John Westerman participated in the Commonwealth Winners Circle Conference in Sarasota, Florida. On this trip, John worked with other advisors to help Children First, a non-profit organization that serves over 600 children and families in Sarasota County by providing education, nutritious meals, and a healthy environment. Specifically, they helped renovate one of the buildings and installed fences on the Children First campus.
Sharon Duncan joined a team of advisors who participated in the Commonwealth President’s Club trip to St. Patrick’s National School of Curtlestown, in Ireland, where they painted the school, started a garden, built a playground, and made crafts with the children. Sharon enjoyed getting to know the people and students of Curtlestown.
Sharon Duncan and Rebecca McCartney collected and organized donations for a mom and her children who were starting new at Medina Children’s Home in Medina, Texas. Then, they delivered these gifts and were able to spend time with the children and community of Medina, building relationships and offering a helping hand.
Participants of the Commonwealth Financial Network® Leaders Conference in Puerto Rico partnered with Odyssey Teams, Inc., to design and build custom playhouses donated to nonprofit youth programs, Montessori schools, and low-income housing throughout Puerto Rico.
During Commonwealth’s Chairman’s Retreat in New Orleans, attendees were given the opportunity to work with the St. Bernard Project (SBP), an award-winning nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that disaster-impacted communities recover in a prompt, efficient, and predictable way. Volunteers helped renovate and rebuild the houses of homeowners who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
In Dana Point, California, during Commonwealth’s President’s Club conference, volunteers joined in a day of giving back at the local Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. They were asked to paint the clubhouse, plant flowers, spread mulch in the garden, and clean the grounds, all in effort to improve the facilities of this important community center.
During Commonwealth’s Winners Circle conference, held in Colorado Springs, attendees helped paint, clean, and organize a local Boys & Girls Club. Work projects included installing a new door and new tread for the stairs, replacing light bulbs throughout the club, mulching a playground, and putting in new plantings around the front door.
Selah Financial Services has a rich heritage of service and generosity. When Sharon Duncan began Selah, the desire to help others was at the forefront of her mind. To this day, Selah is a place where needs are met, goals are accomplished, and people pause and consider their financial situations wisely. Many of Selah’s employees have traveled to mission fields across the world to reach out to poverty-stricken countries, as well as participated in charitable events and activities right here in Houston. These are just a few:
- Every February/March, Selah Financial Services participates in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ volunteer program. participates in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ volunteer program. This is the world’s largest livestock show and rodeo dedicated to benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation.
- Members from Selah Financial Services take part in Houston’s Annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve Big Feasts held each year at the George R. Brown Convention Center, where thousands are served with not only traditional, hot, nutritious meals, but also clothing, toys, bikes, household items, shoes, blankets, coats, flu shots, medical examinations, food baskets, and more. Assistance for those in need of jobs, education, and housing is also available throughout the day.
- Working closely with the City Wide Club of Houston, which provides myriad services and programs for the Greater Houston Metropolitan area, Selah Financial Services played an important role in developing an ongoing program that provides more than 100 new and refurbished bicycles to Houston-area children during the Christmas season.
- The Association of Business and Professional Women, led by Rosemary Pledger, was founded in the Clear Lake area in 1981 by a small group of Bay Area women. One of the many roles Sharon Duncan has played as a member of the ABPW is to act as a role model and mentor to teenage girls in a local senior high school through the SEEDS (Students, Educators, Excellence, Determination, and Success program).
- Selah team members have collected toys, school and First Aid supplies, and nonperishable items for Bethany’s Children’s Orphanage in Tirana, Albania.
- Selah team members support Anchor Point, a nonprofit organization that offers hope for teens, women, and families in the Houston Bay Area.