It’s hard to believe this year is quickly coming to a close. The holidays are here and soon enough we will all be ringing in 2017 with our friends and family.
2016 has been another record setting year for Financial Independence Group and I’m so thankful to be able to call FIG my professional home for over 10 years. This year, I had the opportunity to join our community service board, which is comprised of about 12 employees. Throughout the year, the committee planned various events that had a direct positive impact on people of all ages in our Charlotte community.
A local nonprofit called the Ada Jenkins Center has been a focus of our community service board this year. The Ada Jenkins Center serves as a resource hub for individuals facing active crisis, which can easily deplete savings and push vulnerable families and individuals further into poverty.
Whether someone is facing unemployment or homelessness, struggle in school or has lost their health insurance, the Ada Jenkins Center is there to help. The center takes a holistic approach with their client partners by creating a comprehensive plan for change by using a combination of health, education and human services.
The Executive team at FIG was generous enough to give the community service board a donation of $5,000 and the only stipulation for using the money was to do something positive. On December 1st, I read an article on our local news website, Cornelius Today, about the center and their accomplishments in raising over $10,000 to repair the heating in the building used to service clients.
While without heat, staff and clients were keeping the chill out of the air with donated space heaters which hardly made a difference in the temperature. No heat? To me heat is something that seems so basic and all I could think is if Ada Jenkins does not have the funds to repair their heat what else is missing?
I called the center on December 2nd and spoke with a lady I’m positive will sprout wings one day named Jane Cacchione. I shared with Jane the story of FIG and asked her how we can help make a difference at Ada Jenkins in 2017.
Jane shared with me that their Human Services division of Ada Jenkins, while it is a focus fund each year, always seems to run dry, has two very important funds that directly impact the clients of the Center called the Sunshine Fund and Santa’s Surprise. The Sunshine Fund supplies funding to clients with a direct need like bus fare to go for a job interview or paying rent to avoid eviction or homelessness. Santa’s Surprise allows the center to reward their client partners that are on the right track and doing what has been recommended to help them get back on their feet. Recipients of Santa’s Surprise are notified that one of their monthly bills like power, rent or insurance has been paid by the center which allows the clients to put money in savings or purchase items they need.
A few members of our community service board delivered the check to Jane on December 8th just in time for the holidays. We are so thankful to be a part of a company that cares for their employees, clients and the community.