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Mission 500 Surpasses Charitable, Community Involvement Goals in 2018

Among activities, volunteers traveled to Ponce, Puerto Rico, to provide extensive home renovations for two families that were devastated by Hurricane Maria.

MIAMI — Mission 500, a non-profit charitable organization, is giving thanks to the many security industry professionals that took part in efforts to serve children and communities in severe need across the United States in 2018.

The organization, based here, announced it exceeded its 2018 funding goals and set even higher expectations for the coming year.

“Over the course of 2018, through the generosity of numerous corporate and individual sponsors over 6,000 children received Mission 500 Care Packs, thousands of industry volunteers donated their time in a variety of ways, industry companies were inspired to engage in their own local initiatives, and funds were raised to respond to natural disasters producing grants affecting the most vulnerable families,” says Tom Nolan, director of strategic partnerships, Mission 500.

“We extend our sincerest gratitude to all those involved who donated their time, products and funds to help children in need, and anticipate even greater success for this great cause in 2019,” Nolan continues.

Following are some of the Mission 500 activities held over the course of 2018:

  • Backpack Event: Now in its third year, the event provided 600 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need attending Crosspointe Elementary School in Boynton Beach, Fla.
  • Mission 500 Annual Softball Game: The 3rd annual softball game raised $48,000, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the FDNY Children’s Burn Camp, as well as children in severe need the South Bronx (the poorest congressional zip code in the U.S.).
  • Security 5K/2K Run/Walk at ISC West: The 9th annual staging of this event raised $113,000 from numerous corporate and individual sponsors participating in this event.
  • Service Trip to Ponce, Puerto Rico: $12,000 was raised to provide two families with extensive home renovations made necessary as a result of Hurricane Maria in 2017. Twenty-one industry professionals traveled to Puerto Rico to participate.
  • 2018 SIA Honors Dinner at ISC East: More than $7,500 was raised from this event and celebration of recognized industry leaders.
  • Hurricane Relief: In the hardest hit sections from Hurricane Michael in Florida, 600 children and families received compassion care packs.
  • Corporate Sponsored Team Building Events: More than 6,000 Mission 500 Care Packs were produced over the course of 2018.
  • Volunteerism: Industry volunteers donated over 2,000 hours of their time in 2018.

“As 2018 comes to a close and we celebrate the holidays, it is great to look back on what we’ve accomplished at Mission 500, knowing there is so much more to achieve,” says Nolan. “Let us look ahead to 2019 to see how we can help improve the lives of children and families in need by providing them with immediate assistance and greater hope for the future.”

To learn more about the organization and volunteer opportunities, go here.

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