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Pave It Forward
A&A Paving is committed to "Paving it Forward" to our community and charitable organizations on the front lines of helping those in need. On a monthly basis, the team here at A&A volunteers their resources to assist an organization making a difference in the lives of many. We believe that through our efforts that we too are contributing to sharing the love and hope to people in need. Below are some of the organizations that we have had the honor of serving.
A&A Paving Bringing Leadership Training to Mexico
A&A Paving Contractors, Inc. enthusiastically supports the tremendous efforts of the Global Leadership Summit (GLS), and to-date has funded 11 Summit sites throughout Mexico, including Cuernavaca, Piedras Negras, Salitillo, and Xalapa. Each year, the Summit is held throughout the world to provide extraordinary leadership training for individuals who inspire and lead within their local churches, communities and businesses. Based on the belief “everyone has influence,” from stay-at-home moms, to pastors, to CEOs, the GLS provides a unique blend of vision and inspiration. The practical leadership skills which participants gain from the GLS has been transforming communities, churches and businesses worldwide. The two-day Summit features highly respected speakers, music and active participation – bringing together the hearts and minds of thousands of participants into an amazing leadership experience. For more than 20 years, the Summit has proven to produce compelling results:
87% of attendees feel a greater sense of significance and satisfaction in their personal and professional lives.
61% of attendees believe their organization is more effective because of a clearer vision.
81% of attendees cite specific ways their supervisor has become a better leader.
By supporting the GLS, A&A has joined a community of leaders from over 135 countries, who’s annual Summit attendance totals more than 450,000 people. A&A Paving Contractors, Inc. appreciates the opportunity their sponsorship of the GLS is bringing to Mexico, and continues to expand their global support of this incredible Summit. For more information on the Global Leadership Summits, read more here.
Proud To Pave It Forward “FOR THE 10”
A&A Paving wholeheartedly supported the 2nd Annual “For the 10” Golf Outing, held at Itasca Country Club. This annual event is one of several initiatives sponsored by Mission Church’s “For the 10” – including The Global Leadership Summit, Project Just Start, the Holiday Gift Mark, DuPage PADS and the Extra Mile Award. “For the 10” is an organization which exists to serve people by identifying and supporting needs within 10 nearby communities – often in unprecedented ways. Without strings attached, Mission Church achieves this vision by funding and organizing exceptional initiatives that meet tangible needs not already met by others. These 10 towns include: Addison, Wood Dale, Itasca, Medinah, Bloomingdale, Roselle, Glendale Heights, Carol Stream, Bartlett and Hanover Park.
This year’s golf outing raised $90,000! As a result, “For the 10” has been able to eradicate the issue of any child beginning the school year without school supplies – here are the backpacks provided for every child in need within the “For the 10” communities. Since Mission Church’s inception in October of 2011, it has strived not to be a church in the neighborhood, but for the neighborhood. As such, “For the 10” was formed as an expression of this commitment to the church’s ten surrounding towns. There are approximately 262,000 people that live within the township boundaries of “For the 10.” Hidden among that population in suburban Chicago are more than 23,000 people living below the poverty level. “For the 10” believes that there are many ways to serve those who are living in one of these ten towns, who have needs that are currently not being met. Ultimately, “For the 10” hopes to transform the ten towns into a destination to live and a place that residents are increasingly proud to call home. Learn more about “For the 10” here.
Giving Hope With Phil's Friends
A&A Paving was fortunate enough to partner with the Bloomindale-Roselle Rotary club to serve at Phil’s Friends in Roselle. Phil’s Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to “providing support and hope to those affected by cancer.” Using care packages, notes of support called Cards of Hope, and volunteer visitors, Phil’s Friends attempts to give hope to those in dealing with cancer. Along with the Bloomingdale-Roselle Rotary Club, A&A Paving created cards and care packages to be delivered to cancer patients. These packages and cards provide support to people struggling through cancer and their families. The Bloomindale-Roselle Rotary Club is a service-oriented club that sponsors community projects. At A&A Paving, giving back to the community and providing support to those in need are priorities. To learn more about the good work Phil’s Friends are doing head here.
Spreading Holiday Cheer!
A&A Paving Contractors, Inc. team members happily spent a lunch break shopping for toys to donate to For the 10’s Holiday Gift Mart. Delighted with their task, these shopping elves filled carts with holiday presents for local children. Incredibly, these children will receive these gifts from their parents, who will no longer have to worry whether they can afford gifts this holiday season. Each year, thousands of parents throughout the Chicagoland area struggle to provide for their families, let alone purchase Christmas gifts for their children. For the 10, established by Mission Church, partners with friends and sponsors to set up “toy stores” full of new, donated toys at host schools. Families from these schools can shop for the perfect gifts for their children. Proceeds from the toys sales, which cost families $2 per toy but are generally valued at approximately $10, are then given to the school to fund educational initiatives of their choice. As a result, the For the 10 Holiday Gift Mart empowers parents and provides them with a dignified way to purchase gifts for their children this Holiday Season. The effort is completely local; serving 5 elementary schools right here in the northwestern suburbs. Since 2011, over 13,00 gifts have been provided – a spectacular accomplishment where everyone wins: parents, children and schools! To learn more about the For the 10 Holiday Gift Mart, click here.
Paving it Forward "For The 10"
A&A Paving enthusiastically supported the 1st Annual “For the 10” Golf Outing, held at Itasca Country Club. “For the 10” is a Mission Church organization which exists to serve people by identifying and supporting needs within 10 nearby communities – often in unprecedented ways. Without strings attached, Mission Church achieves this vision by funding and organizing exceptional initiatives that meet tangible needs not already met by others. These 10 towns include: Addison, Wood Dale, Itasca, Medinah, Bloomingdale, Roselle, Glendale Heights, Carol Stream, Bartlett and Hanover Park. Since Mission Church’s inception in October of 2011, it has strived not be a church in the neighborhood, but for the neighborhood. As such, “For the 10” was formed as an expression of this commitment to the church’s ten surrounding towns. There are approximately 262,000 people that live within the township boundaries of “For the 10.” Hidden among that population in suburban Chicago are more than 23,000 people living below the poverty level. “For the 10” believes that there are many ways to serve those who are living in one of these ten towns, who have needs that are currently not being met. Ultimately, “For the 10” hopes to transform the ten towns into a destination to live and a place that residents are increasingly proud to call home. Learn more about “For the 10” here.
Show Us Your Stripes... change a child's life
As we celebrate the “stars and stripes," we’re asking our customers to share a photo on Facebook - of an A&A Paving Pavement Striping project we’ve completed for you - and we’ll make a contribution to the Medinah Shriners.
How YOU can help:
- Take a photo of a pavement striping project A&A Paving has completed for you.
- Post your photo to the A&A Paving Facebook page, and be sure to “Like” A&A Paving: facebook.com/AandAPaving Not on social media? Email us your photo with your name and we’ll be happy to share it for you.
- For every post received, A&A Paving will make a donation to the Medinah Shriners, in support of Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
You can help A&A Paving to reach their goal to raise $2,000 for Shriners Hospital.
About The Medinah Shriners
"Having Fun & Helping Kids" The Medinah Shriners are dedicated to fun and fellowship but with a serious purpose. Shriners enjoy many opportunities to find personal fulfillment and satisfaction through supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children®. You can help make a difference, Learn More About The Medinah Shriners
How much fun can you have wearing a hairnet?
Turns out… you can have TONS of fun.
The A&A Paving team had a wonderful day volunteering at a Feed My Starving Children Packing event, hand-packing rice, soy, dried vegetables and nutritious vitamins in packets that are distributed to the neediest children around the world. Working with several other volunteer groups during our session, FMSC made it possible for us to prepare more than 30,000 meals! Throughout our volunteer shift we had a fun, upbeat and energizing experience - while getting the chance to impact hundreds of people in only two hours. Learn more about how YOU can volunteer for such a wonderful and giving cause.
Out of the Clear Blue Sky
But those who know Todd Eichholz and Bob Olson will attribute their growing good fortune, and that of their company’s, as one with a source much higher than the blue sky…
From a series of events, starting with a long lunch, a new connection and an invitation to attend the Global Leadership Summit - Todd, his partner Bob Olson, and the entire team at A&A Paving has transformed their company and themselves into a culture of success by treating people fairly, getting involved in serving the greater community and making time for their families.
Read the article and view the video to learn more about A&A Paving and the GLS:
Walk-A-Mile with Wayside Cross Ministries
The song, Walk A Mile in My Shoes, written in 1969 by Joe South, later made famous by Elvis Presley, spoke of the need to see the world through each other’s eyes, during a turbulent period in our nation’s history.
Since that time, the phrase has taken on a host of meanings, not the least of which is the call for us to understand the plight of those less fortunate than us.
Each year the Elgin Wayside Center holds the Walk-A-Mile fundraiser in the middle of February, to help those more fortunate to identify with what the homeless experience on a daily basis. The 1.5 mile trek through the streets of Aurora seeks to bring awareness to the Center’s message of hope and healing to the lost, homeless and hurting.
Inspiring The Next Right Step
And, while guests may come to the Center for food, clothing, and laundry – they receive much more! Since 1993, the Elgin Wayside Center has been transforming the lives of the hurting and needy, with the help of many faithful volunteers.
The Wayside Center helps over 200 individuals every month with practical, life-altering services. As a daytime shelter, the Center operates a job skills program, life skills classes, a job liaison program and one-on-one mentoring relationships while providing lockers, showers, laundry services, meals, two daily Bible studies and personal motivational case management.
A&A Walks With You
Members of the A&A Paving team participated in the 2017, 9th annual walk, raising funds and awareness for this incredible cause, gathering with other volunteers after the walk at an open house to celebrate the fellowship of service and faith.
Operated by Wayside Cross Ministries, the Wayside Center is always on the lookout for caring, compassionate people. There are many ways to help the ministries, including volunteering, donations and business opportunities here.
For Phil Zielke, adversity came at him in the form of stage 4B Hodgkin's Lymphoma -- not once, but twice. Diagnosed in April 2004, he endured aggressive treatments and tested free of the cancer by October that year. In April 2005, doctors told Zielke the cancer had returned. After another round of treatment -- this time including a stem cell transplant -- Zielke was again cancer-free by November 2005.
He emerged from the cancer with his health, with a deeper faith and with a greater sense of purpose for his life. He would help others through their own fights with cancer.
While still in treatment himself, Zielke thought of the things that gave him comfort -- his family and friends, his faith. He envisioned a group of volunteers who would support cancer patients physically and spiritually. And he created Phil's Friends.
Today, the faith-based outreach program has a network of volunteers who pray for those battling cancer, send over 9200 supportive cards per week, and put together and send care packages to patients. The care packages include items to occupy the mind and comfort the body as well as Bibles to be spiritually encouraging.
Some of the team at A&A Paving were honored to be among the volunteers at this incredible organization in the month of January. While there we assisted in sending hope in the form of care packages, along with love and laughter in the form of cards that will be sent out to 39 different individuals battling Cancer.
Patients or their loved ones can visit the organization's website, philsfriends.org, to request prayers, cards or the care packages.