On April 7th, Waite Financial Group launched its Inspiring Generosity initiative, a charitable giving & matching program exclusively for our clients. The interest in supporting local charities (Dax Foundation, Peoria Christian School, and Crittenton Centers) has been amazing. Waite Financial Group has a vision to raise $1,000,000 between 2022 and 2026 while inspiring other businesses to do the same!
Dax Foundation/Camp Hope
Camp HOPE’s mission is to help heal the emotional wounds caused by pediatric cancer by offering free in-person and hospital based camp programs. Camp offers an opportunity to meet, bond and find understanding through shared experiences. Camp Hope’s purpose is to serve active pediatric cancer and blood disease patients, survivors, and their siblings with an in-person, week-long camp for children ages 6-16. Camp Hope understands how devastating a cancer diagnosis can be for siblings too; so each patient is allowed to bring one sibling per year.
Peoria Christian School
With over 620 students, engaging academics, and multiple co-curricular activities, Peoria Christian School continues to product academically skilled students, equipped with a biblical worldview, who will change the world!
The Crisis Nursery is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year providing no-cost, short term emergency care, and basic need supplies for children from birth to 6 years of age for families in crisis. Crittenton Centers provides Gold Circle of Excellence rated child care and education services preparing children for kindergarten for children 6 weeks to 6 years of age. Crittenton Centers also provides no-cost services to strengthen families.
Phoenix Community Development Services
Former Board Member and active participant of the Gimme Shelter Event to end homelessness, Anne Schutt is passionate to help wherever she can. Phoenix Community Developmental Services takes part in the mission of “Turning Lives Around” reflecting a long history of serving populations of individuals who have limited resources and support systems, including those with mental health challenges, intellectual disabilities, and other special needs. In addition to the economic challenges these individuals face, a disability often further impacts access to employment, adequate housing, and services to address special needs. Anne participates each year in the “Gimme Shelter Event” to raise money for the Phoenix Community Developmental Services while also raising awareness surrounding the needs of the homeless in Central Illinois.
St. Jude Runs
With a combined 30+ years participating in the St. Jude Runs, Hannah Foulk, Melissa Malson, and Tara Woll are passionate to raise money every summer for the families of St Jude. Hannah Foulk has been an active participant of the Marshall County Run. Melissa Malson and Tara Woll met on the St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run. St. Jude Memphis to Peoria/Satellite Run holds a very special place in the hearts of many here in Central Illinois. The inspiration of the St. Jude Runs began in Peoria, IL, in 1982, when Mike McCoy and Gene Pratt collaborated on a way to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital- their favorite charity. They first envisioned driving to St. Jude in Memphis, and then running back relay-style to Peoria, home of the Jim and Trudy Maloof St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Clinic. Now, many Runs later, their vision has become one of the foremost charity running events in the nation, having raised over $22.8 million and counting.