EXAIR Founder’s Day 2021

EXAIR celebrates Founder’s Day each year on February 22nd (or the closest working day) in order to commemorate the birthday of our founder, Roy Sweeney.  He founded the company in 1983 and drove EXAIR to become the strong, successful and innovative company that it has over the years.  Roy led EXAIR for 33 years.  Today would have been his 87th birthday.

We choose to make this day a celebration and a day to mark our ongoing commitment to the service of others in keeping with the values that Roy and his wife Jackie felt (and feel) very strongly about.  We continue to look outside our company, outside ourselves and outside our immediate surroundings to do what we can to improve the world around us.

This marks our 5th Founder’s Day.  Over the past four years, we have supported a total of 21 different charities with direct, substantial donations as part of our commitment to organizations that are making a difference right here in our area.  This year, we have chosen to further deepen our commitment by contributing to all 21 organizations that we have supported in past years:

  • Freestore Foodbank
    Supplies 33 million meals per year to those in need
    https://freestorefoodbank.org/
  • Lighthouse Youth and Family Services
    Supporting their Safe and Supported program for LGBTQ youth
    https://www.lys.org/safeandsupported/
  • DAV
    Supporting disabled American veterans and their families
    https://www.dav.org/
  • Arts Wave
    Funds and supports 100+ arts projects and organizations through impact-based grants
    https://www.artswave.org/
  • Cincinnati Works
    Partners with all willing and capable people living in poverty to assist them in advancing to economic self-sufficiency through employment
    https://cincinnatiworks.org/
  • Habitat for Humanity Greater Cincinnati
    Helps eliminate substandard housing locally and globally by building and renovating decent, affordable homes to sell to low-income first-time homebuyers.
    https://www.habitatcincinnati.org/
  • Matthew 25: Ministries
    Provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief along with partners in the Greater Cincinnati area, across the US and in more than 60 countries
    https://m25m.org/
  • SPCA Cincinnati
    Offers programs including animal adoptions, animal cruelty investigations, spaying and neutering shelter animals, companion animal and wildlife rescue
    https://spcacincinnati.org/
  • Tender Mercies
    Transforms the lives of homeless adults with mental illness by providing security, dignity, and community in a place they call home
    https://www.tendermerciesinc.org/
  • Bethany House
    Helps homeless and at-risk families with solutions to achieve housing stability and long-term self-sufficiency
    https://bethanyhouseservices.org/
  • Women’s Crisis Center
    Supporting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual abuse
    https://www.wccky.org/
  • Dragonfly Foundation
    Supporting pediatric cancer patients and their families
    www.dragonfly.org
  • Master Provisions
    Supporting those in need with food, clothing and other items in the Greater Cincinnati area and abroad through mission trips
    www.masterprovisons.org
  • Cincinnati Youth Collaborative
    Supporting vulnerable children and young adults to overcome obstacles and succeed in education, career, and life
    www.cycyouth.org
  • Ronald McDonald House of Greater Cincinnati
    Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House provides a home for critically ill children and their families while they get the life-saving medical care they need
    www.rmhcincinnati.org
  • Women Helping Women
    Prevents gender-based violence and provides evidence-based prevention and expert crisis intervention and support services for survivors of dating violence, sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking 
    www.womenhelpingwomen.org
  • Elementz
    Elementz is an urban oasis of hope and a catalyst of change for Cincinnati’s inner-city youth. This Urban Arts Center fosters talent, ignites potential and inspires possibilities.
    www.elementz.org
  • Special Olympics Ohio
    Special Olympics Ohio is part of the global inclusion movement using sports, health education, and leadership programs to empower people with intellectual disabilities. 
    www.sooh.org
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    The CSO is situated in the heart of Cincinnati and is contributing at every level to serving our community and elevating Cincinnati’s vibrant cultural scene.
    www.cincinnatisymphony.org
  • MusiCorps
    MusiCorps is a conservatory-level music rehabilitation program that helps wounded warriors play music and recover their lives.
    www.musicorps.net

EXAIR also established an Employee Volunteer Program in 2018 that enables every full-time employee with at least 90 days of service to volunteer with organizations of their choice during the normal work week with full pay by EXAIR.  The COVID pandemic has impacted our ability to volunteer with outside organizations for nearly a year.  We look forward to better days when we can collectively work with organizations in our community to improve the lives of those in need.

So, as we celebrate Founder’s Day today, we wish Roy a happy birthday.  We miss having him here.  We remember what he did for all of us and for countless others.  And we pledge to continue his commitment to helping those who need it.

Happy Founder’s Day 2021 from everyone at EXAIR!

Bryan Peters
President
EXAIR Corporation

We’re All In This Together

We as Americans are a charitable society. Severe weather this year has devastated many families. Citizens from around the country have stepped up to the plate volunteering to help with the clean up as well with monetary and food donations.

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Speaking of stepping up to the plate, the Cincinnati Reds players wives put together gift baskets filled with their husband’s favorite items to be raffled off. All proceeds went to Matthew 25: Ministries and the Oklahoma tornado victims.

Items included food and gifts from their home state, gift cards to their favorite stores along with books and DVDs and four Field Box tickets to an upcoming Reds game. Additionally, each raffle winner received an autographed jersey from the player. That’s awesome!

EXAIR Corporation shares in this exceptionalism. When the Hantavirus struck Mexico we shipped boxes of our respirator masks to our distributor who was in a position to help people around them. Annually EXAIR donates to local charities. One of the more fun events for our employees is the Rubber Duck Regatta (watch video) where 140,000 rubber ducks are dropped from the Purple People Bridge into the Ohio River and swim a quarter mile along the Serpentine Wall. The owner of the first duck to cross the finish line won a 2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan and possibly $1 million if their duck is the “Million Dollar duck”! Second place was a year’s worth of groceries from Kroger, and the remaining five runners-up won $500 cash! All money raised from duck sales go directly to the Freestore Foodbank to help those in the community in need. The company buys a rubber duck for each of us and then some. No one on our company was a winner but it was fun never the less and it went for a good cause.

Our company founder has been involved with the Special Olympics for many years, and recently helped the juvenile arthritis foundation by sponsoring the Concours d’Elegance here in Cincinnati. Our company president has a soft spot for underprivileged youth sports and has spent his time as a baseball coach for the cause. The list goes on…

We are fortunate to work for a company and leaders who show us this kind of example and encourage participation in events which benefit charitable foundations and causes. I have yet to see EXAIR turn down an employee who requests an entry or registration fee for a race or event which benefits a good cause.

With EXAIR’s help, we help – we’re all in this together.

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
Web: http://www.exair.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/exair_jp
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair

Be Thankful and Be Giving

Well, Thanksgiving continues to give… When I got on the scales this morning, it said that I had a whale of Thanksgiving. Add to that, I have enough leftovers to last me until Christmas! Although they will have spoiled by then, I cannot bring myself to throw away good food. My mother’s admonishing word’s “eat everything on your plate, there are starving children in China that would be happy to have it”. There in lies my post thanksgiving thoughts.

While many of us gorged ourselves, there are 17.2 million households, (1 in 7) here in America that do not know where their next meal is coming from. More than 16 million (almost 1 in 5) American children are at risk of hunger.  Almost 50 million Americans struggled to feed themselves and their children.

EXAIR, through its own behavior, helps to encourage its employees to help others. They have provided all of us a good example throughout the year as they have helped out a number of charities. The Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Martin district-Saint Vincent de Paul, Special Olympics, Natalie Fossier Memorial Fund, and Capt. Seth Mitchell Memorial Scholarship have all benefitted. Many of us, individually, have chosen to help out within our communities, churches or local organizations. I am thankful to work for a company that provides this kind of example and encourages us to be at our best.

If, at all possible this year, please think of how you may help your communities and take some action on those thoughts.

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax   (513) 671-3363
Web: www.exair.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/exair_jp
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exair