One of the principals in an Orlando school district noticed that lots of kids weren’t showing up for school. He wondered why. After some investigation, he realized these kids didn’t have a way to get to school. Most of their parents worked two or three jobs to support their families. This principal thought of an incentive to get kids to school—bikes! As a reward for finishing schoolwork or getting to school on time, kids could earn bikes so they could get to and from school. At Convention 2019: RISE, 4Life distributors stepped up and built 250 bikes for these kids! Together, Building Bikes!
E.S.T.H.E.R is a non-profit organization in Orlando, Florida that is dedicated to the emotional and physical need of single mothers. Every year Foundation 4Life partners with E.S.T.H.E.R. for a back to school event to help the kids get off to a great start. This year we help each child receive a new backpack full of new supplies, and get a new pair of shoes!
"Every year we get excited about back to school and this year is no exception. Because of Foundation 4Life we are going to be giving NEW SHOES! Can you imagine, every student will now get backpacks full of school supplies and new shoes for school! We have found a great way to buy the shoes at a discounted rate which allows us to make the donation go further and buy more NEW shoes! God is so good, and we are very thankful."
- Karen Sellers- E.S.T.H.E.R. Single Mothers Outreach
The ATEAM, lead by International Diamond, Janice Skeen, in Barberton, Ohio found out that right in their own community, 78% of the children were at risk and most of these children were only eating meals when at school. The children lost the ability to concentrate during school leading to lower test scores and poor behavior.
The ATEAM stepped up and wanted to help these kids by implementing a Snack Pack & Backpack program! The ATEAM puts together snack packs filled with food items to be given to kids who won’t have meals to eat over the weekend as well as providing backpacks and basic school supplies. This program has been successful for seven years now and the results are amazing! The students on this program increased their academic performance by 11 percentile points compared to students who were not on the program. These students also showed improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression and had better attitudes about themselves, others and the sch...
Tiffany Carnal, a 4Life® distributor in Kentucky, invited Vice President of Service Catherine Larsen and me to visit the Mountain Mission School in Virginia. This school has provided a safe home for thousands of at-risk youth since 1921. Currently, more than 200 kids from more than 60 countries worldwide call Mountain Mission School home.
We had the opportunity to tour the campus, eat lunch with the kids, and talk with them about their hopes and dreams. It was truly inspiring to listen to how they overcame challenges and made their lives better.
After our visit, we immediately wanted to do something to support the school. We went to a store and filled our carts with supplies, toys, games, and goodies for the kids. Together, we helped bring hope to a few children that day, a hope that will inspire them and give them the courage to move forward in their lives and achieve their dreams.
When visiting special places like the Mountain Mission School, it’s always hard to put what I feel...
As we go through our daily routines, it’s always important to remember that there are people around us who are in need. Their needs may be big or small. Be the one to step out of your routine and find someone to serve.
In December 2018, 4Life® employees gathered at the annual employee Christmas party to make survival goodie bags for homeless youth in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Vice President of Marketing Kelly Bellerose took a moment out of her daily routine to reflect on how impactful simple acts of service can be.
"I rolled my garbage cans out to the curb this morning without gloves on my hands,” she said. “I think it took about two minutes before my hands started burning from the cold. There are 1,000 homeless youth in the Granite School District without the necessities to keep warm. It’s hard to imagine that kind of suffering. I am so proud of my co-workers who donated supplies to help these precious kids stay a bit warmer and more comfortable this winter.”
Most children are filled with excitement as they start a new school year. They look forward to seeing old friends, making new friends, and showing off their new backpacks and school clothes to their classmates. But for some kids, a new school year can bring stress, anxiety, and even embarrassment if they don’t have basic necessities and supplies. It can also be extremely stressful for parents who may not have the means to provide what their kids need to be successful.
International Diamond Janice Skeen and the ATEAM of Ohio have been rallying together to help make going back to school a special and exciting time for children in their local community. For the past several years, the ATEAM has provided weekend snack packs for kids at Barberton West Elementary in Ohio to help supplement meals when they aren’t in school. This year, along with the snack pack program, the ATEAM also provided the lucky children with backpacks and school supplies.
Inspired by their efforts, 4Life Global Headqua...
Salt Lake City, UT (January 11, 2018) Yesterday, 4Life Founders David and Bianca Lisonbee appeared on ABC4 Utah to discuss the aid that Foundation 4Life® sent to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Recently, the Lisonbees and other 4Life executives delivered more than 2,000 toys to children on Three Kings’ Day. 4Life employees at Global Headquarters in Utah purchased and donated all of the toys. This was the culmination of a three-step strategy that Foundation 4Life put in place after the Category 4 storm battered the island.
Commenting about the Three Kings’ Day event, David said: “That was one of the happiest days of my life—to see the smiles on the faces of these kids was really great.”
In addition to the toys, Foundation 4Life chartered four jets, donated more than 25,000 pounds of emergency supplies, and committed more than $500,000 in cash and product value to aid the victims. Once these supplies made it to the island, they were taken by truck to four 4Life distribut...
(October 2017) Foundation 4Life teamed up with 4Life® distributors, employees, and executives to support those affected by recent natural disasters in Texas, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Saint Croix. Thousands of dollars and more than 20,000 pounds of supplies were graciously donated to 4Life family members impacted by hurricanes.
Despite the tragedies, distributors and employees stepped up to help others. “Distributors saw needs and came together. Foundation 4Life jumped in and helped support their efforts,” said Vice President of Service Catherine Larsen. “In the end, it wasn’t about meals or the amount of money that was donated. It was about the kindness and courage that these distributors showed when they forgot their own needs and eagerly served their 4Life family members.”
After Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, Texas, 4Life employees donated, packaged, and shipped over 300 boxes of emergency supplies to provide relief to 4Life distributors and their families who lost...
(May 2017) Guadalupe School in Salt Lake City, Utah provides educational opportunities for low-income families who speak English as a second language. Foundation 4Life has supported the preschool program at the school since 2008. Preschool is a critical period in a child’s educational and social progress, and children who come from non-English-speaking homes must overcome great hurdles. Guadalupe School tailors its curriculum to positively motivate both students and parents.
Eighty three- and four-year-old students attend the preschool. Through the program, they’re reaching higher levels of confidence, learning new skills, and having fun. The efforts of teachers, assistants, and parents are yielding results that can be seen through individual stories.
A preschool-age child was unmotivated in schoolwork, would not listen to instructions, and had a difficult time with transitions. The student was the youngest in the classroom and faced challenges being in a new classroom and with new...