Fann employees come through for non-profits

Courtesy photo<br>From left, back row: Eliza Louden, Catholic Charities Homeless Veterans Program; Laura Norman, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic; Ginger Johnson, Stepping Stones Agencies; Mike Fann, Fann Contracting; Becky Ruffner, Prevent Child Abuse; Siri Michel-Midelfort, Yavapai Family Advocacy Center; and Carmen Stewart, Yavapai Family Advocacy Center. From left, front row: Lynne Sansom, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic; Kerri Vaughn, Fann Conttracting; Darla DeVille, United Way of Yavapai County; Jean Littlehale, Catholic Charities; and Gail Kenny, CCJ.

Courtesy photo<br>From left, back row: Eliza Louden, Catholic Charities Homeless Veterans Program; Laura Norman, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic; Ginger Johnson, Stepping Stones Agencies; Mike Fann, Fann Contracting; Becky Ruffner, Prevent Child Abuse; Siri Michel-Midelfort, Yavapai Family Advocacy Center; and Carmen Stewart, Yavapai Family Advocacy Center. From left, front row: Lynne Sansom, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic; Kerri Vaughn, Fann Conttracting; Darla DeVille, United Way of Yavapai County; Jean Littlehale, Catholic Charities; and Gail Kenny, CCJ.

Fann Contracting isn't just about building things, the company also is about giving to the community. In 2014, Fann Employees Making A Difference (FEMAD) contributed $35,080 to seven local nonprofit organizations.

In nine years, FEMAD has given more than $335,000 to area charitable groups.

Local nonprofits being awarded 2014 FEMAD contributions include: Catholic Charities, which provides family, marital and individual counseling and emergency aid; Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ), which provides vital services, education and advocacy for those who living in poverty; Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, which promotes programs to ensure that all children grow up in safe, healthy environments; Stepping Stones, a 24-hour shelter and support resource for women and children in crisis; United Way of Yavapai County, which provides programs based on solid ground in the foundation areas of health, education and income; West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, Inc., a community health center providing addiction treatment for adults; and YEI!/Prescott Charities, where disabled Prescott-area adults receive job training, employment and support.

"The hundreds of victims of family violence we help to become survivors are the direct recipients of Fann employees generosity year round," said Becky Ruffner of Prevent Child Abuse Arizona.

"We are humbled and honored that year after year, FEMAD chooses Stepping Stones as one of those organizations. This generous gift helps to ensure that our services to women and children remain available 24/7/365 as long as this community needs us to be here," said Robin Burke, director of Stepping Stones Agencies.

Company president Mike Fann matches his employee contributions dollar-for-dollar.

"When we developed this companywide initiative we knew it would be rewarding for our employees to participate in," Fann said. "It truly is amazing, year after year, how the Fann employees have stepped up to help some of the best non-profits in the community. I feel blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of people who really care about our community and give back to those who are less fortunate."

FEMAD participants determine how their individual contributions are disbursed. An employee can choose to give that donation to just one charity, or split the total among several or all seven nonprofits on the list.

Business owners who want to learn more about how to establish a program like FEMAD may contact Kerri Vaughn at 928-778-0170.