Company Founder surprises employees with $20 million

Company Founder surprises employees with $20 million

There wasn’t a dry eye in sight when a company founder gave his employees the surprise of a lifetime this week.

Mark Baiada, the chairman and founder of Bayada Home Health Care, a $1.4 billion private housing company in Philadelphia, announced his grand surprise over a holiday luncheon at the Belleve Hotel in Philadelphia earlier this week.

“I’m taking $20 million, dividing it up and giving it to everybody,” Baiada tearfully told the crowd. I wanted to show some gratitude to everybody for all the hard work you’ve done taking care of our clients.”

The money was given to the staff of 32,000 who received varying sums based on their length of employment. Long-time staffers were given tens of thousands of dollars and new hires received $50. Even retirees who left the company after 2010 received sums, Baiada reported to Yahoo Lifestyle.

“Those are everyday people who work hard in a low-margin service business — I’m honored to work with them,” Baiada told Yahoo Lifestyle. “I don’t go to patient’s homes much, but my employees are there everyday.”

Baiada founded the company in 1975 and in 2016 announced plans to convert his business into a nonprofit, which will open in January. “Nonprofits last longer and I don’t really need the money, so we’re going to turn it over to a newly created nonprofit that’s all mission-driven,”  Baiada told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We’re putting mission over money.”

Some employees already have plans for their munificence.

Nicole Green, a pediatric nurse who works with clients such as those with cerebral palsy and premature babies only worked at Bayada for three years and will use her funds toward her daughter’s college tuition.

“Everyone was in awe — we thought we were just having a holiday lunch,” Green, 48, told Yahoo Lifestyle. “Mark totally surprised us. He didn’t have to do this. I’ve only worked at Bayada a short time, but I’m a lifelong employee now.”

Baiada continued to cry tears of joy that afternoon and expressed his opinion on gratitude. “I just want to say thank you to them all,” Baiada told CBS Philly. “Thanksgiving is a season of gratitude. You look around your life and say, ‘I’m so fortunate.”





Local Non-profit Donates Unused Food to Needy

Local Non-profit Donates Unused Food to Needy

Salem Harvest, a local non-profit, has a plan to reduce food waste and help the hungry. The organization “connects farmers and backyard growers with volunteer pickers” who gather produce which would otherwise go unused, writes Tom Hoisington of Salem Weekly. Salem Harvest then distributes the food free of charge to low-income families, the unemployed, the elderly, and other needy individuals.

According to Hoisington, the organization has collected over one million pounds of fruits and vegetables for the Marion-Polk Food Share and other local food banks since 2010, and boasts 2,600 volunteers. Thus, Salem Harvest is well-equipped to meet Oregon’s exceptional needs: more children, as a percentage of the population, experience hunger here than in any other state.

Salem Harvest benefits not only those who receive produce, but also those who give their time to harvest it. “Harvests offer an opportunity for families to work together in the outdoors, meet local farmers, and gain a better understanding of where food comes from,” explains Hoisington. To learn about opportunities to volunteer for Salem Harvest, visit the organization’s website at www.salemharvest.org.

Portland Bridal Shop Helps Local & National Charities

Portland Bridal Shop Helps Local & National Charities

Imagine being able to simultaneously buy a wedding dress for a fraction of the cost while also helping those in need.

Brides for a Cause, a non-profit in Portland, does exactly that by collecting both new and used wedding dresses and selling them to help local and national charities, especially women-focused organizations that help with serious diseases; self-image and esteem; women in the military; and single, disabled, or abused women.

Erin Scharf, the founder of Brides for a Cause, in an interview with FOX12 stated “We kind of stepped back and thought maybe we could make more of a difference if we were a non-profit ourself, so then we can open up or beneficiaries and be able to impact and provide money to other charities that might need it.”

Scharf described the joy of founding such a unique non-profit. “Just seeing their face light up when they find their dress, I mean that is one of the most rewarding parts of our job.”

Soon-to-be bride, Jessica Taylor, who purchased her dress from Brides for a Cause, said, “The idea that I can get a dress here that kind of started as a donation from somebody who wanted to support this mission and then also my money, buying the dress would also support the mission. It’s a wonderful cycle.”

Since the organization’s founding, it has collected over 8,000 dresses and given over $450,000 to charities across the United States.

Learn more about Brides for a Cause at bridesforacause.com. 

Young boy with diabetes and cystic fibrosis gives weekly to the homeless in Portland

Young boy with diabetes and cystic fibrosis gives weekly to the homeless in Portland

Austin McRae, 9, has cystic fibrosis and diabetes and is finding joy in helping others.

Austin lives in Estacada, Oregon, but, with help from his parents, he has started delivering supplies such as clothing, food, and toiletries to homeless people in Portland every week.

Austin is inspired by all those who have helped him in the past: “People have been taking care of me my whole life, so I want to do something for other people.” he said.

His parents have encouraged Austin in his efforts, helping him to set up a website, Austins Cause, where people can donate.

“It’s helped to take the focus off him and his medical appointments and given him another focus,” Austin’s father, Josh, said.

Currently, the McRae family is raising money to buy a trailer so they can deliver even more supplies to homeless people.

Pro-Life leader steps down amid personal needs

Pro-Life leader steps down amid personal needs

LYNCHBURG, Va.–

Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and conservative leader, will resign from his role as Dean of Liberty University School of Law.

Staver founded Liberty Counsel as a nonprofit conservative organization in 1989 to defend religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and traditional family values. Liberty Counsel now operates through affiliates in all fifty states and offices in Washington, DC and Jerusalem, Israel.

He also helped to found Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg Virginia, working directly with Reverend Jerry Falwell to launch a law school at Liberty University.

The School of Law advocates for law and policy from a Christian perspective, stating in its mission statement that it “is founded upon the premise that there is an integral relationship between faith and reason, and that both have their origin in the Triune God. Thus, from this perspective, legal education that purports to prepare individuals to pursue justice should skillfully integrate faith and reason as a means to the formation of law and a just society.”

Since 2004, he has balanced his time between leading the School of Law and Liberty Counsel. Under his leadership, the law school became a leader in conservative and pro-life legal academics, with alumni now serving as professors, legislators, and recently their first judge.

Tragedy set back the progress of the fledgling institution three years ago when his wife, Anita Staver, experienced a debilitating car accident. The two spent the intervening years living separately as Mr. Staver ran the law school and Anita lived at their old home in Florida while recovering.

Staver announced Monday that he would leave Liberty University School of Law to focus on supporting his wife through recovery and leading Liberty Counsel.

Liberty University has yet to release any news on Staver’s replacement or the long-term future of the law school. Liberty Counsel and its allies in the conservative community will continue to move with Staver’s leadership and example.