Message from the President

 

 

Al Berman, MBCP
President, DRI Foundation

It is hard to believe that the DRI Foundation is entering its twelfth year. We started with a simple goal of providing local relief to areas and people affected by disasters of all varieties but underserved by larger relief organizations. We responded to natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, and freezing weather). We provided aid to those in war-ravaged regions. Our efforts were forced to expand. During this pandemic, we helped fund and supported food bank distribution to those who would not have survived on their own. We funded the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment to medical facilities to safeguard those healthcare workers who defined the term “dedication.” Our efforts have been felt on six continents. The DRI Foundation’s outreach efforts to train, certify, and help find jobs for individuals who could not otherwise have the means and guidance to seek career changes has brought new individuals into the resilience professions. Thus helping them find new careers and change their professional and personal lives. As an all-volunteer organization, the DRI Foundation always needs help to continue our efforts. So, your support in volunteering and/or funding these efforts is vital to our meeting our goals.  We aim to continue funding recovery, training, volunteer, and support group efforts. This year, we provided funding to over 1,000 veterans (as part of the Veterans Outreach Program), to over 800 members of Women in Business Continuity Management (WBCM), the largest membership group in Business Continuity, to numerous relief efforts, and to academic scholarships—all at no cost to recipients. We are participating in a special project to help the children of Ukraine. The DRI Foundation is partnering with World Cares Center, which conducts desperately needed healing workshops with children and families in resettlement villages in L’viv, Ukraine, in concert with mobile medical clinics. We provided 250 backpacks filled with activities and basic necessities—thanks partly to a generous donation from Walmart that helps stimulate the children and relieve the tedium that these children face daily. We invited our guests at the DRI2023 Awards of Excellence to express their thoughts and provide words of encouragement on greeting cards to be included in the backpacks. The responses were overwhelming.  Many cards were in English; others drew pictures and even translated their message to Ukrainian for the children to enjoy and cherish. We ask that you join us in this effort. If you would like to donate goods or funds to help us, please send me a note at aberman@drii.org. Your support is appreciated so that we may continue this good work globally.

Sincerely,

Al Berman
President, DRI Foundation

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