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84.51° drives positive community impact


At 84.51°, we believe in empowering our associates to give back to their local communities as part of Living Our Purpose. That’s where the Employee Grant Stipends come into play. All 84.51° team members are eligible for a $1,000 stipend to the charity of their choice, so long as they are active within that charity.

From supporting youth sports programs like the Little Miami Soccer Fest to raising funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland, to helping foster the next generation of leaders at Xavier University, our team members are using their Employee Grant Stipends to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Read on to learn more about how 84.51° associates are using their skills and passions to create positive change in their communities.

Little Miami Soccer Fest – Jason Clapp

Jason Clapp is the Director of Office Technology at 84.51° and he and his wife volunteer with the Little Miami High School soccer program, which hosts an annual soccer tournament called Soccer Fest. This year, the annual tournament pulled in 28 local high school men's and women's soccer teams and raised funds to provide resources and equipment to the Little Miami High School soccer program (new goals, soccer balls, uniforms, etc.).

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“We could not have done it without the support of such amazing sponsors,” he says. “LMHS Soccer is so grateful for the support from 84.51°, and as an employee I am so proud to be a part of a company that provides this support back to our communities and youth sports programs! The event is entirely run by parent volunteers and is the key fundraiser for our school soccer programs.”

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“Our Varsity Men’s and both Varsity and JV Women’s teams took home the trophy in their divisions this weekend!”

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland – Kelsey Brenon

Kelsey Brenon is a Media Account Executive at 84.51° and volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago (RMHC Chicagoland). This summer, she helped the organization put on the Red Shoe Brew, a summer festival where all the proceeds go to RMHC Chicagoland.

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“The event raised over $65,000, which will fund around 685 nights of overhead costs for families to stay with the Ronald McDonald House, free of cost, while their child is hospitalized,” she says.

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The RMHC of Chicagoland has six houses and three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms to provide support to families while their children are being treated at nearby hospitals.

Xavier University – Matthew Tripepi

Matthew Tripepi is a Lead Solution Design Consultant at 84.51°. He helps Xavier University marketing students partner with local organizations for things like mentorships, internships, job shadowing, headquarter visits to see guest speakers, study abroad programs and volunteer programs in underprivileged areas. Employee grants go toward funding of these programs, including offsetting the cost of bus transportation for students to these local organizations and volunteer opportunities, paying for things like conference attendance, room and board, etc.

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“I’m all in on Xavier, having received my undergrad and MBA from there, as well as teaching social media marketing for the last eight years there," he said. “I had no idea how high transportation costs are these days, even to get a bus to visit company headquarters downtown. Helping to defray these costs has been a very fulfilling and collaborative effort!” Living Our Purpose

Employee Grant Stipends are just one of the ways that we give back to our local communities. 84.51° also supports corporate sponsorships, gift matching and much more. Learn more about how 84.51° has a positive impact on individuals and communities.

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