Our first social responsibility is to look after the safety and well-being of our staff. However, we realize that this world is home to millions who are less fortunate than we are. The Spruceland Millworks family strives to lend a compassionate hand to those in need in communities around the world. For this reason, we seek out opportunities to lighten the burdens of the orphaned, the homeless and the hungry.
Spruceland’s shareholders and employees have contributed a large percentage of their earnings towards the construction of over a dozen orphanages, housing over 1000 of the world’s most destitute children. Every year, our staff sponsor a growing number of these children.
Dominican Republic Village Project
We have also been privileged to partner with La Fundacion el Samaritano in the construction of Villa Spruceland Paraiso, in the Dominican Republic. Every dollar donated by staff is matched by our owners, and employees are given time off to travel to the Dominican to personally build the homes they’ve funded.
In October of 2012, we celebrated the village’s completion and inauguration, after three years of fundraising and construction. This would not have been possible without the amazing generosity of our staff, friends, and families, and the partnership of La Fundacion el Samaritano.
This village of 206 homes provides a place to live for hundreds of Dominicans and Haitians struggling to escape poverty. Its school is full of happy, learning children. Its medical centre distributes medicines and treats diseases and injuries. Its church provides a place for worship and spiritual nourishment, and its vocational training centre trains adult students in skills that allow them to support their families. It is our goal to provide hope for the hopeless, break the generational chain of poverty, and provide a more prosperous future for the poorest of the poor.
In 2012, we raised funds for a plot of land large enough to provide each of those 206 families with a 2000 sq. ft. garden plot. As of January, 2013, the families are enjoying the fruits of their labours—harvesting corn, yucca, papaya, sweet potatoes, bananas, melons, pumpkin and beans, to feed their families.
What’s ahead? The Spruceland staff, again with matching funds from company owners, have partnered with Fundacion Samaritano to purchase a 45 acre plot. In March, 2013, construction on Villa Samaritano will begin, with plans for a school, a church, and at least 250-300 new homes.