Guest Post: Register collections at Costco for Wounded Nature – Working Veterans?

June 26th, 2012 · 5 Comments

[I hope everyone will give this guest post a read and consider the question of how likely you would be to make a donation to this charity when you’re going through the Costco check out line.  This is a great charity helping to get the beaches up and down the East Coast clean.  I also like that the clean-up workers on the boats are veterans.  Plus, isn’t it fun to think that we could all have a little part in sponsoring the Costco cleanup boat?]

I would like to get some feedback from Costco shoppers on collecting donations at the register for our non-profit before I approach their corporate staff.  Every shopper has experienced a register collection at a retail facility.

Wounded Nature - Working Veterans

As a result of 10 years of economic depression funding for waterway and beach clean-ups has been either drastically cut or totally eliminated in the federal, state, and local budgets. As a result of these severe cuts, the only beaches being cleaned are the main public beaches where voters frequent. The beaches being cleaned happen to be areas that wildlife avoids because of the number of humans occupying this area. The areas that wildlife has migrated to, use for breeding, and raising their young are not being cleaned. This results in an accumulation of trash that wildlife eats, becomes entangled in and is an aesthetic eyesore to what should be a pristine area.

Wounded Nature – Working Veterans is working to address this problem by utilizing houseboats to transport workers into these clean-up areas, encourage public involvement in clean-up efforts, and education through public appearances by the clean-up crews. Recently discharged veterans will be hired and utilized as crew members.

The houseboats will travel and clean areas along the entire east coast from Maine to Key West, FL.  You can see the details of who we are and what we are doing at: www.woundednature.org.

If the money is collected at the Costco chain, it would be skinned and branded as our Costco boat.  The boat would show Costco and non-Costco shoppers that the company supports a clean environment. The total cost for operating one of our boats is 1,4 million per year.  That includes fuel, labor, insurance, etc.

Most companies like Costco have their advertising budget planned for the next 18 months.  As a result, ad funds are not available and the only way to obtain funding for the vessel is if they can accomplish it without any out of pocket cost to themselves.  That is where the customer comes in:  Would you be willing to donate at the register if asked to fund a Costco environmental clean-up boat?

Please post your reply here on AddictedToCostco.  If you want to contact me personally, my email address is below.

Rudy Socha
CEO
Wounded Nature – Working Veterans
www.woundednature.org
rudy@woundednature.org
Visit and “like” us on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/WoundedNature

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5 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Chandra // 2013.05.02 at 10:15 am

    Remarkable! Its genuinely awesome paragraph, I have got much clear idea concerning from this paragraph.

  2. 2 rudy socha // 2012.08.03 at 10:32 am

    Update – I have now contacted Costco’s CEO Craig Jelinek four times by email and left a phone message. I can not even obtain an acknowledgement from te company.

    Rudy Socha
    CEO
    Wounded Nature – Working Veterans
    http://www.woundednature.org
    rudy@woundednature.org
    Cell 440-452-1042

  3. 3 rudy socha // 2012.06.27 at 5:06 pm

    Thank you Guy – I appreciate your public support for us.

    Rudy Socha
    CEO
    Wounded Nature – Working Veterans
    http://www.woundednature.org
    rudy@woundednature.org
    Cell 440-452-1042
    Visit and “like” us on Facebook at:
    http://www.facebook.com/WoundedNature

  4. 4 Guy Manningham // 2012.06.27 at 4:28 pm

    As a veteran and a business owner who proudly sponsors programs such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Dog Bless You and other organizations helping veterans, I really appreciate anyone who gives back to these guys and gals who sacrificed a lot preserving our freedom. Thanks!

    Guy Manningham

  5. 5 rudy socha // 2012.06.27 at 2:23 pm

    Kimberly, thank you for running this for me. What I found interesting is that your readers felt that Costco somehow may construe their comments as negative and that it would affect their membership status. Although no one responding directly criticized Costco.

    The comments were all supportive and dealt with whether your readers felt Costco did anything or enough for veterans and the environment. If I were to boild the replies down to a summary it was that Costco is able to do what they do and make a profit because of the sacrifices veterans have made, and Costco continues to profit from all of the veterans and active duty military personnel who shop there. On the environmental front, it was that Costco sold and profited from the trash we are cleaning up.

    Nobody expressed any concerns about being asked to donate when they went through the checkout lane.

    I would like to thank everyone for their assistance. I will contact Costco’s corporate office and we will see what happens.

    Stay tuned.
    Rudy Socha
    CEO
    Wounded Nature – Working Veterans
    http://www.woundednature.org
    rudy@woundednature.org
    Cell 440-452-1042
    Visit and “like” us on Facebook at:
    http://www.facebook.com/WoundedNature

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