It’s the time of year when we as a company and individuals take time to pause, reflect, and be thankful for those in our communities that are less fortunate and could use help during these difficult times. VESTA is has always been willing to help in these efforts by contributing and supporting our employees to donate their time, monetary donations and resources to those in need.
Each of our office locations work with local organizations and charities within their communities to make these donations. Each location chooses the charity or organization that they feel would best benefit those in the community that would benefit with these efforts including; holiday wish-lists, volunteering opportunities, adopt a family, etc. The employees then shop for gifts on the list, wrap them, etc. or, show up and volunteer or deliver the gifts to the drop off location.
In the past, we’ve volunteered with and given to organizations like:
- Animal Shelters / Adoption Agencies
- Community Groups (Lions/Optimist/VFW . . .) that Sponsor Families or Children with Holiday Wish Lists
- Domestic Violence Shelters
- Food Pantries
- Homeless Shelters
- Special Olympics
Below are a few of the organizations our employees have chosen as well as information about those charities for you to also get involved or donate as well!
Barrow County Family Connection
Our Atlanta Branch office in Winder, GA. chose Barrow County Family Connection as their organization to give back to, this year. Holiday Connection is a Christmas Assistance program where children are registered, and parents/guardians are given a date to attend the Holiday Store. At the store, "Elves" will assist parents in choosing gifts for each child and receive a bag of food on their way out, courtesy of their amazing friends at Bethlehem Church. Some children may be "adopted out" by local businesses, churches, and families instead of going through the Holiday Store.
Collier Beall, Glenn McGarey, James (Greg) Rockmore, Kayla Stinchcomb and Beverly Whitehurst worked hard to collect toy donations and delivered them to the BCFC Store, where VESTA was a Sleigh Sponsor which enabled us to adopt and donate to 6 children as well as greet the parents and help the children who came into the store to "shop". To learn more about this program visit them at https://barrowfamilyconnection.org/holiday-connection/
KEENAN GRIMES COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTER
VESTA's Joel Fenstermaker and family, decided instead of receiving Christmas gifts this year, they asked family and friends to donate to Keenan Grimes Community Outreach in Knoxville, TN. VESTA matched monetarily to help purchase additional items needed. The Keenan Grimes Community Outreach provides outreach and support to the least fortunate members of the Knoxville, Tennessee community, focusing on those experiencing homelessness and struggling with substance abuse.
Just a few months after his son, Keenan Grimes, passed away from an overdose on opioids, Ira Grimes, Jr decided to renovate and transform his facility located at 2461 Martin Luther King, Jr Avenue into a drug and alcohol intervention and resource complex If you would like to help support this amazing charity, follow this link and donate some of the needed items such as: Deodorant, socks, t-shirts, thermal shirts, long John's, soap, tooth paste, tooth brushes, razors, shaving cream, gloves, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, towels, hair brushes, coats, watch caps, non-perishable food items such as granola bars, jerky, bottled water, packs of nuts.
North Texas Salvation Army
The Dallas branch chose a forgotten angel from the North Texas Salvation Army Angel Tree. They chose a 13 year old boy to shop and donate gift to for Christmas.
Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning. The Salvation Army Angel Tree program helps provide Christmas gifts for hundreds of thousands of children around the country each year. Once a child or senior adult has been registered and accepted as an Angel their Christmas wish list is shared with donors in your community who purchase gifts of new clothing and toys. The gifts are distributed to the family to place under their family Christmas tree.
If you would like to donate or be part of this program, click this link.
Fostering Together Gulf Coast
Fostering Together Gulf Coast helps local foster families provide clothing, food assistance, programming, Christmas gifts, Easter baskets, and so much more to foster families in Mobile, AL. Our employees in the Gulf Coast, chose to sponsor an 8 year old boy and a 12 year old girl!
Will (our sales manager Emily's son) loves to help shop for the 2 kids. They also supplied a $100 in Publix Grocery Store Gift Cards to help with a Christmas meal.
Since 2019, Fostering Together Gulf Coast has provided services to Alabama Gulf Coast foster and adoptive families and children in foster care.
Founded in response to a shortage of services and resources for foster families, the organization now supports over 250 households and more than 700 children.
If you would like to help donate, volunteer or be part of their giving, click here.
Hackensack Giving Tree
The Hackensack Chamber of Commerce hosted “The Children’s Giving Tree”, again this year.
Jim Qualley, VESTA Sales Manager - MN, IA, ND, SD, chose two boys and two girls and shopped for the gifts that they requested. Jim is a member of the Backus, MN. American Legion who has been part of this program for years.
The program’s goal is for the community to come together to help local families provide their children with Christmas gifts. While there are no specific qualifications for this program, they ask recipients of the “Giving Tree” not be on any other area lists. It is important that all in our community and surrounding communities who need help, can be helped. If you would like to be part of this amazing program or donate, click here.
THE JOURNEY HOME
Brian Kelly, Branch Sales Manager in our Nashville Branch donated $250 to a hometown organization called “The Journey Home”. The donation went to their capital campaign to help fund a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 10 short-term family units along with mental and physical health supports to help the vulnerable and disadvantaged begin to stabilize and reconnect with their community.
Founded in 2006, The Journey Home is a Christian ministry that serves the homeless and disadvantaged of Rutherford County by helping to rehouse and provide resources and relationships that encourage faith, economic stability, wholeness, and reintegration into community life.
If you would like to know more about this amazing organization or donate to their cause, you can find them here.
Montgomery County SPCA
Perry Schwartz dropped off donations during Reggie's annual check-up! Reggies vet, Creature Comforts accepted donations on behalf of the Montgomery County SPCA.
The Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to animal protection, humane education, and caring for unwanted, lost and abused domestic animals. Established in 1909, the Montgomery County SPCA (in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania), has three locations. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit them at https://montgomerycountyspca.org/
South Bend FOP Lodge #36
Candice Mansfield and the rest of the Elkhart office crew, dropped off coats, hats, and gloves for shop with a cop at their local police station in South Bend, IN.
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is a fraternal organization consisting of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. It reports a membership of over 355,000 members organized in 2,100 local chapters (lodges), state lodges, and the national Grand Lodge. The organization attempts to improve the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those they serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation.
"Thank you VESTA Modular for your donation! These awesome individuals dropped off several coats! Warm coats are always a big item on lists we see come in. These coats were quickly added to some of our kids boxes & next week will get put to good use to keep those kids warm while they enjoy our predicted blizzard snowfall!"-South Bend FOP Lodge #36
Neighborhood Center of South Lake
Our Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Sales team chose the Neighborhood Center of South Lake, in in Groveland FL, for their holiday give back this year. Chris Russell, Florida Sales Representative, presented (10) $25.00 gift cards to be distributed to families to go toward Christmas Dinner.
The Neighborhood Center of South Lake administers help to individuals who need food and various other forms of assistance. including a food pantry, job training, income tax assistance, food baskets at Christmas, computer and cooking classes.
To learn more about this organization or to volunteer/donate, visit them at https://www.fnclake.org/
BROXTON ANGEL TREE
Tracy Willard and our GA branch office, chose to donate to this organization to help their local community children of all ages. This program is run by a local organizer who previously worked with the school system to provide for children, but it was limited to elementary kids and she felt it left out older children in the same household. She ventured out on her own so that she could help children of all ages as well as make a larger event with free food, games, and activities for the entire community.
Tracy and team chose a 9 year old boy and they purchased: a bike, football, hot wheels, card games, a jacket and outfit, Spiderman, nerf web shooter, and candy. For the 12 year old girl they chose, she received from VESTA: clothes, shoes, a beginners electric guitar set, candy, lip gloss, card games, and a stuffed animal.
Northern Ocean County Animal Facility
Marci WishnickI donated to the Northern Ocean County Animal Facility 80 lbs. of dog and cat food along with other supplies such as shampoo and blankets. All of her fur babies are rescues and she hopes is that all these precious cats and dogs find forever homes! Marci donates resources and volunteers to these organizations all year round.
Thier Guiding Principles:
- To assess public health priorities of the community through comprehensive health planning;
- To inform and educate our community about public health issues and concerns;
- To empower individuals to take responsibility for their health and wellness and that of their communities;
- To utilize a systemic, team approach to effectively solve problems and achieve our mission; and;
- To promote a work environment which continually strives to incorporate our agency’s values.
To learn more, visit them at https://www.ochd.org/about/
Humane Society of Huron Valley
Facing Forward to end homelessness
Our Oswego, IL. office purchased supplies and packed two housewarming baskets for new residents of Facing Forward to End Homelessness, a Chicago based organization. ‘New residents are continuously entering Facing Forward’s programs and they are in need of supplies to help them get started in their new homes!’ To learn more about this great organization or to donate, visit their website https://www.ffchicago.org/
"Envisioning a better future is the first step to empowerment. We turn our backs on homelessness and position ourselves to envision what’s next. We break the cycle of homelessness in Chicago by providing housing and social services that empower individuals to face forward to a new future. We know that connecting people to safe, stable, long-term housing first creates the best platform to address the root causes of homelessness.
Over the past five years, 85 percent of our clients have changed their lives and ended their cycle of homelessness. They have pride in their homes. They receive health care that improves their quality of life. They earn high school degrees and excel in college programs. And their children thrive."
Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard
Bill Rosato, Director of Beyond the Box, chose a great local organization called Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard in Ambler PA serving many in need from general living, set backs during Covid, recovery from a Tornado that ripped through their town.
They collected gift cards to distribute to caregivers with children/ grandchildren for Christmas. They distributed over 220 turkey meal boxes, filled with all the items needed to prepare a traditional holiday meal, the week before Thanksgiving. and will distribute holiday meal boxes again this week for Christmas, all because of the very generous donations from their community! To donate visit their website >>> https://www.community-cupboard.org/
Thank you all who participated!
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