Horizon Helps

It’s far too easy to get tangled up in our own little world and forget about what’s going on around us. Acts of kindness and generosity are the endorphins of mental health. We try to create a work environment that encourages giving back because I believe we are blessed to be a blessing.

– Kurt Johnson, CEO

Since 2011, Horizon employees have given more than 2200 hours of their time to the following wonderful organizations.

Strong Tower Ministries

 

Strong Tower Ministries is building a 6,400 sq. ft. Wellness Center for Siloe Ministries that will expand both the medical care and health education that will be offered to the community and surrounding areas. Siloe’s goal is to continue providing free medical care to needy individuals, while also educating our community about making longterm, healthy choices that will positively impact their families’ futures. (Strong Tower Ministries)

 

Horizon received word that Strong Tower Ministries was in need of volunteers to help complete their medical facilities. We rose to action and headed to La Mision, Baja California to help with the construction of their new medical facility. After our construction task was complete, we prepare a special lunch for the children at the local orphanage.

Back to Natives Restoration

 

Back to Natives Restoration aims to encourage and actively participate in the restoration and conservation of Orange County and California wildlands, through education and restoration programs featuring native plants and biodiversity as a centralizing theme. (Back to Natives Restoration)

 

Horizon was tasked with organizing the BNR nursery that is used to propagate, and transplant threatened and endangered plants that are native to Southern California. We were able to help boost sales for their monthly fundraiser by creating an inviting space for the public to come and purchase the plants. Not only did we help BNR to increase their sales but also to put California native plants back into our communities.

Clothing the Homeless

 

Clothing The Homeless (CTH) is a ministry of The Journey Christian Church, in Irvine, California. CTH is staffed by a group of volunteers with a heart for serving the homeless population in Orange County through a mobile clothing distribution system. Our goal is to meet the needs of the homeless men and women with clothing and necessities for life on the streets while enduring different seasons and weather. (Clothing The Homeless)

 

Horizon stepped up to help clothe the local homeless community alongside of Clothing The Homeless. The month prior to the clothing distribution, Horizon employees collected boxes of gently worn clothes and shoes from their closets for donation. The efforts help to homeless community clothed with dignity by providing a retail shopping experience that allows the individuals to choose clothing that match their style preference.

Saddleback Food Pantry

 

Giving People hope, purpose, and food. (Saddleback Food Pantry)

Horizon believes that no family should go to bed hungry. To help with this goal we teamed up with Saddleback Food Pantry in Lake Forest. Horizon stocked the shelves, sorted new donations as well as organizing the pantry shelves to provide the shoppers with a first-class shopping experience. The Food Pantry provides groceries free of charge to families once a month to combat hungry.

OC Burrito Project

 

Our mission is to empower the community to become proactive agents of change, focusing on the multifaceted issues contributing to homelessness, and working together to create a path towards self-sufficiency for our homeless neighbors. (The OC Burrito Project)

 

Horizon wanted to contribute to the needs of the homeless community in Orange County. We teamed up with The OC Burrito project to aid in their efforts. Horizon was able to raise enough money to feed an additional 270 people from employee donations. On Friday evening, once a month Horizon employees roll burritos and distribute them to the homeless population in Santa Ana. Not only is Horizon aiming to feed the hungry but to educate the community on the challenges that these individuals face every day.

Hurricane Harvey Relief

 

When victims of war, poverty, disasters, disease, and famine cry out for help, Samaritan’s Purse is often the first to answer. We specialize in meeting critical needs in the world’s most troubled regions, often working through ministry partners already on the scene of a crisis. In the U.S., we quickly mobilize staff and volunteers to provide emergency aid when hurricanes, tornadoes, and other storms strike. (Samaritans Purse)

 

Horizon was quick to respond to the financial need of the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Horizon employees donated over $1,000 to various first responding organizations in August. The employees’ donations were matched by Horizon Technology. We believe it is our responsibility to help our fellow Americans in their time of need.

Operation Santa Claus

 

The County of Orange Operation Santa Claus program provides gifts and toys to children who are abandoned, neglected, and/or abused and are placed in foster care in Orange County. In addition, Operation Santa Claus provides holiday gifts to children of disadvantaged families who are receiving services from the County of Orange. (Operation Santa Claus)

 

Horizon believes that every child should have a gift to open on Christmas day. Every year Horizon employees spend their time organizing shelves of toys and unloading new donations in the county’s warehouse. When the social workers and parents come into the warehouse, employees quickly greet them and help to find the toys that are on the child’s wish list.

OC Rescue Mission

 

To minister the love of Jesus Christ to the Least, the Last, and the Lost of our Community through the provision of assistance in the areas of guidance, counseling, education, job training, shelter, food, clothing, health care and independent living communities. (OC Rescue Mission)

 

Horizon wants to help the members of their community that have fallen on hard times. To do so they teamed up with the OC Rescue Mission, to provide a stable environment for individuals to get back on their feet and back into the work force. Horizon sent many employees to the OC Rescue Mission to help with their various needed, which included everything from sorting food to cleaning the kitchen and cafeteria.

Pay it Forward

 

In May 2016 our CEO handed each employee $100 with the challenge to Pay It Forward. The Horizon team quickly began working together and brainstorming ideas. Employees used the $100 in various ways from donating it to a GoFundMe account for a kidney transplant, feeding the homeless and purchasing school supplies. Palmyra Elementary in Orange was a deserving recipient of the Pay It Forward, and received much needed school supplies for the underfunded elementary school. Our Boston team provided school supplies to the Build-A-Backpack at Wellesley and Framingham Library. Other employees purchased pizza for the homeless community.

Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.