BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 7, 2011 – The Santa Fe Sam’s Club won the prestigious Helen Walton Community Involvement Award Friday, March 4 at a nationwide company meeting in Dallas for its outstanding community service. Club associates were recognized for achievements in volunteerism and awarding grants to community organizations. Club Manager Daniel Dooley accepted the award on behalf of his club associates to a roaring standing ovation of Sam’s Club executives and more than 2,000 associates from 48 states. The Santa Fe club was also given a $5,000 grant to award to an organization in the Santa Fe area for the upcoming year.
“It’s great to work for a company that recognizes its associates for making an impact on the local communities it serves,” said Daniel Dooley, Santa Fe Sam’s club manager. “I work with an outstanding group of Sam’s Club associates who truly care about the people of Santa Fe. This is just the beginning of the great work that we will continue to do in this area.”
The award is named for wife of the late Sam Walton, Walmart’s legendary founder. Mrs. Walton was known for her community commitment. In this spirit, the Helen Walton Community Involvement Award honors one Walmart store, one Sam’s Club location and one distribution center per year for the positive difference each makes in its local community.
Helen Walton Community Involvement Award recipients must demonstrate effectiveness in the community in a variety of categories, such as community leadership by management, effective use of grant money to make a difference in the community and volunteerism by associates.
Examples of community outreach conducted last year by the Santa Fe Sam’s Club include:
- Funding for the GED program at Youthworks, an organization that provides job training and alternative education for marginalized youth;
- Financial support for WESST, a statewide small business development and training organization that encourages and cultivates entrepreneurship;
- Participation in the Teacher Rewards Program, donating 10 gift cards to teachers at Ramirez Thomas Elementary School; and
- Fundraisers to support the American Red Cross, the Santa Fe Fire Department and Children’s Miracle Network.
In 2009 alone, on behalf of Sam’s Club, the Walmart Foundation gave more than $73 million in cash and in-kind gifts to support local U.S. organizations focusing on education, health and children’s programs. Sam’s Club also donated more than 38 million pounds of food to U.S. food banks through Walmart’s partnership with Feeding America.
Sam’s Club supports community-based programs that empower young people, families and small businesses to make smart choices that lead to healthy and bright futures. Through cash and in-kind donations, as well as the dedication of associates, Sam’s Club is committed to making an impact in areas that align with the company, and with the passions and interests of more than 47 million members. The Sam’s Club Giving Program seeks to provide grants to non-profit organizations that support small businesses, youth entrepreneurship and health and wellness.
For more information about Sam’s Club Giving, visit www.SamsClub.com/Giving.
About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), the nation’s eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club, offers superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. Members save an average of 30 percent over traditional retailers. To learn more about Savings Made SimpleSM, visit SamsClub.com, and look for Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.