by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Being a locally owned and operated business is about far more than generating transactions and sales. In fact, local businesses are uniquely positioned to support their neighbors by giving back to those in need, with studies showing that independent retailers donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of national chains. And that’s exactly what Durocher’s-Sylvania did on Thursday, Nov. 7 by participating in Nationwide Marketing Group’s National Week of Giving initiative.
Nationwide is a buying, marketing and business support organization that represents more than 5,000 independent appliance, electronics, furniture and bedding retailers across the United States. And much like the retailers it supports, including Durocher’s, Nationwide has always been committed to giving back.
In February 2018, Nationwide Marketing Group formed a relationship with No Child Hungry, which strives to end child hunger around the corner and around the world. Since then, the Nationwide community has collectively packed more than 685,000 meals at various events around the country, delivering a portion of those packed meals within the local host cities and the rest to children and their families in Haiti and the Bahamas.
“Our network of Nationwide members is a powerful force and is filled with some of the most giving dealers in the business,” said Tom Hickman, Nationwide’s president and chief member advocate. “The collective effort to give back just keeps growing, and the difference it’s making is humbling.”
In an effort to expand its relationship with No Child Hungry and the impact it has in combatting child hunger, Nationwide created the National Week of Giving, which provides member companies an opportunity to host local give-back events in their own communities. As a participating Nationwide member location, Durocher’s teamed up with No Child Hungry and employees from Durocher’s -Sylvania, Durocher’s-Monroe and La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Toledo packed 10,000 meals during the event, which will be distributed to the following local organizations: Toledo Seagate Foodbank, Monroe County Opportunity Program (MCOP), Salvation Army, St. Joseph Center of Hope, Monroe, Mich.
“Giving back is all part of being a good steward to the communities where we work and live. Helping the people in our neighborhoods that we serve is the right thing to do. If you can give… give,” said Chris Durocher, Durocher’s owner and president.