In keeping with our philosophy that it is both good citizenship and good business to give back to our local communities, Ready Hands Home Care continues to support organizations and programs in our area whose missions are aligned with ours. Commitment to and involvement in the community is an important aspect of business social responsibility that we take seriously at Ready Hands. In the past year we have been pleased to support four organizations making a difference in the lives of area residents: Project Mend-A-House, AHA! At Home In Alexandria, the Benevolent Care Fund of Greenspring and the Arc of Prince William.
In October, 2012, Ready Hands was pleased to serve as a sponsor of Project Mend-A-House’s annual Taste of the Town dinner and volunteer celebration. Ready Hands has been an ongoing supporter of the Prince William County organization’s valuable work on behalf of area residents in need. Project Mend-A-House is a volunteer-based non-profit founded in 1984 to allow the disabled, seniors and low-income residents to remain safely and independently in their own homes. In 2012, Ready Hands’ Manassas office Administrator, Jo-Ellen Benson, assumed the chairmanship of the organization’s board of directors.
October also marked the first annual Benefit and Spirit Award event put on by AHA! At Home In Alexandria. The organization is one of several area “aging in place communities” or “villages” , whose mission is to coordinate access to volunteer assistance, affordable services and life-enhancing group activities, all with the goal of supporting seniors who want to remain independent in their homes as they age. Ready Hands participated as a business sponsor of the gala and several members of our leadership team attended the very well-organized and enjoyable event.
At Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Ready Hands Home Care was a proud supporter in 2012 of the Benevolent Care Fund charity. The fund provides financial assistance to residents who, despite careful planning, outlive their resources and might otherwise not be able to continue living at Greenspring. Ready Hands was one of only three Diamond Sponsors of September’s 13th annual Benevolent Care Month celebrations, which culminated in a fund-raising gala on the 28th. More than 200 residents and guests attended.
We have also been ongoing financial supporters of the Arc of Prince William, where Jo-Ellen Benson also was privileged to serve as chairperson of the charity’s capital campaign. The Arc’s mission is to provide opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities to achieve their greatest potential for growth and independence. The campaign was instituted in 2011 to raise funds for a building expansion and retrofit of the Muriel Humphrey Center, the agency’s administrative headquarters in Woodbridge. At this writing the campaign has raised 3.625 million toward its four million dollar goal.