Cost-U-Less - Making a Difference in the Community One Step at a Time
The North West Company’s Cost-U-Less banner kicked of 2012 by lending a helping hand to multiple local organizations within their communities. Sometimes helping out in small ways can make the biggest difference
Continuing their support for Guam Diabetes Association, Cost-U-Less Dededo sponsored the GDA Community Outreach program for the village of Sinajana. This programed help provide carious health tests for Glucose, blood pressure and body fat analysis, hoping to provide early detection of diabetes for those who might not otherwise have been tested.
The Tamuning Cost-U-Less store focused on The Guam Girl Scouts and their annual cookie distribution at the start of the year. The store provided staff hands to help sort and distribute the high demand cookies, which is one of the largest fundraising initiatives for the Girl Scouts.
The Hilo Cost-U-Less store was able to make a difference by simply donating four shopping carts to The Ark of Hilo, a local agency that provides services and training for people in the community with developmental disabilities. These carts will be used for The Arc laundry service, which was created to provide a service to the community and create jobs for the disabled.
Cost-U-Less on Kauai is committed to supporting our community in various ways. The Kapaa High School is committed to preparing their students for career, college and citizenship. Partnering with the high school work study program is paying off in our community. The Work-study program is in partnership with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation which provides a stipend to the students. The intent of the program is to give students actual work experience in the business community by physically providing an environment whereby the students can practice job entry skills for vocational training. Ultimately, the hope is future employment in the community. The students are generally concrete learners so by working in the actual job site, they can better learn and reinforce skills. Also, the actual job site provides numerous opportunities to problem-solve and communicate effectively with customers.