BEI believes in giving back to the community. Our founder, Arnold Benedict, always believed "the more you give, the more you get." So one of our goals is to reach out and help others in the Miami Valley. In past years we have worked with Habitat for Humanity. We have gathered as a company to work at local sites in Dayton on the framing and construction of homes for families in need. A few years ago in the spring, we held an on-site fishing tournament for customers and vendors, with all of the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity.
Each year, during the Christmas season, we adopt a family. We collect donations, starting at the company Thanksgiving Feast and continuing through the 20th of December. After donations are collected, our company makes a matching monetary gift. This money provides gifts to our adopted family. Our employees shop for the presents, we set up a wrapping station during lunch and then the gifts are delivered to put under their tree.
We have also become involved with a new project in Kettering known as Brigid's Path. Brigid's Path is a transitional home for drug-exposed babies. It is a facility where the babies and their mothers, through the support off various teams, can get the medical, emotional, and social support they need to help them bond and move to a better place in life. We have worked on the demolition of the old site and have even had one of our employees volunteer to help care for the babies. We hope to continue working with Brigid's Path and the associated families.
We have also worked with the Alzheimer's Awareness group. We feel a connection with this group because Mr. Benedict struggled with this devastating disease in his final years. We participate in the annual Walk for Alzheimer's in memory of him and to help one day find a cure.