Walker Marketing enjoys every opportunity to give back to the community and help local businesses. Being a successful marketing agency has its rewards, but few compare to being a successful corporate citizen. Throughout its history, Walker Marketing has believed that giving back to our community not only makes us a better company — it makes us better stewards of the place we call home. Their team regularly channels its creative energy and ideas to make a marked difference in the lives of others — and to not only think outside the box but to go outside the box.
Walker Marketing is an award-winning agency specializing in marketing, public relations, advertising and digital media for economic development and tourism, healthcare, long-term care and senior living. They maintain their headquarters near Charlotte, North Carolina, and are recognized by the Public Relations Society of America, the American Advertising Federation and Business Marketing Associates.
Gary Walker and his team are honored to support the efforts of Cooperative Christian Ministry through the re-launch of the Neighbor Helping Neighbor program.
When things get tough!
Nearly 60 households per month receive financial assistance at CCM’s Crisis Center to keep the family together and in their home. Utility assistance is often the first line of defense to prevent homelessness in Cabarrus County. The level of financial crisis today has generated a 35% increase in the average dollars of assistance provided per household to prevent loss of utilities or eviction. The average dollars per household awarded in CCM’s current fiscal year is running 60% higher than in 2010, near the close of the recession.
When bills get behind with children in the home, the choices get tough. Between groceries, a roof or utilities, a father is going to feed his children. A roof over their heads takes precedence over risking one more month on the utility bill. Losing electricity or water in the midst of the struggle penetrates the heart of a parent and takes everything out of a father. Asking for help is the last report and the first step toward relief.
Stanley is a single dad of 2 wonderful children. Since his wife passed away 3 years ago, he has relied on long hours at work to put food on the table for his children. When he first learned that work hours were being reduced at his place of employment, his first reaction was to find a part-time job to compensate for the loss. He soon learned that additional time away from his children was not possible for a single dad.
He was able to continue to pay his rent on time and struggled to manage his other monthly bills for a while. He soon fell further and further behind on his power bill until he received a final notice of disconnection in the mail. He lay awake that night worrying about his children, coming home from school without water or power in the home.
He asked himself hard questions, “Will they understand?”, “How do I explain to them what has happened?”, “What will they think of me?” After a long night, he decided that after getting the kids on the bus, he would go and try to seek help. He called his boss that morning and explained what happened. He knew missing one day of work would mean less money at the end of the week but he was desperate to take care of his family.
Stanley approached CCM embarrassed for having to seek assistance. He left feeling better about himself, and felt like he made the right move for his children. Thanks to the support of a caring community, CCM was able to help Stanley so that his family did not have to go without lights or water.
The Neighbors In Need Every day (N.I.N.E.) Campaign goal of $19,999 will close the gap and make a significant impact on the lives of 75-85 households it serves during this challenging season for many.
Click on the donate button below to contribute via PayPal. Please enter N.I.N.E. in the Optional Message section.
Neighbor Helping Neighbor, supported by Cooperative Christian Ministry and in partnership with the City of Concord, provides the necessary funds to keep electricity on for neighbors in need. Through a tax-deductible contribution, you can make an immediate impact. There are three ways to give. Please complete the online form at ConcordNeighborHelpingNeighbor.com to participate. Thank you for your support and commitment to helping your neighbors!
1 Round up your bill and donate the extra cents.
2 Donate a set amount each month.
3 Make a one-time donation.
Since starting in the basement of Karen’s home 28 years ago, Irresistible Portraits by Karen Goforth has always given back to our community.
Tithing has always been an important part of the Irresistible Portraits business model. “God has blessed us with a wonderful business and amazing clients that we treat like family. With having a successful business, we want to make sure we give back to our community in any way we can,” said owner Karen Goforth.
CCM thanks Irresistible Portraits for photographing the Celebrate Hope dinner and CCM/SHOE SHOW Golf Classic. This year, Irresistible Portraits worked with CCM to photograph during documentary filming and also donated family portraits for our new homeowners.
Irresistible Portraits continues to be a leader in the community through their charitable donations and non-profit work. The portrait studio is actively involved with several charities and non-profits including Focused on a Cure which was founded by Irresistible Portraits nine years ago.
Karen Goforth has said, “Giving back is something we always plan to incorporate in our business.”