Category Archives: Giving Back

Elementary School Boy Raises Money for Hearing-Impaired Kids in Flint, Michigan

Isiah Britt is a 7-year-old boy in Virginia who is raising money to help other kids with hearing disabilities in Flint, Michigan. The second grader heard about the water situation in Flint, and how elementary school students with hearing issues like himself are afraid to wash their hands. He knew that he had to do something to help them, so he reached out to Hearing Aids RX for help.

With the help of Hearing Aids RX, Isiah then started a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money so that students at Eisenhower Elementary School in Flint, Michigan would all be able to have enough hand sanitizer in each classroom so that no one would have to use the water that they were all afraid to use. Isiah’s campaign not only raised enough money to help out the students at Eisenhower Elementary School, it raised $10,000 which is enough to purchase hand sanitizer for all 12 elementary schools across the city.

His next goal is to raise enough money to donate more hand sanitzer to donate to daycares and women’s shelters across the area as well. Isiah has said that he is happy that his campaign will have an impact on the community. He said that no matter how small you are, you can still make a big difference.

For the full story, or to donate to Isiah’s GoFundMe campaign, click the link to check it out on WTVR.com.

Avi Weisfogel and Operation Smile

Avi Weisfogel is known in Old Bridge for his work in dentistry, particularly for his work at Old Bridge Dental Care in his hometown. Having graduated from Rutgers University with Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Psychology, he went on to New York University’s College of Dentistry to earn his DDS. This led to Avi Weisfogel’s time at Dental Sleep Masters Seminars, where he took on the role of instructor to educate patients and healthcare providers how to content with complications of sleep patterns brought on from a host of disorders, particularly sleep apnea. For more than sixteen years his work has been in the arena of sleep disorders and management.

Healthy Heart Sleep was an initiative Avi Weisfogel began five years ago directed specifically at doctors, which worked much like Owner Unlimited Sleep Patients, a lecture circuit for dentist on the connection their field has to sleep apnea. This included instruction on oral devices that provide ease and comfort to their patients.

Though Avi Weisfogel has spent his time developing a demanding yet fulfilling career, another part of his life commands a great deal of attention and effort–philanthropy. Recently, Weisfogel has started a GoFundMe page in support of Operation Smile. Operating since 1982, Operation Smile began as a joint effort between plastic surgeon William Magee and his wife, Kathleen, a nurse. The Philippines was the site of the first mission, working with local doctors and other healthcare providers to provide care to children with facial deformities, mainly those with cleft lips and palates. At first, those who donated their time to the cause were overwhelmed by the display of need from the children who could not access regular care for their conditions, and it was that need that made Operation Smile an active organization. Subsisting mostly on donations from generous individuals and organizations alike, Operation Smile acquires the supplies and facilities necessary to address the medical needs of patients, but their staff of technicians, doctors and nurses all volunteer their time to the cause.

With decades of operations, Operation Smile has extended their reach beyond the Philippines to more than eighty countries, providing care to thousands of children. At present, the care providers have performed hundreds of thousands of surgeries to patients of all ages while training a medical staff that would then take those skills and apply them both at home and abroad. Efforts by people like Weisfogel, who understand the importance of oral care and correction, make their operations possible.

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Keith Mann Helping the Local School System

Keith Mann has been giving back to his local community for several years now. As the head of Dynamics Search Partners, he understands the importance of not only receiving a top education, but identifying talent at an early age as well. That is why he and Dynamics Search Partners has recently announced they would provide a scholarship that recognizes innovative business leaders within the Uncommon School’s Brooklyn based high schools. This way, some children who might not be able to afford college or a secondary education is able to receive help paying for it. It is just one other way Keith Mann wants to give back to the community.

The scholarship is open to anyone within the high schools. It in order to see who might qualify, Keith Mann asks students to write out a 1,000 words essay on how receiving a college degree can help with achieving their eventual, professional goals. The desire of this is to help the children dream big. That is often one of the problems with children, especially those who do not have parents who have gone to college or who have left the area before. The children don’t have an example of going to school or having higher goals. So, this is the very beginning for this.

Uncommon Schools works with talented children from around Brooklyn. The school doesn’t have a requirement for income levels, as it is more about finding the right students who excel in this kind of an environment. It is why the school does everything in its power to help children from all income levels. It is also why Keith Mann and Dynamics Search Partners wants to help children who are considered low-income, as these children are the ones who often remain close to home and don’t go to college due to monetary issues within the house.

Keith Mann has gone on record to state he wants to continually offer new services and new assistance to the Uncommon Schools. As the schools help find those who excel in the classroom, Keith not only wants to help these students succeed, but often help keep them in the community with potential jobs and connecting the students after college graduation.

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Dick DeVos Sets the Bar High With Giving

I don’t follow a lot of people on Twitter, but as an entrepreneur I have made it a habit to follow a few people. Dick DeVos is one of the people that I stay connected to. He has made some great strides in the business world, and I like to see what he is up to next. I follow DeVos on Twitter so I am aware of all that he has done, and I am familiar with the new projects that he is taking on. He is a giver that manages to spread his wealth among the community, and I have become a fan of his leadership because of this.

Over the years Dick DeVos and his wife have become very charitable givers that have blazed a trail for others. He has a foundation with his wife, but they are not the only ones that give. He has also encouraged his children to give back as well. I like the fact that he has been able to build such a strong legacy of giving down through the years. I like his attitude and his faith on giving. The DeVos family has relinquished more than a billion dollars through their giving. I believe that this sets a strong example for his family. He has shown his children that it is a good thing to give, and they have followed his footprints by becoming charitable givers themselves.

I believe the thing that really makes it easy for people to like and appreciate Dick is his ability to see past all of the prestige that comes with being the president of the company. He humbles himself and makes the decision to give to others that are in need. This is the pinnacle of what a true business leader looks like. He has seen a need in the community and he has taken strides to fill this void by helping others.

Congratulations to all the local residents and businesses who work hard to make West Michigan an incredible place to live, work, and visit!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Over the years the DeVos family has grown as a force in the business world. People are very appreciative of the sacrifices that they have made, and consumers have been willing to patronize the family because they appreciate the charitable contributions that this family has made. This is typically one of the best ways to win customers over. When consumers can see the good that business leaders are doing in the community they are much more likely to support these business leaders.