"Freely you have received, freely give." Matthew 10:8
VBCBA is committed to giving back to the community of its financial resources. Since 2004, VBCBA has donated over $157,500 to local Christian nonprofits. In December 2016, VBCBA disbursed funds to the following organizations:
The Buggy Bunch, Camp Haven, CareNet, Christian FM, CrossLife Counseling, Dasie Bridgewater Hope Center, Epic Missions, Feed the Lambs, Habitat for Humanity, Little Birthday Angels, Master's Academy, Risk Takers for Christ, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul/Wabasso, Victory Kids, Women's Care Center, Women's Refuge, and Youth for Christ.
In addition to donating funds, VBCBA supports local ministries in other ways throughout the year:
Pictured at Right: Dale Glading and EJ Tarpey of Risk Takers, and VBCBA Vice President Bart Mazzarella.
LITTLE BIRTHDAY ANGELS
At our December 2016 Celebration of Giving Luncheon, in addition to distributing money to local ministries, we conducted a toy and gift drive to benefit Little Birthday Angels.
Pictured at Right: Angel Pietsch of Little Birthday Angels, VBCBA President Maureen Nicolace, and VBCBA Board Member Steve Schwartz.
In November 2016, VBCBA members donated nonperishable food to benefit Epic Missions.
Pictured at Right: VBCBA Board Member Marc Richard, Erin Richards of Epic Missions, VBCBA Board Member Cindy Hejlik, and Dan Arseneau of Epic Missions.
HOLIDAYS FOR HEROES
During our October luncheon, members brought items to help stock care boxes for our military troops for Christmas, which is a program coordinated by the Military Moms Prayer Group. In addition to the donated items, many boxes were taken to be filled and shipped, as well.
Pictured here with some items collected during our October luncheon are VBCBA's own veterans: Marc Richard, Bart Mazzarella and Mike Conway! (The guy in the uniform is cardboard, in case you thought we forgot to ID him!!)
THANK YOU, POSTAL CONNECTIONS!
For the sixth year in a row, Marc Richard of Postal Connections has celebrated his company's anniversary by designating September 29th- his opening date six years ago- as "VBCBA Day". He donates 100% of his net profits from that day to the Vero Beach Christian Business Association, which in turn donates the money to local ministries during their annual “Celebration of Giving” during their December luncheon. Marc considers the special donation as a way to thank the community for embracing him when he first moved into town and opened Postal Connections.
Pictured here is Marc presenting a check to VBCBA Board Member Cindy Hejlik from the 2016 "VBCBA Day."
Pictured at Right: VBCBA Treasurer David Parnell presents school supplies to Verna Wright, Dasie Hope's Executive Director at our July luncheon.
OUR FOUNDATIONAL SCRIPTURE FOR GIVING:
"But just as you excel in everything -- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us -- see that you also excel in this grace of giving. I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality. As it is written: "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little." --2 Corinthians 8: 7-15