"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 $170,000 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, Place of Hope, 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:
DASIE HOPE CENTER
VBCBA members provided school supplies during our July 2018 luncheon for local students to be distributed through Dasie Hope Center.
Pictured at Right: Verna Wright of DASIE HOPE CENTER accepting the supplies from VBCBA Board Members Marc Richard and Steve Schwartz.
Pictured at right is EJ Tarpey and Dale Glading of Risk Takers for Christ with VBCBA Board Member Steve Schwartz.
LITTLE BIRTHDAY ANGELS
At our December 2017 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: VBCBA Vice President presents toys to Angel Pietsch and Loretta Kaul of Little Birthday Angels.
In November 2017, VBCBA members donated nonperishable food to benefit Epic Missions.
Pictured at Right: VBCBA President Maureen Nicolace with Epic Missions Board Member Edmund Nalzaro and Cathi Nalzaro.
THANK YOU, POSTAL CONNECTIONS!
For the seventh year in a row, Marc Richard of Postal Connections has celebrated his company's anniversary by designating September 29th- his opening date seven 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 Richard presenting a check to VBCBA Secretary Debbie Fields from the 2017 "VBCBA Day."
Pictured at Right: Lisa Archer and John May of FEED THE LAMBS accepting the supplies from VBCBA Board Member Secretary Debbie Fields and Vice President Bart Mazzarella.
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