Best Buy Makes Good Neighbors


Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) is well known for its high-quality, reasonably priced electronics, but it also has an unwavering commitment to community service. Best Buy is donating $5,000 to help Peace House fight domestic violence and $5,000 to United Way of Salt Lake to help solve Summit County’s most serious social problems. The checks will be presented during Best Buy’s grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony June 13th at 9:45 a.m. 

The Park City Best Buy store is located at 1209 Center Drive (Newpark Shopping Center), off the Kimball Junction exit.

Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott will be a featured speaker at the ribbon cutting ceremony. Elliott commented, “We welcome Best Buy to Summit County and could not be more pleased about its community involvement from day one. It’s impressive that they are already making strides to benefit the community prior to opening their doors.” 

Peace House Executive Director Jane Patten commented, “We are thrilled that Best Buy has reached out to help Peace House and United Way. Through partnerships with companies like Best Buy, we can improve domestic violence resources and educate the public about the serious issue of domestic abuse.”

Summit County Regional Director Joy Erickson stated, “We are so appreciative to Best Buy for their national corporate commitment to United Way, and are especially pleased to acknowledge their generosity as they open this new store in Park City. United Way of Salt Lake has been supporting Summit County’s most critical human service needs for many years. We are pleased to acknowledge Peace House as a United Way community partner and thank them for the good work that they do.”

With more than 900 stores, Best Buy’s goal for the new Park City location is to give back to the community from the moment it has a presence. In addition to the financial donation, Best Buy is planning a number of programs to support Peace House and other non-profits. According to Best Buy General Manager Caralee Woolcock, Best Buy is currently building a team of volunteers to deliver computer training to Peace House residents.

“We want to make a difference in the community,” said Woolcock. “Our goal is to build a strong connection with the Park City community and outlying cities. It’s simply the way we do business.”

Peace House is particularly appreciative of Best Buy’s contribution, given the economic downturn has fueled an increase in demand for Peace House services. While domestic violence has increased, sources of traditional non-profit funding have diminished. 

“It’s a challenging time for non-profits,” said Patten. “We rely on a combination of government grants, county funding, private donations and corporate sponsorship to cover operations. All of these sources have decreased or disappeared due to the downturn. Every single donation gives Peace House the ability to deliver prevention education and assistance for victims of domestic violence.”  

About Peace House

Peace House has sheltered, supported and empowered families experiencing domestic violence since 1995. It is the Mission of Peace House to help individuals to break the cycle of violence in family and personal relationships. Donations are accepted via the web site at 
http://www.supportpeacehouse.org/ <http://www.supportpeacehouse.org/> .