The Log Book: St. Christopher Releases 2022 Progress Report

the log book is a weekly roundup of human interest stories related to the transportation industry. This week: St. Christopher reports its 2022 charitable progress, Operation Lifesaver awards funds to 11 states, and FedEx partners with Social Motion for Autism Acceptance Month.

St. Christopher Releases 2022 Progress Report

The nonprofit St. Christopher Trucker Relief Fund (SCF) released its fundraising and program progress this week, highlighting several ways the group has provided relief to trucking families and various health and wellness demographics. welfare.

In the first quarter of 2022, the organization helped 78 drivers and raised $188,734 for various programs.

SCF noted that it has helped some 19 drivers battling cancer, 14 with heart problems, 14 with COVID complications, nine with bodily injuries, and four who suffered seizures or strokes that kept them off the road for an extended period of time. weather.

About 49% of those expenses have gone to help with out-of-pocket rent or mortgage payments, 10% to insurance, 12% to utilities, and 29% to vehicle payments.

St. Christopher is a volunteer at the Mid American Truck Show. (Photo: SCF)

The nonprofit organization also noted that its “Rigs without Cigs” program has a 40% success rate and has helped 156 drivers quit smoking and 144 drivers cut their smoking habits in half.

Since he began his “Reduce Diabetes” program last year, 12 drivers have completed the year-long program, with a total of 218 pounds lost. The program is now home to 16 new drivers who began the 2022 program in mid-January.

“St. Christopher Fund has the best and most generous backers. From our longtime supporters, monthly donors, corporate backers and in-kind backers, each one is truly a superhero for our road heroes,” said Shannon Currier, director of philanthropy. from SCF.

“We now receive about 35 applications each month and pay approximately $50,000 on behalf of those applicants, so every dollar makes a difference at SCF. Not only are homes being saved and utilities maintained, but we are also making an impact on the health of drivers through our free health and wellness programs,” he said.

SCF was founded in 2007 by John McElligott, Michael Burns and SiriusXM Radio hosts Dave Nemo.

Operation Lifesaver Awards $200,000 to State Safety Campaigns

In partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the nonprofit public safety organization Operation Lifesaver (OLI) announced Wednesday that it will send $200,000 in grants to 11 states to fund railroad crossing safety programs and projects. Railway Safety Week, which takes place from September 19 to 25.

“Keeping people safe is the number one priority of the US Department of Transportation,” said FHWA Deputy Administrator Stephanie Pollack. “The Federal Highway Administration is proud to support the work of Operation Lifesaver by providing funding for highway rail crossing safety efforts throughout the United States. And for years to come, communities across the country will be able to improve safety where the rails and highways meet, thanks to funding provided under the bipartisan infrastructure act.”

States were approved for grants for a variety of safety education initiatives, including updating railroad crossing safety videos, digital advertising campaigns, geofencing programs targeting railroad crossing ads, and multilingual advertising content.

The states receiving the grants include California, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

“OLI State Programs submitted many creative and outstanding applications for competitive crossing safety public awareness grants this year,” said OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh. “OLI is grateful for our continued rail safety partnership with FHWA and for the grant that makes these safety projects possible. Together, we can stop the tragedies.”

FedEx celebrates Autism Acceptance Month

Multinational carrier FedEx announced its ongoing partnership with Social Motion, a Houston-based nonprofit organization, to shine a light on the estimated 3.5 million Americans with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and Autism Acceptance Month. , which takes place in April.

(Video: FedEx – YouTube)

Social Motion’s Employability Transition Center helps match adults with ASDs with multiple employers while providing training where skills may be lacking. Since 2020, the nonprofit has worked with FedEx to train and employ more than 20 young adults with ASDs at its ground facility in Cypress, Texas.

“FedEx is a perfect place for our young adults with autism, because they are the masters of standardizing processes. We can train them to master the daily workflow that occurs at a FedEx ground site,” said an ASD woman who works at the Cypress, Texas site.

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