It's the right thing to do.
As successful Puget Sound business owners, we've been blessed with far greater resources than the vast majority of the world. This realization, combined with our desire to make positive change in the world has motivated our search for humanitarian organizations with inspiring missions. Here are a few of our current favorites:
Summer In The USA is a Seattle-area based non-profit organization that welcomes international (Basque) students to American homes where they experience culture, language and exceptional friendship. We believe these relational bridges of trust will transform their lives personally, professionally and spiritually; equipping them to be international leaders, and at the same time positively impacting global community. Joe Berg is a member if the SUSA Board of Directors.
Agros International’s mission is to see under-resourced rural families own agricultural land, attain economic self-sufficiency, realize their potential, and pass on to future generations the values and resources that enable them to flourish. Based in Seattle, Washington, Agros has families from the US support and travel to villages in central America, helping break the cycle of poverty. Local US families are impacted by seeing poverty, developing relationships, and helping villagers in their path towards a sustainable future. Kirk Andonian and Joe Berg and their families work with a village in rural Nicaragua.
Young Life America has a current goal of building a new facility to provide a gathering place for young adults to experience fun and build leaders. The facility is located near Yerevan in Artavaz, Armenia, along the Marmarik River. The site was formerly used as a Young Pioneer Communism camp for kids between the ages of 10 and 17. With the fall of the Soviet Union and Armenia's independence in 1991, the camp was abandoned, and only recently completely renovated by Young Life Armenia. Young Life Armenia works to transform hearts and minds to serve education, business, healthcare, and other sectors of society in Armenia. Kirk Andonian serves on the Board of Directors for Young Life FSU, encompassing 17 countries in former Soviet Union areas.
The Tacoma-Pierce County Chaplaincy was incorporated 45 years ago to bring hope and healing to the hurting in times of crisis. 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, Staff Chaplains and Volunteer Chaplains respond annually to an estimated 10,000 service calls, directly providing service to victims, community members, and emergency service employees to the 800,000 residents in the South Puget Sound region. TPCC provides services within 35 emergency response agencies for emotional, spiritual and practical care to those facing crisis and trauma. Joe Berg services on the TPCC Board of Directors.
Care Net provides women and men compassion, resources and hope during maternity and newborn phases of life. They support expecting parents through this earliest phase of family creation.