First Tee, Meals On Wheels Receive Donations
Mentoring Minds donated a combined $5,000 to two area nonprofits as part of a new service-oriented program.
The Tyler-based national education publisher donated $1,500 to Meals on Wheels Ministry and $3,500 to The First Tee of Greater Tyler.
Meals on Wheels exists to provide nutritious meals, daily contacts and other support services to senior citizens and disabled people, according to a Mentoring Minds news release.
The First Tee of Greater Tyler's mission is to impact young people's lives through educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
Mentoring Minds started MindSHARE, a program designed to encourage employees to be active community members and volunteers.
As part of this, the company plans to select and award funds to nonprofit organizations quarterly up to $20,000 a year, according to the news release.
This year, the MindSHARE committee evaluated 10 employee-nominated organizations for the awards.
Committee members considered several factors such as employee involvement and organizational reach when selecting recipients, according to the news release.
Mentoring Minds employee Joe Arciniega nominated Meals on Wheels because of his previous involvement as a volunteer and board member.
Gavin Rasco, Mentoring Minds' director of knowledge management, nominated The First Tee of Greater Tyler. He serves as marketing chairman and National School Program chairman for the organization's board.