Continuing its commitment to Ashe County charities, AEV awarded nearly $35,000 to local charities on Thursday, Dec. 19.
The donations for the six nonprofits totaled $30,000. The nonprofits were: Ashe Outreach ($6,600), A Safe Home for Everyone ($6,000), Ashe Services for Aging ($6,000), Ashe Really Cares ($5,100), Ashe Pregnancy Center ($3,300) and the Ashe County Sharing Center ($6,000).
The representatives were welcomed by AEV President Mark Van Arnam and members of the AEV Charity Committee Dominick Gaetano, Geneva Brooks and Randy Barr.
Van Arnam said employees were asked to donate a dollar each week to go to a local charity.
“Local means Ashe County,” he said. “That is the charity committee wants it and that’s the way the (workers) want it. In exchange, the company matches that (total) 100 percent.”
Gaetano said an additional eight charities will receive donations as well. This year the amount given to all 14 charities will total $34,000.
“The more people are aware of you outside, (the employees) vote individually on agencies as it goes through,” Gaetano said. “The more you do, the more they are aware.”
Those organizations are: Ashe Humane Society, Top Dog Clinic, We Care, ADAP, Summit Support Services of Ashe, Imagination Ashe, Camp New Hope and Appalachian Senior Programs.
Van Arnam said the employees take a vote to determine how the money will be allocated.
“We appreciate what you do,” he said. “We are glad to be part of it.”
AEV had a successful year, producing 1,096 vehicles in 2013. Most ambulances were domestic, but some were shipped internationally including to Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Chile.
“It’s been a very good year for our company,” he said. “We’ve been here for 22 years now and we’ve become the largest domestic ambulance manufacturer in the country.”
AEV employees 347 people. At the beginning of the year, local nonprofits are encouraged to submit requests to take part in the annual program.
AEV’s Charity Committee is taking information from nonprofit organizations that serve Ashe County residents. To apply, submit a letter to the company describing how the nonprofit supports the county.
Information, including proof of nonprofit status, tax ID, address and a point of contact should be sent to AEV, 165 American Way, Jefferson, N.C. 28640, Attn. Charity Committee. For consideration, information should be sent in by March 1.
For more information, contact AEV at 982-9824.