Ownership, relationships and service are the fabric that binds The Main Street America Group and our employees.
Since our founding in 1923, we have remained committed to demonstrating our core value of service through our many philanthropic efforts. This dedication has been recognized by being named one of 30 "Companies That Care" by Jacksonville Magazine. The publication annually features profiles of community-minded businesses and highlights their charitable efforts.
Through our NGM Charitable Foundation, Main Street America also provides financial support to organizations focused on meeting health and welfare, educational, cultural and civic needs. The Foundation achieves this by making both corporate contributions and matching employee donations to non-profit organizations throughout our markets.
Other examples of how we make an impact in the communities where we work and live include:
Main Street America encourages our employees to be active citizens by annually providing each individual with a paid volunteer day to use at the 501(c)(3) organization of their choosing.
Additionally, we participate in many local events, including the Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire and the VSA (Very Special Arts) Arts Festival at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, Fla.
Annually, we hold a companywide Thanksgiving food drive and holiday toy drive benefiting area food banks and Toys for Tots, respectively.
Through both employee contributions and a company match through our Foundation, we donate approximately $100,000 each year to support local United Way agencies.
Main Street America awarded a five-year $50,000 endowment to support the University of North Florida's (UNF) Coggin College of Business Career Management Center, which provides training and resources to aid students in their employment preparation and job searches.
In conjunction with UNF's College of Education, we also support Woodland Acres Elementary School. Our commitment to the Duval County, Fla., public school includes several Main Street America employees and their family members volunteering to tutor students in the classroom, as well as holding regular drives for much-needed school supplies.