Community Builders

ProVantage gives a substantial amount of our income to the communities we serve each year along with monthly donations to charities selected by our employees. Many people talk of building wealth; however, we believe that to build true wealth means to prosper enough to allow ProVantage to contribute to others through donations to Christian organizations. The following charities have benefited from the hard work of the entire ProVantage team:

2015 Monthly Donations Selected by our employees:

Garner Road Community Center
As January’s Community Builder’s Charity, Brandon Demery chose the Garner Road Community Center (GRCC) of Garner, NC.  Brandon said, “GRCC has played a big role in my life and made me into the man I am today. I was first introduced to GRCC over eighteen years ago as an attendee in their summer programs. A few years later I played recreation league basketball at the center.  The facility made the biggest impact on my life when I returned to do volunteer work as a young man. As a volunteer, I was lucky enough to help kids with homework in the afterschool program and as an assistant coach to some of Raleigh’s up and coming high school basketball stars. GRCC first opened its doors in 1947 and served as one of the few Raleigh enterprises offering community outreach, childcare and athletic leadership to the African American community of the Triangle. Garner Road Community Center has opened my eyes to the influence of communal organization and leadership.”

2014 Monthly Donations Selected by our employees:

Project Santa
Jim Haley selected our December Community Builders charity of the month.  Jim says, “‘Project Santa’ in the area I live in North Carolina is quite exceptional because it was started by a man by the name of Earl Wright , a volunteer,  who for nearly two decades has been collecting bikes, repairing them and distributing them to  needy children in Moore County, NC. A year ago  he donated 850  bikes despite the theft of more than 100 bikes by thieves and this year has a goal of having 1000 bikes to be given on Christmas morning.  We should all be in Awe of this man!

Wounded Warrior Project
Bev Self selected Wounded Warrior Project for November’s Community Builder charity of the month.  Bev says, “The Wounded Warrior Project means a lot to our community. We have so many men and women who need our help and it would be nice to provide a little help for them.”

The Wounded Warrior Project’s vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.  Giving to them helps thousands of injured warriors returning home from the current conflicts and provides assistance to their families.  Their purpose is to:

  • To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
  • To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
  • To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

www.woundedwarriorproject.org

The Southeastern Medical Oncology Center
Jeff Eickhoff selected our October Community Builder charity.  He states, “In the summer of 2012 our friend and neighbor, Cindy Adams, was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram.  Cindy, her husband Bill, and the rest of her family are by far the friendliest, kindest and most giving people we know.  Much of Cindy’s treatment was received at The Southeastern Medical Oncology Center (SMOC) in Goldsboro, North Carolina.  This center provides support, therapy, and treatment to individuals and their families diagnosed with cancer and other blood diseases.

As if being diagnosed with a life threatening disease wasn’t enough, Bill lost his job while Cindy was battling her disease.  Mounting medical bills, high deductibles, and even basic necessities quickly became an additional worry for this family.   The staff at SMOC stepped in and totally relieved Cindy of the medical bills she owed their facility.

We are happy to say Cindy is now cancer free, however; since her good news, Bill (her husband) has now been diagnosed with a rare cancer. He is currently being treated at SMOC.  Cindy and Bill Adams are only two individuals in the many who count on the professionals at SMOC.  Any donation to this organization for the purpose of helping other families in the same situation would be received with much gratitude and appreciation.”  (southeasterncancercare.org)

Save the Children Foundation
Here’s what Jesse had to say about his decision for September’s Community Builder’s Charity: “Save the Children is an organization that makes it’s presence felt worldwide, aiding children who are caught in the middle of conflicts and terrible situations by providing goods and services such as education and food to those children in need. I chose this particular organization because they have very transparent accounting policy. This is one of a handful of charities where you can rest assured that your money is actually going to where it is needed.”

Save the Children states, “Your tax-deductible gift gives children in the U.S. and around the world what every child deserves – a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When disaster strikes, we put children’s needs first. We advocate for and achieve large-scale change for children. We save children’s lives.”  www.savethechildren.org

The Cancer Research Institute
Here’s what Ashley Engles had to say about why she chose The Cancer Research Institute for August’s Community Builder’s  Charity:
“I would love for the charity to go to The Cancer Research Institute. Cancer Research Institute (CRI) Supports and coordinates scientific and clinical efforts that will lead to the immunological treatment, control, and prevention of cancer.  I feel that cancer hits home for a lot of us nowadays.”

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is the world’s only nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to harnessing the immune system’s power to conquer all cancers.

This important work has led to a promising new class of cancer treatments called cancer immunotherapy.  These treatments mobilize, strengthen, and sustain the immune system’s natural ability to destroy cancer cells, wherever they are in the body.

CRI awards research grants and fellowships to support scientists at leading research universities and clinics around the world.  To accomplish this, the Cancer Research Institute relies on generous support from individuals, corporations, and foundations who have a desire to become partners in our effort to conquer cancer through immunology.

Special Olympics
For July’s Community Builders Charity, Eddie Yanez has selected the Special Olympics.  In response to why he chose the Special Olympics as July’s Community Builders Charity here’s what Eddie had to say:  “My girlfriend’s sister, Hilly, has Downs Syndrome. She has participated in several Special Olympic events such as: basketball, bowling, track and field, as well as several dances.  Through participating in these events she’s strengthened her social skills and developed more self-confidence.  My girlfriend has volunteered for several Special Olympic programs and tells me how thrilling it is playing an active role in the events.  It is our social duty to help those plagued by mental impairment.  The Special Olympics do a great job of aiding those with mental disabilities, and helping them develop life skills while having a great time in the process.  This is a great opportunity for Hilly and others like her around the world.  This is for Hilly.”

Since 1968, Special Olympics have offered continual and world renowned training for mentally handicapped athletes.  There are over 30 sports to compete in ranging from alpine skiing to volleyball.  Whether it is in the athletic arena or working in the field we must remember: win or lose, the goal is to brave in the attempt!  www.specialolympics.org

Make a Wish Foundation
Johnathan Masters selected our June charity of the month.  He states, “I would be honored to select a charity for June’s Community Builder’s donation.  I’d like to choose Make a Wish Foundation because in high school, I volunteered with special needs kids by taking them on activities such as trail rides.  Make A Wish Foundation has always been close to heart for me and my family.”

At Make a Wish Foundation, “We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a life-threatening medical condition.
This one belief guides us in everything we do at Make-A-Wish®. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. It compels us to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid. It drives us to make our donated resources go as far as possible.

Most of all, it’s the founding principle of our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.

Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved – wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.

Whatever the odds, whatever the obstacles … wishes find a way to make the world better.”  www.wish.org

Ronald McDonald House
“I’d like to select Ronald McDonald House for May’s Community Builder Charity. When my daughter was born she had a diaphragmatic hernia and spent two weeks in the NICU. Ronald McDonald House was amazing during that time. They provided a place for me to stay that was close to the hospital so I could get some rest and still be near her while she recovered. I’ll be forever grateful for that and it would be awesome to be able to give back to them.” – Kayla Daniels

At Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina, our commitment to children’s health and well-being means that we support children statewide.

From the six Ronald McDonald Houses in North Carolina serving as “homes away from home” for families with seriously-ill children to annual scholarships and grants for community programming, our outreach touches thousands of children each year.

http://www.rmhcofnc.org/.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
For April’s Community Builder selection, “the first charity that came to mind was the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. I was a Big Sister for 2 years in high school, and it was the most rewarding experience in my younger years. The guidance and support that children receive when they’re younger means so much to them, and I truly believe that by leading a good example for them when they’re younger –  they turn around and give that positive energy back to the community later on in their lives.” – Yvette Loera

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Vision: all children achieve success in life.

Mission: provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Accountability: by partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:

• Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
• Avoidance of risky behaviors
• Educational success

Denise Wendt Cancer Foundation
March’s Community Builder donation was chosen by Roger Kenny.  He chose the Denise Wendt Cancer Foundation.

Denise Wendt was a loyal and devoted employee of ProVantage since its inception.  Unfortunately, after years of battling breast cancer, Denise discovered that cancer had spread into her bones and could not be cured, only treated.  Denise lost her battle on Jan 28th.  She is gravely missed by all of us!  She was a wife, mother, grandmother and an extremely caring person who put everyone else before herself.

Medical costs continued to build up over the years and put a grave strain on the Wendts.  This foundation goes to the Wendts to help pay for these medical bills.

Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)
Brian Phillips selected Air Force Aid Society for our February Community Builder charity.  Brian says, “As a proud second generation Air Force veteran, helping my fellow airmen and their families means a lot. The Air Force Aid Society has been doing good works for decades. From helping airman pay for trips home in time of family crisis to providing scholarships to deserving dependents, these are just some of great things they do.”

“Every day, the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) helps Airmen travel to family funerals, fix their cars, pay rent or utilities, and purchase special medical equipment.  Every day, Airmen and their family members enjoy AFAS-sponsored base community programs that offer free child care, spouse employment training, baby gifts for attending a “Bundles for Babies” pre-natal training class.  Deployed Airmen receive pre-paid phone cards, and their spouses receive free car safety inspections and oil changes through the “Car Care Because We Care” program.  Every day, our Education Department manages education grant and loan programs that help thousands of spouses and children achieve their dreams of attending college.”

Northeast Ohio SPCA
For January’s Community Builder’s charity selection, “I would like to see the donation made to the Northeast Ohio SPCA. This day and age there are way too many animals killed due to the short stay they are allowed at most shelters. The Northeast Ohio SPCA has a non-profit, no-kill pet shelter that is funded by donations and adoption fees. By having the no-kill policy, many animals are there for a quite a while before they get adopted.  Thank You for giving me opportunity.” – Ernie Shaffer

The Northeast Ohio SPCA is a Non-Profit No-Kill Pet Shelter that will adopt approxmiately 2,500 pets into loving homes annually. They receive no government support and depend on donations and volunteers like you to care for their pets.

2013 Monthly Donations Selected by our employees:

PSC Partners
For December’s Community Builder Chairty of the month Stacey King selected PSC Partners.  Stacey shared, “My brother-in-law Ben, was diagnosed with PSC (primary sclerosing cholangitis) 7 years ago. This disease attacks your liver and eventually causes it to stop functioning. This is something that can escalate or not, and you have no idea when it could happen or if it will. For the last 7 years he has lived well and healthy for the most part dealing with side effects that left him with some good days and bad days but allowed for an active lifestyle. In July, he got an infection that he needed to be hospitalized for and has been in and out of the hospital since then with infections requiring surgery to clean his liver. The family (Ben, my sister and their 4 kids) have been dealing with this and have relocated to try and get better treatment. He is on 3 lists to receive a new liver, however the evaluation process for granting a new liver is not favorable towards people with his condition. Three different appeals by doctors have been sent to the transplant board to move him to a more favorable spot, and all have been denied despite the fact that the doctors believe that the next infection could kill him.

A website (www.liverforben.com) and an advocacy team has been focusing now on finding a directed donor and/or living donor as this is the only apparent way he will get a new liver. We are all operating with a very high level of urgency, as it is an hour to hour, day to day thing as to when he may get another infection and likely not be with us any longer.”

PSC Partners Seeking a Cure is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation. The mission of the PSC Partners Seeking a Cure foundation is to provide education and support to PSC patients, families and caregivers and to raise funds to research causes, treatments and cures for primary sclerosing cholangitis.   www.pscpartners.org

The American Cancer Society
For the month of November, Kenneth (Red) Porter, selected the Paralyzed Veterans of America as our Community Builders charity of the month.  Red stated, “Thank God there are organizations like these now.  When I came home, most just shut their doors in our faces.  So, I hope that we can help those that have paid the price for us to be free.  God bless them all.”

Paralyzed Veterans of America fights for better health care and benefits, aid in the search for a truly satisfying career, and provides the path to adventure through adaptive sports. They are also committed to ongoing care by educating clinicians about spinal cord injury, and are deeply invested in a cure for paralysis.  PVA has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of their members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.

PVA will use that expertise to be the leading advocate for:

  • Quality health care for their members,

Thank you, Red, for serving our country!  We are so grateful for men and women like you who have given so much to protect our nation.

The American Cancer Society
Sarah Tomlin selected our charity for December.  She state, “The charity I’ve chosen for the Community Builders donation of the month of October is The American Cancer Society.

Cancer has affected my family very closely. My mother and grandmother have had cancer and beat it,  while my grandfather has a very rare and incurable type. While there isn’t a cure for him right now, I hope that one day one will be found for the very few that do get it.”

For 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we’re helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures, and fighting back against cancer.

www.cancer.org

American Heart Association
Ismael Paez selected our Community Builders charity for the month of September.  Iz states, “I chose American Heart Association for September’s Community Builder charity of the month because my mother suffers from severe diabetes. The American Heart Association has helped her and our family tremendously after she had a pace maker put in.  Through different practices and studies with the AHA, they have helped us deal with her situation.”

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases.  AHA fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives.

www.heart.org

Women’s Center of Wake County
Herkia Hayes chose the Women’s Center of Wake County, Inc. for August’s Community Builder charity of the month. The Women’s Center of Wake County, Inc. is a multi-services resource center that addresses the challenging issues of poverty and homelessness for single women and women with families. Through the provision of basic needs services, engagement with and assessment of clients, and housing placement and support services, the Women’s Center provides the bridge between despair and hope for women and families. The major outcomes sought are to prevent and to end homelessness in partnership with individuals, agencies and groups throughout the community.

www.wcwc.org

Tomi Schaffer Memorial Scholarship Fund
This month, Jim Haley had a special request to select a charity in honor of his co-worker and friend, Joe Schaffer, whose wife passed away in May.  He selected the Tomi Schaffer Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Community Builder donation of July.  Joe Schaffer’s wife, Tomi, was a dedicated teacher who touched countless lives and helped sculpt many childrens’ futures. She began her teaching career in the Wood County School system; first at Pleasant Valley then later at Criss School in Parkersburg. God touched her life leading her to Christian and Catholic education. She taught at De Sales Heights Montessouri in Parkersburg and then after moving to Huntington became a pre-school teacher at St. Paul Lutheran.  In 1988, she became a teacher at Saint Joseph Grade School in Huntington where she remained until her death this past May, 2013.

Tomi received numerous accolades and awards from the Catholic School System and the diocese of Wheeling-Charleston including the esteemed Bishop’s Cross. One of her biggest joys, however, was when her former students would return years later to say hello to her. It meant so much to her to see that her students still remembered her and thought so highly of her  She was a woman of great faith, who exhibited an overwhelming love for teaching.

Upon Tomi’s passing, St. Joseph Catholic School began collecting donations to establish the Tomi Schaffer Memorial Scholarship Fund at the school.  This fund helps children and families in need have the opportunity to attend St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  The mission of St. Joseph Catholic School is to provide an opportunity for all students to develop a sense of God’s loving presence through academic excellence, Christian awareness and spiritual growth.  If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to SJCS, and note  Tomi Schaffer Memorial Scholarship Fund and send checks to:  1326 6th Ave, Huntington, WV 25701.

Make a Wish Foundation
Robert Dille chose “Make a Wish Foundation” for June’s Community Builder charity selection. Robert chose Make a Wish because his niece was born with a serious heart condition. The Foundation granted her wish to have her entire immediate family accompany her to her birth place, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. What a worthy cause! It was something she and her family will never forget.

Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories, on average, every 38 minutes. They believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides them. It inspires them to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve.  Make-A-Wish serves a unique, and vital, role in helping strengthen and empower children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

www.wish.org

Children Foundation of Texas
Irene Gonzalez states, “The reason I picked Hope for Children Foundation of Texas for May’s Community Builder donation is because it hit close to home.  I have a cousin who had a baby girl who at 15 months was abused by her step mother.  The pictures that they showed us
still break my heart to this day.  I don’t understand how anyone could do that to a baby or any child for that matter!  My cousin’s daughter is now doing better.  Her scares are going away as she gets older. She is happy and well living in Houston, TX, with my aunt.  She is beautiful little girl. We should thank God for the gift of children and the opportunity to take care of them!” – Irene

The Hope For Children Foundation is a not-for-profit, IRS 501(c)3 charitable organization, was created on April 2, 1998 to aid sexually and physically abused children, adults and their protectors. Hope For Children Foundation helps these groups access effective legal, medical and mental health expertise, and ensure that involved officials mobilize all appropriate resources available to victims.

Reliv Kalogris Foundation
Prescila Elsas chose to nominate the Reliv Kalogris Foundation as the charity of  choice for our Community Builder charity of the month for April.  She states, “Through this foundation (globally) we are able to not just “Feed” the hungry and destitute, but more importantly, we are able to  help “Nourish” them.  Marion and I have been a part of this foundation since its inception.  Having received the rich blessings of great health (starting with my then 82 year old mother who had a heart attack and was bedridden and because of this company’s genuine nutrition line she lived to be 92 years old….)   We are thankful, humbled, and honored to be supporters of this foundation knowing that we are able to touch and change many lives.”

The Kalogris Foundation’s mission is “to “Nourish Our World” by providing nutritional supplements to support needy individuals and organizations throughout the world.”

Reliv established the Kalogris Foundation in 1995 as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization in honor of the late Dr. Theodore “Ted” Kalogris who created the nutritional formula that would become Reliv Classic®, the company’s original product.

Chocolate Bar Book for glycogen storage disease
Meredith Rose chose to send our Community Builder’s donation of the month of March to the “Chocolate Bar” Book for glycogen storage disease research.  Chocolate Bar means “awesome” to 6-year old Dylan, who wrote this book, “Chocolate Bar,” to raise $1 million towards a cure for his best friend, Jonah’s, rare liver disease.
Jonah has a liver disease called glycogen storage disease type 1B. Any form of glycogen storage disease is extremely rare; the kind Jonah has affects one in a million people, said his dad, Rabin Pournazarian. People with glycogen storage disease are prone to severe drops in blood sugar — so severe that they can have seizures and die. The disease was fatal until about 1971, when doctors discovered the key to keeping kids with the condition alive: cornstarch.
Difficult to digest, cornstarch releases sugar into the blood slowly. Jonah must consume cornstarch mixed with water at seven strict feeding times each day. Sometimes he drinks it, but most of the time he ingests it through a feeding tube in his stomach. Twice a day, Jonah eats something different to give him the nutrients he needs: a special soup containing ingredients such as beef or chicken, rice, lentils, greens, cilantro or parsley. But other than that, it’s all cornstarch, all the time.
Families like Jonah’s are clamoring for a real cure. Beyond the crazy feeding schedule, Jonah’s body can’t fight bacterial infections. The 7-year-old has been hospitalized more than 20 times. Because the research is funded almost entirely by philanthropy, Dylan’s “Chocolate Bar” contribution is epic.  www.chocolatebarbook.com

The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Paul Richardson selected The V Foundation for our Community Builder’s donation for February.  After being diagnosed with cancer at the young age of 46, Jim Valvano dreamed of finding cures for cancer. Passionate and committed, he wanted to see his fight through to victory. As a former coach, he began to recruit his team of family and friends to lead the Foundation in his quest to eradicate the disease.  A relatively young organization, The V Foundation has a strong presence in the scientific community. The Foundation is guided by an elite, all-volunteer Scientific Advisory Board who recommends the research projects funded. This Board is comprised of top physicians and research scientists from prominent universities and cancer centers throughout the country. Working with this team of talented professionals, we are proud to carry out Jim’s vision for the future.

Jim’s dream of finding a cure for cancer is one shared by millions. Although we have not yet achieved this goal, every day we get a little bit closer and will continue to honor Jim’s inspiring words, “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!” ®

www.jimmyv.org

Raleigh Rescue Mission
For our Community Builder’s donation for January, David Hyatt selected Raleigh Rescue Mission.  Raleigh Rescue Mission ministers to the growing needs of homeless and hurting men, women and children in our community.  The Mission offers both a long-term recovery program and emergency shelter for men, women and children.  The Mission provides safe housing, clothing and three healthy meals a day, as well as recovery, Christian counseling and other support services.  Raleigh Rescue Mission provides free medical care services to residents through an on-site Medical and Pediatric Clinic.  Preschool age children receive teaching and loving care in our Children’s Development Center.  Residents receive job and computer skills training, as well as life skills and educational classes.

www.raleighrescue.org/

2012 Monthly Donations Selected by our employees:

One Child Matters
Amy Gregory chose One Child Matters as our Community Builders donation for December.  One Child Matters is a child sponsorship organization helping to meet the physical and spiritual needs of children in poverty-stricken areas of the world. Through their ministry programs, children receive food, education, medical aid and hope in Jesus Christ.  Their vision is “to see the children of developing nations, who live in poverty, experience transformation and wholeness through God’s love.”  They strive to “equip children in developing nations to reach their God-given potential by creating opportunities for spiritual, physical, social, mental and emotional development.”  www.onechildmatters.org

Denise Wendt Cancer Foundation
November’s Community Builder donation was chosen by our CEO, Chandler Rose.  He chose the Denise Wendt Cancer Foundation because, “Denise Wendt has been a loyal and devoted employee of ProVantage for as long as ProVantage has been in existence.  Denise was actually the first employee that I had the privilege of meeting in the field. Unfortunately, after years of battling breast cancer, Denise has discovered that cancer has spread into her bones and cannot be cured, only treated.  And even more unfortunate, the medical costs that are building up are putting a grave strain on the Wendts.  Mark is continuing to travel and be in the field with us while Denise is home undergoing chemotherapy and radiation to postpone the cancer’s progress as long as they can.  Denise, Thank you for all you have done for us here at ProVantage.  We will be praying hard for you.  God bless!”

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
October’s Community Builder donation was chosen by Geoff Taylor.  Geoff said, “I would like to nominate the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for Community Builder’s charity of October. Last year I found out my youngest daughter, Kasey, has diabetes. She is three years old and will now have this the rest of her life. She has accepted this but it is still hard to deal with having to give your three year old shots daily.” JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.  The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D.

Locks of Love
Karen Reza has selected Locks of Love for our Community Builders donation for September.  Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hair pieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under the age of 21 suffering from long term medical hair loss from other diagnosis such as cancer. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. Locks of Love mission statement: to return a sense of self confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated hair of at least 10 inches in length or more. The children receive hair prostheses (wigs) free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need. Karen’s granddaughter, Chloe, age 5, loved her long hair but knew by cutting it she would be blessing another child. She donated 10 inches. Chloe loves her short hair, but is looking forward to growing her hair long again to help another child. Donating is easy. Hair must be braided or put in ponytail form. Just measure tip to tip, with 10 inches being the minimum length, and cut. Mail to: Locks of Love 234 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach, Fl. 34405-2701.

Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Dylan Wendt selected our Community Builders charity for August:  Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.  Their mission is to fund and direct the leading SMA research programs to develop a treatment and cure for the disease.  The successful results and progress that the organization has delivered, from basic research to drug discovery to clinical trials, provide real hope for families and patients impacted by the disease.  The charity has invested over $50 million in research and been involved in funding half of all the ongoing novel drug programs for SMA.  Visit their website at www.fsma.org to learn more.

Buffalo Trace Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc
This July, Chas Workman has selected The Buffalo Trace Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. for our Community Builder’s donation of the month.  BTCAC is a child-focused, community-based program in which law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medical and mental health professionals come together to provide services for the child victim of abuse, non-offending family members and caretakers. It is the mission of the Center to minimize any additional trauma to the child victim of abuse by coordinating these important services at a child-friendly Center where the needs of the child will remain a priority. This coordination will result in the child telling their story of abuse one time, instead of telling the story multiple times in multiple places.

The Wounded Warrior Project
For the month of June, Gary Spencer selected the Wounded Warrior Project as our charity for the month.  Gary writes, “I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to select an organization for this contribution. I can think of no better organization than The Wounded Warrior Project. WWP has provided help to thousands of wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars by working with the veteran and their families in a structured way to “nuture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement” through a wide variety of extremely successful programs.  These veterans have literally given some of themselves for our country to provide for the very liberties and security we often take for granted.  It is the very least we can do for these heroes to give them the tools and encouragement that will enable them to live happy and productive lives.  Thank you for this honor, Gary Spencer”

Joplin Tornado Relief Fund
For the month of May, Mark Wendt, National Field Manager at ProVantage, chose Joplin Tornado Relief Fund as our Community Builder’s charity recipient.  Last May, severe weather spawned tornadoes that devastated the country’s heartland.  The greatest destruction was in the city of Joplin, Missouri, where at least 125 people were killed and a quarter of the city’s homes and businesses were reportedly damaged.  One year later, the town is still trying to rebuild itself after so many losses last year.  While working on a project rebuilding a client’s store in Joplin, Mark states, “After being here in Joplin and seeing what has happened to this town, I am amazed at how resilient and positive the people here are.  It is truly an inspiration.”

St. Josheph’s Indian School
Our charity for April was selected by Roger Phifer,  National Field Manager at ProVantage.  Roger chose the St. Joseph’s Indian School as the latest recipient of our Community Builders donation.  St. Joseph’s Indian School has served Lakota (Sioux) children and families since 1927. Reaching out to American Indian youth on Indian reservations and beyond, remains St. Joseph’s Indian School’s mission.

American Lung Association of Michigan
Kristina Zecman, one of our Leads, chose American Lung Association of Michigan for April’s Community Builder charity recipient. “This was a very hard decision to make when there are so many people in need. I chose the American Lung Association of Michigan, www.alam.org. Their mission is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. From asthma to tuberculosis to tobacco this service is there to support and educate. They are there to fight lung disease by helping people quit smoking, funding research, improving indoor and outdoor air quality, and educating millions about asthma. When I sat back and thought about this issue, I realized how many people I know that have to deal with lung problems. We all hope for a little change. I hope this little change can bring big results!  Thank you, Kristina”

Make a Wish Foundation
Our charity for February was selected by David Griffith, Senior Systems Analyst at ProVantage and genius behind the ProVantage Cloud website.  David chose the Make A Wish foundation as the latest recipient of our Community Builders donation.  The Make A Wish foundation grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  Founded in 1980 when a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer.  Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.  Learn more at www.wish.org.

Grace Fellowship Food Pantry
Selected by Joe Jeffreys for January, The Grace Fellowship Food Pantry is a Ministry of Grace Fellowship Church.  They provide food, clothing and household goods to hundreds of families every week.  The need for this Ministry has increased dramatically in our community with one of the largest boat manufacturers in the United States closing a local facility and the close of the Space Shuttle Program.  As you might imagine, the need for assistance was overwhelming for Thanksgiving and Christmas but, The Food Pantry was up for the challenge and no one has ever been turned away.  They believe in showing God’s Grace through genuine love, active evangelism and good stewardship.

2011 Monthly Donations Selected by our employees:

Christian Life Ministries
For our Community Builder donation of December, David Williams has selected Christian Life Ministries to help in their construction project of an Orphan Homes.  Orphan Home Construction currently has 88 orphan homes that are changing the lives of children in Uganda. Their goal is to build another 100 homes this year with the ultimate goal being 500 total.

Each home will accommodate 12 children. A trained single or widowed mother will be placed in each home to raise these precious children in a godly way. The orphans will receive parental love, discipline, health care, and education. What a better way to raise a generation that will seek and serve the Lord!  To learn more, visit: www.christianlifeministries.org

The SPCA of Texas
Selected by Jeff Horton, November’s Community Builder donation is The SPCA of Texas.  The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas (SPCA of Texas) is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas with two shelters and two spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and serves as an active resource center providing an array of programs and services that bring people and animals together to enrich each others’ lives.  www.spca.org

Shriners Hospitals for Children
For October’s donation, we are donating to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in support of their mission to provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs.  To learn more about Shriners Hospitals, visit their website at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

The American Cancer Society
Bill McKinney chose The American Cancer Society for September’s Community Builder donation.  The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 12 chartered Divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.  Together with millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.  www.cancer.org

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Mark Wendt selected our August donation to go to the Susan G. Komen foundation.  The Susan G. Komen foundation is the world’s largest network of breast cancer survivors and activists.  Their goal is to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.  ww5.komen.org

In Defense of Animals
Selected by Stephanie Combs, July’s Community Builder is donated to IDA.  Founded in 1983 by veterinarian Elliot M. Katz, In Defense of Animals (IDA) is a leading international animal protection organization dedicated to ending the institutionalized exploitation and abuse of animals by defending their rights, welfare and habitats. IDA is dedicated to protecting animals from suffering and educating the public about what they can do to help end animal abuse. IDA is pro-science, pro-environment, pro-animal, and pro-people; it is committed to dialogue and reason, but doesn’t hesitate to take action when necessary to save animals from senseless torture.

To Write Love on Her Arms
This month’s community Builders donation was chosen by Marla Mills.  To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.  You were created to love and be loved.  You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known. You need to know that your story is important and that you’re part of a bigger story.  You need to know that your life matters.  You need to know that rescue is possible, that freedom is possible, that God is still in the business of redemption.  We’re seeing it happen.  We’re seeing lives change as people get the help they need.  People sitting across from a counselor for the first time.  People stepping into treatment.  In desperate moments, people calling a suicide hotline.  We know that the first step to recovery is the hardest to take.  We want to say here that it’s worth it, that your life is worth fighting for, that it’s possible to change.  Beyond treatment, we believe that community is essential, that people need other people, that we were never meant to do life alone.

For more information visit the TWLOHA website,  www.twloha.com

U.S. Renal Care Incorporated
May’s Community Builder’s donation was chosen by Kevin Miller.  Kevin’s wife Susan works for the U.S. Renal Care Incorporated.  U.S. Renal Care, Inc. acquires, develops and operates dialysis centers in joint venture partnership with nephrologists in their local markets across the United States.  The company’s clinics provide in-center hemodialsysis and at home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis related to end stage renal disease (“EDRD”).  In addition, the company also manages several acute dialysis programs in conjunction with local community hospitals.  Susan Miller is a chairman on the donation board at U.S. Renal Care, Inc.  ProVantage along with many others helped to contribute a donation that was given to the National Kidney Foundation.  The National Kidney Foundation, a major voluntary nonprofit health organization, is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.  Through their offices nationwide, the NKF provides vital patient and community services, conducts extensive public and professional education, advocates for patients through legislative action and supports kidney research to identify new treatments.  The NKF relies on individual and corporate donations, business partnerships, foundation and government grants and revenue from special events. More than 79 cents of each dollar donated to NKF goes directly to support its programs and services.

For more information please visit the following:
www.usrenalcare.com
www.kidney.org

Wake County Fraternal Order of Police #41
April’s community builder donation was chosen by Paula Snell to the Wake County Fraternal Order of Police #41. The F.O.P. is a non-profit organization working for the mutual bene-fit of Law Enforcement and the community. Since its founding, the F.O.P. has worked to develop and support projects which contribute to the quality of life for the citizens of the Wake County area. The F.O.P. is sponsoring an Easter Food Drive. The F.O.P. will be contributing to three different organizations this year. Donations will be made to the Food Bank, the home-less shelter, and the Senior Well Check Program. In addition to the Easter Food Drive, the F.O.P. also has sponsored Youth Ac-tivities, Back to School Cops and Kids, Christmas Cops and Kids, a Lodge Maintenance Fund, and various other community assis-tance programs.

Freedom 4/24
The donation for March is chosen by Nate Hagerty.  Freedom 4/24 is a non-profit organization that raises awareness of the rampant exploitation of women around the world, and specifically in Southeast Asia, while raising money to support Christ-centered ministries that seek to rescue women enslaved in the sex industry. This means that the women from Beginnings, a Freedom 4/24 ministry and safe house in Bangkok, go into the red light districts repeatedly in order to form friendships with the women working there and build trust.

When a woman from Beginnings senses that a girl she has befriended is ready and seeking an escape, she offers to pay her “bar fee,” which is typically $24. This fee is the same one a customer would pay to the bar owner to “purchase” the girl for the night. By paying the fee for her, Freedom 4/24 is offering this woman 24 hours of freedom.

Once she is free for the night, the goal is to show her a permanent route out of the industry, through Beginnings, which offers alternative means of survival and opportunities they never could have imagined. www.freedom424.org

The Christian Life Home
February’s donation is chosen by Chris Bright for The Christian Life Home. The CLH is a non-denominational, non-profit organization that provides a loving family home for women ages 10-23 in unplanned pregnancy to receive care, counseling and life skills training. CLH was started by concerned individuals in the community who wanted to provide a brighter future for pregnant women and their babies. Since 1988, the CLH has been serving the needs of pregnant women with compassion and guidance. In addition to the ser-vices they provide to young women locally, they also provide training for others wanting to start similar min-istries. It is their desire to help multiply this type of ministry all over the world. CLH assists individuals with starting such ministries and also work with minis-tries who want to move to a new level of effectiveness. www.christianlifehome.org

Safe Haven Learning Center
Phyllis Diggs selected the Safe Haven Learning Center to receive January’s Community Builders donation from ProVantage.  Safe Haven Learning Center is a 5-Star early childhood preschool program that offers care to children from ages 3 to 5 years old. The goal is to nurture, educate, direct, and provide a “safe haven” for your child to learn and to grow. Safe Haven is a learning environment that assists children to realize success and fulfillment through education.

2010 Monthly Donations Selected by our employees:

Reverend Charles Sorrell
This month Dwayne and Amy Gregory have chosen Reverend Charles Sorrell to receive our December donation. Reverend Charles Sorrell is a full time Christian mission-ary who is constantly involved in reaching many regions internationally including Haiti, Africa, Dominican Repub-lic, Philippines, Mexico and even into the deep jungles of South America. Dwayne Gregory has traveled with him on mission trips and is personally acquainted with Rev. Sorrell’s unending devotion to keep going until everyone has heard the greatest message of all time. Jesus’ love, sacrifice and salvation plan for humanity!

Allied Churches of Alamance County
Matt Epps selected the Allied Churches of Alamance County to receive the latest Community Builders donation from ProVantage. Allied Churches is an interdenominational non-profit agency that helps to meet the needs of the less fortunate. They believe that through the power of God’s love, Allied Churches of Alamance County meets the basic needs of the lonely, hungry and homeless, while challenging and empowering them to become self-sufficient. The facility offers an Emergency Night Shelter, Good Shepherd Community Kitchen, and Christian Assistance Network.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation
For October our charitable donation is being made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to severly wounded special operations personnel and their families. To learn more, please visit www.specialops.org.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
For September our charitable donation is being made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JDRF is the worldwide leader for research to cure type 1 diabetes. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump – each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications. Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.4 billion to diabetes research, including $101 million in FY2009. In FY2009, JDRF funded research projects in 22 countries throughout the world, including more than 40 human clinical trials. Visit their website www.jdrf.org to learn more.

The Healing Place
Millie Mangum selected The Healing Place of Wake County to receive the latest Community Builders donation from ProVantage. The Healing Place of Wake County is a non-profit 501(c)(3) recovery and rehabilitation facility for people with alcohol and drug dependency, located in Raleigh, NC. Their mission is to offer innovative recovery and rehabilitation to alcoholic and chemically dependent men and women through a continuing mutual-help program. The program is specifically designed to rekindle the client’s desire to return to a meaningful and productive life.

Angles Among Us
Chandler’s best friend, Brent Ashley, has had a brain tumor since the age of 17. After years of chemotherapy and three brain surgeries Brent continues to do well. As he goes in for his routine MRI this month we wish him well. Angels Among Us goes to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. The Center at is one of the largest and most successful in the field. It has received the highest rating of “Outstanding” by a National Cancer Institute. Dedicated entirely to the treatment and cure of brain and spinal tumors in children and adults, we combine the resources of a leading research hub with a commitment to patient care.

American Lung Association
The ProVantage charitable donation is being made this month to the American Lung Association. The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research. To learn more, visit their website at www.lungusa.org.

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
This month our donation was selected by Nancy Stevenson and is being made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude’s is ranked the most trusted charity in America the top children’s cancer center in the nation. To learn more, visit their website at www.stjude.org.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Corey Stewart selected our charitable donation this month—the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Join Corey and his team and they participate in MS Walk being held in Raleigh, NC on April 24, 2010.www.nationalmssociety.org

Samaritan’s Purse – Help for Haiti
In response to the earthquake devastation in Haiti, ProVantage is supporting Samaritan’s Purse as they meet physical needs in the name of Jesus Christ. www.samaritanspurse.org

Rahab’s Rope
Meredith Rose selected Rahab’s Rope as our Community Builder receipient for January. The mission of Rahab’s Rope is to give hope and opportunity to women and girls that have been forced into the commercial sex trade of India by providing a safe and loving environment that will enable them to grow and develop both physically and spiritually.

Angel Tree
Teresa Everett selected Angel Tree for the ProVantage charitable donation this month. Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. It seeks to transform the lives of these families and to reconcile them to their Heavenly Father and each other. To learn more, visit their website at www.angeltree.org.

Allied Churches of Alamance County
Established in 1982, Allied Churches of Alamance County is a facility that offers an Emergency Night Shelter, Good Shepherd Community Kitchen, and Christian Assistance Network. Allied Churches is an interdenominational non-profit agency that helps to meet the needs of the less fortunate. Their mission statement reads, “Through the power of God’s love, Allied Churches of Alamance County meets the basic needs of the lonely, hungry and homeless, while challenging and empowering them to become self-sufficient.” Matt Epps, Executive Vice President of ProVantage Corporate Analytics, would like to specifically thank assistant director Michelle Embree for her years of dedication and hard work to help those who need it the most. To learn more, visit their website at www.alliedchurches.org.

Bugles Across America
Donna Rose, Chairman of the Board, selected Bugles Across America to receive the latest charitable donation from ProVantage. Bugles Across America was founded in 2000 by Tom Day when Congress passed legislation stating Veterans had a right to at least 2 uniformed military people to fold the flag and play taps on a CD player. Bugles Across America was begun to take this a step further, and in recognition of the service these Veterans provided their country, they felt that every Veteran deserved a live rendition of taps played by a live Bugler. To this end, they are actively seeking volunteers to provide this valuable service to Veterans and their families. www.buglesacrossamerica.org.

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
This month’s donation was selected by National Field Manager Jim Haley and is being made to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Jim grew up in a family with 10 children of which 3 were adopted when his aunt and uncle both passed away from illness within a few months of each other. Jim’s father taught him at an early age about helping others in need even though their lifestyle was modest at best. Jim shares, “I was blessed with a wonderful father and teacher who never allowed us to go to bed hungry.” Established in 1980, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a non-profit organization that provides food to people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in N.C. In 2007-2008, the Food Bank distributed over 31.6 million pounds of food through 870 partner agencies including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and after school programs for children. Visit their website at www.foodbankcenc.org.

SPCA of Wake County
Our latest donation was selected by Meredith Rose from the ProVantage Sales Team and is being made to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County. The SPCA is dedicated to a more humane community where every adoptable animal has a home. www.spcawake.org.

Amazing Grace Adoptions
Dan Gray, Vice President of Human Resources, selected Amazing Grace Adoptions, a pro-life, licensed adoption agency located in Raleigh, N.C., as our latest donation recipient. www.agadoptions.org.

Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center
ProVantage supports A Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center’s 4th annual Walk for Life. A Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing hope and help to women facing unplanned pregnancies. www.handofhope.net.

Missionary Charles Sorrell
Dwayne Gregory selected missionary Charles Sorrell to receive our latest donation. “Rev. Charles Sorrell has traveled the globe sharing the Gospel of Christ. A few of the countries he has ministered in are the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Africa, Guyana, Trinidad/Tobago, Philippines and Vietnam. He lives in Dunn, NC and is constantly on the go as plans are made for the next FAITH journey.”

The Alliance Defense Fund
The Alliance Defense Fund is a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and litigation. They focus on fighting for religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and marriage and the family. www.alliancedefensefund.org.

The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund
Becky Renfroe, Chief Information Officer for ProVantage, selected the Kay Yow Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Cancer Fund. Coach Kay Yow was not only an accomplished and highly respected basketball coach at NC State for 38 years, but was an inspiration for many on and off the court in the way she battled breast cancer. The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund™ is a 501 c(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause..www.wbca.org/kayyowwbcacancerfund.asp.

The 72 Foundation
Amy Gregory, ProVantage administrative assistant, chose The 72 Foundation to receive our latest donation. “The 72 Foundation is an excellent outreach showing God’s love to people in need during times of devastation. The volunteers that work with the foundation are wonderful Christian people who exemplify a servant’s heart.” www.the72foundation.org.

Military Missions in Action
Lance Russell, IT Director at ProVantage, selected Military Missions in Action (MMIA). As a former Marine, Lance understands and appreciates first hand the commitment and sacrifice required of men and women who serve in the Armed Forces. MMIA is strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to their country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries. “Freedom is definitely not free, and I am proud to be part of a company that will give back to these wounded veterans who have served our country.” www.militarymissionsinaction.org

Fuquay Varina Emergency Food Pantry
Millie Mangum, HR Generalist and friendly voice of ProVantage, chose the Fuquay Varina Emergency Food Pantry “due to the country’s current economic situation and the increased demand for the food pantry’s services. They not only meet the physical needs of our community members that are hungry but also their spiritual needs as well.”

Make-A-Wish Foundation
Teresa Everett, HR Generalist at ProVantage, selected the Make-A-Wish Foundation because “it gives people with terminal illnesses a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something that hopefully, will bring them joy and will help them forget, for a little while, what they may be going through.”
www.wish.org

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
Our Accounting Manager, Paula Snell, chose St. Jude’s because “it is one of my favorite charities that I donate to personally. It is a Christian charity that treats children with cancer and it is also a cancer research center.” www.stjude.org