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Torch Helps is a charitable organization that is voluntarily funded and operated by employees of Torch Technologies based in Huntsville, Alabama.
Torch CEO Bill Roark describes another early endeavor of Torch Helps. When a local Boy Scout troop was robbed of its trailer and camping equipment, Torch Helps purchased a brand-new trailer for the troop and coordinated with MilTec, which provided new camping equipment for the troop. Later, the troop, seeing an opportunity to pay it forward, donated the camping equipment to a Boy Scout troop affected by Hurricane Katrina. Torch’s original act of generosity came full circle when, as a result of their donation, Torch Technologies received our first nomination for the north Alabama Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award.
In this video, Torch’s co-founders and one of our early employees describe how Torch Helps, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was created. The Torch Helps model is one of an employee-run, employee-driven charitable organization, which has provided dozens of grants to local charities since its inception.
In 2007, Torch Helps wanted to focus on increasing the company’s connection with the community, specifically by doing more community service projects. Habitat for Humanity was selected.
When Rainbow OMEGA, a facility with group homes for individuals who are physically or mentally disabled and whose families can no longer care for them, encountered trouble making ends meet, Torch Helps came in and filled the gap with a grant.
Clayton Newkirk describes one of the first efforts of Torch Helps: aiding survivors of Hurricane Katrina in his own hometown.