The employees at Lazydays are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children in the community, so we banded together to form the Lazydays Employee Foundation. We knew that together we could do so much more than we could as individuals, and forming a charitable foundation would make it possible to pave the way toward success for many youth in the community.
In 2005, the Lazydays Employee Foundation was formed and in a record-breaking four months, we became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. As an employee-organized charitable foundation, the Lazydays Employee Foundation is funded by voluntary payroll deductions, along with generous donations from our customers and supporters. Nearly 50% of the more than 850 Lazydays employees currently contribute to this charitable foundation. The Lazydays Employee Foundation is run exclusively by employees as volunteers and Board members, which means nearly every cent we raise goes directly toward helping at-risk kids and fulfilling our mission.
Since the inception of the Lazydays Employee Foundation, we’ve continuously focused on making a positive impact in the lives of at-risk children in our communities. Then, a young boy named Zach Bonner, spoke at a company meeting and shared with us the plight of unaccompanied, homeless youth. It was his dream to bring light to this often-unnoticed group of kids. To help him spread the word, we lent his family an RV for his walk to Tallahassee, Florida, and then on to Washington D.C. and eventually across America. Thanks to this young philanthropist, our eyes were opened and we were able to establish programs such as the Lazydays Homeless Youth Program and the Ybor Youth Clinic, just to name a few. Zach’s inspirational journey has been brought to life for all to see in the movie Little Red Wagon, directed by David Anspaugh of “Rudy” and “Hoosiers.”
OUR MISSION IS TO MEASURABLY CHANGE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN BY INSTILLING HOPE, INSPIRING DREAMS, AND EMPOWERING THEM THROUGH EDUCATION.
The Lazydays Employee Foundation is dedicated to doing the right thing by helping others in the community, especially at-risk youth. Charity means more to the members of the Foundation than meets the eye. Not only do Foundation members provide charitable funds to help homeless charities, at-risk youth programs and others in the community, they also provide hands-on, boots-on-the-ground assistance to local children’s charities in need.
By collecting charitable funds from the generous employees at Lazydays, as well as Lazydays Employee Foundation supporters, we do much more than one could alone. From supporting an emergency shelter for abused and abandoned children to sprucing up a domestic abuse shelter to allocating charitable funds to numerous local homeless charities and education-focused programs, the Foundation is all about giving back to the community. In fact, we’ve donated more than $2 million to help disadvantaged children in the areas we serve. Since we don’t have any paid staff, nearly every cent of the charitable funds we raise goes directly toward helping kids.
WHO WE SUPPORT
Here are a few of the many ways we provide helping hands and charitable funds in our communities:
- Bridging Freedom
- Bullard Family Foundation at Sligh Middle School
- Joshua House
- Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay
- Lazydays Dream Team
- Lazydays House at a Kid's Place
- Lots of Hugs Learning Center
- Millikin Youth Community Leaders (MYCL)
- R.I.C.H. House
- Royal Family Kids Camp
- Safe Haven Foster Shoppe
- Sportsman Fund (Send a Kid to Camp)
- Tampa Bay Youth Outreach
- Top Notch Sports Academy
- Tucson Firefighter's Association
- Wheels of Success
- The Women's Resource Center of Tampa
- Ybor Youth Clinic
- Youth on Their Own
- Zach Bonner