Have you visited the ARPCO website recently? For those of you that have NOT been on it, cough *lame* cough, you will see a plethora of transportation related tabs involving available loads, services, and freight quotes- a standard and relevant website for the industry. However, let me point out one other tab that you will not find on many, if any other, transportation business’ websites.
The Affinity Program tab.
“What?” You ask.
Affinity; as defined by Webster’s Dictionary online, is “sympathy marked by
of interest; Kinship.”
“So, you have a charity program?”
Yes, we do.
Well, ARPCO has had a heart for charity since the beginning. (No, not the beginning of time, the beginning of ARPCO.)
Albert Puig, ARPCO’s president, believes God has placed him in this position to help the less fortunate. As the Affinity page states, transportation and logistics industry professionals have it within their power to effect great positive change for needy people.
(We touted the Affinity Program so much at one time it was a misconception that ARPCO was a non-profit charity organization; those beliefs have since been corrected!)
Did you know that twelve percent of the U.S. population or approximately 38 million Americans, including 12 million children, are living at or below the federal poverty level? Many of these are food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal is coming from.
“There is no shortage of food in America; the problem is lack of donated transportation,” said Albert Puig.
The Affinity program gained footing in 1992 with bananas.The Daily Bread Ministry, also known as the Church on the Slab, was a homeless ministry that provided food, supplies, and spiritual ministry to those living on the streets in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Roy Gray, the founder of The Daily Bread Ministry [deceased], contacted Albert about a donation of bananas from the Feed the Children organization. Since Albert was involved with the Daily Bread ministry and their heart to assist those less fortunate in the DFW area, he volunteered to donate the freight via ARPCO to the Daily Bread Ministry so they could receive the bananas to distribute to those living in poverty on the streets.
The rest is history, as they say!
ARPCO has never looked back or shirked away from the opportunity to give. In fact, we have charged forward with the advent of the Affinity Assistance Program Referral Form, which allows for organizations and charities to be referred to ARPCO if they have need of domestic transportation services. Our only stipulation, as written on the form, states: “The referred organization must be involved in the business of helping needy families by providing food, clothing or medical supplies at low or no cost, and preferably provide employment and vocational or educational opportunities.”
Simple, right? Shouldn’t those be the basic values of any charity? At ARPCO, we believe in organizations and charities that offer a hand-up, not just a hand-out.
As a small business with a president that was exiled from Cuba when he was four years old, ARPCO believes in the underdog. We believe in overcoming. We believe in success. We believe in beating the odds. That is why we partner with charitable organizations across the USA to assist those that are less fortunate and in need of charitable assistance. That is why we participate in food drives, community outreach, and holiday meal sponsorship. It is not mandatory for any of our staff to participate, but they all do with abundant joy every time.
It is in giving that we receive, and we have received so much.
That is why we choose to care. Do you dare to care?