Village Church Donation
Karen’s village has a quaint chapel that she regularly attended for Sunday masses. Our family members have been active in the church and supported its activities since she was a child. As a way to give back to her community, Karen supported the call of her village’s Catholic Society in their renovation plan to repaint the village chapel. Karen’s family made a monetary donation for the beautification of the church.
Mentoring Local Students
The VIEWS team, in particular Nancy Vinkler and Maryn Williams, believe strongly in helping younger generations. During the third quarter of 2020, they took on the roles of mentors to two Philadelphia-area college students who are looking at marketing for their career choices.
Nancy, Maryn, and the entire VIEWS team took time to coach the young aspiring marketers in various areas related to digital marketing. The students got a real inside look, having the opportunity to join in team meetings and discuss ways to solve various challenges. They got experience working on graphics, examining analytics, and looking at websites from the back end.
At the end of their time working with VIEWS, both students had broadened their knowledge base, and gotten a better idea of the type of career they would have if they chose particular specializations within digital marketing. Both were enthusiastic about future opportunities to work with the VIEWS team for further education and mentoring.
Caring for Neighbors with Food Insecurity
Jenny and Mary, who work as part of our Charlotte team, enjoy helping and providing support for the Community Center of Union County. The shelter provides temporary housing, feeds 100+ people every day, and offers assistance with helping individuals and families get back on their feet.
Mary says, “Food insecurity is such a problem in our communities, and especially now when many people are out of work due to COVID-19, the shelter needs support to help these individuals.” In the second quarter of 2020, the Charlotte team and their families prepared and delivered over 400 sandwiches, along with other needed supplies, to support the “lunch to go” program at the shelter.
COVID-19 Community Responses
For many organizations, the disruption of social isolation is more dramatic than for others. One example is churches. While many churches have online services already, many smaller churches have not ventured into the realm of online church. In the second quarter of 2020, our COO Maryn Williams used her knowledge and expertise with online marketing and services to aid a local church in getting its services online amid COVID-19 restrictions. She developed a plan, outlining the needed equipment and recommended some activity to allow the church’s programs, which include daily services, counseling and missions, to continue.
Some of the recommendations included:
- Newer iPhone or Computer with camera
- Streaming platforms or Meeting platforms
In Tennessee, a tornado crashed through the area in early March taking 25 lives and creating massive destruction in certain areas. The VIEWS team contributed to the fund to help with recovery efforts.