IWS Announces 2014 Community Contributions
May 9, 2014
IntelliWare Systems is pleased to announce the recipients of its semi-annual charity contributions. Since the company's inception, it has donated over $300,000 to non-profits that are actively supported by IWS employees and are making a difference in our communities. The selection process is employee-led and solicits employee nominations. An employee 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 IWS employees. This spring twelve (12) charities were selected to receive contributions.
2014 recipients include:
- Bethany Christian Services: Bethany provides services to individuals and families struggling with unplanned pregnancies and infertility. They offer counseling services, adoption services, and temporary foster care services. Their mission is to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children and families through quality social services.
- Boulder Crest Retreat: Boulder Crest Retreat 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. IWS’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.
- Families of the Wounded Fund: Mission - To provide 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.
- Fredericksburg Christian Health Center: Mission - The Fredericksburg Christian Health Center (FCHC) is a non-profit organization who seeks to serve those who cannot afford medical with quality health care in the name of Jesus Christ. We strive to minister to the whole person – body, mind and spirit – in order for healing to come about in all three. FCHC meets the medical needs of families and individuals in the Fredericksburg area who are unable to afford health care insurance.
- Fredericksburg Counseling Services: Mission – to provide access to counseling and other related services, at no charge, to low income, uninsured residents of our region.
- Stage Door Stars: Stage Door Stars is a division of Stage Door whose mission is to serve children with special needs by offering opportunities in theatre education, performance and outreach. Right now, Stage Door Stars offers a Summer Camp and Fall Workshops for children and young adults with special needs, focusing on using theatre, dance, music, and art to further educate them, teach new skills, and enrich their lives. IWS’s gift will allow families who would otherwise not be able to participate a chance to reap the benefits for their special needs kids as well.
- YoungLife/YoungLives of Fredericksburg: Mission - This organization is making an impact through its YoungLives program for kids with disabilities, as well as working with teens from nearly every high school in the Fredericksburg region. It is dedicated to helping young people develop the skills, assets, and attitudes to reach their God-given potential.
- 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.
- Urban Mountain Adventures: Urban Mountain Adventures serves urban and at-risk youth through life impacting wilderness experiences and outdoor adventure trips, relationship cultivation, team-building, group follow up, and by reinforcing key Christian values.
- HIPS: HIPS promotes health, rights, and dignity to individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance. HIPS provides compassionate harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement that is respectful, non judgmental, and affirms and honors individuals power and agency.
- MicroGreens: MicroGreens is an innovative program that works with school and non-profit organizations to educate children and low-income families about how to make healthy choices based on a government supplemented food budget. Through one class per week over an eight week period, MicroGreens fellows (trained volunteers) showcase how anyone can shop for, prepare, and enjoy a healthy meal based on a total budget of $3.50 per meal per family of four.
- Sunshine Ballpark Foundation: Sunshine Ballpark Foundation is part of the Fredericksburg Area Youth Development Foundation that began in 2010 and raises money in connection with the Cal Ripken, Sr Foundation's "Playball Fredericksburg" initiative. The new Sunshine Ballpark is designed to host events and the addition of the exciting Center for Exploration gives children the opportunity to participate in the scientific deep sea exploration activities conducted through the Ballard Institute's Jason Project.