As we approach the end of 2020, we begin to consider how we can give to others. Regardless whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza, it is celebrated by giving to others. Even in the middle of a pandemic and an economic downturn, many are still finding ways to be kind and generous to those in need.
At Shine, we believe that giving back to our community is a responsibility. That is why we support two very important organizations that help provide those who are struggling with a hand up, not a handout, and a means by which they can become self-sufficient. These organizations are Habitat for Humanity and GivePower. One is local and one is overseas. By supporting these two organizations, Shine is able to give back to those in our local community and to help struggling communities in the developing world. Here is how we do it.
Habitat For Humanity
For many working American families, the dream of homeownership is out-of-reach due to the lack of affordable housing. This can lead to housing insecurity, which often includes threat of eviction, frequent moves, overcrowding and having to make hard choices about what bills to pay. As a result, this creates an environment of stress, hunger, depression and hopelessness, with the children being those most affected.
That’s why Shine Solar is proud to partner with its local Habitat for Humanity Chapter in Benton County, Arkansas. By providing free solar and energy efficient HVAC systems for Habitat homes being built in the region, we are helping to enable these new homeowners to live stably and independently by greatly reducing what can be a significant cost of homeownership—the electric bill.
In addition to supporting our local community, Shine also believes in helping communities around the world who are struggling. For millions of people, this means the lack of clean water. Without this essential resource, disease, conflict and economic instability take hold making it impossible for many families to live a safe and prosperous life.
GivePower is a non-profit initiative that provides clean water by constructing solar powered water treatment facilities for those communities in the developing world that need it most. These water farms can serve up to 35,000 people a day and help create an environment of health and safety, stability, and self-sufficiency in which families can thrive and prosper.
The best part about GivePower is that it doesn’t take much to make a big difference. With as little as $20, GivePower can provide clean water to one person for 20 years.
That is why when you purchase a solar panel system from Shine, we contribute a portion of the profit to the GivePower program. These contributions help support the building, installation and operation of solar water centers so that struggling families around the world may have the opportunity to build a better life for themselves and their children.
As members of the community and as human beings, it is our responsibility to help each other with our time, talents, and financial resources. Through our support of Habitat for Humanity and GivePower, we are using those things to make our world a better place.
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