Doing good deemed good business

Office supply firm remains steadfast in its philosophy of philanthropy

Valley Office Supply has grown from a small Grand Junction company filling personal orders to a computerized warehouse that brings in supplies from Denver and Salt Lake City.

Valley Office Supply also has changed the list of organizations to which it contributes over the years. But one thing hasn’t changed:
a philosophy of giving.

“Our philosophy has always been that the profits don’t just belong to our company,” said co-owner Teresa Kareus. “This community supports us when they buy from us, so we need to give something back.”

The list of recipients includes the Christ Center Coffee Shop, Food Bank of the Rockies, Grand Junction Housing Authority, Hilltop Community Resources, Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction, Riverside Education Center and Young Life.

Valley Office Supply recently added the Homeward Bound community homeless shelter.

“We have teamed up with the Jeff and Valerie Franklin family twice in the past year to cook and serve a meal at the shelter,” Kareus said. “Valerie Franklin is one of our employees and her husband, Jeff, is on the Homeward Bound board. It is always such a positive experience that we start planning the next time as soon as we are finished.”
Kareus and her husband, David, have a soft spot for the homeless and charities that provide food.

“We also love Hilltop Community Resources because they have such a broad reach in the community,” she said. “Riverside Education Center is also doing really great things with kids.”

For businesses facing tighter budgets during an economic downturn, Kareus suggested owners should do what they can.

“For some of these charities, time is equally important,” she said. “Also, charities and nonprofits are thankful for whatever you give, large or small.”