FiberBuilt Umbrellas' "Year of Giving" Works
People all talk about keeping the spirit of the holidays alive all year round, fortunately there are small businesses that really live by that motto, incorporating a giving back or paying it forward philosophy throughout the year. FiberBuilt (a leading manufacturer of fiberglass ribbed umbrellas) is one such company. It focuses on needy children primarily in the Caribbean and Central and South America as well as the restaurant and hospitality industry domestically.
Once again this past Christmas, FiberBuilt Umbrellas & Cushions’ President of Sales Jordan Beckner assumed the role of Papa Noel at the Children’s Impact Network’s Bolivia Life Center, an orphanage for abused and abandoned boys in Sipi Sipi, Bolivia. Since 2009, Beckner has been the company’s liaison to this charity, soliciting contributions and donating time to these very deserving children. This CIN Life Center provides a nurturing, homelike atmosphere to 72 boys who live at the orphanage, attend school with other local children and, once they reach adulthood, can transition to LifeHouse where they receive support through vocational school, college or into the workplace. In addition to the holiday visit, last year Beckner raised over $10,000 for a construction project to renovate and paint the dorm building, which was being converted into a more apartment-style environment from the previously more institutional layout, and almost $4,000 for clothes and Christmas gifts.
This annual trip is the culmination of FiberBuilt’s ongoing “Year of Giving” activities. Hector Felix, FiberBuilt’s COO, is on the board of Kicks for Kids, a foundation which brings sneakers and school supplies to children in low income neighborhoods in the Dominican Republic, Columbia, Panama, Nicaragua and, since 2015, Pakistan. 100% of the money raised goes directly to the purchase of supplies, including computers where internet service is available. Board members build relationships with teachers and other local contacts to learn where their efforts can be most effective. Established 30 years ago, the organization has also provided groceries for single mothers, toys and sports equipment for needy children, Christmas dinners for families, and monetary donations to Fundacion Nido para Angeles (a Santo Domingo-based foundation that provides therapeutic programs to children with Cerebral Palsy). Over the past ten years they have helped over 5000 children in more than 15 schools.
Domestically, Beckner is on the Advisory Board of the Culinary and Hospitality Academy at Forest Hill Community High School in Wellington, FL. FiberBuilt donates money and time to enrichment programs that provide students with experiences such as the ProStart Culinary Competition and the Tourism, Hospitality and Resort Management Program. FiberBuilt contributes to the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation which benefits students in such programs throughout the state as they take their first steps toward rewarding careers in the hospitality industry. FiberBuilt and its management team’s two-pronged commitment to philanthropy is based on a profound devotion to doing good works in support of underprivileged children and to giving back to the industry that has had such a direct impact on its success.