Philanthropy and Community Work
LOM and the Community
We believe in a commitment to conscientious citizenship, a helping hand for worthwhile causes and constructive action that supports a strong and successful environment. By encouraging its own employees and its business units to support their local communities, LOM seeks to participate as responsible corporate citizens and members of the communities where its people live and work. As part of this commitment we make donations towards local causes we support.
The committee members are as follows: Scott Lines, Scott King, Malcolm Moseley, Jon Heckscher and Tammy Jones.
The charity committee meets once a month. If you would like to contact us, please call Tammy Jones at (441) 294-7036.
In an effort to promote excellence in the classroom and awareness of the local environment, LOM is offering one scholarship to a 12 or 13 year old student at each of the public and private middle schools in Bermuda. These eleven scholarships will cover tuition for the selected students to attend the Waterstart summer program.
Waterstart Ltd. is a registered charity with a mission to promote environmental awareness and personal growth. Waterstart programs involve a balance of aquatic skill lessons, environmental investigations and team building. Details about Waterstart and this year's summer programs can be found at: http://www.bios.edu/education/k_12/waterstart.html
Recruitment of Scholars
Teachers at each school will be asked to recommend students displaying motivation, aptitude and interest in marine science and / or the environment. Waterstart will provide teachers with information about the scholarship initiative and with the required recommendation form. The selected students will choose the summer program best suited to their summer schedule and ability level, and submit their application forms to Waterstart.
All students must be good swimmers. There will be a swim and float test at the start of each program. Scuba certification requires a separate application and medical form for acceptance.
See PADI Scuba forms at http://www.bios.edu/education/k_12/waterstart.html.
Bermuda Red Cross
LOM raised $48 000.00 for the Tsunami Relief Fund. This was given to the Bermuda Red Cross who in turn distributed funds throughout the devastated areas in Asia. LOM raised this money through the generosity of their staff, clients and The LOM Group of Companies who matched their staff donations dollar for dollar.
The Family Learning Center
The Family Learning Center (FLC) works to stabilize children and strengthen their families through therapeutic, caring services and community partnerships. LOM and its president, Scott Lines, established an endowment account for the FLC in 2004; the principal is invested with the goal of increasing the value of funds raised. LOM raises funds for the FLC through company social events, with all proceeds from our annual Christmas Party Raffle going to the endowment.
In January 2008, the value of the endowment was doubled following a generous donation on behalf of Scott Lines and his daughters. LOM also lends employees to help with FLC Tag days during Bermuda’s Cup Match; this event is a vital part of the funding that enables the FLC to work with some of the most discouraged children and families in Bermuda’s community. To learn more about The Family Learning Centre visit their website.
The Funds from our 2006 Christmas Raffle benefited the Sunshine League and the beneficiaries were able to purchase items on their “Wish List”. Staff members also donated their time for different events and fund raisers during 2007.
The Sunshine League is a Residential Care Facility for youth who have been displaced for a variety of reasons. It’s their desire that the residents that pass through the doors of the Sunshine League will feel loved and cared for each day. The aim of the Sunshine League is to help children develop good life skills and values that they can draw on throughout their life.
De Boys Day Out Club
Members of this organization pledge "to become respectable and responsible young men who practice selfless, consistent service to the Community."
LOM has supported this initiative through donations and scholarships for The Waterstart Summer Programme in Bermuda. Two awards were given to young men who had surpassed expectations in club activities and events.
De Boys' Day Out Club, a preventative outreach program, seeks to help boys 8-19 years of age transition into young adulthood. The club achieves it’s goal by involving boys in community projects such as feeding the homeless; rest home and hospital visitations; distribution of tokens to women to heighten their valuation of them; and issuing cards of encouragement and appreciation to members of the general public who need uplifting. The club also help environmental agencies by taking part in general clean-ups around the island. Educating members through workshops, seminars and conferences is a priority of the club. Developing social skills through "pretend dates" and educational outings with girls or other female organizations is vital part of that process. Other club activities are bowling; dine out & about; scavenger hunts; swimming; bike rides; hikes; lock-ins and many others.
De Boys' Day Out Club started in 1995 as a result of Mr. Milton Richardson’s teaching experience at the former Dellwood Primary School. He had taken a few boys under his wing, and asked for their parent’s permission to allow the boys to go on . a day out, it was such a success, "De Boys Day Out Club" was formed. The club now boasts members from both the public and private school systems, and all are admiral examples of Bermuda cross-culture.
Teen Haven Bermuda
Teen Haven is a residential treatment program for 16 to 21 year old teen mothers , mothers-to-be, and their children (under the age of 5 years) who are considered "at risk". It offers temporary accommodations, life skills training and parenting classes to prepare residents for healthy and independent living.
LOM has given financial support and organized collection drives of clothing, toys and supplies for Teen Haven residents. Teen Haven is located at No 4 Happy Valley Rd, Pembroke HM 19. Phone: 295-3220.
Youth Tech is a charitable organization that aims to produce technologically literate students through teaching the fundamentals of robotics through an innovative, interactive curriculum. The members apply electronics to real-world situations and see their ideas become reality. LOM provided the kits required to build the robots. Our Charity Committee attended some of the Youth Tech’s presentations, to show our encouragement for this enterprising cause.
The Bermuda Aquarium
Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo’s (BAMZ) mission is: "to inspire appreciation and care of island environments." LOM sponsors a Triggerfish tank at the Aquarium, because we believe this is a great educational resource for Bermuda’s young people.
For more information on The Bermuda Aquarium please visit www.bamz.org.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
In the past, LOM sponsored two children to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Both were meritorious graduates of the public school system who came from families where the parents or guardians were extremely supportive, but unable to contribute financially toward their children’s interest.
The Bermuda Youth Sports Programme
The Bermuda Youth Sports Program (BYSP) was organized in 1992 by a group of concerned parents, mainly from the western parishes of Bermuda, to involve boys and girls, ranging in age from 5 to 16 years, in sports.
They emphasize the development of positive attitudes and self esteem through participation rather than competition. The BYSP also emphasizes teamwork and respect... respect for yourself, your teammates and coaches, your competitors and the game officials. Every participant gets even playing time - again, participation is stressed above competition!
LOM supports this program through its sponsorship of Soccer, Basketball and Baseball teams in various age groups. The program is staffed by volunteers and gives kids the opportunity to play in teams competing in leagues. LOM staff members donate their time towards coaching and organizing BYSP teams.
The King Edward Memorial Hospital Children's Ward
To help make the season a little brighter for children who are ill during the Christmas Season, LOM has bought toys for the ward to give to the children’s hospital ward for children who will spend Christmas in the hospital.
National Youth Debate
The LOM Group was a co-sponsor of the 2nd Annual National Peace and Tolerance Debate. Students from local middle and high schools were given the debate topic of "this house believes that the community is responsible for youth violence"; winning individuals participated in the international debate on global youth violence against the United Nations School.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Bermuda
In 1978, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Bermuda (BBBS) was founded following the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model established in the United States in 1913.
BBBS has been making a positive impact on children's lives over the past 25 years by matching children, primarily from single-parent homes, with adult volunteers. The children as well as the volunteers come from all walks of life, and represent the diversity of Bermuda. A Big Brother or Big Sister acts as a mentor and role model. Big Brothers and Big Sisters help their mentees grow, not just by offering friendship and guidance, but by sharing experiences.
LOM has provided financial aid to BBBS to assist them in moving into and keeping their new facility operational. For more information on Big Brothers and Big Sisters visit their website.