Beginning back in 1976, me and a few of my skydiving buddies formed a skydive exhibition team. We were asked to jump into all kinds of events in all sorts of places... schools, stadiums, beaches, city parks, you name it we probably jumped into it. The sponsors would pay us for the jump and from the start we all decided to donate our time and all of the profits to worthy causes. We believed it was "Good Karma! The first ten years would split the money among mostly child related causes, then in the mid-eighties we settled on donating exclusively to The Home for Little Wanderers. Eventually, I decided to underwrite the cost of all these charity jumps through G.F. Sprague and to donate the full proceeds of the jump events.
It's been over forty years now since we started, and most of the team has moved away to the Sunbelt. With fewer professional jumps, we were looking for a new way to donate to this wonderful cause. After some thought, we decided to involve you, our customers. How? By donating 1% of your initial purchase to The Home for Little Wanderers. So, for example, if you were to buy a $10,000 project, $100.would be donated. This donation comes directly out of our bottom line, with no additional cost to you! During one of our discussions prompting this campaign, our senior certified expert Mark Vaccaro came up with the perfect way to define this gifting program..."Everyone deserves a good roof over their head." I think we will all be proud to help out these deserving children.
Founder & President
In 2017 we started our new donation program with The Home for Little Wanderers as the charitable organization we would be donating to. The Home for Little Wanderers provides programs and services for every stage of child and family development. For more than 200 years, they have earned a reputation for doing whatever it takes to strengthen vulnerable families and keep children safe. Serving children and youth from birth to 22, The Home makes a positive impact on over 7,000 lives each year through a network of services including behavioral health, therapeutic residential and special education, adoption and foster care. With the help of our amazing customers we were able to donate almost $60,000 last year! We want to be able to help as many people as we can both within our community and beyond it. As we grow as a company, we want to make sure our impact beyond the projects we install grows too. Every project we complete this year will help us do just that!
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to save children's lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential. They provide several programs meant to help children in every area, including protection and inclusion, child survival, education, gender equality, and emergency situation relief. Their mission is to never give up and have UNICEF for every child. To learn more about UNICEF go to www.unicef.org.
Save the Children believes every child, in the US and worldwide, deserves a healthy start to life, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. In 2016 Save the Children reached more than 157 million children in 120 countries, which shows their impressive commitment to helping children everywhere. Almost 90% of donations given to this group go towards their programs, showing that they really are giving back to the children. Click here: www.savethechildren.org to find out more about this group.
The YMCA focuses on strengthening the community, working side by side every day with their neighbors to make sure everyone has the ability to learn, grow, and thrive. The YMCA works in 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, and in every one they deliver positive change. They connect people of all ages and nurture the potential of every child they can reach. To find out more about them visit www.ymca.net.
Mystic River Rugby
Mystic River Rugby not only gives young athletes the chance to become part of a rapidly growing sport, but it also teaches many of the values that these individuals will carry throughout life, such as teamwork, dedication, and the value of hard work.
Pan Mass Challenge
The Pan-Mass Challenge raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Newton Little League
Newton Southeast Little League not only gives kids the opportunity to play baseball, but learn the life lessons that accompany the sport. The league instills sportsmanship in these kids and strives to increase self-esteem.