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Pack for a Purpose

Posted by Betsy Rosenlund on Mar 19, 2019 10:48:12 AM
Betsy Rosenlund
 

Although Grand Baymen’s official relationship with Pack For A Purpose (PFAP) is only about a year old, giving back to the communities that we work in has been at the center of ECI Development’s corporate culture.

By partnering with PFAP, we have been able to expand our reach to help provide more supplies to school children on Ambergris Caye. Grand Baymen is proud to be one of two resorts on Ambergris Caye to be a PFAP partner!

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Elaine & Thomas

Our first official PFAP donation came from Elaine & Thomas R. from Orlando, FL, who found us through their website. Elaine and Thomas weren’t guests with us at Grand Baymen but had seen the call for school supplies on the website and felt compelled to bring down a rather large box filled with notebooks, folders, and other much needed supplies to donate to the Holy Cross Anglican School.

In addition to vacationers like Thomas and Elaine, we have many wonderful property owners including Jeff F., Jay and Sabrina J., Richard and Harvette D., and many others who bring down whatever they can fit in their suitcases each time they come for a visit. In the past year, we have collected over 325 pens, 650 pencils, 2,000+ sheets of loose-leaf paper, and more than 100 notebooks, in addition to many many pounds of other supplies including folders, markers, crayons, and art supplies!

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Each time we make a delivery to Holy Cross, the teachers and administrators have a big smile on their faces because they know that these supplies will help them to help their students succeed and continue their education.

While there are many schools on Ambergris Caye, the Holy Cross School is one of the largest and neediest, serving many of the poorest families on the island. Located in the San Mateo neighborhood, just north of the center of San Pedro Town, Holy Cross serves approximately 450 students. Many of these students would not be able to go to school if it weren’t for Holy Cross, as for many families, the cost of supplies, uniforms, and tuition can be a financial burden. Holy Cross provides many of its students with scholarships, free uniforms, and supplies so that children can pursue an education and ultimately obtain job and life skills that will help them care for their families in the years to come.

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Without our guests, we wouldn’t be able to give back in the ways that we do and we are excited to continue to build relationships with other organizations in our community through Pack For A Purpose. If you are interested in learning more about PFAP please visit the Pack for a Purpose website and if you have a little spare room in your luggage, consider filling it with some much needed supplies!

To learn more about our other initiatives, visit our Corporate Social Responsibility page or email Betsy Rosenlund, ECI’s Corporate Social Responsibility director for Belize.

 

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Topics: Ambergris Caye, Grand Baymen, Activities at Grand Baymen

Betsy Rosenlund

Written by Betsy Rosenlund

Betsy Rosenlund graduated from the University of Denver in 2009 with degrees in Spanish and International Relations. Graduating at height of the recession, Betsy took her first sales job with Nordstrom. During her 6 years with Nordstrom, Betsy gained unparalleled sales and customer service training and experience; she was awarded with the Quarterly Pacesetter award several times over and recognized as a Future Nordstrom Leader, an invite-only management training program. A career change led Betsy briefly to Austin, TX, and shortly thereafter, Betsy traded in both her ski boots and cowboy boots for flip-flops and the sunny beaches of Belize to put her hard-earned degrees to work. Betsy joined the ECI Development team in January 2016 as the Business Development Manager and has since taken on the role of Director of Pre-/Post-Sales Customer Service. Outside of work, Betsy is a charter member and secretary of the Rotaract Club of Ambergris Caye Belize. Betsy also enjoys volunteering with the SHINE program for young women and girls, and regularly serves at Colleen’s Kitchen, a program of the San Pedro Food bank. She is the proud dog-mom to Monti, a Belizean rescue dog.