Since opening its distribution center in Durant in mid-2017, WebstaurantStore has been providing employment for many job-seekers in Bryan County and around the area.
But the e-commerce company has been a helpful member of the community in more ways than just that, including grants, awards and simply giving where it is needed.
In 2018, WebstaurantStore coordinated with its parent company, Clark Associates, to sponsor a $100,000 matching grant to the local J127 Ministry from the Clark Associates Charitable Foundation. J127 Ministry is a Christian-based organization to aid young people who have aged out of the foster care system are orphaned or homeless due to lack of family. The grant will help J127 fund construction of a transition home and provide an opportunity for 13 young ladies to get help in that transition.
Additionally, an award of $10,000 has been granted to the Boys & Girls Club for Project Learn, which uses the hours young people spend at the club to reinforce and enhance the knowledge and skills they learn at school. This comprehensive strategy is based on Dr. Reginald Clark’s research showing that students do much better academically when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, positive, educational activities. Project Learn has been proven to boost the academic performance of Club members.
WebstaurantStore also donates scratch and dent items to nonprofit organizations and assists in transporting food once a month from the Hands of Hope Ministry to the St. Catherine’s Church Food Bank. The company also sponsors the “Radio Showcase Classic,” a girl’s fast-pitch softball tournament that benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of both Durant and Denison, Texas. Supporting the Durant Rotary, Cali’s Ride (which raises awareness for Suicide Prevention), and hosting local blood drives on site, are other ways WebstaurantStore is able to sow into its local community.
Durant and Bryan County citizens would not need to look far to find ways one of its newest local businesses and job-providers is doing something positive on a home-town level.