While we ooh and ahh at tree lights, cinnamon scented candles and fires all a glow, we sometimes forget about one of the most important aspects of the holiday season – giving back! As we spend time with family and friends, give thanks and exchange gifts, we’ve decided that it is the perfect time to highlight philanthropic efforts of individuals from across our nationwide offices. This month of December, Beacon Pointe launches its inaugural #BeaconGivesBack campaign, each week recognizing these wonderful team members and the organizations, people and community they positively impact. And, hopefully, we encourage and inspire others to step forward and offer their own helping hand.
This week’s #BeaconGivesBack features the philanthropic efforts of our team members put forth outside of the office, near and abroad. These organizations hit close to home and the heart for our employees and we want to take a moment to highlight their important missions.
Beacon Pointe’s recent Paid Day of Service, was held with with local nonprofit organization, Human Options. Human Options is an Orange County, CA based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence. The organization provides emergency and short-term housing for abused women, their children, and families. They also provide in-house counseling and legal advocacy programs to all of these families. Our employees and interns spent the afternoon at the Human Options Second Step transitional housing facility re-organizing and cleaning up multiple storage units, putting together an herb and tomato garden for the complex, and also took the time to play basketball and read books to some of the children currently living in the apartment complex. If you would like to learn more about Human Options and how to get involved with the organization, please click here for more details.
Allison Hillgren, Beacon Pointe’s Director of Marketing, volunteers her time also serving as the Co-Director of Marketing for The Patriots Initiative (TPI). The organization, founded by Alli’s father, Greg Hillgren, has a mission to improve the quality of life for active duty and veteran military families by engaging stakeholders to support nonprofit service providers that are the most qualified to fulfill those needs. TPI is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit of its kind to develop a proprietary process for qualitatively and quantitatively evaluating the effectiveness of nonprofits providing services to the military community. In 2016, California State Senator Joel Anderson awarded The Patriots Initiative with the California Senate Certificate of Recognition. This award was given in honor of TPI’s outstanding community service, recognizing their unyielding dedication to improving the quality of life for our active duty and veteran military families.
This past fall, Beacon Pointe’s CEO, Shannon Eusey, and Director of Human Resources, Mollie Rosing, returned from a philanthropic trip to Guatemala through the Forever Changed International program to work with the children of Dorie’s Promise. Forever Changed – “Passionately Serving the World’s Forgotten Children” – is a program that allows people to help children through life-changing ministries. Their vision is to meet the needs of vulnerable children and provide a place for orphans to find a loving home. Dorie’s Promise Guatemala is their first orphanage. Shannon and Mollie, and their children, partook in community projects, activities and outings with the orphans and witnessed the surrounding area in order to better understand the impact their hard work and generosity had in helping improve the life and community for the children.
Beacon Pointe proudly supports these philanthropic endeavors, and those of other Beacon Pointe employees, to make this world a better place. We encourage all of our readers to take part in the season of giving and volunteer for their nonprofit today and in the new year!