A member helping families in need
In the December 2016 issue of Membership Matters we asked you to submit stories about how Foresters Financial helped you do more in 2016. One of our members that have gone above and beyond is Melissa.
With the help of Foresters Community Grants, Melissa and her family helped organize three Community Involvement (CI) activities that provided emergency kits to clients of Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee, Morning Star Sanctuary (a domestic violence shelter), and Open Door Pregnancy Center.
“I am thankful and grateful to Foresters for allowing my family and I to be a positive impact in the lives of the young members in our community.” Melissa said. “Not many companies have a philanthropic agenda and history of doing so; many only get involved for a short period or for one single purpose. Very few companies actually encourage their employees and members to be involved in charities that they and their families feel strongly about, and even fewer provide any financial support to do so.”
At each of the three events, Melissa and her team of 12 – 20 helpers made much-needed emergency bags containing items such as diapers, wet wipes, shampoo, and toothpaste. These were a true blessing to the non-profit organizations that received them since they tend to operate on very low budgets and need all the support they can get from members of the community.
“There are many resources available, especially other Foresters members who have held many successful CI events. You know you have wanted to help others, and with financial help from Foresters, you have no more excuses!” – Melissa, Foresters member
The Foresters Community Grants program made the whole process easy, according to Melissa. “Organizing a Care kit event is so simple. I planned and purchased all the items online from the comfort of my couch. What could be easier than that?” she said.
In fact Melissa is already making plans for organizing more CI activities in 2017, and encourages other members to do the same since.
Melissa has been an active Foresters member since her youngest child, who is now 21, was born. She hopes that she has instilled the value of helping others in her daughters, and believes that with Foresters help she has been successful.
We’re inclined to agree.
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