Truck Drivers live challenging and, at times, complicated lives. Problems that we may encounter are compounded by the fact that over-the-road Drivers are often not home when disaster strikes. When flooding occurs, he or she is unlikely to get home in time to sandbag. When a tornado or hurricane is in the forecast, who is going to be there to board up his or her home? Some of the worst setbacks are the result of illnesses that occur to family members or Drivers themselves. The list of difficulties Truck Drivers face is long.
Seeing how difficult it was for Truck Drivers to recover from hardships, a long-time company executive was determined to do something about it. Over one decade ago, this individual made a significant contribution toward what became The Emergency Fund, which was designed to help Anderson Trucking Service Drivers in times of need. The Fund was eventually expanded to assist our Owner-Operator Drivers and the entire ATS workforce when needs and requests for assistance met the Fund’s guidelines. The company also continued to finance the Fund.
Over the years, several grateful Drivers and Employees have received help in times of need from The Emergency Fund. When Hurricanes Andrew and Maria hit the south and southeast in 2017 the need for assistance was overwhelming. Those living in portions of Texas and Puerto Rico were economically paralyzed by the devastation of their homes, vehicles and the infrastructure of their communities.
The time has come for a much more comprehensive means of helping, not only the workforce of ATS, but that of all Anderson Companies. What has served us well as a Fund has now become a Foundation, The Anderson Assistance Foundation.