Over 120 golfers braved the cold February weather to participate in the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation’s (HECF) annual winter charity golf tournament, the Klondike Klassic. The golfers, along with over 70 sponsors helped the HECF in raising $22,500 for an area charity.
Community and charitable support has always been a priority for Holland Construction Services. In 2015, the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation (HECF) was established with the mission of helping others in the community through donations and volunteering. The HECF is employee-run and driven and, among other initiatives, made the Klondike Klassic an annual event, with funds raised going towards a local organization voted on annually by the seven member Foundation Advisory Committee. To date the Klondike Klassic has raised over $206,000 for local charities.
Each year when choosing a beneficiary, the committee looks at smaller deserving charities that may not get much funding outside of their own fundraisers. This year’s tournament was held to benefit Project Compassion, nfp. Project Compassion, based out of Belleville, has provided outreach to homeless/low-income families since 2005. The organization has served over 70,000 individuals through their resources and workshops. They provide personal care and seasonal items, as well as ongoing assistance to the shelters in St. Clair County. They offer programs aimed at increasing the employability of clients served by providing training to successfully transition individuals from homelessness to independence. They also offer a Diaper Bank, Free Store, Therapy Center, Mentoring Support, Housing Resources and coming soon, a Free Cafe.
At the conclusion of the golf tournament, members of the HECF presented a $22,500 check to Rachel Jackson, Executive Director of Project Compassion. Rachel said the donation will allow them to open their Compassionate Café on time this spring/summer and will also assist them in their continuing mission of enhancing the lives of low-income and homeless young adults and youth in need in our community.
For more information about the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation, visit our Community Involvement page and for more information about Project Compassion, visit their website at projectcompassionnfp.org.