Chicago’s Perry Mandera created his charity Custom Cares to support a variety of causes. The charity’s name is taken from the name of Mandera’s logistics and shipping company Custom Companies Inc. Custom Cares has supported veterans’ causes through Hiring Our Heroes and Marines For Life. Mandera is a Marine Corp. Veteran.
When tornados, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, or any natural disaster occurs anywhere in the US Custom Cares is there. Perry Mandera will send his trucks loaded with food, medicine, and other relief supplies. Custom Cares also provides victims with transportation.
It’s obvious that Perry Mandera is committed to relieving suffering where he can. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and American Cancer Society are among the health-related charities his charity supports. It seems that Mandera is especially committed to helping youth not just in the Chicago area, but the nation and the world as well.
A case-in-point would be The Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Children who are abused or neglected are likely to do the same to their own children. For 131 years the Mercy Home has worked to prevent future generations of children from being abused and neglected by providing its residents with a nurturing and supportive environment.
Through the Green Thumbs for a Greener World initiative, Mercy Home staff and volunteers sought to teach their charges about sustainability and to be responsible citizens. Adults and young people worked together to restore the garden at The Mercy Home for Boys and Girls Hay’s campus. Vegetables and flowers were planted not just for self-sufficiency and aesthetics, but to teach the children ways to reduce their carbon footprint.
The Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is just one way in which Perry Mandera and Custom Cares benefit young people. When The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation and The Jesse White Tumblers collected 6,500 winter coats for impoverished children in Chicagoland and surrounding communities the coats were transported in Custom Companies trucks.
Custom Cares grants educational and financial support to children and young adults who are at-risk and sponsors youth league teams across Illinois.