Experience Momentum employees volunteer in Dominican Republic

Experience Momentum employees volunteered in a small village in the Dominican Republic this spring. (Photos courtesy of Experience Momentum)

Thirteen Experience Momentum employees traveled this spring to a small village in Maizal, Dominican Republic, and in partnership with Plant With Purpose, volunteered their time, energy and sweat equity.

While on location, the volunteers spent two days standing shoulder to shoulder with villagers as they worked diligently to repair their farm lands by practicing solid reforestation practices that they learned through the Plant With Purpose program.

The mission of Plant With Purpose is to partner with rural communities to assess areas of need and offer tools to take the steps to address issues such as extreme poverty, hunger, improving health and restoring the environment and reversing long standing abuse of natural resources. Positive impact is made through sustainable agriculture training, land restoration, savings-led micro-financing, church mobilization and local leadership development.

Experience Momentum employees were privileged to be welcomed with open arms by the members of this village and were treated with immense kindness, openness and joy. They shared their homes, food (fresh coconut right from the tree), talents (music and dance parties happened spontaneously) and genuine spirit.

Experience Momentum has partnered with 1% For the Planet since 2013. This is an organization, whose mission is to build, support and activate an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. This international organization of 1,200 participating companies spanning 48 countries asks their members to donate 1 percent of their total revenue to sustainability initiatives.

Experience Momentum invested in this organization to support the sustainability of clean air, water and food. With its 1 percent partnership Experience Momentum gives 1 percent of its total revenue to participating nonprofits. Of this 1 percent, 50 percent is distributed to non-profits selected by individual team members and the other 50 percent is given to a single non-profit Experience Momentum chooses, of which volunteer time also is contributed. The choice for the team focus this year was Plant With Purpose.

“This was truly an empowering experience, one in which would not have been possible without the support and patronage of our customers. It is through their loyalty to our company that we are able to support organizations like 1% For The Planet and Plant For Purpose,” said Experience Momentum owners Shanon and Kelly Tysland. “Our take away lessons from this journey, as individuals we are mighty but together we are unstoppable. We encourage you to look into becoming a 1% For the Planet partner and see the change you can be in the world.”

The people in the Dominican Republic warmly welcomed the Experience Momentum volunteers.

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