This November, Progressive Truck School and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul partner to host a food drive to benefit Chicago communities. This announcement comes on the heels of a major award from the Better Business Bureau being granted to the school for outstanding ethical business practices. The 2014 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, an honor that Progressive Truck School cites as a major reason they want to continue giving back to the community, is a pinnacle achievement for the vocational school.

 Gina Buda, Founder and President, says this is just the beginning of the vocational school’s plans to actively engage with the Chicago community. “Chicago really supports small businesses and we’ve been really lucky to receive such backing from the city. There’s a lot of people in need and during this time of the year it’s important to remind people that we’re very lucky to live in one of the world’s most renowned cities. It’s important to give back to communities throughout the year – but food shortages at this time are especially apparent with the arrival of the holidays. We’re hoping to make an impact that really makes a difference this holiday season.”

 Progressive’s Food Drive begins November 1st, 2013, and will continue until November 25th, 2013. Food can be donated at any of their three locations. Progressive is also offering greater incentives to those wishing to enroll in CDL training. “For each item that a new student donates at registration, we’re taking $100 off of their tuition,” Ms. Buda says. “Not only are we hoping this creates enthusiasm for the act of giving, but also raises awareness about the booming trucking industry.”

 This is excellent news for individuals looking to enter the ever-growing transportation industry or those who have always wanted to be paid to travel the country. With a projected increase of 330,000 new truck drivers needed through the year 2020 by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the trucking industry is experiencing one of the largest booms in the nation. Trucking isn’t just an exciting career, but it is a lifestyle, as well.

“We really believe in the mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and we couldn’t be happier to be partnering with them,” Ms. Buda says. “A little bit of sharing can really go a long way.”

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