"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 nearly $200,000 to local Christian nonprofits.
In December 2019, VBCBA disbursed funds to the following organizations (pictured at right):
Diane Ludwig of Women's Refuge; Dominique Rodriguez of Place of Hope; Zeke Motta of Victory Kids; Bonnie Martinelli of CareNet; Maureen Archer and Danelle Knutson of The Source; Kenya and John May of Feed the Lambs. Standing: Libby Sanderson of Youth for Christ; Leslie Bowen, Jennifer Graves and April Muller of The Buggy Bunch; Angel Pietsch of Little Birthday Angels; Dale Glading of Risk Takers for Christ; Andrew Webb of 4Kids Treasure Coast; Joe Pellegrino of Christian FM; Karen Pittman and Sam Hjalmeby of Crosslife Counseling. Not pictured: Jerry Cutshall of Master's Academy and Lt. Jonathan Needham of Salvation Army.
In addition to donating funds, VBCBA supports local ministries in other ways throughout the year:
LITTLE BIRTHDAY ANGELS
At our December 2019 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 board member Steve Schwartz, and president Maureen Nicolace with teen gifts donated by VBCBA members.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
In November 2019, VBCBA members donated nonperishable food to benefit St. Vincent de Paul's Emergency Food Pantry.
Pictured at Right: Elisa Hesse and Joan Miller of St. Vincent de Paul with VBCBA Secretary Debbie Fields.
THANK YOU, POSTAL CONNECTIONS!
For the ninth year in a row, Marc Richard of Postal Connections has celebrated his company's anniversary by designating September 29th- his opening date nine 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 presenting a check to Danny in 2019 for "VBCBA Day."
DASIE HOPE CENTER
VBCBA members brought school supplies to the August 2019 luncheon to benefit Dasie Hope Center.
Pictured here is VBCBA Board Member Steve Schwartz with Verna Wright and Alissia Cypress with Dasie Hope.
FEED THE LAMBS ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
School supplies were collected during our July 2019 luncheon to benefit Feed the Lambs Enrichment Program.
Pictured at Right: VBCBA Vice President Marc Richard and Board Member Joe Pellegrino with John and Kenya May of Feed the Lambs.
RISK TAKERS FOR CHRIST
At our January 2019 luncheon, members donated bottles of water to benefit Risk Takers for Christ's Living H20 Initiative.
Pictured at right is Dale Glading of Risk Takers for Christ with VBCBA Treasurer Danny Howes.
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