ECRS Charitable Mission Statement
To make the world a better place to live by leaving our families, communities, country, and world better than we found them.
Since our founding 30 years ago, ECRS has striven to harness the power of free enterprise to positively impact lives both locally and globally.
Striving to make a global impact
More than a decade ago, ECRS formalized our goal for global impact when we joined forces with Maison Fortuné Orphanage Foundation, an organization devoted to the support of the Maison Fortuné Orphanage and Primary School located in Hinche, Haiti. Maison Fortuné Orphanage houses approximately 235 children, teaches about 300 students in its primary school, and serves more than 700 meals per day. Since 2008, ECRS has donated more than a quarter of a million dollars to the foundation.
Acting locally: ECRS Community Grant Program
We launched the ECRS Community Grant Program in 2019 to focus exclusively on making a positive impact on the lives of local children and/or young adults, especially underserved populations, in the Appalachian region that we call home.
In the program’s first year, grant recipients were able to complete several substantial community projects as a result of the ECRS funds. Projects included:
- A STEAM area in the Watauga County Public Library by The Friends of Watauga County Public Library,
- Double Up Food Bucks funding at the Watauga County Farmer’s Market by Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture,
- An internship program for youth by Bradford Ministries Boys Night/Girls Night,
- Phase II of the Food Pantry expansion by Hospitality House,
- And “The Grandfather Challenge”, a four-week hiking program for a group of ten students by The Jason Project, Inc.
ECRS has long been active in the Boone community, creating jobs, offering educational opportunities to students, and contributing to local causes. In addition to our Grant Program, ECRS employees have donated hundreds of hours to supporting the youth of Watauga County, from leading Scout troops, to volunteering at local sports competitions. ECRS also donates the company parking lot for fundraising during Appalachian State University football games.
“Profits matter, but our mission is much larger in scope than simply making money. We want to harness the power of free enterprise to improve lives. We were very pleased to support so many great causes in the High Country in 2019 and hope to replicate that impact in 2020.”
ECRS VP of Marketing
2020 ECRS Community Grants Available
Awarded on: May 2020
Awarded on: July 2020
Awarded on: October 2020
2020 ECRS Community Grant Application Process
- ECRS will hold an open-entry application period for local organizations to apply for a community grant.
- There will be three grants awarded to three recipients. One for Spring, one for Summer, and one for Fall.
- Applications for all three grants are being accepted from January 31, 2020 until April 2020.
- Notification to recipient winners will be made by May 2020.
- Funds will be distributed to recipients according to the quarter they were awarded for (Spring, Summer, or Fall).
- Complete criteria details for applicants can be found here.