Several employees identified organizations whose missions are dependent on the shipping of goods. This has provided ideal partnership opportunities for AGL and, through the AGLEF, the following containers were moved at cost or at no charge:
- Children International is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to easing the burdens of poverty on children. AGLEF facilitated the move of two containers, first a container of books from Guthrie, K to Guatemala and then soap from Charleston to Barranouilla.
- Global Soap Projects collects slightly used bars of soap from various hotels and recycles them into new bars of soap to distribute to needy populations.
- MedShare is an Atlanta-based nonprofit that collects usable medical supplies and equipment and redistributes it to healthcare facilities in underserved communities around the world. AGLEF facilitated the move of two containers. The first went from Decatur, GA to Bolivia and the second went from Oakland, CA to North Manila.
Trip To Panama - Chad Rosenberg and Jim Briles Host Visit in March
Participants, in addition to Chad and Jim, were Otto Valdes, Jim Markey from TBC Tire, Merredith Muscattelo from Bassett Furniture and Greg Brinkman from WS Badcock. In addition to touring the canal, they visited an orphanage in Panama. Based on a conversation that Otto had with one of the nuns who runs the orphanage, the AGL team knew that the 150 children in the orphanage needed dress shoes. After spending two hours shopping for the shoes, the group went to the orphanage and handed out the shoes (and candy) to a lot of the kids.
Jim Briles sent an email describing the experience and its effects on him “The orphanage was actually far nicer than I think we were all expecting and at first
glance appears to be well off. However, after speaking with the nuns, they informed us that everything is donated, included their daily food needs. Therefore, without daily food donations, the 150 kids do not eat. As nice as the orphanage appeared, it really hit home how much of a daily struggle they have. I am more
than thankful I got to participate in this experience. AGL, though our foundation will have a strong focus going forward on helping others through charities, volunteerism, etc. Please be prepared and on the look out as we will be working to get everyone much more involved in the foundation going forward and I hope it can be rewarding for everyone as this one trip was for me!”
Chad Rosenberg: Below is our latest announcement for AGLEF on supporting the Children’s International charity.
American Global Logistics Employee Foundation (AGLEF) has partnered with Children’s International to donate containerized freight services for two projects, one to Barranquilla, Columbia and one to Guatemala City, Guatemala. ”We are pleased and honored to partner with Children’s International on these projects. Children’s provides need based supplies to some of the poorest areas in the world and we were fortunate to use our expertise in logistics to support this Charity” said Chad Rosenberg from AGLEF.
The American Global Logistics Employee Foundation was created in 2011 with a gift from American Global Logistics of $1million. The goal of the foundation is to create a bridge for under served populations and organizations, that give individuals the opportunity to improve their lives. We are an international organization that operates on a global scale, yet believes in the impact we can make by giving back locally. AGLEF encourages its employees involvement who will assist and determine how the foundation will support the needs of our local communities.
As a nonprofit humanitarian organization, Children’s International strives to help children around the world overcome the burdens of poverty to become healthy, educated, self-sustaining and contributing members of society. This goal is achieved primarily through child sponsorship, which unites children in need with individual sponsors who wish to address the children’s immediate and basic needs, and gives them the tools and opportunities necessary for success. In addition to sponsorship, we work to further improve the living conditions of children and families who live in poverty. Through projects such as latrine building, clean-water initiatives and income-generation programs, we help families live healthier and happier lives. We continue to provide safe, sturdy homes for impoverished families who suffer in substandard housing. Through our housing program, we’ve built hundreds of new homes for victims of natural disasters, such as hurricanes and fires; and thousands of homes have been repaired and upgraded with sturdy roofs and concrete floors.