Rockler Woodworking and Hardware Makes Donation to the NVFC
December 8, 2020
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, an industry-leading woodworking and hardware source, has made a $5,000 general donation to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) as part of their end-of-year giving.
Rockler, a 65-year-old family-owned business, traces its roots back to a small mail-order business in Minneapolis, MN. Since then, they have expanded to a nationwide chain of stores with an international online and print presence.
When asked what motivated Rockler to donate to the NVFC, CEO Ann Jackson cited the recent wildfires in the American West. “We’d like to honor and help the great people who are putting their lives at risk to protect our forests, homes, and businesses,” she said. Jackson also noted that fire departments are facing budget constraints and cuts, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, presenting additional challenges to already-strained departments.
“Everybody at Rockler would like to thank the volunteer firefighters, EMS providers, and rescue workers for everything they’ve done. We had stores that the fires came very close to that had to be evacuated. We really appreciate the efforts of the NVFC and volunteer fire service to protect life and property,” said Jackson.
Volunteers make up 67 percent of the U.S. fire service and save taxpayers an estimated $47 billion each year. Many small-town and rural communities rely entirely on volunteers to respond to emergencies ranging from structure fires and wildfires to medical incidents, vehicle crashes, and hazardous materials spills. Donations to the NVFC go towards supporting critical programs, initiatives, and resources to help the volunteer fire and emergency services thrive.