No wonder Boca Helping Hands’ exec Greg Hazle is smiling. That big check represents $10,000 Boca-based ADT donated to the nonprofit. And just in time, too.
Last week, 430 people needed free lunch, the executive director said. “Nothing close to that before,” he added. Orange cones marked off lines for free grocery bags that have stretched back to 16thStreet. “It’s encouraging and inspiring to see the community respond,” Hazle said.
A leading provider of security systems, ADT is considered an essential service. So “it’s our way to help people have peace of mind,” ADT chief financial officer Jeff Likosar said at Boca Helping Hands Tuesday.
Mike McWilliams, a senior vice president, also attended. The executives had on ADT face masks they took off for the photos.
This donation was just one of ADT’s $1 million in contributions to more than 100 nonprofits hit hard by coronavirus in 44 states and Puerto Rico.
The funds are being allocated in $5,000 and $10,000 increments to nonprofits where ADT employees live and work, the company said. Local ADT teams determine which charities to support. Choices range from soup kitchens like Boca Helping Hands, that also does job training, to homeless shelters and first responders groups. organizations.
“All of us at ADT are immensely grateful to our hometown heroes on the front lines who are selflessly continuing to serve their communities while facing the unique challenges of a COVID-19 environment,” Jim DeVries, ADT president and CEO said in the announcement.
The check presentations will continue through June as part of the company’s ADT Always Cares employee volunteer program.
ADT also supports police and fire departments through LifeSaver celebrations, that recognizes ADT employees and first responders who help save the lives of ADT customers.
ADT provides security, automation, and smart home solutions through more than 200 locations and nine monitoring centers.The company’s corporate headquarters is at 1501 Yamato Road in Boca Raton.
By Marci Shatzman