A Charities View on Zuma Giving Back

The Salvation Army’s John Welton Discusses How Office Supplies Can Make a Difference.

Earlier this year, Zuma Office Supply was recognized by Austin Gives as one of the top philanthropic businesses in Austin along with eBay and the Coffee Bean and Tea Company. The award was given to those companies that gave back significantly to the community not only through their charitable giving, but also by their volunteer work and corporate culture.

The award ceremony included entrepreneur extraordinaire John Paul DeJoria of John Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron Tequilla fame as the featured speaker. The Mayor of Austin, Lee Leffingwell, also delivered a stirring speech on the importance of altruism in business, and how responsible corporate citizens are vital for any community to flourish.

John Welton, Director of Development at The Salvation Army gave a video statement of how Zuma introduced themselves to the Army, and what they have done to give back to aid the efforts of this life-changing organization. “Zuma has been a strong supporter of our work and the work of the Austin Shelter for Women and Children for many years,” said John. “It’s a pleasure to get to know a business that is truly in business to give back”.

As part of the award, Austin Gives donated $1,000 on behalf of Zuma to the Austin Shelter for Women and Children, a shelter facility run by The Salvation Army on the east side of Austin. Zuma has been particularly interested in supporting the shelter since the business started, and through both donations and volunteer work has worked to make a difference for homeless and disadvantage women and children in Austin.

About Austin Give Generocity Awards

Austin Gives GeneroCityThe Austin Gives GeneroCity Award Program was created to recognize Austin businesses that are leaders in giving back to community-based, non-profit organizations. Each year three businesses are recognized at the annual GeneroCity Awards celebration. Award recipients are selected by a panel comprised of local community leaders, including Nikelle Meade of Husch Blackwell; John-Michael Cortez of Capital Metro; Olga Campos of U.S. Money Reserve; Denise Bradley of St. David’s Healthcare; and Bobby Jenkins of ABC Home & Commercial Services.
To learn more information about Austin Gives or to join the organization at no charge, visit austingives.net.

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