HARTLAND, Wis., Oct. 11, 2011 // PRNewswire // -- According to an August 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for veterans who served in the military since September 11, 2001 is a whopping 12.4 percent, exceeding the already sobering national average of nine percent. Batteries Plus, the nation's largest and fastest growing battery and light bulb franchise launched a campaign called, "Time to Care," to help bridge this gap. The campaign was first launched in May and ran from May 24 - May 30, (Memorial Day), 2011. At that time, more than $75,000 was raised. The second portion of the campaign will run from November 5 - November 11, (Veterans Day), 2011.
Batteries Plus, has teamed up with USA Cares, a nonprofit organization that helps post-9/11 military service members, veterans and their families with basic financial needs. USA Cares helps bear the burdens of service members by providing military families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need. USA Cares has helped families in all 50 states and has responded to more than 31,000 requests for assistance with over $8.2 million in grants. No fees are charged and no repayment is requested.
The "Time to Care" campaign's goal is to raise awareness about USA Cares and their Jobs for Vets program and raise funds to help veterans get placed back into the work force after serving their country. From November 5-11, participating Batteries Plus locations nationwide will:
Donate $5 from each regular or lifetime watch battery replacement purchase to USA CaresAccept "In-Kind" donations from customers which will go to USA Cares
"We're proud to support USA Cares and their Jobs for Vets program," said Russ Reynolds, Batteries Plus' CEO. "Many of our franchisees are veterans and many of our stores employ veterans. The leadership and quick decision-making skills they acquire in the military translate well to the business arena," Reynolds added.
Batteries Plus, LLC will also be contributing $1 for every person who "likes" the Batteries Plus Facebook page and "supports" the USA Cares Jobs for Vets Cause page – up to $25,000. For more information, please visit http://tinyurl.com/BatteriesPlusTimeToCare.
Batteries Plus is a member of VetFran, a program created to honor those men and women who have served in the U.S. military and developed to help them transition to civilian life. Batteries Plus offers a $10,000 discount off their franchise fee in select markets to qualified military veterans who are seeking to purchase a Batteries Plus franchise.
The last portion of the nationwide campaign in May raised more than $75,000 in one week to help recent war veterans secure employment. Those funds have already made a difference for many service members.
"I'm a single mom to a one-year-old boy. I was offered a federal technician job that was a six-hour drive from where I was living. However, I worried about how to afford the move, including the first month's rent and security deposit," said Brittanie McNealy of Eureka, CA. "The 'Jobs for Vets' program paid for my moving costs, such as hotel, rent, deposits and moving truck rental. If it weren't for 'Jobs for Vets,' I don't know how I would have been able to take advantage of this great employment opportunity. I'm glad there are such caring people out there."
Bill Nelson, executive director of USA Cares, said the organization also works directly with private and public employers to help reduce joblessness among post-9/11 veterans from all branches. "These men and women are ideal employees. They are confident, highly trained, disciplined and take directions well, all crucial qualifications for any business or organization."
"At USA Cares, the 'Time to Care' campaign illustrates that the time is always right to assist those who have given so much to all of us," said Nelson. "Please buy a watch battery during this important campaign and enable us to continue to assist the military."
Since the program's start in March, 2011, USA Cares has assisted job-seeking veterans with over $74,000 in assistance. Assistance can range from buying a veteran a tank of gas to get to an interview to renting them a moving truck as they relocate for a new job.
Batteries Plus is the nation's largest and fastest growing battery and light bulb franchise. Batteries Plus, designated by Inc. Magazine as the nation's fastest growing specialty retailer and ranked as the #1 Battery Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine and D&B AllBusiness.com, has over 470 locations in 46 states and Puerto Rico. With access to more than 30,000 types of batteries, light bulbs and accessories, Batteries Plus has the widest selection of battery and light bulb products available and offers unmatched service to consumers, businesses and government entities at the national and local levels. Batteries Plus stores also feature Tech Centers equipped to design, assemble, rebuild, and test custom battery packs. Batteries Plus continues its reign as the undisputed franchise leader in the expanding $30.7 billion U.S. battery category, estimated to reach $34.6 billion by 2014 and in the growing U.S. light bulb industry estimated to be at $14 billion. To learn more about our exciting franchise opportunities and joining the battery and light bulb franchise leader please visit www.batteriesplus.com/franchising for more information.
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