Give Back Programs

Why Do MHEDA Members Give Back?

Member companies regularly give back to their local communities to support their employees, customers and community. They also know it is good business. Studies show that giving back has a positive impact on organizations by helping make them become an employer of choice.

Here are a few examples of MHEDA members’ generosity.


For years, Fairchild Equipment has worked with schools around Wisconsin to shine more awareness on technical skilled jobs in the material handling industry. Fairchild believes that students should get exposure to career opportunities that focus on technical, specialized skills as early as middle school. Although Fairchild works with schools of all ages, Waukesha Community Technical College in Waukesha, WI has been a strategic partner for years.

The partnership between WCTC and Fairchild is unique because both are committed to each other’s success and Fairchild has gone above-and-beyond to help WCTC students and instructors. Currently there are many WCTC graduates working at Fairchild, and those graduates regularly visit the college with tools and equipment . In addition to being a Premier Partner of WCTC, Fairchild will donate forklifts and provide fully equipped service vans to display to students. This effort has cultivated a recruitment strategy that is mutually beneficial for Fairchild and helps WCTC place students in the promising careers that exploit their skill sets.

WCTC and Fairchild Equipment were the first school and dealership to implement the Certified Forklift Technician Certification, and Fairchild was able to recruit students who passed the class. This certification was eye opening to many students who already had backgrounds in automotive, hydraulics, diesel etc. and fit perfectly with WCTC’s current offerings.

Together, Fairchild Equipment and Waukesha Community Technical College will continue offering the CFT Certification and give students the opportunity to start a career path as a forklift technician. With Fairchild’s dedication to their community, they are serving the greater good of the material handling industry.



UNEX Manufacturing, a New Jersey manufacturer of engineered storage equipment, began its partnership with New Road School five years ago. New Road School of Ocean County in Lakewood, NJ gives students with developmental disabilities various types of work experience throughout several local businesses.

UNEX has supported other technical schools in the past intending to increase student’s awareness of the many career opportunities in the manufacturing and material handling industries. Working with New Road School was a unique way for UNEX to continue that work, teaching skills to kids that make them, and the local community, better equipped for success.

New Road School allows young adults and students with developmental disabilities to get job experience from local businesses and develop the social skills needed to become independent adults. Not only does this program help their students but it also educates the community about young adults with disabilities and their capacity to become valued employees.

“When we first started the program, I was pleased by how much our employees enjoyed having the kids around. Their enthusiasm is contagious. I think the program has been a win for all of us” says Howard McIlvane VP of Operations at UNEX Manufacturing Inc.

MHEDA Member since 1990, and Most Valuable Supplier Award Winner (MVS) since 2015, UNEX continues to demonstrate their commitment to business excellence and dedication to the material handling industry one school at a time.


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Why does MHEDA Give Back?

MHEDA exists to serve our members and contribute to the common good of the industry. We are comprised of members who want to make an impact and strengthen their communities within and outside of the industry. MHEDA’s Give Back Initiative is yet another common ground for our members to band together and feel good about our purpose.

MHEDA’s First Give Back Event took place at the 2016 annual convention in Washington D.C. and sparks a movement within the association. Due to the large turnout, and enthusiasm from members, MHEDA now incorporates a Give Back Event to every Convention and other conferences throughout the year.

Here are a few examples of MHEDA Give Back Events.

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
During the first MHEDA-NET Live event in Nashville Members packed Activity Kits and Care kits for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Erin Rothwell, Senior Administrative Assistant, Child Life and Volunteer Services says, “these bags are very helpful for us in supplying activities to the patients at bedside, and are particularly beneficial for patients who are unable to come to the playrooms to play. Activity and Care Kits that are donated can also be given to almost any area in the hospital –playrooms, bedside carts, waiting rooms, the Emergency Department, and so on. One of the primary goals of our Child Life department is to help kids do “normal” kid things, even when they are in the hospital, so that they can effectively cope with their hospital stay. Helping kids just be kids actually promotes healing and allows them to go home faster. Donations from our community help make that happen every day!”

American Red Cross
MHEDA Members assembled comfort kits, which were distributed in a number of ways through American Red Cross: Veterans in the Washington DC area who may be homeless; Soldiers arriving back from duty at Andrews Air Force Base; Patients at military hospitals; or anyone who may have suffered through a disaster, such as a fire in their home or for those who might have to stay in a shelter for a night or two.

Blessings in a Backpack
MHEDA Members assembled backpacks to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.


During the Regional Networking Summit at Concept Storage in Canada, MHEDA collected Matchbox Cars, books and monetary donations for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).


During the Regional Networking Summit at AK Material Handling in Minnesota, MHEDA assembled breakfast kits, medical equipment and supplies for Matter, a non-for-profit organization focuses on leveraging two of Minnesota’s biggest resources: incredible healthcare and bountiful agriculture.


Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
During the All Star Summit, MHEDA dressed and stuffed Build a Bears for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago & Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. Children benefit from the consoling presence of their favorite plush toy which allows hospitalized children to enjoy play time at bedside and provide comfort when undergoing tests and procedures.


Dress for Success
During the First Women in Industry Conference, women brought business clothing which was donated to Dress for Success. Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.