafficking and save lives. They have been one of our strongest convenience store industry supporters nationwide.”
December 12, 2018
Courtesy of NACS
Convenience stores contribute or collect more than $1 billion to charities annually, according to a national survey of retailers released today by NACS.
Overall, 95% of convenience stores support charitable causes, with 66% of these stores supporting five or more charitable causes. Nearly all companies support local charities (91%) such as church groups, shelters, food banks and other non-sports groups. And approximately half of all retailers (47%) also support national charities. Also, more than three in four retailers (76%) contribute to youth sports groups and more than two-thirds (69%) contribute to local schools via PTAs and other fundraising activities.