PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) food and shelter program received a generous donation of $10,000 from Yard House restaurants as part of the Round It Up America® program.
The check was presented Thursday by Yard House General Manager Gil Vance and accepted by SAVES Coordinator Patricia Morales, and Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford.
Yard House corporate donated $5,000 and the Palmdale Yard House matched it bringing the total to $10,000.
“The generosity of Yard House and its customers is nothing short of amazing,” said SAVES Coordinator Patricia Morales. “Through their kindness, families in need in the South Antelope Valley will receive essential services to help them through difficult times.”
“Yard House is a model example of an organization coming into a community and making a difference not only through its exceptional food and service, but in giving back,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “Our residents, too, have shown where their hearts are by graciously ’rounding up’ their bills for this worthwhile cause.”
Round It Up America® is a program that Yard House is a part of that gives everyday Americans the opportunity to donate pocket change by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar, allowing for small and potentially frequent giving.
While the individual donations may be nominal, their collective sum is powerful. Round It Up America® aims to provide support to local non-profit agencies, such as food banks, homeless shelters and crisis relief centers that protect the welfare of children and older adults living in our communities as well as provide emergency assistance for military troops and their families.
SAVES was one of 25 charities selected by Yard House corporate for the award. The charities, including food banks, emergency shelters and military support services, will benefit from the more than $320,000 raised by guests who “rounded up” their checks while dining at Yard House during the last 12 months.
Round It Up America® was founded by Yard House President and CEO Harald Herrmann along with Jennifer Weerheim, the company’s vice president of marketing.
The program has raised nearly $640,000 since its inception two years ago with 811,000 guests participating. The majority of non-profit organizations benefiting from Round It Up America® are located in communities where Yard House has locations.
Yard House also granted $75,000 to Operation Homefront, a national organization that provides emergency financial assistance, counseling, and recovery support to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Amy Palmer, who heads the organization’s San Antonio office, will make the pilgrimage from Texas to accept the donation on behalf of Operation Homefront.
Since 1983, the City of Palmdale’s SAVES program has provided basic necessities to low-income and displaced families/individuals who are experiencing an emergency situation on a temporary basis. For more information, call SAVES Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 661-267-5191.
(Information via press release from the City of Palmdale.)