JBS Carriers recently donated 20 used Dynasys auxiliary power units (APUs) to help the Diesel Power Mechanics Program at the Community College of Aurora. The APUs were a welcomed donation to their school, worth approximately $90,000, and will be used as training aids for the students.
Pilgrim’s team members from De Queen, Ark., and Nashville, Ark. joined President Obama and the local community to assist tornado victims of the April 27th tornado that tore through Mayflower and Vilonia, Ark. The Pilgrim's team members were there to help from Wednesday, May 7 and worked through May 11, putting up tents, firing up cookers and providing more than 5,000 meals to the community.
The Pilgrim’s Pride facility in Waco, Texas, provided chicken, allowing Pilgrim’s volunteers to prepare meals for the staff and security teams of the President and Governor, as well as impacted members of the Vilonia community.
"As soon as we heard about the tornadoes, we contacted The Poultry Federation of Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to see how we could help,"" said Don Burrows, Complex Manager at the Pilgrim’s De Queen facility. Mr. Burrows worked with local, state and federal agencies to coordinate the participation of Pilgrim’s volunteers and identify how Pilgrims could contribute to the relief efforts.
Longtime United Way supporter and JBS team member Matthew Lovell hatched a United Way fundraising idea that has since been named the “Sweaty Man Challenge”: to solicit donations for each consecutive day he dons a sweater (to include weekends) and refrains from shaving. So far he has worn a sweater for more than five consecutive months and the donations for the United Way are climbing daily.