Northwest Outdoor Lighting Brings Light To Dark Places
Many clients have said that Northwest Outdoor Lighting brings light to dark places. Usually people are talking about a corner of their property, gardens or another part of their home that needs illumination for either security or aesthetics. We are pleased to also shine light on charities and non-profit organizations who are also bringing light to dark places. By partnering with and supporting these charities, we seek to bring a light -- or even just a smile -- to very dark places in our city of Seattle, the US and around the world.
It is so important to us to do well by doing good, and to partner with those organizations who share the same dedication to efficiency and generosity. Therefore, we select charities with operating costs at or below 10%. This way we know that the money is going directly to the need. We love getting to know the charities and organizations that matter most to our clients, and are always seeking to support and engage with local charities who seek to light a candle rather than simply curse the darkness.
A Child’s Hope Int’l
A Child’s Hope International is committed to reaching the least of these wherever and whenever the need arises, whether the need is a result of poverty, neglect, war, pestilence, natural disasters or failure of the family. Humanitarian relief takes the form of:
• Hands Against Hunger food
• Clean drinking water
• Fresh water wells
• Medical supplies
• Rescue and rehabilitation from sexual predators
We always look for charities that match our principles and practices – cost management, efficiency and getting the job done. A Child's Hope International is a great example of efficiency in action: for every dollar contributed, 92 cents goes directly to those in need. That kind of overhead is remarkable in the non-profit world, and has led to the feeding of millions of children in the ten years the organization has been in existence. Partners with A Child's Hope include Cargill (who provides the nutritional mix) and Costco (who provides the rice), as well as Kroger Foods, Qdoba, GE, PG&E and many other businesses and community organizations.
You can find out more about where in the world we serve by reviewing their website, www.achildshopeintl.org
As an update many more meals have gone out since this first packing we were involved with personally. Now This group is planning a 1,000,000 meal packing. There is no lack of places in need of food but there are some living in desperate need both here in the US and overseas. Kids against Hunger helps both.
On October 21st, 2009 Craig and Mary participated in a wonderful day helping to feed the hungry children of Guatemala. During a 1 day event we packed over 200,000 meals with 600 other volunteers. Children and their parents, people from all walks of life and faith or none joined in helping these children. One person packing food for 2 hours can feed a child for a WHOLE year! Twenty- five cents per meal per day can help a child survive starvation.
We looked for a charity that matches our practices – cost management, efficient and getting the job done correctly. This charity has operating costs below 5% which is incredible. They have fed close to 2 million children and will pack over 600,000 meals in the first weekend of December 2009.
The nutritional mix comes from Cargill and the rice from Costco who are partners with A Child’s Hope International as well as Kroger Foods, Qdoba, GE, PG&E and many other businesses and community organizations.
International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.
International Rescue Committee | http://www.rescue.org/
Hope Children’s Home
Founded in 1968, Hope Children’s Home has rescued nearly 5,000 children between the ages of infant to 18 years of age. Most of these children have been discarded, abused, unwanted, or orphaned although some of the children have simply come out of a situation where a parent just needed help.Our home is located in northwest Tampa, Florida on 55 beautifully wooded acres of land. Our campus consist of dormitories for the boys and girls that can house a total of 80 children as well as beautiful 4,000 sq. ft. cottages that care for our younger children and allowing siblings to live together. The children live in a family atmosphere with house parents who are with them twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to give guidance and encouragement.
Acres of Diamonds
Acres of Diamonds is a 20-year old local non-profit that gives that second chance. We provide the place, the love, and the guidance these women need to rebuild their lives and start anew. Our structured living plan, on-site counseling, discipleship, and life-skill training helps them re-establish their lives with purpose, confidence, and support.
Our program houses only women or mothers with children. They can stay for up to two years, and all residents pay a portion of their housing and are required to get jobs or go to school. www.acresofdiamonds.org