The Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF) is running their ‘Helping My Fellow Man’ campaign this fall with hopes to raise additional funds for families in the floor covering industry who are experiencing life altering illnesses, catastrophic injuries, and other severe medical disabilities. In the past year, the organization has doubled its grants to families, and they are seeking an additional $150,000 to help reach their goal of $650,000 for 2018.
Companies who make a pledge at the $500 and above level by October 31 will be recognized in several media and trade show publications, in the fourth quarter. Additional giving levels are as follows: $1,000 – Genesis; $2,000 – Bronze; $5,000 – Silver; $10,000 – Gold; $25,000 – Platinum; and $50,000 – Diamond.
The Floor Covering Industry Foundation is funded by the industry to help current flooring employees and retirees. Grants are awarded based on need for expenses such as medical care, medications, medical supplies, and other necessities as food, shelter, and utilities.
Chartered in 1981 by industry leaders such as: Larry Nagle, Harry Saul, Bob Shaw, Harry Saul, Walter Guinan, and Al Wahnon, the organization is now headquartered in Dalton, Georgia. The Foundation board of directors is comprised of leaders across the country. Howard Brodsky, Co-Founder, Chairman, and Co-Chief Executive Officer of CCA Global Partners, serves as the Chairman of the board and Larry Nagle, President of N.L. Nagle, Inc. is the current Vice-Chair. Keith Campbell of Mannington Mills serves Treasurer and Tim Baucom from Shaw Industries serves a Corporate Secretary.
Gifts will help families all over the country who have unexpected medical battles. Behind every grant is a story of crisis and perseverance—of a real person struggling through a difficult time. One such individual is Oralia Carrillo. A veteran of the carpet industry, she has worked as a Creeler in Dalton, Georgia for 30 years. Now battling Stage 4 cancer of her breast and bone, she just completed chemotherapy and is now taking medications and infusions to help slow and treat the cancer. Although she has health insurance, she still has large medical bills and household expenses that have been piling up while she has been out of work.
Luckily, a grant from FCIF helped pay for her medical travel expenses, cancer treatments, prescriptions, housing, and living expenses. “It has helped me to pay off my medical bills and chemotherapy. It’s a great Foundation,” shares Carrillo.
Giving options include: