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Steiner Kerman Education Foundation

Graduation CapHarold Kerman always found a way to give back. He founded the Steiner Kerman Education foundation in 2007. Harold initiated the education fund in appreciation for opportunities given to him. College would have been impossible for Harold if not for his aunt’s generosity. She gave Harold the money to attend Jr. College. Harold capitalized on the time afforded him in Jr. College and eventually enrolled in Northwestern University. Harold graduated from Northwestern in 1941. He returned from service in WWII and passed the CPA exam in 1946.

Harold set up the education fund to encourage pursuit. He knew there is always something to be learned. Performance and achievement are good to strive for, but the key is learning from experience, environment, and circumstance. For that reason, The Steiner Kerman Education foundation bases scholarships on an individual’s need and goals. Careful consideration is given to the prospects ability to view the world, “As if your glass is half full.” Perseverance is worth the investment.

The Steiner Kerman Education fund has awarded well over $200,000 in the last 5 years. While most of the monies have gone to individuals for scholarships, some of the money has been given to schools and foundations to initiate that facilities ongoing education fund.

Carol Kerman, the foundation’s proprietor, “Looks for students to have a rich fulfilling life where love and respect abound.” High School students are in a delicate phase of life. The Steiner Kerman Education foundation focuses on fostering positive impact that continues the student’s path to fulfillment.

This Foundation began in 2007 by Harold Kerman, CEO of Steiner Electric Company in Elk Grove Village.

He established this Education Foundation in gratitude for the opportunity given to him and with the responsibility to assist other students with limited income.

Harold Kerman graduated from Von Steuben High School in 1937 during the period of the Great Depression. With the help of scholarships, he was able to attend Wright Junior College and later went on to graduate night school at Northwestern University in 1941 while working during the day. After returning from WWll, he passed the CPA exam in 1946…on the first try.

Harold Kerman passed away this past January 2012. His hopes were for his family to continue offering opportunities to young adults to fulfil their educational dreams. If Harold could be here, this is what he would say:

“Live your life viewing the glass half full. Whatever the situation, do what you need to do and don’t complain. Create a vision, work with what you have, and don’t stop until you reach your goal. Once you have, set another goal. Constantly improving, always be fair, respectful, and have uncompromising integrity.”

The Steiner Kerman Education Foundation has awarded Anthony Bright Newlin from Hobart High School $1,500.00. He will attend Ball State University with a major in Actuarial Science. He finished in the top 15 in his class and will also be receiving the top math student award.


Koats for Kids

Koats for KidsDoing the right thing is part of Steiner. Our work with Koats for Kids was inspired by that single statement, “Do the right thing.” One Steiner employee took the words to heart and started building Koats for Kids collection bins in a Steiner warehouse 10 years ago. These efforts have grown into Steiner being the logistical arm for the Winnebago County Salvation Army’s annual Koats for Kids drive. These bins collected over 1,500 coats in 2014 alone. We also helped give away over 1,300 hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves.

We appreciate the opportunity to serve and are excited to continue our relationship with Koats for Kids.


Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan

The Boy Scouts of America is best known for its character building and leadership training. This character and value-based leadership is engrained in Steiner. We are a third generation family owned business with the fourth generation of Scouts learning our industry and preparing to lead the organization in the future. Steiner has benefitted from the life education Boy Scouts of America provided since 1916. We understand our responsibility to give back.

Steiner has partnered with Camp Ma- Ka-Ja-Wan, providing electrical supplies to continue the camps excellent reputation. Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan is operated by the Northeast Illinois Council and one of America’s premier Scouting camps. We are happy to help light the way for these scouts and future leaders with Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan.


Chicago Area Homeless

Steiner has been part of Chicagoland Electric Association (CEA) since 1991. Over the last 21 years Steiner has facilitated a Christmas celebration for the Greater Chicago Homeless Shelters, partnered with The Boy Scouts Troop 64, CEA and Comic Relief. For this afternoon, every Christmas, seven homeless shelters receive gifts for the sheltered youths, along with office and home supplies to continue daily operations.

Planning for the event starts every September, like clockwork. First, a hall is reserved. Toys are collected and Santa delivers a gift for every child. The party includes just about everything from DJs to storytellers, mostly, it is filled with hope. People care and things can be better. We are committed to help in making that lasting change.

Electric Association of Chicago delivers mattresses and sheets to eight homeless shelters from donations raised at the 21nd annual Christmas party that hosted over 250 homeless children last December.


American Cancer Society’s Walk & Roll

Steiner knows, all too well, the pain cancer causes and, as the founding member of The Chicago Electrical Industry Community Outreach (CEI) organization, has supported the American Cancer Society’s Walk & Roll since 2011, which is the longest running cancer event of its kind. Participants can run, walk, bike or skate while raising money for a great cause.

During our first event CEI collectively raised more than $160,000. In 2012, 24 companies raised over $268,000.


Riverdahl Elementary School in Rockford

Riverdahl Elementary School DonationsIn 2014, Steiner’s Rockford office started something small for a local school that has now become a yearly event for our employees that means a lot to them, to the community and to the kids. Steiner Rockford adopted Riverdahl Elementary School and has been raising funds for donating basic supplies, shoes, clothing and other everyday apparel. Steiner workers have collected donations themselves and have also traveled around town to garage sales and dollar stores where many other generous people have donated items and money.

For Steiner, it’s more than just raising donations or funds for others. This is about community and neighbors. It’s our duty to give back to the community that supports us.


Rockford Rescue Mission

Rockford Rescue MissionThe Steiner Rockford branch is always looking for ways to support our community. During our collection for Rockford Rescue Mission’s Pitney Place this summer we wanted to also give a little back to our employees.

We had some healthy employee competition with gift card raffles. Employees were given an opportunity to wear jeans with a weekly donation. We were also able to enjoy ice cream treats all summer long! For the entire summer Steiner provided various ice cream treats for sale to our employees. Employees rallied to the cause (to the detriment of our figures) and purchased a lot of ice cream bars knowing the proceeds would benefit the Rockford Rescue Mission.