The Positive Payload program, an initiative that helps non-profit organizations using pickup trucks in field work, has selected two more charities to receive $2,000 in awards through its grant program. Founded by American Trucks, the aftermarket auto parts retailer has devised a way to turn the building trade into a useful tool for the common good, with this year’s annual winter winners including Habitat for Humanity’s Philadelphia chapter and Water Mission International.
First established back in 2017, the list of organizations benefiting from AT’s unique program has grown exponentially. AT says that it values initiatives with a dedication to helping those in need, serving as “an extension of the community it serves through its business.” That said, the brand also recognizes that hardworking builders and service leaders also need equally hardworking parts for their equipment and trucks, hence its commitment to helping out where it can.
Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia has repaired 500 homes and built 215 houses to date, providing shelter to more than 1,700 people since it first launched as a regional, independently chartered affiliate of the organization in 2003. Those in need of assistance can partner with Habitat, trading sweat equity hours for a down payment, and upon completion purchasing their homes or repairs through affordable loans. AT recognizes that Habitat’s fleet of trucks is essential to its core operations, and is honored to help out where it can as a donor.
The second recipient, Water Mission International, has been in operation since 2001, and utilizes innovative technology and engineering to provide clean water to more than 3.6 million people in 55 countries. Naturally, trucks are crucial to the success of this operation as well. From the moment a water project begins, trucks are used to deliver equipment and technology to the community in need. Being that rugged terrain is commonplace in many parts of the world, AT recognizes that trucks are crucial in the navigation to isolated communities.
Disaster relief efforts are another consideration, as trucks often need to be driven through flooded areas in order to reach those in need of safe drinking water. AT says that this type of work, while different than that of a construction organization like Habitat, “shares the use of knowledge and skills to impact communities with hands on workmanship.”
Congratulations to all the Positive Payload grant recipients, as two more organizations become eligible for assistance come summer 2019. If you would like to learn more or apply for the next round, visit the website for details.