American Income founder Bernard Rapoport believed that if you take from the community, you must also give back to the community, whether it’s where you live, work or visit.

When AIL representatives visit customers in their homes, they ask for a donation of non-perishable foods to help stock local food banks. Each holiday season, local offices collect toys for children in need. When disaster strikes, AIL is on the front lines to help provide what is needed.

Whenever members of our sales force visit other communities for meetings and conventions, we partner with a local charity through our Closer to the Heart program. We collect donations which go directly to the organization and, whenever possible, engage in hands-on volunteer opportunities.

The projects listed below are but a few of our Closer to the Heart partnerships.

Square Peg Foundation

Half Moon Bay, CA — Fall 2016

Square Peg pairs rescued horses with autistic kids in their therapeutic riding program. The kids are as good for the horses as the horses are for the kids. Volunteers helped with light chores, learned about the program, and observed training and lessons. Donations: $10,150

Children in Crisis

Destin, FL — Spring 2016

Children in Crisis provides hope for abused, neglected and abandoned children in the community. The Children’s Neighborhood has an emergency shelter and family foster homes that augment the shortage of foster homes in the community. Volunteers helped with spring cleaning the group homes in the Children’s Neighborhood. Donations: $28,700

Guanacaste Community Fund

Guanacaste, Costa Rica — Spring 2015

This organization funds various programs in this underserved rural area. Volunteers visited a CECUDI (a Spanish acronym for day care center) and played with the children, mostly children of local workers. The country’s unstable government withdrew funding before the center was completed. Donations helped finish inside facilities such as restrooms. Donations: $12,950

Samaritan Inn

McKinney, TX — Fall 2014

The agency is a comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people gain dignity and independence. All services and support are provided free of charge through funding made from donations. Volunteers assembled holiday meal baskets for Samaritan Inn’s community outreach program. Donations (including materials): $45,950

Homeless Prenatal Program

San Francisco, CA — Spring 2014

This program strives to break the cycle of childhood program by providing prenatal health and education for homeless and disadvantaged moms. Convention attendees brought baby outfits for HPP’s baby showers. Almost everyone who works for the organization is a former client. Donations: $26,340

Operation Homefront

Grapevine, TX — Fall 2013

Operation Homefront provides support services to families of the lowest-paid members of our military, the E-1 through E-6 enlisted ranks, who typically live 80% below the median income level — poverty level. Volunteers built 25 bikes for their holiday toy distribution program. Donations (including bikes and tool kits): $29,820

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation

Mashantucket, CT — Spring 2013

Fidelco is dedicated to promoting increased independence to blind men and women by providing the highest quality guide dogs. They pioneered a process whereby guide dog users are trained in the communities where they live and work. It costs $45,000 and takes two years to train each dog. Donations: $28,525 (Along with funds raised by our sister company, we raised enough money to sponsor a pup named Bernard, after AIL’s founder.)

Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans

New Orleans — Spring 2013

VOAGNO supports and empowers the city’s most vulnerable and underserved residents. They provide more than 20 services programs. Volunteers assembled bags of personal items for homeless veterans. Donations (including project materials): $67,300

Casa Esperanza

Santa Barbara, CA — Fall 2012

Volunteers served lunch at the area’s only homeless shelter. They serve up to 600 meals to homeless and low-income men, women, and children every day. Attendees brought gently used business clothing for the shelter’s job readiness program. Donations: $20,325

Clean the World

Las Vegas, NV — Fall 2012

This organization collects partially used soap, shampoo, etc. from hotels, recycles it, and distributes to poverty or disaster stricken areas where hygiene is compromised. Volunteers worked at the recycling center to separate collected progress into like bins. Donations: $25,475 (Note: We have since also used CTW’s hygiene kits as components in other projects elsewhere.)