True Value Turns Up the WOW in Chicago

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–While True Value Company was busy turning up the WOW at McCormick Place
during its 2015 Fall Reunion, the cooperative was also turning it up
outside of the convention center by investing in the community it calls

On Sept. 16 – two days before the start of Reunion – nearly 100 True
Value volunteers from around the country united in providing building
improvements to a Boys & Girls Club in Chicago’s Little Village
neighborhood. The work was part of a five-year, $1.5 million True Value
Foundation grant to the club, which has been renamed the True Value Boys
& Girls Club in recognition of the cooperative’s ongoing support and
engagement with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

The grant will support after school programs that promote healthy
lifestyles, academic success and character development at the club,
located at 2950 W. 25th Street in Chicago.

“True Value’s partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago spans
35 years. We remain deeply committed to investing in Chicago’s
communities and helping kids develop the character strength they need to
succeed in life,” said President of True Value Foundation Brent Burger.

In celebration of the new club partnership, community members, club kids
and True Value volunteers gathered together for a ribbon-cutting
ceremony and a neighborhood carnival. Cook County Commissioner Jesus
“Chuy” Garcia thanked True Value for investing the time and resources to
help the club continue to make a difference in the Little Village
neighborhood, home to the one the largest Mexican-American communities
in the U.S.

Director of True Value Boys & Girls Club Hermilo Hinojosa wrapped up the
event by emphasizing, “True Value Foundation is the kind of partner
every club wants, providing not only a generous grant but also putting
in volunteer time, mentorship and hard work that our clubs need to best
serve youth and strengthen our communities.”

True Value’s community service didn’t stop there. Following the close of
the show floor on Sept. 20, more than 75 local Habitat for Humanity
volunteers worked through the night at McCormick Place to pack up
hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of donated display items to
benefit Habitat ReStores in the Chicago and Northern Fox Valley

“At True Value, our values are at the core of who we are as a business
and a brand. One of those values is stewardship. We are committed to
contributing positively to our communities, and product donation is one
way we’re giving back in the Chicago and Northern Fox Valley areas. We
have a constructive partnership with Habitat for Humanity. We share our
mutual home improvement expertise for the good of the community,” said
President and CEO John Hartmann.

About True Value Company: True Value Company, headquartered in
Chicago, is one of the world’s largest retailer-owned wholesale hardware
cooperatives with gross billings of over $2.0 billion and revenue of
$1.5 billion in 2014. The True Value cooperative includes approximately
4,400 independent retailer locations worldwide operating under the store
identities of True Value, Grand Rental Station, Taylor Rental, Party
Central, Home & Garden Showplace and Induserve Supply. Additional
information on True Value and its retail identities is available at


True Value Company
Jean Niemi, 773-695-5253
Senior Director
Corporate Communications