ITC makes a point to donate to charitable organizations all year round through the Sharing and Caring Committee. For #GivingTuesday we wanted to hear from the ITC Team about what causes they’re passionate about and why.
Benjamin’s Hope – Shelly Bangma, Quality Technician
Benjamin’s Hope is a “live, work, play, worship” intentional community where people of all abilities are connecting with one another. It is a home to 25 adults with a range of intellectual and developmental differences, including autism. It is very rewarding to be able to spend time with the residents and have them allow me to be part of their family. This is a place where the sun always shines, and happiness is overflowing! I am so thankful for all they do and am blessed to be a part of their journey. Learn more about Benjamin’s Hope: www.benjaminshope.net
Michigan CASA – Kelli Gierz, Marketing Manager
I have been involved with Michigan CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for six years and was recently elected to their board. I feel strongly about CASA because the organization helps to break the cycle of abuse and neglect of children in our state by providing these kids an opportunity to see a positive path with supportive people to guide them. Learn more: www.michigancasa.org.
Compassion International – Melissa Shinsky, Quality Admin
Compassion International is a Christian child development organization dedicated to releasing children from poverty. Through sponsorship, children are able to participate in a church-based program that offers life-changing benefits such as educational opportunities, health care, and nourishing food. Learn more about Compassion International: www.compassion.com
Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation – Marie Britton, Purchasing Associate
The Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation (GRGYF) is a free hockey program for kids in 1st through 12th grades. Established in 1995, the foundation provides hockey equipment, ice time and coaching staff for approximately 360 kids each year, allowing them the opportunity to participate in a sport that they otherwise may not be able to afford to play.
This program not only teaches kids how to play hockey. It teaches them respect, discipline and how to work within a team. There is diversity among players and the participants often play on coed teams and with players who have physical and mental disabilities such as hearing impairment, ADHD and Autism. In addition to that, the foundation promotes community involvement, healthy lifestyles and academic excellence among the youth of West Michigan, enhancing their lives through hockey and ice-related sports.
I have donated my time and resources to this organization for the past 11 years because my son has been an active participant for all of those years. I enjoy giving back to a program that has given so much to the kids in my community. Learn more: http://www.griffinskids.org.
Hope Water International – Todd Sadler, Sales Account Manager
Hope Water International is a non-profit organization that raises money to drill deep water wells that do not dry up during the dry season in West Africa. This is the most reliable method to provide these people access to clean water. I have previously run three ½ marathons for this great cause. Each person raises money in support of their marathon run. This year our team has raised over $125,000. All proceeds go to Hope Water International to provide clean water to the people of Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Learn more: https://www.hopewaterinternational.org/
BISSELL Pet Foundation – Olivia Mashak, Social Media Marketing Assistant
BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) is a nonprofit organization that helps to reduce the number of animals in shelters/rescues by providing funds for adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care. I have served on the BPF Junior Board of Directors for four years. I support BPF because they work every day to help shelters animals find loving, “furever” homes, while also working to put an end to puppy mills through funding and education. Learn more about the BISSELL Pet Foundation: www.bissellpetfoundation.org.
Gugma sa Kabataan – Marilou Calvert , Engineering Program Manager
Gugma sa Kabataan (Love for the children) is a local non-profit organization in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines that provides a place for street children to enjoy survival, development, protection and participation towards a transforming community with HOPE, FAITH and LOVE. Their goal is to prevent the children (who are victims of abuse and neglected by families) from choosing the street to be their home or place of livelihood. I am donating to this organization because the Volunteers work so hard to mentor these kids who are facing tough life challenges. They help them grow emotionally, academically and spiritually. To learn more about this organization, visit: http://www.gugma.org/index.php?id=33&L=1