Tom Feeney, President and CEO of Safeliter Group, which owns Safelite AutoGlassr and Safeliter Solutions, is the recipient of the 2015 American Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year award; an honor bestowed upon those who have improved lives in central Ohio and beyond.
Feeney, winner of the 2013 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio Hall of Fame award, currently serves as president emeritus of the board of directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio and chairman emeritus for the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus Chapter. He also is a board member for Champions of the Community Inc., a non-profit organization supporting Nationwide Children's Hospital.
"Tom exemplifies what it means to be an everyday hero," American Red Cross of Central Ohio CEO Matt Bertram said. "Through several creative initiatives at Safelite, Feeney has instilled giving back in every one of their associates. This includes paid time off to volunteer, national giving campaigns, support of local non-profits, and new fundraisers for the Safelite AutoGlass Foundation. In addition to his philanthropic efforts at Safelite, he is very involved in several local non-profits such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities. We're pleased to honor him as this year's Humanitarian of the Year." Under Feeney's leadership, employees of Safelite Group are committed to being responsible community members. Safelite's "giving back" approach is a 1-2-3 philosophy:
- Safelite Group donates 1% of its annual trading profit to the Safelite AutoGlass Foundation.
- Safelite encourages its employees to give 2% of their time to volunteer in their community. That includes 16 hours of paid time off the company allows every employee for volunteer work in addition to 24 hours of their personal time for a total of 40 hours per employee, which equals 2% of the average hours in a "work year."
- Safelite holds 3 annual charitable fundraisers, including the Safelite Challenge Triathlon & Charity Poker Run; the National Giving Campaign in which associates can elect for a one-time or on-going payroll deduction over the coming year to the charities of their choice, and an annual Charity Golf Classic supported by Safelite's suppliers and business partners.
Since its inception, the Safelite AutoGlass Foundation has donated more than $6.3 million to charitable organizations.
"I am truly humbled to receive this honor," Feeney said. "First, because the Red Cross is one of the premier charitable organizations in the world and second, because of the previous winners. It is quite the honor to be included with this extraordinary group of individuals that have done so much for our community."
During his acceptance speech, Feeney took the opportunity to encourage others to become more involved in the community and make a difference.
"After much thought, I've concluded that being the recipient of this award has a purpose - to influence others," he said. "If just one person takes action to get involved and serve their community in a meaningful way, then me receiving this award will have served that purpose."