EDITOR: Thanksgiving is here, so let’s be thankful that Raley’s and its employees quickly reached an agreement to get back to work. With jobs assured for the grocer’s thousands of workers, it’s good for our local and regional economies. It’s also incredibly beneficial for local charitable causes, schools and community-based organizations to which Raley’s has a long tradition of giving.
I’ve seen firsthand how Raley’s gives across the board and then gives some more. Their giving is inclusive of the arts, the environment, education, the elderly, youth, and families. In our area alone, Raley’s has contributed to the El Dorado Hills Library, El Dorado Hills Community Services, Placerville Church of the Nazarene, Hands for Hope, El Dorado High School Music Department, Food Bank of El Dorado County, and those are the few I’m aware of.
When Raley’s gives, they do it in many ways. Food products provide direct aid to those in need. Whether it’s dry goods, day old bread, or pancake mix for a pancake breakfast, in-kind gifts provide a savings to the bottom line for many organizations.
Financial gifts help, too, and come in many forms including brick and mortar, desks, salaries and operating costs to keep a nonprofit organization running.
And Raley’s employees give of their time, leadership and expertise to make our communities stronger. They are coaches, Boy Scout and Girl Scout leaders, involved in civic organizations such as the Rotary Club and Kiwanis.
I am thankful knowing that we have a local company that has been a leader on our western slope an in many other communities for decades.