Air Force One Honored at Columbus Pillar Awards Virtual Event


On Thursday, January 21st, Air Force One was honored to receive The Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service. This award was developed to honor businesses and individuals dedicated to making Ohio a better place to live. The program is designed to demonstrate the tie between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds and showcase best practices.

From the award ceremony and magazine:

Although the past 12 months have been filled with many unknowns, one thing that remained a constant was Air Force One’s commitment to positively impacting the community. The company’s many programs allow it to serve communities throughout Ohio, which proved to be especially important in the face of a pandemic when there has been a much greater need for additional support.

The Air Force One Service to Others philanthropic program was created in 2013 to support activities that enhance and serve communities in which employees live and work and address the issues that impact quality of life. The program allows employees to take up to three paid days off per year to support nonprofit community service work of their choosing. Air Force One employees have logged thousands of hours through this program and even during the pandemic, they were urged to serve organizations that needed help.

In addition, the Air Force One Community Foundation, also created in 2013, is dedicated to giving back. Each year, a predetermined percentage of profits is donated to the foundation and distributed to nonprofits across Ohio.

Air Force One has continuously provided community and client support outside of the organization and was able to direct support internally during the pandemic. In March 2020, the company created the AFO Associate Relief Fund to help employees through a difficult time by making funds available to those experiencing financial hardship. Grants were approved to pay for necessary personal and living expenses incurred due to COVID-19.

This is the first time Air Force One has been awarded this designation and our team takes great pride in offering support to our communities and the nonprofit world. We congratulate all of our fellow honorees and are so humbled to have received this prestigious distinction.