Giving Back to the Community – it’s as important as making money!

By Andrea Brenholz, CEO / President |   Thu, Feb 07, 2019 @ 08:24 AM

Volunteering is as important to me as making money. A provocative statement?

Maybe, but it’s true. I think volunteering as a Girl Scout is when I first became passionate about it. I remember helping with an ocean cleanup, going to the local senior center to spend time with the residents, and sorting cans and food at a local food bank, something I’ve done numerous times since then!

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VTO Spotlight: Patricia Schnieber and Andrea Brenholz Work with The Thompson Family Foundation to Help Local Schools

By ATR International |   Tue, Feb 05, 2019 @ 02:28 PM

What if you showed up every day for school, willing to work hard and learn, but when you got there you had nothing to work with? Imagine first grade without pencils or paper. Imagine not enough textbooks in math class. Not enough microscopes in science. Sadly, that’s the situation for many schools around the nation. Children show up every day eager to learn and ready to work hard but often don’t have the tools to do so.

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VTO Spotlight: Debbie, Van, Emily and Juan volunteer at Martha’s Kitchen

By ATR International |   Mon, Jan 28, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

Over the holidays, many of our employees chose to volunteer their time to help make our local community a better place. For Debbie McCoy, Juan Rosales, Van Nguyen and Emily Hillman; They chose to spend their VTO helping out at a local Santa Clara County soup kitchen that goes by the name of Martha’s Kitchen. Martha’s Kitchen, having adopted the motto of “Feeding the hungry with dignity with no questions asked,” is an organization that was founded in 1981 by Louise Benson in an effort to alleviate hunger problems in Northern California communities. 37 years later, Martha’s Kitchen has served over 4,500,000 million meals to people with an annual production of 450,000 meals per year. Over the years, Martha’s Kitchen has experienced enormous success at working to feed the hungry through collaboration with over 50 different nonprofits in the local area for food distribution and preparation.

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VTO Spotlight: Nick Angelo and Lauren Sherer help out at the San Diego Food Bank

By ATR International |   Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 07:34 AM

This year we chose to volunteer our time with the San Diego Food Bank (SDFB), an organization that is on a mission to bring hunger relief to our local community. We originally came across the organization through a quick search online for local volunteer programs.

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VTO Spotlight - Whitney Nusser helps out the North Texas Food Bank

By ATR International |   Wed, Nov 28, 2018 @ 01:47 PM

My time volunteering with the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) was an amazing experience that I will always hold close to my heart.

I was browsing for different organizations online to volunteer with and came across the NTFB. I was very impressed with the impact they had been making on the community and their goals for the future. A hunger relief organization affiliated with Feeding America, the NTFB provides 180,000 meals per day (that’s 72 million a year!) to those in need, from children to seniors. That’s amazing!

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VTO Spotlight - Saroj Ghosh Helps Out the Muscular Dystrophy Association

By ATR International |   Thu, Dec 21, 2017 @ 09:00 AM


My time volunteering with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) was an amazing experience that I would encourage all people to take part in. You are probably familiar with their annual Labor Day telethon, and they also sponsor Bike-A-Thons, Muscle Walks, and other fundraising activities. Money raised goes to research but also funds things for children challenged by MD.

My daughter has been working with the organization for a long time; she first started working with the MDA in high school and loves working at the MDA Summer Camp. I’d been looking for an opportunity to give back to the community and she convinced me to get involved with the camp. It’s been a part of her life for the past 11 years, so I decided to sign up.

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VTO Spotlight - Fran Garfinkel Volunteers With Women Helping Women

By ATR International |   Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 06:57 AM

I moved to Orange County, CA over 10 years ago. Once I settled in, I began looking for a volunteer opportunity that allowed me to use my professional experience to help others. That opportunity came when I connected with Women Helping Women (WHW).

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VTO Spotlight - Sara Delaney Spends Time With The Behailu Academy

By ATR International |   Fri, May 05, 2017 @ 06:57 AM

The Behailu Academy is an organization that is close to my heart. I started volunteering for them when I was introduced to the organization through a family friend that happened to be on the Board of Directors. I was really drawn to the Behailu Academy because of the direct impact they have made on so many children’s lives in Charlotte. The academy provides arts and recreational projects designed to help teens engage in their creative side, develop critical thinking skills and foster a sense of social responsibility. The results Behailu has brought to our local community have been staggering, leading to a 90% increased interest in the arts and an 88% increase in teenager self-confidence ratings.

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Volunteering Is Good For Business

By Angelique Solorio Alvarez, Chief Diversity Relations Officer |   Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 06:58 AM

As National Volunteer Month comes to an end, we wanted to take an opportunity to share our Volunteer Time Off Program and our passion for volunteering and supporting local charities. We encourage each of our internal employees to participate in our VTO Program, which offers each internal employee 5 days per year (one 40-hour work week) to volunteer at a charitable organization of their choice.
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VTO Spotlight - Toys For Tots

By ATR International |   Wed, Dec 14, 2016 @ 08:07 AM

Toys For Tots is an organization that has been providing new Christmas toys for underprivileged children since 1947. Recently, members of our Marketing Team used their Volunteer Time Off (VTO) to spend some time helping out at the United States Marine Corps location in San Jose, CA. Toys For Tots is always a popular way for ATR employees to use their VTO.

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