Live Love Serve Foundation Partner Promising Pages Sees Amazing Outreach During LOVE Week

 

Each year Elevation Church, founded in Charlotte, hosts what they call “LOVE Week” where individuals band together and give back to their communities in an exponential way. During LOVE Week, Elevation partners with non-profit organizations in major cities across the U.S. to provide organized volunteer opportunities that community members can take part in throughout the week. Activities range from building homes to preparing meals for the hungry to stuffing backpacks for local students. 

Promising Pages, a Charlotte non-profit and long-term Live Love Serve Foundation partner organization, has been participating in LOVE Week for the past 8 years, and this year was no different. The team at Promising Pages hosted nine LOVE week events in which volunteers cleaned and sorted new and used donated books, wrote teacher appreciation letters and made bookmarks for children in the community. 

Eric Law, Executive Director of Promising Pages says, “We look forward to LOVE Week every year. It’s amazing to see the impact the community has when we come together at the same time to achieve a common goal. This year at our Promising Pages LOVE Week events, volunteers sorted and stickered over 9,000 books that will be given to children in need in our community. Additionally, our amazing volunteers wrote 35 teacher appreciation letters, made 130 bookmarks and made 130 Bookworm Buddies to help encourage local children to read.”  

LOVE Week did look a little different this year as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic, and Promising Pages worked with volunteers and the staff at Elevation to ensure safety and modify projects accordingly. All Promising Pages events were capped at a certain number of people to ensure social distancing guidelines were followed and all volunteers wore masks. 

David Longo, Founder Chairman and CEO of CBI Workplace Solutions and the Live Love Serve Foundation says, “It’s always great to see the action taking place in the CBI Warehouse as a result of Promising Pages’ participation in LOVE Week. Many of our CBI Associates enjoy participating in LOVE Week events, and it’s amazing to see how the community shows up to donate their time, talent and treasure to Promising Pages. CBI and the Live Love Serve Foundation strongly support Promising Pages’ mission of putting books in the hands of children all across Charlotte, and we are glad to see the success LOVE Week brought to the organization.” 

Outside of LOVE Week, Promising Pages has been extremely busy distributing nearly 103,000 books to help children maintain their reading skills while on this extended break from school. They have also developed a new Bookworm Bootcamp program that is completely virtual to help teachers and students continue reading programs throughout the upcoming school year. 

Promising Pages is always looking for support and volunteerism from the community. There are plenty of ways to get involved with the organization whether it is by donating books, participating in work-from-home volunteer projects or by supporting financially.

If you are interested in supporting this great organization, please visit the Promising Pages COVID-19 Update page and scroll down to the “How You Can Help” section for more details. Remember, every week can be LOVE Week when we continue to support our community and those in need. 

 

Partnership Spotlight: Blue Angels Foundation

The Live Love Serve Foundation is a proud partner of the Blue Angels Foundation, an organization who makes it their mission to support wounded veterans. The individuals at the Blue Angels Foundation, work tirelessly every day to provide a path of transition for soldiers coming out of service and back into the civilian community. The men and women who proudly volunteer to serve our nation and preserve our freedoms are the same people who need our time, talent and treasure and our support in building a life full of dignity and fulfillment. 

The Blue Angels Foundation works with and supports sister organizations that assist veterans in the key areas of transitional housing, counseling, PTSD resolution, permanent housing, life skills, transportation and employment. By joining hands with these partner organizations, the Blue Angels Foundation has had a huge and positive impact on understanding and resolving PTSD, saving lives and promoting positive transitions for the wounded veteran and their family. 

Each year, the Blue Angels Foundation hosts two major fundraising events to help support their mission. The Blue Angels Konica Minolta Golf & Tennis Classic and the Blue Angels Foundation Annapolis Invitational.

 

 

How the Live Love Serve Foundation Partners with The Blue Angels Foundation

Last year, the Live Love Serve Foundation and CBI Workplace Solutions participated as a bronze level sponsor for the Blue Angels Konica Minolta Golf & Tennis Classic. The event benefitted wounded veterans and many CBI associates had the pleasure of attending and showing their support. At the end of the evening, the Live Love Serve Foundation and CBI Workplace Solutions’ total donation made to the cause was $82,000. 

The Live Love Serve Foundation and CBI continue to work with and support the Blue Angels Foundation as they need. We are looking forward to participating in the 2021 Blue Angels Konica Minolta Golf & Tennis Classic, and we encourage you to learn more about this amazing organization by visiting www.blueangelsfoundation.org.

A Message From Our Founder

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” This quote remains as relevant today as it was when he first spoke these words, and this quote provided inspiration in the early stages of founding the Live Love Serve Foundation. 

When my family and I formed this Foundation in 2015, it was created as an extension of CBI’s commitment to be good stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us. Each year we continue to be blessed and in return, each year we are able to increase our reach into our local communities through our associates and the Foundation. Every day we strive to live a God-centered life focused on Love, and we do this by serving our communities through support of religious and other charitable organizations that positively impact people.

When it comes to giving we believe we should dig deep, yet when it comes to giving we also know that you cannot out give God. Watching so many of our CBI associates LOVE and SERVE others in need across our platform is extremely humbling, and I am deeply grateful for every single one of our associates who steps up in their own special way to serve others. The kindness and generosity I’ve witnessed over the past four years is simply outstanding, and I couldn’t be any more proud of how we’ve been able to build this amazing organization.  

As we head into the second half of the year, I look forward to continuing our mission to Love and Serve others and positively impacting the communities in which we work and live. God calls us to Love and Serve others not expecting anything in return. Mother Teresa did not set out to become the “Mother Teresa” we came to know and love, she just wanted to love one person at a time. My challenge to everyone reading this is simply to take the first step in faith. The Live Love Serve Foundation is doing it with you, and what an impact we will have.