Throughout the month of August, Vons and Pavilions shoppers will have the opportunity to support athletes of Special Olympics.
Starting Aug. 1, shoppers in the Santa Clarita Valley will be given the choice to donate at checkout or round up their bill, supporting their local Special Olympics athletes.
To add some fun, there is a social media aspect to the campaign as Special Olympics invites shoppers to visit their favorite store, take a “selfie” with a favorite product, then post on SOSC’s Twitter or Instagram (@SOSocal) to enter themselves in a contest for the best photo. Photos will be judged and selected every Friday in the month of August by a Special Olympics athlete. Information can be found in each store on how to take part.
“We have worked with Special Olympics now for nearly 30 years,” said Andy Barker, Vice President of retail operations for the Vons division of Safeway. “We strongly believe in their mission and our employees continuously are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities.”
Bill Shumard, President & CEO of Special Olympics Southern California added that more than $3.2 million was raised last year alone by Vons & Pavilions for several charities, including Special Olympics, which support individuals with disabilities.
“We are ecstatic to work alongside such a strong partner,” said Shumard. “Thanks to their work, the funds raised will allow Special Olympics to focus on bringing thousands of new athletes into the organization who haven’t experienced the life-changing program.”
Don’t forget to make Vons & Pavilions your next shopping trip and not only check off your grocery list, but also check off supporting your local Special Olympics athletes by rounding up your bill at the same time.
About Special Olympics Southern California
Founded in 1969 by Olympic decathlon gold medalist Rafer Johnson, Special Olympics Southern California offers opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate in year-round sports training and competition. More than 17,500 athletes and 15,000 coaches and volunteers take part in 12 Olympic-style sports. For more information, visit www.sosc.org.
Vons is a division of Safeway, Inc., one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America based on sales. Safeway operates 1,335 stores in the United States, 273 of which are in southern California and southern Nevada that operate under the Vons and Pavilions banners. Vons supports a broad range of charitable and community programs. Its employees contributed over 425,000 volunteer hours to the community in 2013, while the company and its foundation raised and donated more than $14.5 million to cancer research, schools and nonprofit organizations that provide hunger relief and serve youth, veterans and people with disabilities.
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