“WE ARE incredibly proud of Arpin Strong's achievements during such a relatively brief eight-month period,” said Mark Dearborn, president of Arpin Strong and vice president of corporate accounts for the Arpin Group. “We owe this early success to the Arpin employees who have come together to rally behind each of our charitable causes. I have been overwhelmed by their spirit and enthusiasm.”
WEST WARWICK – The Arpin Charitable Fund Inc. raised more than $31,000 and donated to 13 charitable and medical organizations in 2013, according to its year-end report.
The fund does business as “Arpin Strong,” a nonprofit organization established by Arpin Group employees in May 2013.
“We are incredibly proud of Arpin Strong's achievements during such a relatively brief eight-month period,” said Mark Dearborn, president of Arpin Strong and vice president of corporate accounts for the Arpin Group. “We owe this early success to the Arpin employees who have come together to rally behind each of our charitable causes. I have been overwhelmed by their spirit and enthusiasm.”
Moved by the “Boston Strong” slogan that inspired the outpouring of national support for those injured in wake of the Boston Marathon bombings of May 2013, Dearborn conceived of a similar slogan for Arpin employees to show their own support.
Dearborn solicited others to join him and begin an ongoing campaign and series of events to raise donations, not only for the victims of the marathon bombings, but also for tragedies, disasters, and worthy causes.
The corporation is now a registered 501(c)(3) and is a separate entity from the Arpin Group companies, with its own board of directors and bylaws.
The board of directors include: Mark Dearborn, president; Brian Asay, vice president; Mike Killoran, treasurer; Christina Sarza, secretary; and Kathy Frazier, director of communications and marketing.
Over the past eight months, Arpin Strong has conducted theme days, monthly raffles, and supported the efforts of Arpin's Race Team to raise funds. Employees have participated, on their own time, in the collection of supplies for those affected by the Oklahoma tornados and in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan.
Bob Sullivan, senior vice president of corporate accounts for Arpin Group, raised more than $20,000 for Arpin Strong and several medical organizations during a personal weight-loss challenge, inspired by his daughter Michaela's battle with severe scoliosis and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
Arpin Strong selects a special charity to support each month. The following organizations received assistance in 2013: Tomorrow Fund, Rhode Island Community Food Bank, West Bay Community Action, Veteran's Medical Center, Oklahoma Tornado Assistance, Typhoon Haiyan Relief (Save the Children), Spaulding Rehab Center (Boston), Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation, Payton's Place, The Doolan Family, Curvy Girls Foundation, The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain, and Grocery Store Gift Cards for Adopted Families.
Arpin Group Inc. is the parent-holding company of Arpin Van Lines, Arpin International Group, Creative Storage Solutions, Arpin Associates and Arpin Renewable Energy. Headquartered in West Warwick, the Arpin Group of companies is an industry leader in full-service household goods moving and storage for corporate, private residential, government and military customers.