H&R Block, recognizing the important contributions not for profits make for those in the Nashville area, spent hours helping-out in a big way. On Monday, over 2000 H&R Block franchise owners were gathered to do work for Boys and Girls Club, Operation Stand Down Nashville-Veterans, Gallatin CARES, and Nashville Rescue Mission.
“It is with great honor that my team of thousands of H&R Block franchise owners can work on such an amazing project,” said Karen Orosco, H&R Block senior vice president of U.S. Retail. “H&R Block is proud to be able to help Nashville organizations with an activity that will improve the community and impact many.”
H&R Block brought its annual convention that gathers franchise owners from across the country for three days of training, learning and now sharing to Nashville. As part of the convention’s agenda, more than 2000 attendees supported four Nashville-area nonprofits.
According to Orosco, Giving back has been part of what H&R Block has been about since Henry and Richard Block started the company over 60 years ago.
“We recently embarked on a new growth strategy and part of that really is about doubling down on what we’ve done in our communities,” said Orosco. “Our purpose at H&R Block is to provide help and inspire confidence in our clients and communities everywhere, and so the way we demonstrate that is by doing meaningful events.”
Over 70,000 sq feet of the convention center was transformed into a warehouse for assembling care packages for teens, veterans and families. Franchisees were also asked to pack new gloves and hand warmers in their travel bags. Approximately 2000 pairs of gloves and cold weather gear were included in care packages for veterans.
Following the packing event, franchise owners loaded the care packages into buses and took them to Gallatin High School for distribution. The school parking lot was filled with families waiting to receive the packages.
The giving was on a grand scale and perfectly executed-adhering to an aggressive timeline. In other words, it was a giving event that could only be pulled off by an organization like H&R Block.
“We mobilize 80,000 tax professionals in 10,000 offices to get ready to serve almost 12 million clients; so we know about logistics and operation,” said Orosco. “We thought only we can do something this special and impact different groups and needs in one massive event.”