Window Genie is known to “clean windows and a whole lot more.” Yes, that means we offer other services such as window tinting, pressure washing and gutter cleaning, but we also do ‘a whole lot more’ by giving back and keeping an active presence in our communities through our program, Windows 4 Wishes.
At Window Genie, giving back and showing our support for the communities that help our businesses grow will always be a huge part of the culture. As a system of locally owned and operated franchises, it’s important that each Window Genie location stands out in their particular community. To live, work and serve in your hometown is a point of pride for our franchise partners who are able to establish significant relationships and grow the business through community relations bolstered by service. We’ve made it our business to establish Windows 4 Wishes, a program that encourages and enables our owners to show their customers what they really care about. Each franchise location determines how, when and why they’ll pay it forward. Whether it’s through sponsoring a community event, performing free services for a favorite organization or local individual in need, volunteering time at an animal shelter or soup kitchen, or promoting their favorite charity, Window Genie franchise partners stand out to the community as a small business with heart and purpose. Window Genie’s founder and CEO, Rik Nonelle says, “There’s more to business than just making money. We believe it’s important to uplift our communities, to appreciate what we’ve been given, and pay it forward. We believe customers are excited to support a local small business that gives back to the community they share.”
Local Window Genie franchisees across the country are getting involved every day, finding new ways to make the community they love a better place to live. Ask your local Genie what he/she is doing to give back, and ways you can get involved!
As for Window Genie’s corporate office, we’re located in Cincinnati – so one of our favorite local charities is the Jovante Woods Foundation set up by our friend and Bengals superstar, Ickey Woods.
In February of 2014, Window Genie Founder and CEO Rik Nonelle met Ickey Woods while Woods was raising money for the Jovante Woods Foundation; he started the foundation after losing his son Jovante to a fatal Asthma attack in 2010. Unbeknownst at the time to Jovante’s parents, Ickey and Chandra, Jovante had checked the organ donor box on his driver’s permit and subsequently saved 5 lives through organ donation and impacted dozens more through tissue donation.
About the Jovante Woods Foundation: According to their website, the mission is 3 fold; to continue an ongoing endowment in Jovante’s name to help fund the work being done at Cincinnati Children’s Asthma Research Division, to work with the LifeCenter Organ Donor Network to further education on the importance and impact of organ donation, and to award two scholarships a year through their “3.8 to be great” scholarships for academically successful high school athletes in the tri-state area. Earlier this year the Jovante Woods Foundation was able to present Cincinnati Children’s with a check for $100,000.
Touched by Woods’ story, Nonelle felt compelled to involve his team here at Window Genie as a way to raise awareness and funds for the Jovante Woods Foundation. For the last 3 springs, Window Genie helped sponsor a local celebrity golf tournament benefitting the Jovante Woods Foundation.
Nonelle felt Woods’ perspective as someone deeply involved in a cause that raised funds for a greater good in his community put him in a beneficial position to speak to all the Window Genie franchise partners attending the Window Genie Annual Convention in 2015. Window Genie’s corporate team presented Ickey with a $1,000 donation to the Jovante Woods Foundation at their awards luncheon at the Annual Convention in New Orleans and attendees purchased signed shirts and jerseys which netted an additional $2,000 in donations for the foundation. Nonelle said, “The love and support Window Genie has been able to show for Ickey and his foundation, he’s given back to us ten-fold. He’s in and out of our West Chester office all the time as a partner in our Windows 4 Wishes program, helping us discover different ways our team can participate in furthering the mission of his foundation, two summers ago he also did the ALS ice bucket challenge with my corporate team and now he’s attended our conference as a guest speaker. His presentation definitely made an impact on the 100+ attendees we had; our message of community citizenship and the impact each business owner can make in his or her own community was really well received. He’s been a great friend to Window Genie and we’re happy to have a local cause to support that we feel genuinely connected to. Window Genie is proud to be a small part of the enormous good The Jovante Woods Foundation is doing for families in the Tri-state area and beyond.”