By Alex Gladu
Serving communities across southern New Jersey, Rental Country, Inc. gives back to local causes year after year. In particular, this family-owned business supports the local police departments that keep the communities safe and secure – or, more specifically, the canines that work for them.
In 1981, Gary and Betty Galloway launched Rental Country in Vineland, New Jersey. It didn’t take long for the business to grow into one of the largest outdoor power equipment dealers in southern New Jersey. With that growth, Rental Country has come to serve more customers and more communities, finding new ways to be involved in the region outside of the day-to-day business operations.
“We feel it is extremely important to give back to the community,” Gary says. “The community supports us, so why wouldn’t we support them? Without the community’s support, we wouldn’t be in a position today to donate to various charities.”
In October, the Galloways worked with the nearby Glassboro Police Department to highlight local K9 teams and support several local causes. The event showcased police dogs and their trainers from across the region through exercises in tracking, obedience and apprehension skills. At the same time, the police department collected donations for three local organizations: the Spina Bifida Resource Network, the Vineland Sled Stars and Glassboro Midget Football. Rental Country donated a STIHL handheld blower to the event, and salesman Bob Brettman was in attendance to give a presentation and support on-site.
Also in October, Rental Country donated another STIHL blower and a trimmer to the Washington Township Police Department’s own canine event. K9 Kountry featured a silent auction, live music, food and other activities in an effort to raise money for that department’s K9 program, which is funded entirely by community donations.
As the year continues, Rental Country will give back in other ways. “Every year for the last several years, Rental Country donates Thanksgiving dinners to various senior citizen complexes in Cumberland County,” Gary says. The Galloways’ local business will also donate power equipment to an event for a local YMCA. These examples are all part of an ongoing approach that Rental Country maintains, giving back to the communities it serves on a regular basis.
“We donate many gift certificates, and we give monetary donations, rental equipment and power equipment to many charities and events,” Gary says. “We also have a weekly $25 Visa gift card giveaway on our Facebook page. We love giving back to our customers too!”
As a source of ongoing support in the community, Rental Country is able to contribute to causes old and new. Whether it’s K9s at the local police department or kids at the local YMCA, this local, family-owned business will likely join the fundraising effort. For more information about Rental Country, Inc., visit www.rentalcountry.com.
This blog post is part of an ongoing series called “Indie Acts of Kindness,” which highlights the ways that small business owners across the country go above and beyond for their communities. If you are or know of a small business that has developed a unique or valuable involvement in your neck of the woods, please send us a tip at firstname.lastname@example.org.