APCOM recipient of Franklin Tomorrow Community Volunteer Award


APCOM Franklin Tomorrow Award Ceremony picture from left to right:
Bill Jacobs, APCOM Director of Operations; Jenn Donaldson, APCOM Marketing Manager; Brenda Hauk, Executive Director, President, Brightstone; and Randy Elliott, Director of Advancement, Brightstone

Employees at the APCOM facility in Franklin, Tenn. were recently awarded the Franklin Tomorrow Community Volunteer Award thanks to all of their volunteer and fundraising efforts to benefit local charity, Brightstone

Employees at Brightstone nominated APCOM for the Franklin Tomorrow award. 

Franklin Tomorrow Volunteer Awards WallFranklin Tomorrow is a community visioning nonprofit, which seeks to engage the community, foster collaboration, and advocate for a shared vision for the future of Franklin. Their shared vision includes a vibrant economy, distinct character, robust neighborhoods, and great people. 

BrightStone helps expand the potential of adults with special needs by providing opportunities and solutions that enrich their lives. Students learn job skills and productive work habits, as well as receive instruction in cooking and nutrition, daily living, physical wellness, music, art, computer skills, and functional academics. Since 2009 APCOM employees have dedicated themselves to raise more than $8,000 for the non-profit.  

“At APCOM, we partner with organizations such as Brightstone because they are so dedicated to the community, particularly adults with special needs.  We’re honored to be able to help fundraise and generate awareness so they can continue to provide opportunities to the community that might not otherwise be available.  It’s a great community service we’re able to provide right down the road,” says APCOM Marketing Manager Jenn Donaldson. 

Bill and Jenn receiving APCOM AwardDonaldson and Bill Jacobs, director of operations, attended the awards ceremony and represented APCOM. She says in addition to the award, Franklin Tomorrow presented the team with four magnetic-closure style notepads. “We gifted the notepads to four dedicated employees who volunteer regularly for Brightstone fundraising events: John Myers, Larry Breckenridge, Emma Podolsky and Trula Johnson,” Jenn noted.  Another noteworthy APCOM volunteer included Tina McKeithan, human resources manager, in addition to Donaldson and Jacobsl. 

Shortly after Franklin adopted BrightStone, the A. O. Smith Foundation announced it would support the organization in 2010. The organization’s strong commitment of providing hope and a sustainable life for individuals who are developmentally challenged aligned perfectly with the Foundation’s mission. 

One of the annual fundraisers that APCOM employees participate in to help raise funds for Brightstone includes Bowlability. During the Bowlability fundraising event bowlers commit to actively fundraise with a minimum goal of $100 per bowler. In addition the APCOM team delivers turkeys to Brightstone during the Thanksgiving holiday season. During the Christmas season, some of the promotional items sold at the APCOM store help raise funds for Brightstone as well. 

“By supporting Brightstone, APCOM is not just supporting an organization that is providing a needed service, but we are also giving back to our community in a way that reflects our values.  Our employees are passionate about the work Brightstone does, and there is never a shortage of employees willing to help fundraise or participate in events that benefit the organization. We look forward to partnering with Brightstone for many years to come,” McKeithan concluded.