An area company is in business to do more than just make money. They’re also giving back to the community.
By virtue of the term not-for-profit, hundreds of area organizations vie for any kind of funding they can get. So once each year, Beimdiek Insurance in Carthage does their part to help five deserving organizations with a grant of a thousand dollars. And Tuesday was donation day.
Brent Westhoven, Beimdiek Insurance Sales Manager: “We like to recognize the organizations in our surrounding communities who are doing good work helping people making a difference. That’s part of our mission, so we want to compliment that effort and reward those community organizations for doing so.”
Among those not for profits that received money was Watered Gardens.
The grant money will go towards a major expansion project here at Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission.
Travis Hurley, Watered Gardens Advancement Director: “We’re in the midst of a new project where we need to relocate and renovate the showers for the men’s portion of our shelter ministry. We’ve got 33 beds for men and by relocating the showers it’s going to actually create more bed space and also allow us to put in some new timed showers and just be able to monitor that portion and be better stewards of what we have there at the mission.”
Brent Westhoven, Beimdiek Insurance Sales Manager: “So this is the 6th year total, but we’ve actually done the program 7 times. So this makes a total of $35 thousand dollars of money we’ve given away.”
Travis Hurley, Watered Gardens Advancement Director: “They’re very keyed in with the needs, and they’re not just a business looking to make a profit. They also want to give back to the community and we appreciated and glad they’re here.”
In addition to Watered Gardens, others grant winners included Joplin Little Theatre, Benton Elementary School in Neosho, Faithful Friends Animal Shelter, and the McDonald County Band Boosters.