Purchasing Power is committed to the purpose of “Powering People to a Better Life™,” which is why giving back to the community is such an important part of our corporate culture. One of our company goals is to expand and enhance the financial literacy of our customers and communities. We do this on a wide scale by offering free educational resources and financial webinars to customers through the Purchasing Power online program, and on a local basis to our community by supporting organizations that align with our purpose.
One local organization that we are proud to support is the Junior Achievement (JA) Chick-Fil-A Foundation Discovery Center, located within the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Each school year, more than 30,000 middle school students visit the Discovery Center’s state-of-the-art literacy and work readiness center to apply concepts they’ve learned in the classroom to an authentic and immersive experience. Aided by a consortium of leaders from the business and education communities—including Purchasing Power volunteers—students escape into a simulated version of their hometown, otherwise known as JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. Here, young people get to be CEOs, leaders and financial decision-makers at large corporations, participating in hands-on, interactive learning revolved around business and career exploration. Students work alongside their peers and professional facilitators as they discover a greater understanding of financial concepts, build 21st century skills and foster an entrepreneurial spirit. Together with Junior Achievement, Purchasing Power is supporting a generation where young people know how to budget, save and invest, as well as a generation that is armed with the confidence and understanding to take control of their financial futures, build their careers and achieve their dreams.
Additionally, Purchasing Power invests considerable hands-on support for a company its size—roughly 3,400 volunteer hours annually—to serve local non-profit organizations and community service outreach efforts. In 2016, we were cited as the 1st place runner-up with the IMPACT Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year Awards (companies under 999 employees).
Through company-sponsored team programs mounted across the year, Purchasing Power employees make further use of their talents and abilities by serving Atlanta-based chapters of a wide range of non-profit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Children’s Restoration Network, Families First, Kaiser Permanente, Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Open Hand, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Relay for Life (American Cancer Society), Paws Atlanta and Safehouse Outreach.
"Our employees come to us all of the time with creative and inspiring ideas for ways to serve charitable organizations across Metro Atlanta. We’re extremely proud of Purchasing Power’s longstanding commitment to community service as well as the overriding spirit of involvement and giving across our company culture.”
Racquel Roberts, Vice President of Human Resources for Purchasing Power
"Junior Achievement is about giving everybody the opportunity to come out on an even plane when it comes to preparing for their futures, having occupations, budgeting, and buying the goods that they’ll need to sustain themselves and provide for their families. Anything that we can do to help give back is something that we’re going to embrace as an organization.”
Richard Carrano, President and CEO of Purchasing Power