CORPORATE OUTREACH – SPRING 2015 RESULTS
IntelliWare is pleased to announce the fourteen recipients of its semi-annual charity contributions. The selection process is employee-led and solicits employee nominations. An employee-led working group reviews nominated organizations' mission and vision to ensure they align with the corporate outreach program criteria, their non-profit status, and the involvement of IntelliWare employees. The Spring 2015 recipients are:
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing - PHWFF is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings. Richard Barnett, IntelliWare's Chairman is the Program Lead in charge of creating the PHWFF – Fredericksburg Program. Dom LaPore, IntelliWare's CEO is the Digital Communications Lead and a fly fishing guide volunteer. A third IntelliWare employee is leading Fly Fishing Instruction and is also a fly fishing guide volunteer.
Young Life - Capernaum - Capernaum is an arm of Young Life of Greater Fredericksburg that focuses specifically on helping teens with disabilities participate fully in activities that build self-esteem, challenge their limits, and bring them out of isolation into a life in an accessible society. Allen Payne, IntelliWare's COO is actively involved in this charity and serves as the Adult Committee Chairperson responsible for working along side the staff and volunteers to ensure the organization is able to deliver on its mission.
Young Life - YoungLives - YoungLives is an arm of Young Life of Greater Fredericksburg that focuses specifically on the development of and providing support to pregnant teenagers and teenage mothers and their children. Allen Payne, IntelliWare's COO is actively involved in this charity and serves as the Adult Committee Chairperson responsible for working along side the staff and volunteers to ensure the organization is able to deliver on its mission.
Families of the Wounded Fund - FOWF provides financial resources in support of family members/caregivers of military service men and women who have either been wounded in combat operations or injured as the result of line-of-duty activities in support of combat operations. 100% of the funds given go directly to the families of wounded/disabled service men and women.
Boulder Crest Retreat - BCR for military and veteran wellness is the first 37-acre country retreat established in 2013 to provide free respite, activities and programs for our nation’s seriously wounded warriors and their families to reconnect and recover during their recovery and rehabilitation. IntelliWare's gift will help wounded military warriors and their families enjoy non-clinical, recreational therapeutic activities aimed at assisting with their physical, mental, financial and spiritual recovery.
Team Red, White and Blue - Team RWB's mission is to enrich the lives of America's Veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Team RWB works with local communities to host or sponsor events and opportunities (e.g. fun runs, yoga classes, crossfit workouts, hiking, etc.) during which veteran members can interact with civilian members. An IntelliWare employee is actively involved in this organization by volunteering to staff local events and participating in local events as a civilian member.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Survivors Benefit Fund - The DEA Survivors Benefit Fund was formed to assist the families left behind by our fallen heroes (DEA agents). The organization's mission is to ensure the continual financial support for the families in their time of need. Within 24 hours of a line of duty death, a check for $20,000, plus an additional $10,000 for each dependent under 21 is delivered to the family. Funds help to offset funeral expenses, family transportation, housing accommodations, and immediate family expenses.
Christian Youth Theater - CYT is dedicated to developing character in children and adults through training in the arts and by producing wholesome family entertainment. CYT also has a youth leadership development program called HYPE (High School Youth Pursuing Excellence). An IntelliWare employee and his family are actively involved in the organization and their daughter serves as the Community Outreach Leader on the HYPE board.
Urban Mountain Adventures - UMA serves urban and at-risk youth through life-impacting wilderness experiences and outdoor adventure trips, relationship cultivation, leadership development and team building. UMA encourages teens to turn off their cell phones and computers, step out of their comfort zones, and set off on healthy adventures with local leaders who are trained in working with at-risk youth.
St. Baldrick's Foundation, Inc. - SBF provides support to the families of children, teens, and young adults who are newly diagnosed with cancer through its partnership with, and major funding of, the Children's Oncology Group (COG). The COG is the largest group to provide clinical trials to patients and provides a handbook to assist the patients and families in navigating through support, healthcare and quality of life issues. An IntelliWare employee has been actively involved in SBF for 10 years as a shavee, volunteer, and event organizer. She has shaved her head bald for 8 of the past 10 years to raise funds for children's cancer research during the foundation's annual head shaving event.
Rappahannock Refuge Hope House - Hope House is a local Fredericksburg organization that provides support to needy (abused and/or homeless) women with children through a rehabilitation program that lasts up to 24 months long. Hope House offers transitional housing to allow these women to get out of their abusive relationships or homeless situations and work on becoming independent through completion of the program. The program offers shelter and case management, on-site daycare, job placement, interviewing and resume skills training, budgeting and parenting information and skills training.
Canine Partners for Life - For over 20 years, Canine Partners for Life (CPL) has been dedicated to training service dogs, home companion dogs, and residential companion dogs to assist individuals who have a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities. The total cost to raise, train, place, and provide lifetime support for each CPL dog is estimated to be more than $29,000 per dog. An IntelliWare employee and his family are actively involved in the program and their daughter was placed with a service dog in 2014 with the help of funds donated by IntelliWare.
Rosaria Communities - Rosaria Communities builds and renovates houses to provide independent living opportunities for people with physical and intellectual disabilities in Montgomery County, Maryland. But this is not a typical bricks and mortar operation. As an affiliated corporation of the Archdiocese of Washington, Rosaria partners with Catholic parishes of the Archdiocese of Washington, public and private funding sources and care providers, to meet the comfort, care and spiritual needs of residents. An IntelliWare employee is actively involved in this organization by helping with various activities during fundraisers.
St. Joseph's House - St Joseph’s House is a home-based care provider for children with severe and multiple, developmental and physical disabilities. It offers before and after-school care, weekend respite, summer camp, and emergency 24-hour care. It is the only entity in the state of Maryland offering this type of service. An IntelliWare employee is actively involved in this organization in helping out with cooking and cleaning during Open Houses for families of those being cared for. He also participates as an auctioneer during fundraisers.
Fredericksburg Area Youth Development - Sunshine Ballpark - FAYD and Sunshine Ballpark serve at-risk youth and special needs children by giving them a safe and educational place to learn and play. Donations help fund a third ball field, provide athletic and education equipment and supplies, expand programs and camps, and maintain facilities. One of IntelliWare's employees is a Coach/Manager for the Challenger League baseball team for special needs kids which is a direct beneficiary of the FAYD program and ballpark.
Washington DC Humane Society - WHS is the only open-access shelter in the Nation's Capital, providing comfort and care to nearly 30,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services. IntelliWare's donation will help support programs and services provided by the WHS including Safe Haven Fund and Canine Companion Fund. An IntelliWare employee is actively involved in the organization through fostering, volunteering at events, escorting media at events, and editing and writing documents for promoting events.