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BASE Technologies Pays It Foward

Tuesday, September 15, 2020  
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During these uncertain times, everyone has been faced with their own challenges. With many members of local communities experiencing financial hardship, BTA member dealership BASE Technologies of Bethel, Connecticut, wanted to empower its employees so they personally could make a difference. All employees received $500 that they could give to any charity, any person or anything that has experienced hardship over the last six months.

Within days, BASE received an overwhelming amount of feedback on the joy its staff was able to bring to others. BASE hopes this initiative inspires other businesses to do something similar. A summary of where BASE's team chose to pay it forward is listed below:
  • East Haven Food Pantry, which distributes and delivers food supplies to more than 340 families/1,000-plus residents of East Haven, Connecticut.
  • VFW Post 4410 Woodbridge Memorial, a veteran's service organization that works every day to uphold time-honored values in Woodbridge, New Jersey, as well as various large tip increments to various servers in Colonia, New Jersey.
  • A very generous tip to an employee at Dunkin Donuts and West Side Deli in Bethel, Connecticut, as well as a cash contribution to a family of four in need in Danbury, Connecticut.
  • Multiple Sclerosis Association, supporting individuals with MS through vital services and support
  • The Medical Equipment loan program at the First Church of Christ Clinton, Connecticut. This program helps provide medical equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, etc.) to people in need that cannot afford to go out and buy them.
  • Food Share, a regional food bank serving Hartford and Tolland counties
  • Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, which is a non-profit, all volunteer, no-kill organization whose mission is to increase the quality of life of all dogs and cats in the communities we serve.
  • Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut of Danbury, Connecticut, which provides social services and programs to low-income individuals and families in the western area of Connecticut to help them stabilize and improve their lives.
  • DAWS - Danbury Animal Welfare Society in Bethel, Connecticut, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our community and beyond
  • A family member who is now permanently unemployed, as the restaurant they worked for is now out of business
  • Southbury Food Pantry and Southbury Animal Shelter
  • Dog and cat food donation to Whiskers Pet Rescue in Southbury, Connecticut
  • A New Fairfield single mom who fostered and later adopted three children. The money will hopefully aid in back-to-school supply expenses.
  • One person personally located individuals in stores in Danbury, Connecticut, who looked like they were struggling and handed them cash
  • New Fairfield Police Department; two amazing RNs who continue to help COVID patients every day; and a coworker's family member who lost their job
  • Animal Welfare Society of New Milford, Connecticut, and various tips to workers throughout New Milford
  • New Milford Fire Dept.
  • The Scotty Fund, a non-profit charitable organization in Bethel, Connecticut, that provides financial and family support to children with life-threatening and critical illnesses and their families
  • Walnut Hill Community Church food pantry in Bethel, Connecticut
  • Elisabeth C. Adams Fund - a restricted, field-of-interest fund in Guilford, Connecticut. Field of interest funds are responsible for distributing grants to the area and this contribution will go toward the COVID Relief Fund of 2020.
  • Duchess County SPCA in New Hyde Park, New York, which secures caring, responsible and permanent homes for adoptable animals
  • Monroe SPCA, one of Connecticut's true no-kill shelters.
  • Monroe Dept. of Parks and Recreation Wolfe Park. This contribution would help keep the park open where families can be outside and enjoy time together while being socially distant.
  • St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury, a non-profit organization that aids, supports and empowers people experiencing poverty, homelessness, hunger and mental health challenges so they can recover with dignity and develop sustainable solutions for a brighter future.
  • Prospect Food Bank
  • Started a Facebook page to raise additional money to purchase acoustic guitars to donate to kids who want to learn how to play, but cannot afford to purchase a guitar

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