Over July 25-27th, ASEA employees participated in an outstanding 175 hours of service. Employees participated in two amazing service projects. First, we assembled adult and child hygiene kits while also tying fleece blankets together that were delivered to people in need in the Provo area and children in the AF hospital.
These hygiene kits will help improve the quality of life of those who cannot purchase even the most basic hygiene supplies, such as toilet paper or soap. And the blankets we tied together will provide comfort to children who are going through traumatic and often life-threatening experiences.
We also had the opportunity to do some gardening at the Provo Community Gardens. The gardening experience will provide local residents with the opportunity to become more self-sufficient by growing their own food.
Both the hygiene kits and the gardening opportunity were organized through Provo Community Action, an organization that provides a variety of services for people in need in Utah County.
At ASEA, we believe that “People matter, regardless of what they can do for us or what role they play.” This service project will directly impact people in the community, showing that our core values are more than words on a page. They are a part of who we are.
With the most dangerous and damaging year of California wildfires on record, ASEA associates worldwide joined the effort to help those affected by the disaster in 2018.
According to California fire statistics, a total of 8,527 fires burned an area of 1,893,913 acres which ws the largest amount of burned acreage recorded in a single fire season.
More than 7,100 structures were destroyed, most of them homes and thousands of acres of forests in both Northern and Southern California wiped out towns across California and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents west of Los Angeles.
Advancing Life Foundation stepped up to the plate and donated over $15,000 to help the disaster relief in California, aiding residents who were left without basic necessities.
We are so grateful for all the ASEA associates and staff members who donate to the foundation, allowing us to help out in emergency situations like these at a moment’s notice.
It’s been more than a year since a group of ASEA volunteers embarked on a CHOICE Humanitarian expedition with the Advancing Life Foundation to help the people of La Concepción take important steps toward improving their community’s quality of life. Since that time, CHOICE Humanitarian has shared updates to highlight ongoing progress, facilitated in large part by contributions from the Advancing Life Foundation.
The progress report gives a detailed view into what the Advancing Life mission looks like in action, i.e., how an age-old cycle of poverty is broken. By assembling willing hands to construct resources according to community plans, the expedition pushed progress considerably closer to completion. What would have taken the hardworking Otomi people a year to build without assistance, volunteers helped them complete in five days!
As an example: Where generations before have relied on recurring daytrips to retrieve minimal water—and have necessarily limited their water usage to survival-level consumption—a community cistern changes that course for future generations. With this small update to resources comes an ability to produce, to plant, to provide, to push forward.