For nearly 50 years Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing has been keeping area homes warm, cool, and comfortable. People know Brown’s is a trusted name for all plumbing repairs, service and winterization, the installation and service of boilers, furnaces, air conditioners, and their new home services division which offers custom home remodeling down to the simplest handyman projects. Brown’s offers a free estimate for HVAC repair or replacement and a heating tune-up can help remedy higher energy bills and low air flow. Read more below how Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing gives back all year long with Sylvia’s Children based in Holmdel, NJ.
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Caring for customers and the community is important to Brown’s. The company is proud to support the local and global community with their involvement in organizations like Sylvia’s Children of Holmdel. Sylvia Allen has been the Grandmother of 2,000 children since 2003. So, who is Grand Sylvia, as she is called by all of her grandchildren? On a trip to Uganda in 2003, her life changed forever. Sylvia Allen went with a non-profit organization on a humanitarian trip to Uganda, Africa. While she was there, she was asked by Geofrey Kawuma, head of the Mbiriizi Primary School, to be the school’s Grandmother. Currently with 1,000 children in the school, of which 250 are orphans due to the AIDS crisis, she was honored to accept the responsibility of being their adopted grandmother. Out of this Sylvia’s Children Inc. was born, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of her ‘grandchildren’; to give the children a fighting chance. The school has grown from four buildings to 26 buildings, entirely changing the economic landscape of the village. More than 1,000 students have since graduated, with 500 going on to high school, another 100 attending college, and 48 graduating as teachers, nurses, etc.
Sylvia’s Children is a Direct Participation Charity where you choose your level of involvement. You can make a monetary donation, or if you choose, travel with them to the school and help. The level of participation is up to you. For those kind enough to donate, understand there is no middleman with Sylvia’s Children, all funds go directly to the school without any filters. Therefore, you not only see where your money goes, but you can also watch it work. Unfortunately, with many charities, you send your money and you never know where it goes and never see it work. With Sylvia’s Children …YOU DO! There is no minimum and no maximum limit, all contributions are 100% tax deductible. The goal is to make the school totally self-sustaining so we can take this model and apply it elsewhere and the Mbiriizi School is well on its way. This is why Doug Brown, General Manager of Brown’s, believes deeply in Sylvia’s mission.
“What I love about this organization is the aspect of empowering individuals so they can aspire to more than they ever thought for their future,” Brown said. “Our graduates are teachers, nurses, graphic designers, ministers, business owners, and retail managers. Coming from a small village, these kids do it day by day, the walk may be several miles for a few. And by showing up, they invest in their dreams and move themselves out of abject poverty and most often help their extended family. This school has become part of the economic center of Mbiriizi and the surrounding villages. I invite each of you who are reading this to join us on a trip when we can travel there again, I’ve visited the school for several years and here’s what I ask everyone who asks if it is worth it or is it safe. ‘Is it worth getting more than 1,000 hugs in less than 2 weeks and have you ever heard 1,200 children singing and dancing at one time with pure glee?’ And I challenge all of you not to shed a tear when the students sing both the national anthem of Uganda and their school’s anthem during assembly.”
This is why one of the biggest fundraisers Brown’s supports is the annual Christmas in July event. In November, a team will embark on a trip to the Ugandan village to help bring Christmas joy to the 1,200 children at the Mbiriizi Advanced Primary School. A new shirt for each boy and a new dress for each girl and the best part…goodie bags and a big party with lunch and meat, cake, and soda for everyone! Your donation will help Sylvia offer her children a Christmas this year. Call (732) 946-2711 or go to www.sylviaschildren.com.
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