At Midlothian Web Solutions, we’re big believers in community. We always have been, but we want to step it up a notch. The stronger our neighbors and our friends, the stronger we can all be together.
This past Giving Tuesday, we started a new tradition. Through both our company newsletter and our social media channels, we invited our community to help us decide the focus of our giving for the year ahead.
“We’ve always donated our time to the community, but it’s time for our business to start giving back financially,” says Frank Petroski, Midlothian Web Solutions co-founder. “An annual giving focus is exactly what we needed.”
After much internal debate, we narrowed it down to three of our favorites: the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother Program, and Beacon Tree Foundation.
There are so many great local causes that it was hard to choose, but each one of these nonprofits offers something hugely valuable to our community.
In our inaugural year, when the voting closed late at night on the last day of November, the decision was made. 62% of our community voted for Beacon Tree Foundation, a local nonprofit with a mission “to be the advocate for families who have children up to age 21 struggling with mental illness by focusing on education, access to care, and funding.”
In the year ahead, you’ll hear more about our giving initiative and how everyone can get involved.
“When businesses and individuals make the decision to not only be present but to be a true presence in their communities, becoming involved and contributing however they can, great things can happen,” says Kris Spisak, Midlothian Web Solutions second co-founder. “We’re excited to be a part of the great efforts already at work in our own neighborhood.”
Our co-founders’ passion for local groups is nothing new. The Midlothian Business Alliance, the Greater Southport Business Association, the Kiwanis Club of Midlothian-Chesterfield, the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, the Chesterfield Committee on the Future, James River Writers… the list goes on and on. But never before has Midlothian Web started a focused giving initiative to help a single nonprofit.
“There’s a striking difference that businesses and individuals can make in the community the moment they decide to,” added Petroski.
And for our team at Midlothian Web Solutions, we’ve decided to choose a different focus for our company’s community contributions every year. This year, it begins with Beacon Tree. It’s our way to extend #GivingTuesday all year long.
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