Below you will find a few of the many causes VIA and its supporters have successfully taken upon themselves. Wherever there was a need, hundreds of volunteers stepped up to ensure they were met.
Community Development and Empowerment
Although we promote the old Chinese proverb “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” we understand many need support in the midst of their struggles.
We rally our supporters to raise funds for various causes that addresses the misfortunes of those in poverty, and we attempt to alleviate their burdens to the best of our ability. We run many fundraisers from food drives, care packages for the homeless, and so forth.
If we seek a vibrant and fruitful future, we must ensure the next generation has the knowledge and tools required for innovation.
Kyaria was an excelling student from a small rural town. She had big dreams, and was able to attend a prestigious medical university. Unfortunately, she ran into bureaucratic issues in the financial aid office and was at risk of losing her admission after her first semester. The community stepped up and managed to raise $9,000 to pay for her tuition!
Unfortunately communities and individuals are introduced to issues that they were simply financially unprepared for. Whether it be an individual having a family member passing or if a community itself is devastated from an unprecedented event, we rally our team and raise awareness on the cause so those affected are not burdened by financial hardships. With medical assistance being the most common, numerous urgent needs have been brought to our attention, and our resources were diverted to address these needs. From funding funerals, assisting a widowed mother who lost her husband, and raising funds for victims of mass shootings—VIA and its supporters work together to assist those who have fallen into desperate times.
Baby Sawyer was born with clubbed feet which could cause various complications unless addressed. In turn, the community rallied together, and were able to secure $10,000 to ensure she could see a renowned specialist to have surgery. The surgery was a success!
Too many times have we seen communities devastated by natural disasters in which those affected lost everything, and feel they are deemed forgotten.
In 2019, the Mid-West was ravaged by flooding and tornadoes. Our supporters felt a sense of urgency, and stepped up by offering financial assistance to those who lost everything in these unfortunate natural disasters. We managed to raise thousands and proceeded to send the donations to local non-profits engaged in relief efforts. (Photo courtesy of Scott Olson/Getty Images)