Raining Rainbows: State Associations Create RTO Disaster Relief Fund

RTO Heads of State talk about raising funds for disaster relief at the State Chairs Gathering at RTO World 2022.

When Kentucky was hit hard late last month by heavy rains, deadly flash floods and river-destroying floods, Bill Howardpresident of the Kentucky Rental Dealers Associationwanted to act quickly to help people in need.

“As someone who does business in Kentucky, I felt it was important for rental dealers in Kentucky to do something to step in and help their people,” Howard said. “The devastation was widespread, and it was just the right thing to do.”

Bill Howard

Bill contacted APRO to inquire about the RTO Employee Disaster Relief Fund, which provides funds to assist APRO members and their employees affected by natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or fires. Under the umbrella of the APRO Charitable Foundation, the Disaster Relief Fund is committed to helping RTO employees during a difficult time and to helping our staff get back up and running as soon as possible after a disaster. Those in need simply submit a brief online application and APRO staff contacts them to gather further information. The APRO Board of Directors reviews and then approves funding accordingly.

As Howard worked to get relief for Kentucky, he noted that natural disasters are all too common these days and the need is widespread, so he challenged other dealer associations to state rental to match his $2,500 donation.

“APRO’s National Disaster Relief Fund is not just for Kentucky flood victims, but for all RTO families impacted by natural disasters,” Howard said. “It is our responsibility as heads of state to lead the charge and ensure their needs are met.”

To date, Howard management has raised nearly $22,000 for RTO’s Employee Disaster Relief Fund from state rental dealer associations nationwide, including organizations of Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Virginia. Two individual donors – Susan Matthew (Benefits Marketing Solutions) and Brad Sibert (Hippo Tire & Wheel LLC, dba RNR Tire Express) – have also generously contributed to the cause, ensuring that their RTO colleagues receive support when they need it most.

Thank you all for your generosity, and a special thank you to Bill Howard for leading this outstanding fundraising effort!

If you would like to join this effort and donate to the APRO RTO Employee Disaster Relief Fund, please click HERE. All dues are tax-free and every dollar goes directly to tenant employees in need!

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