Every day, we’re inspired by the work of our nonprofit clients, whether they’re building homes for the homeless, eradicating disease, educating youth, saving lives, preserving wildlife, or finding work for those with barriers to employment.
To all of you, and to the volunteers who support your various missions, Happy National Philanthropy Day®!
Because NPD is a celebration of giving, volunteering, and charitable engagement, we thought it would be fun to spotlight just a few of our Abila employees who have not only devoted their careers to forwarding the missions of our nonprofit customers, but have also dedicated their free time to various volunteer endeavors. We think these team members truly exemplify the day’s theme: Change the World with a Giving Heart.
Title: Implementation Consultant, Professional Services Group
Hometown: Yorktown, Virginia
Nonprofit: LINK of Hampton Roads
Lisa’s coworkers marvel at her dedication to volunteerism. She gives her time and energy to a number of organizations, including working in a Pregnancy Outreach Center to provide necessities to families with children up to age 2, bringing communion to nursing home residents who can’t get out to church, and heading up a homeless ministry for her church.
The homeless ministry is a partnership with LINK of Hampton Roads, which delivers comprehensive assistance to homeless men, women, and children in conjunction with the PORT Emergency Homeless Winter Shelter Program in Newport News, Virginia.
In her eighth year of service to LINK, Lisa personally organizes a week-long effort to provide beds, delicious dinners, hearty breakfast, and most importantly, warm and loving care for the 80 to 100 homeless her church takes into its fellowship hall every evening for a week. To ensure this undertaking is successful, Lisa coordinates and manages approximately 250 volunteers over the seven-day period.
When asked why she’s chosen to support LINK, Lisa says, “I’ve been so richly blessed, and I can’t bear to see any man, woman, or child brave the elements or go hungry. This organization is great, because it’s not just a Band-Aid; it works with all guests to find the necessary resources to get them into permanent housing.”
Title: Application Developer, Peach New Media, an Abila company
Hometown: Savannah, Georgia
Nonprofit: Fort McAllister Sport Fishing Club
Hector grew up in South Florida fishing off the coast of West Palm Beach. So, when he moved from the big city of Atlanta to the small colonial coastal community of Richmond Hill, Georgia, he was excited to return to his fisherman roots. And, he quickly discovered a way to merge his love of fishing with his passion for volunteerism through an organization called the Fort McAllister Sport Fishing Club.
The club runs four main fishing events each year – including a Big King Fish Tournament and a Wounded Warrior Tournament – that support the community in a number of ways.
For example, a portion of the fish caught during these tournaments (and we’re talking more than 1,000 pounds’ worth) is sold as fish kabobs at the Ogeechee Seafood Festival. The money raised at the festival booth provides holiday dinners and gifts to families identified by the United Way as needing assistance, and also buys bicycles for the area’s Bikes for Tikes initiative, which gives bicycles to kids during the holidays. Last year, the club raised approximately $10,000.