The concept of “Be Well… Do Good” was a theme central to the original launch of US Corporate Wellness. Pursuing a state of well-being is clearly valuable, but it was never intended to stand alone. Rather, good health allows us greater opportunities to do GOOD! It provides more energy to help those around us, reduces both the time and financial resources often devoted to sickness, and provides a brighter outlook on life that allows us to look for opportunities to lend a hand to a neighbor. The goal of being well isn’t simply to “be well” in our own little isolated bubble. Rather, the goal of being well is to allow us to do more good in the world! The founders of US Corporate Wellness have made it their goal to model this by living out the mission in practical ways, some of which are highlighted here on the site.
Many organizations devote a percentage of their profits to specific charities, and we made the decision upon the launch of the company back in early 2007 to make this part of our core. We call it our 10% Commitment, a commitment to dedicate 10% of our profits to those in need.
Then, in 2009, the SPARK OF HOPE Fund was created, into which 10% of our profits were directed as a way to make this goal a long term reality. And, if you scan ahead to 2012, you’ll see how this Spark of Hope fund lead to a new “Wellness Plus 1” concept. This groundbreaking initiative provides our participants a way in which to positively impact the total amount contributed (without a penny coming out of their own pocket).
We’d love to hear your stories of how “being well” has indeed provided you with an enhanced opportunity to “do good!” Please send us details to Hope@USCorporateWellness.com and we’ll highlight some of them in upcoming newsletters.
After Suzanna returned from a trip to an orphanage in the Ukraine, we felt a tugging to help the mom‘s and children in at least a small way. She had seen incredibly difficult conditions for the children, including prison-like settings and automatic dismissal with minimal training at the age of 16 (typically leading to prostitution and crime for the majority)
Eventually this lead us down two paths. The first was a major fundraiser along with Janus Charity Challenge and Ironman Arizona to help get the orphanage building started.
Simultaneously, Suzanna worked closely with the MOPS (Mothers of Pre Schoolers) organization to help make connections in an effort to help support the moms in the area. Headway is being made, and MOPS‘ international efforts continue to make a difference in new corners of the globe every day. Want to help them out? Here‘s the link: www.mops.org/
In June of ‘07, our family had an opportunity to spend a few days in Juarez, Mexico with a team building houses for the families in the area. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Well, what we saw simultaneously both broke and spurred our hearts. Most families in the area – if they have a home at all – are living in shacks with a roof thrown together with plywood, tires and anything else that will help shade the 110 degree heat and at least slightly deflect the driving rainstorms.
Healthcare is minimal, and we were told that approximately 25% of the babies don‘t survive due in part to lack of food. In fact, parents typically won‘t give their babies names for several weeks or months until it looks like they have a good chance of survival.
One of the families receiving a home had 8 day old (un-named) twins. The new home obviously provided safety from the elements and we were able to provide them with at least a few weeks worth of baby formula. But they‘re certainly not out of the woods. And when they do get their feet under them, there are many others with similar needs. Life-sustaining needs.
It‘s our goal to help in some way. Formula, additional housing supplies, medical supplies. The organization we worked with down there was Missions Ministry. They‘re down to earth people who are truly making a difference – one person at a time. Here‘s their website if you‘d like to find out more about either going down with a team or providing funds for formula, medical or house supplies: www.missionsministries.com/
Back in the mid-90‘s, Suzanna was volunteering at a local pregnancy center when she was introduced to a young teen who was several months pregnant and had absolutely no support system (no parents and absent father of the soon-to-be child). What took place next changed the lives of both the young woman and the Coopers, as she moved in with them (and their own baby girl) until a few months after the birth of the child. Fast forward 12 years… she‘s now married with four children and as a result of some unexpected issues, returns to the Cooper‘s house to live for 6 months. This is not the appropriate place for details, but we‘re happy to report that she and her family are back on their feet and headed in the right direction. And the three Cooper kids still refer to her as their “big sister.”
When there’s hope in the future, there truly is a significant power in the present. But sometimes, there isn’t much hope available on which to grasp. And it’s for that reason that US Corporate Wellness started the “Spark of Hope Fund.” We’ve been very fortunate in our own lives, and realize this provides both an opportunity and a responsibility to help those who need a reason to visualize a positive future. This fund will be dedicated to helping providing just that – a spark of hope to those who have very little on which to build that future. Launched in 2009, this will be the primary outlet through which the USCW Team will continue to support the vision of “Be Well… and Do Good.”
The “Spark of Hope Fund” continued to be the primary focus of the US Corporate Wellness charitable financial support. We were excited to see the fund more than double during 2010, with plans to continue that trend in coming years. In addition to the organization’s financial commitment to our vision of “Be Well… and Do Good,” our organization’s founders also poured their lives into a number of other very worthwhile non-profit pursuits. The most significant of these was their involvement in the marriage ministry at their local church. Believing that marriages across the country are at a critical juncture, Brad and Suzanna headed up the marriage mentoring program and taught an extended marriage class, among other related aspects.
There are so many needs all around us – so many who are in need of that Spark of Hope that we – and I’m sure you – desire to bring through a kind word, a smile, a hand up or some financial support. In 2013, we supported a number of valued non-profit organizations with investments of both time and finances, ranging from our local church to the Special Olympics and others. However, the primary focus of our financial support was directed toward three areas that on first glance are about as different as different can be.
The first was an investment to build a well to supply water to the people of Tanzania. Tanzania is located in East Africa (bordered by Kenya, Rwanda, Congo and Mozambique and then the Indian Ocean to the East). Access to a clean water supply is very limited and this well will – we trust – provide at least a small spark of that valuable hope to the people in the area.
The second contribution of note was provided to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This organization has historically had their greatest impact among the lives of high school and college athletes. In the past several years, they have expanded to provide resources and encouragement to athletes of all ages. In addition to the financial support, we also committed many hours of personal involvement/time in assisting the leadership of the organization as well.
The third portion of significant funding went to support the Semper Fi Fund. This fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to our injured and critically ill Armed Forces members and their families. These men and women sacrifice more than any of us can ever imagine to allow us all to live lives of freedom. We’re glad to have the chance to say “thank you” in a very small way.
We look forward to what the year ahead will provide and how we can continue to provide that spark of hope that benefits both the giver and the recipient!