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.

ProLift Builds Communities

Originally, a forklift rental house in 1978, ProLift has grown to be a full-service forklift and material handling dealership with nine locations, multiple product lines and over 400 employees. ProLift and all their employees are well known throughout Louisville and the surrounding areas for their contributions within the community.

Project Lift is a forklift donation program that donates reconditioned forklifts to non-profit organizations twice a year. At each ProLift location, the dealership asks every employee to nominate a local non-profit organization that has meaning to them. ProLift wants to know “what makes this organization special and how will receiving a forklift make a difference?” Each employee is also provided with the opportunity to volunteer up to eight hours of his or her time at local non-profit organizations, in the time span of one year. Encouraging each employee to volunteer their time has allowed ProLift locations to offer 3,600 hours annually in their communities.

Forklifts have been donated to organizations such as, Dearborn County 4-H, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Habitat for Humanity, and many other disaster relief organizations, as well as food pantries.

ProLift’s mission is to “offer gifts, creativity and experiences to improve lives.” Not only is ProLift improving lives within their communities but they also are enriching the lives of their employees and partners. A proud MHEDA Member since 1980, ProLift is dedicated to their community and to continuous improvement to the material handling industry.

Conveyer & Caster Supports Local Charities

Conveyer & Caster – Equipment for Industry is a third-generation, family-owned, growing business founded in 1961. Their name is well known among many charities around Cleveland. Two organizations close to Conveyer & Caster’s heart are Salvation Army Harbor Light Complex and Providence House.

Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Complex is a beacon of hope, providing services to the most disenfranchised members of society including homeless men, women, and children, alcoholics, drug addicts, and felons.

Through payroll deductions, Conveyer & Caster employees are able to donate directly to this mission. Participation is over 95% and Conveyer & Caster matches employee donations. At the close of each year, Beau Hill, Harbor Light’s Executive Director, joins Conveyer & Caster in celebrating their fundraising. In 2018, Conveyer & Caster raised over $12,000 for Harbor Light. Photo: Jeff & Trevor Stohr (left to right) present a check to Salvation Army Harbor Light’s Beau Hill.

Founded in 1978 in a three-bedroom home, Providence House set out with a clear mission: care for infants and children in crisis. Providence House provides emergency shelter and crisis care to for up to thirty children at a time and services for families in crisis. About five years ago, the company had grown too large to sustain a gift exchange. In its stead, employees rallied to raise funds for a local charity. They selected Providence House. It has become a new tradition, giving to such a worthy cause.

Conveyer & Caster – Equipment for Industry is a MHEDA Member, since 1986, and a Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Award Winner since 2018. Conveyer & Caster continues to demonstrate their commitment business excellence and dedication to the material handling industry, one donation at a time.

Hodge Helps Military, One Marathon at a Time

Ten years ago, Hodge began raising awareness for local military in their town Dubuque, IA. With the local National Guard unit deployed in Iraq, and heavy military ties among the Hodge family and employees, Hodge saw an opportunity to make a difference in the local community. Not only did they start their own nonprofit organization, in 2009, Hodge hosted their first local nonprofit event, Run4Troops.

Run4Troops is an Iowa based organization that “honors men and women in uniform by donating proceeds to Tri-State Military -past, present or future military causes.” This year, participants will gather on the morning of June 29 to run for the cause. Ranging $70-$100 per runner, each participant will choose to run a marathon, half marathon or team relay, rain or shine.

Today, Hodge hosts close to 3,000 runners and has raised as much as $150k. It is now a tradition for Hodge employees, hard-core runners, generous supporters, and volunteers from the Dubuque community to come together the last weekend of June and contribute their time, money and endurance to our American troops.

A MHEDA Member since 2008 and Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Award Winner since 2015, Hodge continues to demonstrate their commitment to business excellence and dedication to the material handling industry, one marathon 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.