F&V Culture: Spirit Week, Day 3

At F&V, “We do care and help others in our communities and at work.” That’s why this 3rd day of Spirit Week, in support of promoting F&V’s culture, and upcoming holiday season, our offices have found local charities and families to support and give back to.

Indianapolis and Fort Wayne joined forces to support the Coburn Place, which offers supportive services and housing options to survivors of domestic violence and their children. The vision of Coburn Place is of “a world where every adult and child may live free from intimate partner violence, housed stably and safely, with adequate financial resources.”

Grand Blanc and Farmington Hills united to support FISH of Grand Blanc and Adopt A Family for the holiday season. The money will go towards buying gifts for a family in need. FISH provides food to the needy throughout the year, runs an annual back-to-school giveaway and, during the holiday season, holds their Christmas Basket Project.

Kalamazoo chose to raise money for the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, which offers emergency provisions to families and individuals facing hardships, recovery services to help individuals overcome addictions and poor work histories regain a stable lifestyle, and education and life skills to help break the cycle of homelessness and be more successful in their homes.

Traverse City collected money for a local family or charity still to be determined. The office plans to combine this week’s donation with another around Thanksgiving and early December to make sure a family or families get a special gift in time for the holidays. In the spirit of giving, one of the staffers anonymously provided the office a BBQ Tailgate lunch, “just because.”

Grand Rapids adopted a family from the Heart of West Michigan United Way. Our six-member family consists of dad Collen and mom Lora, and their four children, that has been a part of the Adopt-A-Family program for the past few years. They have experienced an economic hardship as Lora went back to school full-time to better position herself to provide for the family. The family receives no type of governmental assistance because Collen works full-time, but having only his one income has made it more difficult to provide for the household. Their family is extremely involved in the education of their children as they want them to have all the educational advantages possible, especially since one of the children has a language delay.