In 2004, Do it Best selected Habitat for Humanity as our cause of choice. Habitat’s mission is to eliminate substandard housing around the world by providing decent, affordable shelter for those in need.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a team event that raises money for the American Cancer Society’s research and education efforts. Do it Best employees from both corporate headquarters and our warehouses have participated in local Relay for Life events for many years.
In 1989, Do it Best president emeritus Don Wolf founded the Study Connection program, a volunteer-based effort that provides tutoring and mentoring for young people in need. This nationally acclaimed program is now being duplicated in communities across America. For one hour each week during the school year, Do it Best staff volunteers meet one-on-one with local elementary school students identified by their teachers as needing extra assistance. Each year, teachers and volunteers nominate outstanding student participants for Don Wolf awards. Do it Best has long supported the growth and development of this program, and we offer our Fort Wayne facility for on-site education.
Junior Achievement helps young people understand the economics of life through hands-on experience. JA brings the real world to students, opening young minds to their potential. Many Do it Best employees donate time and effort to helping today’s youth better understand today’s business environment, either by serving on the local board or by working as volunteer teachers. Do it Best also sponsors the Do it Best store in the Fort Wayne Exchange City program, a miniature town in which local youth elect a mayor and operate businesses.
Do it Best has long been a strong supporter of the United Way. Our staff participate in annual pledge drives to help fund the organization’s endeavors. The United Way partners with community groups and volunteers to help children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities improve their lives by helping to meet their basic and emergency needs.
Do it Best has been involved for many years with Big Brothers Big Sisters, particularly in the Lunch Buddy program. Do it Best president emeritus Don Wolf was a co-founder of the Northeast Indiana chapter of BBBS. Both Don Wolf and Do it Best president emeritus Mike McClelland have served on BBBS’s national board of directors, as has Bob Taylor, our former president and CEO.