Our legacy of community service was established six-plus decades ago by our founder, Sam Kitchell, and holds steadfast within those who work for the company and can be seen in each of those who volunteer in their communities. It is an attitude of caring, helping neighbors in times of need and simply doing what is right without a reward.
Our ongoing partnership with Desert Mission Food Bank, that includes not only gathering food during times of significant need, but also bi-monthly work hours in which a dedicated group of employees and their family members come together to pack emergency food boxes and sort non-perishable food items.
Today, Kitchell’s legacy is maintained by the individuals who take pride and ownership in their company and the importance they place on giving back to our communities. We are consistently noted as one of the highest corporate contributors in the Phoenix Business Journal, with a strong focus on pediatric healthcare and social services.
Highlights from our individual and collective community commitment include:
- Recognition as a 2011 Business Journal “Heart of Business” honoree
- The construction of Ryan House in Phoenix, a safe, comfortable place where Arizona children with life-limiting conditions can receive safe, comfortable, short-term respite care from an experienced, professional staff.
- Sponsorship of Teach for America teachers, programs and book drives.
- For the past 20 years we have contributed time and expertise to Rebuilding Together in Oakland and Phoenix, helping to rebuild and remodel homes to create clean, safe and dry housing.
- We played an instrumental role in the relocation of the UMOM New Day Center, assisting the center with due diligence, purchase and financing of the new facility, whose mission is to "break the cycle of homelessness."
- Our team members regularly participate in local fundraising events such as American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and Relay for Life.
Desert Mission Food Bank offers help to the hungry and those in need of nutritional support, providing emergency food assistance in a dignified and respectful manner to individuals and families. Our affiliation with Desert Mission Food Bank includes not only gathering food during times of significant need, but also bi-monthly work hours in which a dedicated group of employees and their family members come together to pack emergency food boxes and sort non-perishable food items.
Typically the group of 20-plus volunteers can pack enough food to provide for 300 families for a two-week period. Those who receive these emergency packs, which include grains, soups and canned protein, rely on these packages to provide for their families when all other resources (such as food stamps and other public support) have been expended.