Miami, FL (December 4, 2018) – Mission 500 recently hosted a service trip in Ponce, Puerto Rico where volunteers from the professional security industry worked on repairing the homes of two families still suffering from the effects of hurricane Maria in October of 2017. Hurricane Maria caused $92 billion in damage, leaving millions of families without everyday necessities. Volunteers spent several days repairing roofs, siding and plumbing; installing new windows; and removing trees capable of causing additional damage to the affected structures. Additionally, Mission 500 volunteers bought food, supplies and toys for the children.

Our team of Mission 500 volunteers, including several of our children were able to not only improve the living conditions of these two families, we also helped to restore their sense of dignity with a little happiness and hope for a brighter future,” said Alan Forman, President of Altronix Corporation.

The trip to Ponce, Puerto Rico was Mission 500’s third service trip, which aim to help families in need whether located here in the United Stated or abroad,” said George Fletcher, Advisory Board Member of Mission 500. “In providing assistance to people in crisis, Mission 500 continues to bring together the growing community of security industry professionals who are looking to give back and make a difference.”

This year’s service trip to Ponce, Puerto Rico took place from October 31 through November 4 and raised $12,000, which was used to provide two families with extensive home renovations.

Mission 500 extends a big thank you to the individuals who donated their time, financial support and gifts to ensure the success of this trip, as well as to corporate sponsors including: Aiphone, Altronix Corporation, Axis Communications, BRINKS Home Security, ESA, Hikvision USA, Milestone Systems and Synetics Global.

*Present in picture above: First row (l to r) - Phillippe Forman; Kyle Fletcher; Boys who live in the home
Second row (l to r) - Gwynn Turner; Stephanie Lutz, Wesco; George Fletcher, Mission 500; Guillermo, Site Foreman; Daniel Plaza, Aiphone; Jackie Pruter, Brinks; Matt Rios, Axis; Women who live in home
Third row (l to r) -  Sarahi Sanpedro, Brinks; Jason Lutz, Residio, Alan Forman; Altronix, Marianne Chew, Hikvision; Martha Entwistle, Hikvision; Shane Nikov, Hikvision; Rick Bunnell, Retired, Schneider Electric; Nick Pintaro, Axis; Patrick Cooke, Milestone; Brian Hayes, Milestone; Stephanie Mayes, Synetics Global; Dad of the house
Fourth row (l to r) – Roland Cruz, FE Puerto Rico; Tom Nolan, Mission 500; Eric Hattey, Brinks


For more information on Mission 500 or on how to become involved in supporting Mission 500, contact Tom Nolan at tnolan@mission500.org, or call 516-903-7291.

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About Mission 500
Mission 500 is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that works closely with the security industry to serve the needs of children living in severe poverty across the United States. Through corporate sponsorships and donations, the volunteer-driven initiative has distributed more than 15,000 book bags filled with school supplies to students attending Title One schools, provided almost 70,000 weekend meals to children who aren’t promised a meal outside of a school setting, and most recently, donated 300 hope packs filled with school supplies and essential hygiene items for children misplaced by natural disasters. Mission 500 also serves as an advisory team for partners in Canada and Latin America. Through this partnership, Mission 500 LATAM is currently sponsoring 1,000 impoverished children around the world.

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