Clean Water for Rwanda, AfricaRbA - Virginia Beach is on a mission to help supply access to clean drinking water and hand washing stations to every man, woman, and child in Rwanda by 2022 AND we are ahead of our four year schedule! We are pleased to announce that through the hard work of our staff, our Foundation was able to send another $100,000 to World Vision in June. That brings our total contribution to $350,000 of our $1M pledge. Through World Vision's water projects, $50 provides one person with clean water for life!. So far, we have helped provide access to clean drinking water for life to roughly 7,000 people or 14 villages. We are well on our way to do our part in reaching our goal of 20,000 people or 40 villages. For more information, please click on this link: https://www.worldvision.org/category/clean-water-news-stories
Sentara COVID-19 Community Relief FundGerry Rogers, owner of Renewal by Andersen’s retail affiliate in Virginia Beach, VA, wanted to do something special to help the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rogers felt especially grateful to the nurses, doctors, first responders, and frontline workers. Rogers committed to donating a portion of all sales in May and June, up to $100,000, to the Sentara COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. Sentara Healthcare has several hospitals and a number of healthcare facilities throughout the Virginia Beach area. Donations to the fund are used to support programs, partners, and employees of Sentara, and people affected by COVID-19. The team at RbA Virginia Beach banded together to make Roger’s mission a reality. It was a group effort from all departments, with the Design Consultants taking it over the goal line and achieving a whopping 93-percent increase, year-over-year. That’s right, sales in May and June were nearly double the previous year! A portion of the $100,000 donation has already helped the community in many ways. From providing PPE to helping purchase medications for those most in need. It’s also helped local heroes through the Sentara H.O.P.E Fund for employees. One Sentara employee, Sylvia M., shared a personal story about how the fund helped her when she needed it most. “I was exposed while working at the screening and testing sites for COVID-19. I’ve had to quarantine home for the last 14 days. At the same time, we had a death in the family associated to COVID-19 and significant funeral expenses. My husband has been furloughed and without a job. It’s been rough time making ends meet,” she writes. “They have been our caregivers and our heroes through the Coronavirus and I wanted to give back to them, and to the community that has given me so much over the past 34 years,” says Rogers.
The Bennett Center Backpack GiveawayRbA Virginia Beach was honored to host a Backpack Giveaway for local school children. Whether kids are in a school classroom or virtual this year, they need supplies to make learning easier. In addition to hosting the 'drive-thru' backpack giveaway, we also donated $1,000 to be used to purchase supplies to stuff the backpacks. 200 backpacks were given away to very grateful parents and excited children.
Union Mission Ministry Spaghetti DinnerThe MRW Foundation has been a proud supporter of the Union Mission for several years. It’s more than just a place to live for our homeless neighbors. While they do provide housing and three meals a day, they also help people find jobs, learn life skills to keep them off the street, provide medical assistance, and spiritual care. While monetary support enables The Union Mission to give folks a hand up, The Mission itself needs helping hands too. And that’s just what the MRW staff did as a team and family! We went to work in October and prepared, cooked, and served a spaghetti dinner to the people currently living at the Union Mission. We had a group of people who went to the main kitchen in the men’s shelter to prepare and actually cook the meal in their industrial-sized kitchen! We cooked and prepared food for about 300 people! The shelter is set up with two dining areas. One for the men and one for the women. First we had a group of employees and family members who served food to the men at the men’s shelter. Then, we transported food from the kitchen to the women’s shelter. We had two groups of ladies who served at the women’s shelter, first to the single women living there and then to a group of women with their children. What a great experience for all of us to really get our hands in there and help out the people in our very own community! It was such a privilege we had to be able to help those in need.