Here are a few other community-friendly franchisees who caught our attention:
- I scream, you scream: Fred Bradish, 57, a minister and Baskin-Robbins franchisee in Dallas, distributes coupons for free ice cream every six weeks to locals who maintain perfect attendance either at school or at work.
- Couching staff: Vancouver, Washington, Chem-Dry franchisee Pat Heffron, 40, discovered a way to both train his employees and help the community. New technicians learn Chem-Dry techniques by cleaning discarded furniture, which is then donated to local shelters for battered women and homeless people.
- Bless this mess: Country Clutter franchisee Sylvia Pardini, 32, helps charities in Milpitas, California, by donating gift packages and revenues to the local food pantry, YMCA and Rotary International.
- Token of affection: Debbie Slavens' students don't just study at her Sylvan Learning Center in Vandalia, Ohio--they learn to be socially wise. Through an annual "token drive" for Shepherds, a residential facility for the mentally disabled, students give up their Sylvan-store tokens, which are rewarded for positive behavior. Slavens, 49, matches each one with $1 out of her own pocket.
Fantastic Sams, Mountain Laurel Plaza, Rte. 30, Latrobe, PA 15610, fax: (724) 853-7061
First Choice Haircutters, (800) 617-3961, http://www.firstchoice.com
Tim Horton's, (902) 368-3727, fax: (902) 368-3758
Karen E. Spaeder is a freelance business writer in Southern California.