Philanthropy

"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 $200,000 to local Christian nonprofits.

In December 2020, VBCBA disbursed funds to the following organizations (pictured at right):

seated: Kenya May of Feed the Lambs; Dale Glading of Risk Takers for Christ; Bonnie Martinelli of CareNet; Joe Moore of Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Captain Amber Meo of The Salvation Army; Amy Vincent of 4Kids Treasure Coast; Bill Motta of Victory Kids; Diane Ludwig of Women's Refuge. Standing: Libby Sanderson of Youth for Christ; Angel Pietsch of Little Birthday Angels; Mike Cianci, Roger Ball and Michael Davis of Freedom Recovery; Don Burzynski of CrossLife Counseling; Leslie Bowen, Tara Wright, Jennifer Graves, Calista Milliman, and April Muller of The Buggy Bunch. Organizations receiving funds not represented: Master's Academy, Place of Hope, The Source.

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In addition to donating funds, VBCBA supports local ministries in other ways throughout the year:

LITTLE BIRTHDAY ANGELS

At our December 2020 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 treasurer Danny Howes and Angel Pietsch of Little Birthday Angels, with teen gifts donated by VBCBA members.

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ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

In November 2020, VBCBA members donated nonperishable food to benefit St. Vincent de Paul's Emergency Food Pantry.

Pictured at Right: Jerry Rott and Joan Miller of St. Vincent de Paul with VBCBA board member Bonnie Martinelli.

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THANK YOU, POSTAL CONNECTIONS!

For the tenth year in a row, Marc Richard of Postal Connections has celebrated his company's anniversary by designating September 29th- his opening date ten 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.

Pictured here is Marc Richard (right) presenting a check to VBCBA board member Steve Schwartz for "VBCBA Day."

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DASIE HOPE CENTER

Even though VBCBA took a hiatus on having luncheons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they still collected school supplies! VBCBA members and the community dropped off school supplies to Postal Connections to benefit Dasie Hope Center.

Pictured here is Elois Harden with Dasie Hope, receiving the donated school supplies to distribute to the children they serve throughout the year.

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THE SALVATION ARMY

VBCBA collected school supplies during their July 2021 luncheon to benefit the families served by The Salvation Army

Pictured at Right: VBCBA president Maureen Nicolace with Tracey Soethe from The Salvation Army.

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RISK TAKERS FOR CHRIST

At our January 2021 luncheon, members donated bottles of water to benefit Risk Takers for Christ's Living H20 Initiative.

Pictured at right is VBCBA board member David Moshier (center) with Dale Glading and Chris Glading of Risk Takers for Christ.

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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

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