BeaconCares

Students and Teacher at a school in Rwanda

making a difference in our community and around the world

BeaconCares is the heart within Beacon that beats continuously to help others. We see it as a responsibility. Giving back is at the core of our values, whether it’s helping out local families and non-profits, contributing to our clients' communities, or making a difference in the lives of Rwandan children and families. 

Since 1998, Beacon has focused on making a difference in two ways: (1) helping our clients grow their business through web technology and (2) helping people that need a caring hand. 

An Urgent Need

Beacon team at food bankHunger, health, and children: the needs related to these areas transcend politics or trends. That's why they form the core of our charitable work as a company and are the cornerstone of our service in the Piedmont Triad community. 

Every year, we partner with the local chapter of United Way to raise funds that serve to feed, educate, and improve the lives of thousands in our community. We also volunteer our time and efforts to assist other organizations and causes, such as Give A Kid A Coat, which seeks to provide warm clothing for children in need; Greensboro Urban Ministry, a social services organization; and Kids Path Perinatal Hospice Care Consortium.

In addition to the work in our own community, we've been thrilled to extend our charitable reach even further with our client-designated donation program. As part of an annual BeaconCares Week, we ask our clients (and staff) to name their favorite charitable causes, then make donations on their behalf. The result is thousands of dollars given to benefit the people who need it most across the country. 

An Astonishing Impact

weaving_hope_school_visit.jpgOur biggest charitable venture so far is a unique project called Weaving Hope. This initiative—launched in partnership with our long-time clients (and friends), burton + BURTON—raises money to build schools and offer meal programs to school children in Rwanda. 

Weaving Hope also makes a difference in how it raises money for the schools. The project is built around selling special, hand-woven African baskets. These baskets come directly from a women's cooperative in the village of Muhanga, providing steady work to not only support their families, but also help the women escape inequality, discrimination, and violence.

Our work with Weaving Hope continues, but we celebrated a major milestone in the project in 2019. That year, we completed the funding and construction of our first school in Nkuzuzu, Rwanda. “This will be the centerpiece of the community, where weddings will take place, where people will attend church, where children will play and learn, where local events will take place," said a Rwandan archbishop. "It will change lives."

A Culture of Caring

team at animal shelterAside from the work we do company-wide, our team carries on the BeaconCares culture at the individual level. Beacon employees are given the time and leeway to devote themselves to the causes they are most passionate about. Our team members have volunteered many hours with local organizations near to their hearts, including the Guilford County Animal Shelter and the Second Harvest Food Bank (a Feeding America affiliated organization). They've also donated toys and meals to help the needy at Christmas, and given gently used clothes to benefit ClothingDonations.org, a service group that raises money to fund programs that support the needs of veterans.

We like to think that when it comes to giving, we are just getting started. We'll continue to donate, volunteer, and offer aid however we can to improve the lives of people in our community and around the world.

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