Category Archives: Community Outreach

Franklin Boys and Girls Club Receives Teen-Friendly Makeover


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Franklin Boys and Girls Club

Developer Scott Fish runs UP Development in Franklin, Tennessee. Apart from his professional duties as a developer, Scott Fish contributes to a number of charitable organizations, including his local Boys and Girls Club.

In 2015, the teen center at the Boys and Girls Club in Franklin, Tennessee, underwent a complete makeover. The center was refurbished as part of a nationwide partnership between the lease-to-own furniture retailer Aaron’s and Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Originally a sparse, utilitarian space, the upgraded center now serves as a lounge and gaming area, complete with a television, an Internet café, and a storage shed. Aaron’s donated $23,000 worth of electronics and furniture to accomplish the transformation.

Addressing the impetus for the partnership, Garet Hayes, a spokesperson for Aaron’s, said, “The Nashville area is a really strong market for us, and we look for ways to give back.”


Publix Makes $4 Million Dollar Gift to Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity

A graduate of Ferris State University, Scott Fish works as a developer and manages many types of projects. In his career as a developer, Scott Fish has successfully designed and permitted retail centers anchored by major retail stores including Home Depot, Walmart, and Publix.

Publix is a chain of food stores across the southern United States that has been in business over 85 years. Publix offers conventional grocery services like bakeries, and delis, and many of its locations have in-house retail pharmacies, as well.

Publix contributes to a number of charities through its philanthropic arm Publix Super Markets Charities. Recently, the chain made a $4 million dollar commitment to Habit For Humanity to build homes across the South in 2016. The gift will allow for 40 new homes to be built, and each home will come with a pantry fully stocked by Publix. Additionally, Publix employees will contribute to the building of the homes.

The supermarket chain has been contributing to Habitat for Humanity since 1989, and this donation was its largest yet. The new houses will be built in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee.