GREENWOOD, Miss., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Not many large companies can claim to feel truly invested in the well-being of its surrounding community. A refreshing exception is VikingRange. During its 25 years in business, VikingRange has been dedicated to serving the community in various ways. For its years of dedication to community improvement, VikingRange has frequently been lauded for its outstanding contributions to society.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the southern coast of the United States, causing $81 billion in property damage and claiming the lives of over 1,800 individuals. With the damage being greatest in Louisiana and Mississippi, VikingRange's founder, Fred Carl Jr., and many VikingRange employees felt the need to actively participate in relief efforts for their fellow Mississippians.
Carl served on the Governor's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal task force and soon was appointed Housing Commissioner for Gulf Coast Rebuilding by the Governor of Mississippi. His leadership permeated throughout the company and motivated other VikingRange team members to participate in relief efforts as well. As a result, Fred Carl, Jr. and VikingRange were awarded the 2006 American Spirit Award presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration in recognition of their efforts.
Additionally, VikingRange's employees are personally invested in improving their local community in many ways. One employee of VikingRange had this to say about the company's culture: "The company always encourages us to volunteer for organizations of our choosing; one of the best parts about working at VikingRange is the opportunity to get involved."
Worldwide, millions of people each year are diagnosed with cancer. For many employees of VikingRange, cancer hits close to home as friends and loved ones suffer with this illness. As a result, the team at VikingRange has participated in fundraising efforts in support of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life annual event for many years. Regarding the company's involvement in helping find a cure for cancer, one employee had this to say: "Cancer is one of the most frightening diagnoses a person can receive. I am fortunate that my employer encourages us to help support the American Cancer Society and its fight against cancer."
Other causes that gain employee participation include the United Way and Mississippi Blood Services. With a strong desire to help others, the staff at VikingRange has participated in fundraising efforts to support local children and families in need, improve the health of community members, help find a cure for cancer and diabetes, and prevent birth defects. At VikingRange, the management and staff are actively involved in multiple community service projects throughout the year and they are recognized as a strong supporter of local charitable causes.
The executive leadership at VikingRange is dedicated to employee satisfaction as well as community involvement. In addition to supporting humanitarian causes and improving the lives of others, VikingRange has also played a role in restoring local historical landmarks. Many buildings on the National Register of Historic Places in downtown Greenwood were beautifully renovated through VikingRange's revitalization efforts and now serve as retail space, offices and housing. VikingRange saved the endangered historic Hotel Irving, which is now called the Alluvian Hotel, and turned it into a popular tourist destination in the heart of the fabled Mississippi Delta.
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