About Carris Reels
The Carris Foundation
Established in 1990 by Bill Carris
Carris Reels has a long-standing commitment to the communities in which we do business. We’re very proud of the founding family’s legacy which is primarily a spirit of generosity and a tradition of giving. The Carris family has donated talent, time and treasure to an array of worthwhile organizations, which has enhanced the success of our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), when they sold to the company at a significant discount to the employees.
The mission of Carris Reels is to “improve the quality of like for our growing corporate community,” which includes not just employee-owners and their families, but also our customers, suppliers, friends and neighbors.
In continuing recognition of this tradition, the company contributes approximately five percent of profits to non-profit organizations. Each Carris site has their own Giving Committee which consists of employees who decide what organizations to support. Virtually every charitable contribution starts with one employee-owner’s passion and commitment. Members of the giving committees present the “big checks” and are increasingly becoming personally involved in these organizations in their communities.
On May 11, 2019, the Girls on the Run 2019 Central VT 5K took place at Castleton University. Leading up to the event, hundreds of girls in grades 3-8 take part in a ten-week program building essential skills, gain confidence and develop a lifetime appreciation for...
On June 18, 2019 the Carris Reels Charitable Giving Committee of Vermont presented Ed Bride, of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont with a "big check," for $3,800. PCAVT is a state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. Their mission is...
On October 2, 2018, Carris Reels employees in Mexico, Canada and the U.S. contributed $29,290.18 to The American Red Cross. Our donation helped the victims of Hurricane Florence that overwhelmed the Carolina’s in early...
Carris Cares - Little Wish Foundation
Logan Heibler of Granville, NY Middle School receives a donation for the St. Jude Math-A-Thon which benefited the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Adaptive Martial Arts Association founder, Jason Davis, recieves a donation from the Carris Reels Charitable Giving Foundation.
Dave Ferraro & Dave Fitz-Gerald receiving a thank you from the Red Cross for supporting individuals and families affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017.