Restek Gives in Response to Hurricanes Florence and Michael

AJ Saclyn, Ashley Holland, and Angie Rushe from Restek, and Sarah Mewhirter from the Red Cross, work together to support relief efforts.

Restek, its employee-owners, and its customers teamed up to give more than $5,000 this November in support of the Red Cross hurricane disaster relief efforts—particularly in areas affected by hurricanes Florence and Michael, which ravaged the southeastern United States. Both monetary and blood donations provided support to those in need.

“We are so very grateful to Restek for its generous support of our Hurricane Relief effort,” said Hope Roaten, American Red Cross Mid-Central Pennsylvania Chapter Executive Director. “Without the support of our corporate community, we would not be able to provide shelter, food, and other basic supplies and services to the people who were impacted by major disaster situations, such as hurricanes Florence and Michael. We are proud to have such a strong community partner in Restek.”

Bryan Wolcott, Restek President and Head Coach, thanked customers and coworkers for their kindness and charity.

“Hurricanes Florence and Michael were two of the most intense hurricanes to make landfall in the country’s history, and many of our employees’ and customers’ friends and family were affected by these violent storms. We’re proud to pull together to make this donation to the Red Cross on behalf of the entire Restek community,” he said. “Special thanks to our customers for their generosity and caring.”

For several weeks this fall, customers could pay it forward by converting their Wizard Dollar frequent buyer incentives to cash donations for those in need. Restek employees also offered their own Wizard Dollars, and the company matched every dollar contributed.

Similar collection drives were implemented in recent years in response to other natural disasters. Many of the programs are set into motion by Restek employee-owners who have talked to customers or family members in the areas and know how much help is needed. Restek is well-known for empowering its employees to come up with ideas to support the local communities in which they operate.

In addition to the monetary donation, employee-owners stepped up to fight the severe blood shortage through another successful blood drive on Nov. 13. According to the Red Cross, fewer blood drives hosted in September and October, coupled with the widespread cancellation of scheduled drives as a result of hurricanes Michael and Florence, have led to the current blood shortage. Restek’s drive collected 33 units—saving an estimated 99 lives! This is the continuation of a long history of blood drives at Restek—bimonthly for the last 16 years—making them Centre County’s leading business blood drive sponsor.

To learn more about Restek Corporation, visit www.restek.com and to learn about American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org

Restek Customers and Employee-Owners Donate More Than $11,000 to Red Cross Hurricane Relief Efforts

While the storms and headlines have passed, the hardships of those residents affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are nowhere near over.

For this reason, Restek held a fundraiser in September to raise money for Red Cross operations in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. In a combined effort from Restek customers and employee-owners, the company presented a check for $11,122 to the Red Cross on September 29.

Bryan Wolcott, Restek President and Head Coach, thanked customers and coworkers for their kindness and charity.

“People’s lives are forever changed by these tragic events, and I’m proud to be able to make this donation to the Red Cross on behalf of the Restek community,” he said. “Thank you to our customers for their generosity and caring.”

For several weeks in September, customers could forgo receiving their Wizard Dollar incentives during checkout over the phone or website and, instead, divert those funds to aid those in need. Restek employees could also donate, and Restek Corporation contributed an additional $5,000 as well.

Restek is well-known for empowering its employees to suggest and implement improvements to the business and its renowned culture. In this case, the hurricane-relief fundraiser was set into motion by Kent Rauch, Lead Web Developer at Restek. He said he recognized how dire the situation was by hearing from colleagues in the affected area.

“I wanted to help, so I got approval and made the code edits to the website,” he said. “The reception from our customers was tremendous.”

This is not the first time Restek raised money in response to a natural disaster. In 2013, the company raised nearly $4,000 to help ease the suffering of those affected by the tornado that ripped through Oklahoma, and the company also raised money after Superstorm Sandy hit New York and New Jersey.

Heather Ishler and Angie Rushe from Restek’s domestic customer service group helped organize and drive the fundraiser. Rushe said Restek’s culture of employee ownership instills a sense of responsibility and community.

“I work with an exceptionally generous group of folks who take our responsibility as owners very seriously. We understand that when you are in a position to be able to help, you should do all you can,” she said.