Despite its fast-paced lifestyle and reputation for brusqueness, New York City has a thriving philanthropic community that supports virtually every worthy cause under the sun. Local companies proudly do their part to provide financial, logistical and people-powered momentum to resource-strapped organizations. In return, they enjoy the satisfaction that comes with truly making a difference.
Few small New York City businesses are more active in the charity circuit than Bronx-based Start Elevator, one of the city’s top-rated elevator construction, maintenance and repair companies. Here’s a look at five New York charities that the company has supported over the years:
- Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House is a well-known charity that provides homes away from homes for thousands of families who need to travel to provide their children with medical care. Start Elevator provides in-kind donations of time and expertise for Ronald McDonald House’s numerous New York location, often fixing or maintaining elevators free of charge. Owner John O’Shea and other employees are also all too happy to donate to the charity out of their own pockets, as well as to sponsor Ronald McDonald House’s many charity events.
- Bottom Line
Bottom Line is a Brooklyn-based organization that provides underprivileged students with one-on-one mentorship and financial support. Its simple, admirable goal: to help kids get into and graduate from college. Start proudly participates in Bottom Line’s summer internship program, taking in bright-eyed young interns for months on end and showing them what it means to run a family business.
- Mount Sinai Hospital
Start Elevator supports Mount Sinai Hospital, one of New York City’s finest medical centers and a legitimate champion of innovative children’s medicine, through its work with Ronald McDonald House. The company has done work around Mount Sinai’s main Manhattan campus and boasts close ties to the institution’s provider network.
- Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
The compassionate practitioners at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore work tirelessly to treat rare and complex childhood disorders, often against great odds. The entire Start team understands the solemnity of Montefiore’s mission and stands ready to help the institution however it can.
- Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
Brooklyn’s Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church isn’t a traditional nonprofit, but it was in dire need of assistance after Hurricane Sandy. The ravaged church couldn’t afford to fix its mission-critical elevator, which ferried people and supplies from the basement to the main levels. Start Elevator stepped into the literal breach, fixing the machine free of charge. According to a press release from the company, the repair would have cost as much as $5,000 at going rates. Start was all too happy to shoulder the burden and help a proud institution get moving once more.
If you own a business in New York City, why not consider donating your time and resources to one or all of these fine organizations? After all, we’re ultimately judged by our deeds, not the numbers in our bank account statements.