Business Networking International (BNI) recently presented a donation to the Warm Hearth Foundation to benefit seniors in need of health care and housing at Warm Hearth Village (WHV).
BNI is an international business networking group with chapters in more than 70 countries. Founded on the concept of "Givers Gain," members share referrals with one another to help all chapter members benefit from connections that lead to meaningful relationships which ultimately build their business. The BNI Founders Chapter of the New River Valley includes members in real estate, auto repair, sales, insurance, financial advising, estate law, chiropractic medicine, physical therapy and fitness. BNI encourages businesses who are not represented to consider joining and welcomes visitors interested in the group to experience a meeting firsthand.
The chapter has been meeting at the Village Center at WHV for about four years. Paul VanWagoner, Chapter President, said several members knew of the Village and thought it would be ideal for the group. “They were right. When we contacted Warm Hearth, they were very welcoming and inviting to our little group. As we have become more familiar with WHV, we decided to take up donations to benefit the Warm Hearth Foundation’s Neighbors in Need program. Our members felt great about giving back to those that maybe didn't have enough or that needed a little help,” VanWagoner added.
The Warm Hearth Foundation is the charitable fundraising entity for Warm Hearth Village and operates a range of programs that help low-income seniors on its campus. Amy Slone, Associate Director of Development for the Warm Hearth Foundation said the gifts and support from businesses and organizations within the community, like BNI, are fundamental to the Foundation’s growth and success. “Our community partners have consistently shown a tremendous amount of support for the work we do to help low-income seniors on our campus. We are so grateful for the generous gift from BNI and its members, and are humbled by this gesture of support,” Slone said.