Ricker’s Helps Power Salvation Army with $10,000 Check

Carmel, IN – In support of The Salvation Army and Indiana communities, Ricker Oil will present the charity with a check for $10,000. The money is part of the BP Fueling Communities program, which provides grants to local organizations that are nominated by BP’s Branded Marketers, like Ricker’s, to support the communities in which they do business.

Ricker’s was awarded a total of $30,000 to distribute to charities and other not-for-profit organizations throughout the state.

“We are grateful to BP for the opportunity to support organizations like The Salvation Army, which make a tangible difference in their towns,” said Jay Ricker, Founder and CEO of Ricker Oil.

In addition to the funds from BP, Ricker’s raised more than $15,000 for The Salvation Army through its own in-store initiatives, which will also be presented on Friday, for a total of $25,000.

Headquartered in Anderson, Indiana, Ricker’s expanded last year to include convenience store locations in Hamilton County and Indianapolis, in addition to locations in Fort Wayne, Avon, Greenwood and other communities throughout Indiana.

“Donations such as these allow us to touch the communities where we do business in a more personal way,” said Ricker.

Salvation Army representatives will accept the donation tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. at the Carmel Ricker’s (1850 E. 151st St.). Ricker’s mascot, “Pops The Clown,” will be on hand to conduct the check presentation and pose for photos.

Last year The Salvation Army served more than 2 million meals and provided safe nights of shelter to more than 96,000 individuals. They also provided support and care for homeless and abused women and children, as well as for individuals struggling to overcome substance abuse and addiction. The organization helped find homes for families and individuals thanks to its low-income housing program, and aided nearly 50 people in successfully rebuilding their lives after treatment through its Harbor Lights Transitional Housing program.

The remaining $20,000 will be awarded next month to Born Learning – an initiative of the Madison County United Way in Anderson – and the Shepherd Community Center – a faith-based inner-city ministry operated on the near eastside of Indianapolis.

Posted on: January 19, 2012 @ 8:00 am