EBI Consulting is pleased to announce a successful third year of donations through its annual EBI Cares program, totaling nearly $17,000!
The EBI Cares initiative was launched in December 2020 to help make a positive impact in our employees' local communities. Every participating employee receives a $100 gift card to donate to a person, charity or cause of their choice, with donations due by December 31. Donations could be made to local nurses and first responders, local schools, nonprofits they volunteer for or support, used to buy holiday gifts for giving programs, and more -- the only rule is to pay it forward.
In December 2022, 163 employees participated in the program, distributing over $16,000 to organizations across the U.S., including: Rosie's Place, Goochland Woodchuckers, Alzheimer's Association, The Autism Project, Rochester School for the Deaf, The Greater Boston Food Bank, and more.
EBI Cares has resulted in about $50,000 in donations by employees since the program's launch.
We appreciate our employees' dedication to making a difference in their local communities and are proud to support causes that are important to them each holiday season. In honor of those contributions, please enjoy the slideshow of the EBI Cares 2022 donations below.
EBI Cares 2022
ALISSA JORDAN, KIM MEYER & STEPHANIE REXROTH
Mason Dixon Community Services, Inc.
(York, PA and Harford County, MD)
"They provide emergency food and energy assistance to more than 25,000 low income individuals in York County, PA and Harford County MD."
- Alissa Jordan, Kim Meyer & Stephanie Rexroth
HELPIS Help Me Help Someone, Inc. (HMHS)
"HELPIS Help Me Help Someone, Inc. (HMHS) is a social network that promotes and encourages kind and charitable deeds. It connects people in need with people who want to help. Right now in the world there are so many people in need, but there are also so many people who would love to help. HMHS helps individuals uncover opportunities to help others, right in their own community. HMHS also directs its resources to help other charities accomplish service to others. Many charities have outstanding missions, HMHS partners with other charities to help them succeed in their charitable objectives. HMHS has a special focus on helping children and families in need and will work with other youth serving and family organizations to carry out their charitable missions."
- Elizabeth Casey
Girls Scouts of Greater New York
(New York, NY)
"I have been volunteering with this organization and believe in their mission."
- Emily Torrealba
The York Benevolent Association
"They provide free groceries to those who need it in the City of York."
- Andrew Simpson
Montville Township First Aid Squad
"First Aid Squads helped both myself and my family on a couple of occasions -- car accident and heat exhaustion."
- Josh Simon
Covenant Soup Kitchen
"The soup kitchen is always in need of funds to support the local community."
- Caitlin Garvey
Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project
(Los Angeles, CA)
"The last year has been a horrifying step backwards, with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The previous generations fought so hard for women's reproductive rights, which have now been taken away. This organization helps fund reproductive health care where it is otherwise unavailable or difficult to access. We need organizations like this one, especially now."
- Devin Hassler
APA Junior Division
(Port Lavaca, TX)
"I want to reward the youth that participate in the program learning life skills."
- Charles McConnell
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
"I lost my mother, Katie, last October after she battled lung cancer for several years. In lieu of flowers, I requested donations to Dana-Farber in her memory as they did a phenomenal job taking care of her. I'm hoping to continue paying it forward to support them in caring for other cancer patients and for their research."
- Corlyn Voorhees
Garden State Equality Education Fund
(Asbury Park, NJ)
"This is NJ's advocation and supporting organization that helps protect young people who identify as part of the LGBTQ community, by providing resources to appropriate healthcare services and education. They work with the government towards passing legislature that protects the rights of this community. Most notably to me, they organized a march with a mother of a bullied trans child, who died by suicide, to raise awareness of the dangers of bullying and to try to institute change in school systems and public institutions."
- Christine Madsen
South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter
"Saving animals has always been a passion of mine as they have no choice in where or how they live. I don't know the SJRAS staff personally, but I do know of the great efforts they have done for pets, and I want to offer support to continue those efforts. The SJRAS offers free humane education programs to schools and community groups to teach basic pet care, safety and respect for animals; provides information to general public inquiries regarding general pet care and animal issues; and the clinic offers low-cost spay and neuter services for those that struggle economically."
- Erika Abel
"I feel very passionate about their mission to provide a safe and nurturing environment for homeless women. I used to sleep over on Sunday nights for a class at Boston College."
- Hannah Riegel
"Myself and my two boys have volunteered with this group for the past five years. We help deliver wood to families in need to help heat their homes during the winter. The association is part of Goochland Rotary that provides four splitters and lots of volunteer hours to split and deliver wood to families from October through March each year."
- Jesse Pasco
North Reading Schools Drama Department
(North Reading, MA)
"To support drama and arts for this completely volunteer-funded educational program."
- John Saccardo
"Bonnie is a giving individual to her Hopi community. The Hopi community is a rural Native American area in Northern Arizona. She volunteers for community events, visits seniors, and organized a 501(C)3 non-profit organization to work with youth to address climate change using traditional knowledge-base."
- Suzette Numkena
Taunton Homeless Shelter
"My paranormal team and I work to collect items to help the families being serviced throughout the holiday season receive gifts under their "Christmas tree." The shelter services families throughout the Greater Taunton area, and there are currently seven families (12 children ages 0-12) and their parents (14 adults total) to help make a good Christmas for. The hope is to bring a little happiness to those displaced during the holidays in my community."
- Meghan Connolly
Carolina Center for Recovery
"The EBI Cares card was given to my daughter, Amanda Welsh, to share with someone in her facility where she works as a Senior Supervisor at Carolina Center for Recovery. Carolina Center for Recovery is a dual diagnosis treatment center for co-occurring mental health with a primary focus on drug and alcohol abuse. Sara is in recovery and has been sober for a year and a half. She currently works at Carolina Center for Recovery where she helps others in their journey to sobriety. Sara just recently moved from being a House Manager at Anchor of Hope Sober Living to her own apartment for herself and her daughter, Jasmine. She is a perfect example of what hard work and dedication can do for others who come through our treatment program. Sarah will use this gift card to purchase items for her new apartment and for her daughter."
- Susan Phillips
LISA GRECHO, JOSH BALL, JORDAN HALL & VICTORIA HERRERA
OKCity Crisis Nursery
(Oklahoma City, OK)
"The OKCity Crisis Nursery is an organization that helps parents and families to prevent child abuse and neglect in Oklahoma. They offer emergency care for children at their day care center 24 hours a day and also assist families with necessities such as clothing, diapers, formula, car seats, and more. Their stories on Facebook are both heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time, and the work they are doing is so important. During the holidays they offer Christmas assistance to families, that number has doubled from last year, but they are working hard all year to support families in need."
- Lisa Grecho
"I know an ambassador from this organization fairly well and he has always been passionate about mentoring high school and middle school age students. As someone who grew up under the care of grandparents rather than parents, it has always been my mission to support children in their upbringing especially after studying public health in college."
- Marisa Thompson
Move to PROSPER
"Move to Prosper works with mothers with young children to provide housing in neighborhoods with strong schools and significant opportunities as well as teaching life skills, job training, etc. to ensure future success in an effort to break the cycle of poverty."
- Krista-Carter Bowen
(San Antonio, TX)
"The love and care this organization has towards homeless dogs and cats is very unique."
- Manuel Velasquez
We Care Charity
"We Care Charity provides food for the food shelters/children's homes and for the homeless on the streets around Manchester, NH; Boston, MA; Lowell, MA; etc. They have a food pantry, ship clothing to India and provide food for the homeless and much more."
- Krushangi Patel
Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions
(Lago Vista, TX)
"I was able to gift my $100 gift card to Lifelong Friends, which is my local animal shelter that I volunteer at on Saturdays. Most animal shelters are overcrowded and healthy dogs (and cats) are being euthanized everyday due to an influx of animals being dumped or surrendered. Our local shelter, luckily a no-kill shelter, is very small and they don’t have much so they are very grateful to receive this gift. Thank you EBI!"
- Jessica Parks
KEVIN DEICHMUELLER & PAMELA KAHANE
Maryville City of Youth
(Des Plaines, IL)
"It will go to a needy youth for Christmas."
- Kevin Deichmueller
"It is a caring organization that participates in community events and shares the knowledge of healthy eating."
- Anand Rampersad
STEPHANIE CLORETY & ANDY FIEDLER
The Autism Project
"My son recieves services from The Austim Project. The Autism Project is a non-profit organization serving students on the Autism Spectrum in southern Maryland. Their programs emphasize social skills, communication, recreation/leisure skills, community skills, daily living skills and the generalization of academic skills."
- Stephanie Clorety
"She has made several trips on her own dime to help refugees in Poland, taking donations when possible but funding the rest of the trips on her own. I would love to be able to give back to her and support her in her commendable charitable endeavors."
- Kelly Kestler
Toys for Tots
"Their mission embodies the Christmas spirit."
- Lindsey Dutton
The Clark County Dog Shelter
"They are dedicated to the residents and pets of Springfield, reuniting dogs with their families and ensuring that the strays find homes. With the EBI Cares donation, my family decided we would match that amount. We were able to purchase $200 of supplies and food for the Clark County Dog Shelter. They do a lot for our community and we were so excited to give back to them."
- Michelle French
"He is a homeless man that I met at Walmart. He is always grateful to receive any kind of help."
- Robin Marshburn
Alison McEwen/Illinois Alzheimer's Association
"Close and personal!"
- Kevin Tunney
Trappe Fire Company #1
"As a resident of Trappe, PA, the Fire Company does an excellent job of protecting and serving the community. This past year, the Volunteer Fire Chief (a long-time resident of Trappe) was killed in the line of duty as a PA State Police Officer. This tragedy was very difficult for the community. Donating to the Fire House is the least I can do."
- Ryan McKissock
Ogden Dunes Volunteer Fire Department
(Ogden Dunes, IN)
"My recipient is a volunteer fire department which serves my local community. Fully volunteer, no full-time firefighters or paid on-call. I am also a part of the fire department."
- Gerald Renzino
Coats for Kids
"I have worked with them for 14 years now and gifting new coats to deserving kids has been a great experience."
- Dirk Griffin
Children's Hospital Colorado for toys and gifts
"They gave our son wonderful gifts while he was hospitalized to keep him occupied and we want to provide the same pleasure for other kiddos in his position."
- Alison Reid
FRG Rhode Island Blue
"The organization helps military members underway who don't have immediate family to send care packages."
- Stephanie Kilgore
Patches (dog in need)
"Patches is a stray sick dog that requires treatment."
- Andres Yory
"The individuals I have selected I see struggling on a regular basis. I would like to help even if it's a small gesture."
- Adrienne Perez
"Bulldog Pantry is a mission our church supports to help provide food and necessities to families in the West York Area School District who have fallen on hard times and need assistance with putting food on their tables."
- Neil Anders
CAST (Community Action Southold Town)
"I am continually impressed with the amount of work and good this organization does in our community."
- Tara Cubie
The Grocery Spot
"The Grocery Spot is a community-supported free grocery store and event space. They offer a free shopping experience to anyone who may need it. Their mission is to improve food access and fight for food justice as well as provide a safe space to gather, learn, and grow. They regularly have 100+ people in line waiting to shop hours before they even open."
- Kit Candler
St Patrick's Church - The Giving Tree
"It was given to a deserving single parent and her daughter. I have been participating in the giving tree at my church for the Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays for over 10 years. These gifts are truly appreciated and it is a blessing to be able to help in any way I can!"
- Lisa Haggerty
The Marge Crispin Center
"The Marge Crispin Center collects toys for needy kids in the city so everyone can have some holiday joy."
- Kelly Benson
The New Orleans Children's Health Project
(New Orleans, LA)
"The New Orleans Children's Health Project is co-run by one of my long-time best friends who has decided to dedicate her life to giving back to pediatric patients in low-income communities. 100% of the funds raised this holiday season will purchase food, hygiene products and other basic necessities for 125 newly arrived immigrant pediatric patients and families who are served in the local clinic and who are critical this year."
- Taylor Martin
Father Bill's & MainSpring
"Father Bill's has been a leading innovator of ending homelessness in Southern Massachusetts for four decades."
- Tom DeVoto
Massachusetts Department of Children & Families
"Every year we get gifts for the children in foster care around Massachusetts. This includes needing new clothes, toiletries, and hopefully something fun for them to enjoy!"
- Jennifer Flanders
Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County
"This organization helps to engage and inspire disadvantaged children throughout the local community."
- Lindsay McGowan
Rochester School for the Deaf
"This school does amazing work with students across multiple age groups. My wife is profoundly deaf, and has worked with this school in the past."
- Matthew Schreiber
(Myrtle Beach, SC)
"They offer services for so many different people that may be in need in the area. They assist men, women, and children with homelessness by providing shelter and other necessities, and they also offer different outreach programs for those who need them such as addiction recovery outreach and other peer support services."
- Kristian Clark
"This is an organization that helps individuals and families seeking recovery from substance use disorder and addiction which has unfortunately affected my family. Donating in honor and memory of my brother, Trevor."
- Rayanna Eckman
The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds
"The Clay Center is a free, practical, online educational resource dedicated to promoting and supporting the mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being of all young people."
- Maura McCaffery
Starfish Animal Rescue
"I have fostered dogs with this amazing organization for five years now. They rescue over 700 dogs each year and assist with the transport of over 1,000 more to other partner rescues each year."
- Suzanne Derrick
Grand Traverse County Child and Family Services - Paper Angels Program
(Traverse City, MI)
"The EBI Cares donation was used to purchase Christmas gifts to donate to the Paper Angels program through Northwestern Michigan’s Child and Family Services. The recipients of the gifts were an anonymous family with four children. The family enjoys game nights and road trips. I matched EBI’s donation, so the family received several games for at home and in the car, a guide book for day and weekend trips in Michigan, a gas card to fuel the fun, and photo albums to store the memories. I also donated gift wrapping supplies to the Paper Angels program."
- Rebekah Fuller
(St. Charles, IL)
"This is such a special preschool with how well they foster each child's growth and learning, but gives back to the community several times throughout the year."
- Devon Pavlek
Northeast Animal Shelter
"I chose this organization because they work hard to relocate homeless animals from the South and three out of my four pets came from there. They were doing a triple match so the donation ended up being $300!"
- Lydia Sullivan
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
"I would like to donate the EBI Cares funds to FIRST because I absolutely adore volunteering for and supporting FIRST. I most recently volunteered as a queuer at the Lego League Maine State Championship. The theme of this year's challenge is Superpowered, which deals with exploring where energy comes from, and working to innovate for the future of energy. I love seeing all of the incredible things students create, but more importantly all of the the invaluable skills they gain in teamwork, professionalism, and inclusion."
- Amanda Gladysz
Cindy DeMasi of New Life for Paws
(Putnam Valley, NY)
"I foster puppies for New Life for Paws and she volunteers so much time and effort for the dogs. She spends so much of her money. A $100 gift card will buy a lot of puppy food. "
- Heather Moran-Botta
The Greater Boston Food Bank
"To help fight hunger for those in need in Boston."
- Solomon Berenson
JOSHUA RITZ & NICK RITZ
Juniata County Food Pantry
(Juniata County, PA)
"The Juniata County Food Pantry is the primary source of food and non-foods items to close to 1,000 families in Juniata County PA. Juniata County is predominantly a blue-collar area, and the number of families in need grows each years. The people of the community that this staff serve are good, hard working people, and this donation will help the pantry to be able to continue with their tireless work and dedication to the community."
- Joshua Ritz & Nick Ritz
Local animal shelter
"I have always loved animals and have a fur baby myself. It's heartbreaking to see animals with no homes or families, so if I can contribute to their comfort in any way I will!"
- Kelley Dietz
Future for Kids
"Future for KIDS provides at-risk youth with the support they need to navigate school and life’s challenges. They have developed structured programs for our mentors to engage with the kids through academic, athletic, and ethics activities to build strong bonds while having fun."
- Matthew Dostal
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA)
"This year the EBI Cares benefitted the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) non-profit. BBBSA’s mission is to “create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.” I spent the Year being a “Big” to a 9 year old “Little” in my community. It was an absolute blast. Every other weekend I got to re-live the best parts of being a kid. We did everything from bowling, skating, Disney on Ice, movies, yoga, the park, museums and the aquarium. Here's a photo of us doing Christmas Cards for family and friends. Watching my Little’s curiosity and confidence grow throughout the year has been such a reward. Donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters go towards administration and operation costs which include a Match Coordinator to help you with every step of Mentoring. Thank you EBI for supporting this fantastic program"
- Angela Jackson
Everbrook Academy of Glen Head
(Glen Head, NY)
"Everbrook serves our community by caring for our children with the use of their engaging, nurturing environment and remarkable staff."
- Samantha Spano
YWCA West Central Michigan
(Grand Rapids, MI)
""I love what they do!"
- Abbey Post
Joe Gaiero from the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn
"Joe has always dedicated his time and work being apart of the Boys & Girls Club Organization throughout his life. I got to know Joe at the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn growing up, and have always know him as "Janitor Joe," although he is much more than just a janitor to all of us who have attended the James L. McKeown Boys and Girls Club. Joe is currently the Facilities Manager of their facility and I would like to recognize his efforts and give back to the man who gives so much."
- Christine Murray
KACS - Kennett Area Community Services Food Cupboard
(Kennett Square, PA)
"KACS is a local social services organization in my community - they provide emergency services (food and shelter), but also serve as a bridge to help people escape poverty and connect them to additional resources available to them. There is such an increased need for assistance now, they could really use our help."
- Morgan Davis
Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital
"They helped with an experience with our pet earlier this year."
- Mike Eardley
Moffit Cancer Center nurses (Michelle Meyer)
"They spend their days helping patients at their worst and do it was a smile."
- Paul Roberts
Girls On The Run Greater Hartford
(West Hartford, CT)
"My family has been involved with Girls On the Run (GOTR) since my wife, Jenn, started volunteering as a coach in 2016. Both of our girls have participated in the program that inspires girls to strengthen confidence and other life skills for young girls as well as some running. Since volunteering Jenn fell in love with the organization and started working for this non-profit, my 17 year old is volunteering as a Junior Coach, and my youngest and I volunteer our time for practice and end of the season 5K events. Seeing first-hand how this organization makes a difference in these girls lives is amazing!"
- Bob Helfrich
"Worthdays is a non-profit organization whose mission is to mobilize our community to ensure that those impacted by the foster care system know that they are important, worthy and celebrated. Each year, Worthdays kicks off a holiday program that gives sponsors the ability to shop for a foster child using a wishlist that includes the child's wishes and needs, similar to the Angel Tree program. Most of the children do not have involved family members to celebrate them this holiday season. Many live in group homes or treatment centers, live with a kinship family or will be celebrating with their teenage parent who is in foster care."
- Brian Beckner
Mrs. Elfs Toys/Toys for Tots through Newburyport Fire
"The owner of the toy store is a single mom who in addition to running her own business, home-schools her daughter. I figured that in addition to helping "Toys for Tots," the purchasing of the toys through her store would also benefit her and her daughter."
- James Lucci
Melrose Wakefield ER staff
"I wanted to show support to my mom and the Melrose Wakefield emergency room staff that worked through COVID-19 and work hard to take care of ER patients."
- Hannah Brassard
Solid Rock at Market Commons
(Myrtle Beach, SC)
"Solid Rock at Market Commons is a church ministry that helps people in need."
- Mark Cassaday
Toys for Tots
"I've done similar programs in the past and I love going to the store and picking out unique gifts to donate. I'm going to look for things to give to older kids, since I know that programs like these generally get most of their donations geared towards the younger children. That's easier for people to come up with. I'm going to do some research about what 11-13 year olds want these days so that they don't feel left out at school/with their friends."
- Hailey Ipson
Anonymous recipient at children's school
(Bryant Pond, ME)
"I chose this recipient because the poverty we see around us in rural Maine is heartbreaking and many families of my kids' classmates are struggling to pay for heat and food. Thanks to EBI Cares, a family was able to get their kids Christmas gifts last year and we would love to continue to make that happen."
- Cynara Cannatella
Chattahoochee Nature Center
"They do great work with conservation and education."
- Corey Kuck
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
(Rye Brook, NY)
"In honor of my cousin Meghan who lost her battle with Lymphoma this past November."
- Eileen Holmes
Austin Kappa League
"The Kappa League is a mentor program underneath our fraternity's service initiative, Guide Right. I am the Kappa League Director for the Austin, TX chapter, and I have 10 young men ages 14-17 that can benefit from goodies used from this gift card! We thank you in advance ahead of time!"
- Javion Lee
"They provide an important service as a community food bank."
- Chad Foster
Ashland Food Pantry
"The food pantry provides food and other services to those who are in need in my town."
- Eric Appelstein
7hills Homeless Center
"7Hills does a lot of great work to aid and help the growing homeless population in Fayetteville. They help people find homes, jobs, medical care, and aid in other basic necessities including clothing and food. As winter fully settles in here in Fayetteville, I would love to help this organization provide more for the people in our city that have fallen on hard times."
- Kinley Davenport
Mid Coast Hospital Employees Fund
"They provide fuel and heating assistance to eligible, financially struggling employees."
- Kevin McManus
The Superhero Project
"Our daughter Poppy was born prematurely and spent her early weeks in the NICU. This organization supports families while their child is in the NICU."
- Tama Bucher
Beyond Soccer Lawrence
"A friend of mine began volunteering in Lawrence back in 2007 after finding out that Lawrence did not have any youth travel soccer teams. Her passion for the community and her teams led her to officially create Beyond Soccer in 2011. She has since expanded the program to include volleyball, as well as educational and nutritional resources to help the Lawrence community. She and her team are impacting children's lives by building confidence and creating opportunities for leadership and success."
- Kati MacGregor
Benicia Community Action Council
"The Benicia CAC provides support services and resources to economically disadvantaged individuals and families of my hometown."
- Michael Way
Hinsdale Humane Society
"I volunteer there."
- Martha Parsons
Harvey’s Hope Animal Rescue
"This is a non-profit organization that saves and re-homes dogs. Every dollar they spend to save a dog comes from their own pockets. I love animals and dogs in general so supporting their mission is very important to me."
- Lily McNaney
Shiloh Baptist Church Toy Drive
"Shiloh Baptist is a church in the City of Wilmington that does a lot to help serve the community, especially those that are currently underserved. This year they have decided to have a toy drive to allow parents to come in a choose toys for their children, in order to help spread joy during this Christmas season. They've only asked that members bring one toy for the toy drive, so the $100 from EBI will go a long way in providing multiple toys for the many youth throughout the City of Wilmington."
- Cherisse Taylor
JDRF (Juvenal Diabetes Research Foundation) in honor of Reece White
(New York, NY)
"One of my best friend's son's passed away at 17 years old from Type 1 Diabetes the day before Thanksgiving this year."
- Laura McCaffrey