Nittany MinitMart Kicks Off Fifth Annual Fire Company Fundraiser

Supporting Local Volunteer Fire Companies

State College, PA – Nittany MinitMart proudly announces the commencement of its fifth annual “Fuel the Cause” Fire Company Fundraiser, running from March 28th through June 2nd. The State College-owned convenience store will band together with sponsors and community members to raise money for 38 local volunteer fire companies situated near each of its locations across Central and Northern PA.

Throughout the fundraiser, Nittany MinitMart and PA Skill games will each donate one cent per gallon of gas sold, alongside fundraising efforts through a round-up at checkout program and in-store merchandise sales. Major sponsorships have also been made by Coke, Pepsi, Jack Links, Utz, McAneny Foods, and Red Bull, alongside other companies.

Additionally, customers can donate at check out and give back while indulging in a special Fire House Foods menu featuring hearty selections like the Siren Sunrise Burrito, Double Fueled Breakfast Stack, Flame Burger, Blazing Sausage Sandwich, Pumphouse Club, and Hero Hoagie. Nittany MinitMart will donate a portion of the proceeds from every Fire House Foods purchase to the campaign.

“We’re thrilled to continue our tradition of supporting and recognizing the brave volunteers at our local fire companies,” said Nicole Masullo from Nittany MinitMart. “Their selfless dedication to community safety is unparalleled, and it’s our honor to stand beside them in this endeavor.”

Masullo emphasizes the critical role volunteer fire companies play in keeping their communities safe. With the number of volunteer fire firefighters decreasing each year, the burden on each fire company increases, making community support initiatives like this fundraiser vital for their continued operation.

“The volunteer fire service is struggling,” says Colin Kreiger a volunteer at Philipsburg’s Hope Fire Company, one of the stations supported by the fundraiser. “Every year we have less and less people volunteering. Campaigns like this help remind people that we are still here, we are participating actively in our communities,”

While fundraising doesn’t solve all the problems volunteer fire companies face, it does help make the remaining volunteers’ jobs easier and safer, says Ray Himes, a firefighter from Penfield Volunteer Fire Company. “Last year, we were able to use the money from this fundraiser to purchase updated equipment for our new rescue truck.” The new battery-operated saws, jaws of life, and other equipment have a longer run time than older gas-powered tools, and are lighter and easier to handle. “This makes us more efficient when we’re dealing with emergencies, and helps us keep our community safe,” Himes says.

This year’s Fuel the Cause fundraiser will culminate in a press conference and round table discussion featuring guests including former NFL player LaVar Arrington, several area fire captains, and representatives from Nittany MinitMart. Members of seventeen out of the 38 invited area companies will come together for the day of encouragement and recognition.  

Last year’s fundraiser raised nearly $150,000. This year, Masullo aims to surpass this total, and encourages community members to join in and support their local fire companies.

To participate in the fundraiser, visit your nearest Nittany MinitMart location starting March 28th, 2024.

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