What It Means To Be a Community Partner

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In 2013 I decided to start looking for ways that Forest Hills Financial could be more involved in a local organization.  One that could speak to all of my advisors, employees, and clients.  I knew that we were all individually working with and supporting, both financially and through volunteerism, multiple charities.  I wondered...how much of an impact could we make if we started to change our focus and commit to collectively supporting one charity? By late 2013, we decided that for 2014 and beyond that charity would be Kids’ Food Basket. 

Kids’ Food Basket has the accessibility I envisioned for my advisors, employees, and clients. They can all be hands on. Kids' Food Basket offers numerous outlets to get involved in, from volunteering time, packing Sack Suppers, bringing a Wish List food item to a client event, or giving a monetary amount if they choose. 

The involvement with Kids' Food Basket has evolved more than I ever expected in only the first year. Forest Hills Financial participated in Feast for Kids and Go Orange Week this past March, helping to expose the community to the Kids' Food Basket mission through our various media relationships. We had a terrific response from our clients and community partners hosting our first annual charity golf outing in which we raised more money than we could have dreamed for a first time event.  Our own Alicia Schragg can be complimented for this, as her tireless effort really paid off.  We are even more excited for 2015 and our second annual golf outing and what it promises to bring in both awareness and monetary contributions to the attack on childhood hunger. 

 As we have spent more time working with Kids’ Food Basket, the passion we have at Forest Hills Financial has continually evolved. I now serve on the Fund Development Committee at Kids' Food Basket. My assistant, Alicia Schragg, serves on the Kids Helping Kids committee, which educates students and empowers them to create service projects to raise awareness and funds for Kids' Food Basket. We are already discussing new and exciting ways we can continue to contribute and help Kids' Food Basket grow and reach more hungry children.

Looking back at 2014, it has been a great year to be a part of Kids’ Food Basket. We are so excited for our continued relationship in 2015! Being involved in an organization that is community driven is truly an inspiration to all of us at Forest Hills Financial. 

When you start helping a charity, you think of all the positive you can bring to them and their mission.  I would say that what our involvement with Kids' Food Basket has brought us and our clients -- from smiling children, to the knowledge that we are truly helping a child get the nourishment they need -- is just as rewarding.

Here’s to many more years of Forest Hills Financial and Kids’ Food Basket working together to make sure no kids go hungry in our community!

 

Jaime Westenbarger

President/CEO

Forest Hills Financial Inc.

616-949-6006

 

 

 

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