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LIBERTY CHARITY TRIP (Scroll down to hear about this amazing experience!)

THE TRIP

Liberty hosts an annual reward trip for Direct Sales Representatives and Technicians who were top performers in their fields.

CHARITY TRIP

The trip involved volunteering in the local community, something we had been working towards organizing over the last few years.

And the location of the Trip?

The beautiful Dominican Republic!

The volunteering wasn't easy, but our employees understand the importance of working hard.

Sales Representatives, Technicians, Managers, and Managing Partner Nate Baldry were all involved with volunteering. Even our guests were committed to working towards bettering the local community.

We are fortunate to have caring and compassionate employees, as we had the opportunity to help two separate causes in the Dominican Republic, and everyone was on board to contribute.

FUNDACIÓN DE CORAZÓN A CORAZÓN (HEART TO HEART FOUNDATION)

A nearby school was the first of our volunteering locations. The purpose of the Heart to Heart Foundation is to support schools in order to help children and adolescents develop life skills, generate study habits and the desire to excel, and motivate students to complete their primary and secondary education in order to create a generation of well educated professionals that are prepared for family and work life.

In essence, they support schools in nurturing future generations, and set them up for success. Community development is an important aspect of this program.

Oftentimes both parents must work in order to support their family, and are unable to afford childcare. Unfortunately this means that during the day, children are left alone in playgrounds. As such, the school bus will stops at playgrounds to pick up students.

WE DONATED SCHOOL SUPPLIES

for the children, to encourage their creativity and give them the opportunity to play. We helped pack these supplies into individual bags for each student, to ease distribution to groups of students who weren't necessarily a part of that days morning class.

WE CLEANED COMPUTERS

taking apart and dusting components to ensure their longevity. This was the only school in a 60 mile radius that has computers. Students from other schools are bussed in once a week to practice basic computer skills.

WE SWEPT THE ROOF

as all of the school's power comes from solar panels situated atop it. There was a build up of leaves and debris that were removed, and we also cleaned the gutters to prevent leaks and water damage.

The school provides breakfast and lunch for the students, and the farm opposite the school grows much of the fruit, vegetable, and dairy products for these meals. Community involvement here means a lot more than simply funding the school. It means feeding it as well.

HOGAR DE ANCIANOS PADRE ABREU (FATHER ABREU NURSING HOME)

Our second volunteer placement was an assisted living facility in La Romana. Father Abreu had over 60 elderly residents requiring varied levels of care by the approximately 15 staff members.

Many of the residents come very poor families, or do not have any family left. In some cases, these individuals were subject to elder abuse and had no choice but to leave.

Most of the income for the facility is provided by a stipend from the local government, which isn't enough to cover all the necessities to ensure these elderly individuals are as comfortable as they can be towards the end of their lives.

The facility required much needed renovations that they could not afford, which is where Liberty came in.

WE STARTED BY

clearing out the dead trees and underbrush that plagued much of the yard. We also revitalized the paint on most major buildings.

WE MOVED RAW MATERIALS

and stripped the first few layers of the roof, as the men's facility had multiple leaks. This manual labour was how we spent most of our volunteering days.

WE INSTALLED A SECURITY SYSTEM

on the premises, including cameras, as the facility had been struggling with theft.

Despite all the hard work, we still managed to have a little fun...

It was an eye opening experience

The staff and residents were so grateful for our help that they fed us with a classic Dominican meal.

They also had a band come to play music and get us to dance!

After many heartfelt goodbyes (and many donated shoes) it was time to vacation.

Moving forward, Liberty is hoping to volunteer in the local community, wherever the Trip is held.

We hope to see you on our next adventure!

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