01. 12. 21

Commercial Collection Agencies of America recently announced that through its initiative, Commercial Collection Agencies of America Gives Back, a portion of the proceeds of its virtual annual meeting has been given to Mental Health Advocates of WNY, formerly known as the Mental Health Association of Erie, New York.

Since 1962, the Mental Health Advocates of WNY, Inc. has provided essential programs and services to seniors, adults, families and children in Erie County.  It also supports advocacy and intervention in schools, workplaces, treatment agencies, courts and homes. 

The nomination of Mental Health Advocates of WNY was made by Independent Standards Board Chair and Credit Research Foundation President, Bill Balduino in honor of Angelo Di Loreto, the son of one of our Association members. 

At the general membership meeting, the Board shared the nomination with the members who overwhelmingly supported the donation, some of whom contributed personally, as well. 

“I personally wish to thank all of you who participated in this worthwhile cause.  The Association has been a guiding light with its approach and execution of supporting worthwhile causes and in this unusual time there is no more situation that deserves our attention. Much appreciation to board members and the membership itself of Commercial Collection Agencies of America for its generous response,” stated Balduino.    

Mental Health Associates of WNY also offers school-based prevention and education programs to address the needs of students from Pre-K through 12th grade as well as collaborates with other agencies and organizations to provide innovative, creative and artistic programs to reach new audiences to promote mental health.  Donations can be made at www.mhawny.org.   An excellent resource guide can be found by clicking: MHA of WNY Community-Resource-Guide.pdf .

Commercial Collection Agencies of America President, Bruce Godwin commented, “Our industry deals with different adversities daily, some short-lived and others more long term. The chance to help, even if only in a small way in the field of mental health is something that our members felt was not only needed, but very important during these pandemic times.”

 

Commercial Collection Agencies of America has also been fortunate enough to donate a portion of the profits from previous meetings to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Blessings in a Backpack, The ALS Association-Greater Chicago Chapter, The Red Cross, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, The Emily Stillman Foundation and the American Diabetes Association. 

Commercial Collection Agencies of America is an organization of commercial collection agencies, creditors’ rights attorneys and law list publishers, many of whom have been certified for over four decades. It is the only Association in which all agency members must be certified and offers the superior certification program in the industry.  

05. 27. 20

SupportYourLocalFoodBank

Commercial Collection Agencies of America recently announced an exciting new project through its initiative, Commercial Collection Agencies of America Gives Back.

The Association recognized early on that the pandemic had caused a 40% increase in demand for food at pantries and banks across the U.S. and quickly swung into action. Monetary donations are being made from the Association and from individual members to local food pantries and food banks around the nation.

“We immediately created our worthwhile project, “Support Your Local Food Bank”, which was presented to our nationwide members. The thought process is that with a membership which resides in almost every state, our members could make a significant impact. We asked members to donate to their local food pantries and food banks and the Association would also donate to that local pantry or bank,” stated Annette M. Waggoner, Executive Director of Commercial Collection Agencies of America.

The response is outstanding. As the nation traverses the impacts of the crisis, members continue to contribute. From New York to California and states in between, donations are being made from the Association and from its members: collection agencies, creditors’ rights attorneys and law list publishers, as well as donations from members of an Independent Standards Board, which oversees the Association’s certification program. Click here for a list of contributions.

Members are empathetic to the havoc that the coronavirus has caused to the nation’s businesses. They also realize that the role of the collection agency is often misunderstood which leads to a negative perception in the media, especially in the current economic situation. However, the accounts receivable management process is vital as annually, commercial collection agencies restore billions back to the U.S. economy, on behalf of creditors. What many Americans are now realizing is that small businesses are often companies with less than 25 employees that depend on their receivables being collected so that they can fund payroll and pay their suppliers. The members’ participation in a project such as “Support Your Local Food Bank” gives them the opportunity to exhibit their charitable nature as well as attempt to abate misunderstanding about their industry.