At Rockaway, N.J.-based Allan Industries, great importance is placed on enhancing and supporting the communities in which its employees live and work, and the company’s charitable initiatives in 2011 are a reflection of that commitment. Last year, support provided by Allan Industries totaled more than $20,000 in cash charitable contributions and stretched across a range of social service organizations, impacting a number of individuals throughout New Jersey.

“Helping our neighbors in need is simply a part of who we are and a principle upon which our company was founded,” said Paul Allan, founder of Allan Industries. “Our philosophy is that if we’re fortunate enough to be a part of a community, then it is our responsibility to be deeply entrenched in that community and to do what we can to strengthen its core.”

Last year, Allan Industries’ longstanding tradition of supporting area communities touched lives in a number of ways:

• Cancer Center at Saint Clare’s Hospital (Denville, N.J.) – Gift Cards
Allan Industries continued its rich giving history to Cancer Center patients of Saint Clare’s Hospital. The company worked closely with the Center’s Oncology Social Workers to identify gifts that would be meaningful and helpful to the cancer patients – some of whom are terminal and others who have lost their jobs and health insurance. Allan Industries purchased $2,000 worth of Walmart gift cards for the patients in order to empower them with the ability to buy the items they or their families needed the most. Feedback provided by the Center’s Oncology Social Workers conveyed that, “the cards were not only greatly appreciated, but provided flexibility to the patients, allowing them to buy a variety of items they regularly need including prescriptions, groceries and clothes.”

• Trinity United Methodist Church (Hackettstown, N.J.) – Non-Perishable Food Items
For years, Allan Industries has donated a large quantity of non-perishable food items to the pantry at Trinity United Methodist Church – the area’s largest food pantry – and 2011 was no exception. The company’s year-round donations equated to approximately $5,000 worth of food that was dispersed to people in greatest need. Allan noted that, “Given that the food pantry at Trinity United Methodist Church serves more than 900 local families, we feel good about making such an impact and doing what we can to help struggling families get by in a difficult economy.”

• Boy Scouts of America, Central New Jersey Council – Adopt-A-Family Program
Partnering with the Boy Scouts on aiding struggling families has been especially meaningful to Allan Industries. The company appreciates the youth organization’s focus on building character and providing opportunities for boys and young men to be good citizens. Last year, Allan Industries played an important role in the Boy Scouts’ Adopt-A-Family program, responding to a “wish list” of items needed by families and providing everything from winter coats to undergarments. The company also donated Walmart gift cards to afford families the opportunity to select some of the needed items on their own. All told, Allan Industries provided $5,000 of support to the Boy Scouts’ Adopt-A-Family program in 2011. “It was a pleasure for our Allan Industries family to work with these young Scouts on such an important philanthropic program,” said Allan.

• Our Lady of the Mountain Roman Catholic Church (Long Valley, N.J.) – Various Donations
Allan Industries maintained its tradition of responding to the needs of Our Lady of the Mountain Church. Among its giving initiatives to the church, the company made a large donation towards the purchase of a new organ, as well as assisted six families in need with food, clothing and toys for children during the holiday season. According to Allan, “We feel a strong responsibility to help individuals directly so they realize 100 percent of what we donate.”

Allan Industries is proud of its commitment to the community and believes that its contributions of time, talent and funding in 2011 have truly made an impact on people’s lives. The company looks forward to tapping its culture of giving again this year and using its 3,000-plus strong Allan Industries family to make a difference for the people and places where its offices are located across the country.