It is only appropriate that the fundraiser benefit veterans, because Bates Kennedy, owner, is a veteran.
“I hate to put an age on myself, but I was in the U.S. Army in the early 1970s,” Kennedy said.
By the promotion, Battery Plus will donate $5 for every watch battery sold this weekend.
“We have a $7.50 watch battery for sale, and we have a $13.50 lifetime battery that is also available,” Kennedy said
Kennedy said that the stores hope to raise more than $200,000 for USA Cares.
Recent studies from the Bureau of Labor Statistics find that the jobless rate of veterans is 15.6 percent - far exceeding the national average of nine percent. News this gap inspired Batteries Plus to to join a corporately supported donation campaign called, “Time to Care”, to help bridge it.
The “Time to Care” campaign’s goal is to raise awareness about all USA Cares efforts and the Jobs for Vets program in particular, by helping to raise funds to help veterans get placed back into the work force after serving their country.
In addition, Batteries Plus will be accepting donations to the USA Cares Program.
Batteries Plus LLC will also be contributing $1 for every person who “likes” the Batteries Plus Facebook page and “supports” the USA Cares Jobs for Vets Cause page – up to $25,000.
Kennedy hopes the drive is successful.
“We’re hoping to raise more than $200,000 for USA Cares,” Kennedy said. “This is a large enough group that we feel very safe that what we give will benefit veterans.”
USA Cares is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps post-9/11 military service members, veterans and their families with basic financial needs, assists veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) works to prevent home foreclosures and evictions and assists veterans with career placement. USA Cares has received over 27,000 requests for help and responded with more than $7.7 million in grants.