While there are many causes we support, we have three primary non-profit organizations that have our ongoing commitment of time, energy, and resources: HeroHomes, Tree of Life Ministries, and Every Orphan’s Hope. We believe wholeheartedly in the mission of these organizations and are proud to be affiliated with them.
This month we asked our champions who lead Wholesale Screening’s charitable efforts to report on our impact so far.
Wholesale Screening Solutions Champion: Liz McDonald
HeroHomes is a not for profit foundation established to build houses, primarily in Loudoun County, Virginia, for those who have fought for the preservation of freedom and democracy for others. HeroHomes provides the opportunity for disabled veterans to rejoin society with the security and pride of home ownership. Wholesale Screening Solutions, alongside its parent company, Lowers Risk Group, supports this important organization financially as well as through volunteer efforts.
I care deeply for and have a great respect for all who have served our Nation. Every male in my family has served in a branch of the military. This charity allows me to contribute to Veterans in a meaningful way. Not only do we build homes for individuals, but we have the chance to connect Veterans to each other and to other local services within our community.
As one of four board members, I handle marketing, events, and public relations for HeroHomes. My goal is to raise awareness about the need for housing for disabled Veterans and to gain community support and funding to continue our mission to serve this underserved population.
I’m always using the opportunities presented to talk to people about HeroHomes. I find that work and social events are the perfect place to open conversation to educate others on our organization and how they can get involved. Generally, I find people are very receptive and love what we are doing.
We have worked very hard through our events, advertising, social media, word-of-mouth, and partners to gain exposure to individuals and companies that want to support our mission.
Wholesale Screening Solutions Champion: Rachel Franklin
Tree of Life (TOL) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to reach out to the underprivileged in local communities with the love of Jesus Christ. TOL seeks to fulfill its purpose through its five ministry branches; Food, life skills, shelter, healthcare, and relief.
Tree of Life Ministries assisted and served meals to over 6,000 individuals in the Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick County, VA areas last year. Through our parent company, Lowers Risk Group, Wholesale Screening Solutions and Tree of Life Ministries are connected through our company Chaplain, Wayne Ruckman, who leads Tree of Life. Wayne works closely with our leadership team to develop and coordinate our community service activities. Our employees and leadership have donated over 10,000 pounds of food to Tree of Life through food drives, and this month we are sponsoring a food drive with a goal of an additional 6,000 pounds. Employees and leadership have also filled over 250 backpacks for children heading back to school.
With more people in need comes the need for more resources. While there are jobs in the local area, many people are still among the working poor, or do not earn enough money to pay their necessary bills. The working poor are in a gap—making too much to qualify for government resources but not enough to provide food, shelter and clothing for their family.
As a company, one of our core values is to be gracious, caring and of service to others. Consistently on company surveys, employees rate community service activities as a top benefit they like to participate in. This passion comes from the top, as our company leaders care greatly about giving back to the communities we are in.
Tree of Life Ministries offers a Volunteer Introduction Program to get involved in serving. More information about how to get involved in any of our 15 ministries can be found at www.tolministries.org.
Wholesale Screening Solutions Champion: David Lowers
Every Orphan’s Hope (EOH) shares the love and hope of Jesus Christ with orphans in Zambia, Africa. By constructing homes in AIDS-affected communities, orphans and widows build new lives together as a family. We have supported the mission of EOH for the past 13 years.
Today, with so many of the children graduating from high school, the need for financial support toward their continued education is a huge need.
Every Orphan’s Hope keys in on a very vital value I hold dear: “Caring for widows and orphans in their distress.” This calling to care for widows and orphans comes from the Bible, in the book of James chapter 1 vs. 27.
Every Orphan’s Hope does not run orphanages; rather it pairs a widow with up to 8 orphans to form a new family in each one of the individual EOH homes. Most of these orphans were left behind in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Most are double orphans with no relatives to care for them.
I personally witnessed the birth of EOH in the life of my good friend Gary Schneider. God was directing him to do something about the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zambia, Africa. I watched him seek God and pray through the dream and eventually “step out of the boat” in full pursuit of making Every Orphan’s Hope a reality. EOH was born in 2003.
My role is to support Gary however I can. Lowers Risk Group adopted an EOH house in 2004 and has supported them financially for almost 15 years. My family supports the ministry. I personally went to Zambia, met the children and prayed, played, laughed and cried with them. I have seen these children grow into beautiful young people with dreams of making the world better for others. Some have graduated from law school and champion the rights of orphans in their own country of Zambia. Others are in medical school studying to be doctors and nurses. Others will follow in their footsteps.
There are a number of ways you can get involved. Every Orphan’s Hope does a summer camp every year in Zambia. Hundreds of orphans are fed and ministered to. If you are interested in doing a mission trip to Zambia to participate in one of these camps you can check out the website. I promise you will love Zambia and the Zambian people and you will be extremely blessed! You can also help in a number of other ways by visiting the “get involved” link on the website.