The ‘Why’ of LiveIntent is to Be Present. As a company we strive to Be Present in the office, to Be Present at home with our loved ones, and to Be Present in our communities. Many LiveIntenters spend their time outside of the office volunteering with organizations that are near and dear to their hearts – and we’re thankful when they help create the opportunity for other LiveIntenters to volunteer with them!
This fall Stephen Kwong shared with us an organization that he spends many Saturday mornings volunteering with, The Father’s Heart Ministries (link to: http://www.fathersheartnyc.org/). Father’s Heart operates a soup kitchen that serves breakfast every Saturday, except for the first Saturday, of the month. Amazingly, they are able to provide an all-you-can-eat breakfast consisting of pancakes, sausage links, eggs, home fries, toast, coffee, juice, etc. to anywhere between 600 – 700 people. Along with breakfast, guests can receive a bag full of groceries that can help families throughout the week and free social/legal services if needed.
Stephen contacted Father’s Heart to see if they had need for a few volunteers from LiveIntent and we learned about another amazing program of theirs, KidZone. KidZone is a version of the Saturday program but offered to school aged children and their families. On Tuesday November 17th Father’s Heart planned to give out turkeys, kindly donated by City Harvest, to the families as they left KidZone. LiveIntent committed to pairing side items with the turkeys and helping to pass out the bags that night.
The LiveIntenters who were able to visit KidZone were very impressed with the operations. It was so touching to watch the children interacting with their friends and their families over a hearty meal. There were activities, crafts, and games to keep the children entertained, and much to the parents delight probably drained a lot of their energy before bed! In total, 32 families left that evening with a bag full of food to make this week on Thanksgiving.
We are thankful to The Father’s Heart Ministries for opening their doors to LiveIntenters and letting us witness first hand the awesome services they’re providing to the community. We hope to continue to work with the organization to Be Present in the NYC community.