The Lynchburg Region is a giving place and does a good job of taking care of its own and those in need around the world. Several businesses and organizations in the Region take responsibility for others who need help and work to ease their hurt and burdens.
Foster Fuels, Inc., headquartered in Brookneal, VA, is a 96-year-old wholesale fuel distributor and emergency fuel management company, has been recognized nationally for its disaster recovery efforts. In August of 2017 the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) named Foster Fuels as one of its top performing industry partners for 2016 on the heels of a Gold award in 2014 and a Bronze in 2015.
The company’s Mission Critical Services generously provides services to areas hit by major hurricanes. During the record breaking 2017 hurricane season, Foster Fuels supplied thousands of gallons of diesel fuel, gasoline, and propane PER DAY to enable key facilities to stay operational, including hospitals, water treatment plants, kidney dialysis centers, communications towers, first responder operations centers, the National Guard, and military vehicles. Foster Fuels employees spent nearly three months working in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico and returned to their families just in time for Christmas. “The job feels good,” said Will Rohrig, vice president of Mission Critical Services. “It’s good solid work and it’s helping people. I’m very proud of the work we do.”
GLEANING FOR THE WORLD
When disaster strikes, Gleaning for the World is there. Consistently ranked “The Most Efficient Large Charity in the United States by Forbes (2017) Gleaning for the World is an international humanitarian organization that responds within hours of the first strike. Located in Appomattox County, Gleaning utilizes donations from corporations and industry, repurposes surplus and left-over supplies, and donates them to people in need at home and abroad. In addition, Gleaning continues to provide blankets, clothing and food to struggling homeless families in the U.S.
“I was cold and you covered me.” This is the slogan of WarmStreets, a local non-profit organization that provides help to the homeless throughout the Lynchburg Region. Established seven years ago by retired missionary Rick Hughes, WarmStreets’ mission is to get people off the streets and help them move to a permanent home or shelter. Area businesses and volunteers support the mission with donations and assistance. “The Lynchburg area is the most giving community that I know of,” said Hughes. “Businesses, churches and individuals give of themselves and their resources to make our work possible.”
For a list of volunteer-based organizations, see the member directory.