Time for Giving
Giving back is so important to Chris and Valerie Rhodes that they mention it on their company website for Rhodes Retail Services, Inc., a merchandizing services company based in Elk Grove. Their organization works coast to coast with businesses on new store setup, open store remodels, and department revamps. Customers of Rhodes Retail are informed that a portion of each invoice will be donated to the Chris and Valerie Rhodes Fund at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation and used for the betterment of the community. "Committing to a percentage of the invoices makes our giving easy and automatic," Chris explains.
Chris and Valerie have worked side by side to build their business, raise their family, and give back to their community. Volunteering has always been a big part of their lives, especially when their kids were growing up.
But with the demands of running a successful company, Chris and Val found they had less and less time for volunteer work. That's when they looked to the Foundation as a way to continue to support the community and the causes that are important to them - ranging from music to jobs training. And, eventually, their children Andrea and Brock will carry on the family tradition of giving as successor advisors to the Chris and Valerie Rhodes Fund.
The ease of giving through the Foundation, and the expertise available to fund holders, means that whatever spare time Chris and Val have can be lavished on grandchildren Nikko and Isabella. They also appreciate opportunities for getting together with other community-minded people through the Foundation. According to Chris, "I've heard you are the average of the three people you spend the most time with. Coming to the Foundation's events raises my average score!"
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