All people and organizations, including businesses, have the responsibility to help make the world a better place. At Trumark Homes, we are dedicated to building better communities for people and families right here at home, and seek the opportunity to improve lives around the world. In our search we discovered charity:water, an organization making real, transparent change alongside safe drinking water to communities in need. Beyond charity:water’s mission, the organization has been a thought leader in the non-profit space, providing real transparency in terms of where donor gifts are placed. At Trumark Homes we too believe in being transparent with our communities, and so with our values aligned we have committed to providing a well for every 50 homes we build. These wells will provide safe drinking water to communities, where water is needed most to support growing economies.
In an effort to have donor transparency, charity:water allocates 100% of public donations to fund their water projects – which mean for every dollar we give, there is a direct correlation to community rather than administrative impact. Donations are directed to the field, from private donors, foundations and sponsors, like Trumark Homes. The organization also provides exact GPS coordinates of the water wells, so it is easy to map the impact donations are making.
In the United States, many people take safe water for granted. However, more than 663 million people on the planet don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water.
Through our partnership with charity:water, Trumark has funded 17 wells to help approximately 3,900 people receive access to clean and safe drinking water in Tigray, Ethiopia and Malawi. Having clean water can prevent unnecessary deaths, save time and improve health. It feels good as a business to be able to transform the lives of others in a positive way, and we plan to continue to help bring clean water to even more communities in need.
Every day that goes by without helping another is an opportunity missed. There are several things you can do as an individual in your community as well, to give back. If you don’t have the funds to donate and support a cause, then consider other alternatives such as volunteering your time or perhaps helping to raise funds for a specific charity or service. Volunteering a few hours after work or one day on the weekends can make a pretty big impact. You may find many other benefits as well, such as learning a new skill set, meeting new people, gaining a new perspective and boosting your self-esteem. It’s a win-win for everybody!
Even if you do something small, that is far better than doing nothing at all. Our like-minded partnership with charity:water has allowed us to deliver on our philanthropic commitments while shining a spotlight on the water crisis and doing our part to help improve communities around the world.