November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada, coinciding with Veteran’s Day in the United States. Having begun as Armistice Day, commemorating the end of WWI, it has evolved to a day of remembrance for all members of the armed forces, past and present, for each one has played a part in protecting the freedoms we enjoy today.
Various celebrations mark the day, with flag ceremonies, speeches and parades that honor veterans and “officially” thank them for their service. Grandparents once again share stories of long ago and everyone listens with rapt attention, realizing anew the reality of war and the many sacrifices that have been made over the years.
Honour the Fallen, Help the Living
Honoring veterans is a core value at Budget Blinds®, and the partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) focuses on supporting Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families. Along with our manufacturing partner, Springs Window Fashions®, who produces our high-quality of line of Signature Series® blinds, window shades and drapes, Budget Blinds has donated over $15,000 to WWC in 2015.
The mission of Wounded Warriors Canada, to Honour the Fallen, Help the Living, is realized through supporting and funding programs and services that physically and emotionally assist and support veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other casualties of war. The programs address a wide range of needs, from service dogs to buddy-trips to career mentoring and financial assistance. Programs include:
- PTSD Elite Service Dog Program – Courageous (canine) Companions for PTSD sufferers
- Can Praxis Equine Program – recharge, reclaim and renew through interaction with horses
- Veterans Transition Program – helping the homeless integrate into society
- WWC Couples PTSD Therapy – mitigating the traumatic effects on families through counseling
- WWC Park of Reflection – a public memorial dedication to all uniformed service personnel
- WWC Hand-Up Program – assistance in areas not covered in established programs/services
A combination of corporate and individual supporters who provide cash contributions, host fundraising events and are the hands-on volunteers, make up the infrastructure that helps keep WWC strong and impacting lives 365 days a year. Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada shares: “Wounded Warriors Canada is fortunate to have the support of businesses like Budget Blinds to help us in our mission. As a privately funded organization, such partnerships make our programs possible and the generosity, care and compassion of Budget Blinds franchisees and consumers will have a direct impact on those we serve.”
Raising awareness and local community participation
Budget Blinds Canadian franchise owners help to raise awareness for the ministry of WWC by sharing opportunities for involvement as their business takes them into individual homes, to Chambers of Commerce, local home shows and more. Making WWC a part of the conversation will foster community involvement and increase the reach of Wounded Warriors Canada.
- Parent company, Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), supplies national advertising coverage on the WWC partnership, as well as local marketing materials for use with clients and prospects.
- Individual franchise owners have made personal commitments of financial support to WWC and participate in local fundraising events.
- Regular posts to the Corporate Blog promote Wounded Warriors Canada awareness.
- For more information on how Budget Blinds is working to support Wounded Warriors Canada, visit BudgetBlindsSupportsWW.ca.
A culture of honoring veterans
Budget Blinds and HFC have a strong legacy of supporting veterans in rebuilding their lives, including assistance in becoming franchise business owners. Veteran support has been part of the Budget Blinds’ corporate fabric for many years. “At Home Franchise Concepts we share a strong commitment to supporting veterans who have served. Many of our founders have personal connections to the Armed Forces as do a number of our franchisees across the organization.” –Todd Jackson, COO at HFC and Co-founder of Budget Blinds
- Last year, Budget Blinds rolled out the Million Dollar Franchise Event to veterans in which they heavily discounted franchise fees as much as $35,000, and this year they reached their goal of awarding one million dollars in discounts.
- January 2015, Budget Blinds introduced the Troops in Transition program, waiving the initial franchise fee of $74,950 per territory to qualified veterans who are preparing to exit or have exited a branch of the military within the past two years. To date, there are 13 veterans in the Troops in Transition program.
- Currently, over ten percent of Budget Blinds franchise owners are military veterans.
- In addition to the recent Best for Vets: Franchise 2016 ranking by the Military Times, Budget Blinds has received accolades or recognition for their veteran programs from VetFran and Franchise Business Review™, as well as other prestigious franchise networks including Entrepreneur®, Franchise 500™, Inc. 5000, Canadian Franchise Association® and Franchise Times®
To learn more about the Budget Blinds partnerships with Homes for Our Troops and Wounded Warriors Canada, visit the Corporate Blog page. Visit budget-blinds-franchise.com to learn more about veteran business ownership opportunities.
Window coverings are an important element in making a house into a comfortable home. Budget Blinds offers a wide range of blinds, shades, shutters and drapes that can help you achieve a stylish look in every room. So if you’ve been considering new window coverings, call 888-771-2532 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation, or go to www.budgetblinds.ca to the find the Budget Blinds Style Consultant near you.
To donate visit: www.BudgetBlindsSupportsWW.ca and click on the Make a Donation link.