Rent-A-Center Makes a Donation to Serve the Youth of Detroit

On Friday, August 6, 2010, Rent-A-Center’s Random Act of Caring Initiative presented a generous donation to the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development (65 Cadillac Square Suite 2200 Detroit, MI) to better serve youth in Detroit.

Rent-A-Center’s Random Act of Caring Initiative presented the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development with four laptop computers, four desktop computers, two home theatre systems, a flat screen TV and a washer and dryer set along with five $500 scholarships.

“Some outstanding organizations find themselves with multiple needs but limited resources, particularly in these challenging economic times. We help customers in that very same situation every day so we wanted to find a way to contribute to our customers’ communities,” said Xavier Dominicis, vice president of Public Affairs with Rent-A-Center. “Through Random Acts of Caring, we are able to help where help is needed when it’s needed. That’s what we’re all about.”


The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute was co-founded by Rosa Parks in 1987 to carry on the work she started with youth as a volunteer of the NAACP long before the act of courage that propelled her into the public eye. Led by Elaine Eason Steele, co-founder, the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute continues what Mrs. Parks began long ago. The history of the Institute and its accomplishments are interwoven with Mrs. Parks’ life as a civil rights leader, a world icon and a private citizen.

The central mission of the Institute is to “motivate youth to reach their highest potential” and it provides several programs each year that engage youth in hands-on activities to build positive living skills in a multicultural environment. All programs are made possible by public and private donations, such as the generous donation from Rent-A-Center.

Representatives from both the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute and the Rent-A-Center were present on Friday, August 6, 2010 for a dedication ceremony held at the Northwest Activity Center (18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, MI 48235).

This is the 63rd Random Act of Caring since the program was initiated in 2008.  Beyond Random Acts of Caring, Rent-A-Center supports Feeding America, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, and scholarships for deserving students.

Rent-A-Center, Inc., headquartered in Plano, Texas, currently operates approximately 3,000 company-owned stores nationwide and in Canada and Puerto Rico. The stores offer name brand, durable goods such as major consumer electronics, appliances, computers, furniture and accessories under flexible rental-purchase agreements that generally allow the customer to obtain ownership of the merchandise at the conclusion of an agreed upon rental period.  In Michigan, Rent-A-Center operates 104 rent-to-own stores, including nine in the Detroit area.

Donations to the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute of Self-Development can be made by visitingtheir website