The Orange Branch— Reaching Out
Balance Point is more than just a business. It’s an organization that has always focused on making the effort to be positive. That extends far beyond providing good customer service. Balance Point wants to reach out into the community and give back to causes that are important to those close to us; like our employees and our non-profit clients.
With this in mind, members of the Balance Point team gathered together to prioritize the acts of donating time and creating change in meaningful ways.
The Orange Branch is Balance Point’s commitment to do just that. With its name inspired by our company color and payroll software (Orange), this foundation is not just about donations and fundraising, but also about taking the time to get to know where we can make a real difference. We want to show up and put in the work to do something significant.
Since The Orange Branch was established, we have connected with multiple charities and non-profits and plan to continually expand our effort. One of our very first accomplishments involved working closely with Lil’ Bravest, a charity that improves the quality of life for hospitalized children. Since then, members have volunteered their time at Eva’s Village soup kitchen, taken on a construction project to help a local Habitat for Humanity, participated in a 5k run to raise money for Good Grief, a NJ-based children’s grief counseling non-profit, and much more. Every initiative, from donating time to pushing physical limits, has been backed with great support from the entire Balance Point staff and we are all excited to see what the future holds as we reach out to new organizations with The Orange Branch.
Chemo Kits for the John Theurer Cancer Center
In April 2016, The Orange Branch donated “Chemo Kits” to cancer patients undergoing treatment at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Hospital. Each kit contained items to help ease the effects of treatment like toothbrushes, lozenges, water bottles, and eye masks. The kits were well-received by the staff since they don’t receive many of these types of donations.
Card-Making for DOROT NYC
In an effort to lift the spirits of lonely seniors, employees and their kids donated their time and creativity to make greeting cards with positive messages. The cards were donated to DOROT NYC , a non-profit social service organization that alleviates social isolation among the elderly and provides services to help them live independently as valued members of the community.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey
In September 2015, Balance Point teamed up with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey for two initiatives. Employees visited the facility to help receive and sort food, and then helped collect monetary donations at a Red Bulls Arena Food Drive event. More charitable opportunities are in the works.
NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
“On behalf of NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, I thank you and The Orange Branch for your generosity in donating your time, resources and enthusiasm in making a memorable day for our patients, families and staff.
They toys, pizza and board games were a huge hit and I can’t tell you enough how profound an impact it played on the overall health and wellbeing of our patients and their families and in providing them a temporary distraction from hospitalization.
Please extend my sincerest gratitude to everyone that took part in making our patients and families smile and laugh.” – Ana S. Furnari
Good Grief 5k Run
On May 31, 2015 The Orange Branch participated in a 5k Run for NJ-based counseling non-profit Good Grief. Good Grief has been a client for a few years and provides positive peer support to children, young adults, and families who have lost a loved one. This sentiment hit close to home for some of the Balance Point staff, so we are so happy to have the opportunity to run in support of their cause. To volunteer, donate, or show support please visit Good Grief’s website directly at good-grief.org
Sharing the Love with Habitat for Humanity
When we’re not doing payroll, we’re looking for ways to get involved and help our community. The team at Balance Point has always been enthusiastic about giving back, so when brainstorming about some new ideas, we decided to direct our attention towards organizations we know and love. Because they’re a client of ours, we already have an established relationship with Habitat for Humanity Newark- so they quickly came to mind as an ideal volunteer opportunity for us. So on March 7th, a group of 6 Balance Point staff members got hands-on with Habitat for Humanity Newark. On top of sanding, hammering, nail-gunning, and sweating to help build a new home for a needy neighbor, Balance Point also made a donation as part of our new foundation effort. We hope this money will help Habitat for Humanity purchase some new tools and supplies for upcoming projects. Thanks, Habitat for Humanity Newark, for giving us the feel-good warmth that makes us want to help more and more!
To volunteer, donate, or show support please visit Habitat For Humanity Newark’s website directly at habitatnewark.org.
A Bike Ride Does Some Good
In 2014, Balance Point’s Mike Dimaya proudly raised donations from almost the entire office to ride in the Go the Distance Autism Bike Ride for our client, Alpine Learning Group. Alpine Learning Group is a Balance Point client and one of the first non-profit autism education centers in Bergen County, which is also our home base.
To volunteer, donate, or show support please visit the Alpine Learning Group website directly at alpinelearninggroup.org.
Tough Mudder 2012
The Balance Point Team got down and dirty for 2012’s Tough Mudder obstacle.
Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, half a million inspiring participants, and more than $3 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.
To volunteer, donate, or show support please visit the Wounded Warrior Project’s website directly at woundedwarriorproject.org
Over the years the employees of Balance Point Payroll have maintained a tradition of giving around the holidays. Continuing in that tradition this year, Balance Point Payroll employees donated over $700 worth of toys to Lil’ Bravest. Lil’ Bravest was started by a group of New York City Firefighters from Engine 84 and Ladder 34, looking to help children in need. The purpose of the organization is to improve the quality of life for children who are hospitalized or being treated for childhood diseases. They started the Lil’ Bravest in honor of two “Brothers” they lost in 2010. On October 17th, 2010 Rory O’Flaherty, who served two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army, passed away due to an enlarged heart at the age of 31. Two months later they lost their mentor and “senior man” John “Sully” Sullivan. John was a 27 year veteran of Ladder 34 and died on Christmas Eve, 2010 of cancer as a result of his rescue and recovery efforts following September 11th.
We at Balance Point Payroll are proud to support such a tremendous organization and happy to help them put a smile on the faces of children in need. To volunteer, donate, or show support please visit the Lil’ Bravest website directly at lilbravest.com
The Orange Branch Timeline
John Theuer Cancer Center
Chemo Kits are donated to the John Theuer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Hospital
BP delivers greeting cards to cheer isolated seniors to support DOROT NYC
BP begins sending employees to Eva’s Village to distribute meals to the needy
BP teams up with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey for two initiatives
Good Grief 5k
BP donates and runs in a 5k for Good Grief
The Orange Branch is named to continue BP’s giving legacy
Go the Distance
BP Staff member rides in Go the Distance for Alpine Learning Group
Habitat for Humanity
BP members build with Habitat for Humanity Newark
World’s Toughest Mudder
BP Staffers compete in World’s Toughest Mudder for Green Beret
New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
BP begins visiting the New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital yearly with toys for the patients
BP teams up with Lil’ Bravest to contribute to their holiday giving
BP Staff runs a Tough Mudder for Wounded Warriors