It can be argued that children are at the heart of many families across the globe, which means support for children and communities in crisis is critical. In late October, Mission 500, a nonprofit organization that works closely with the security industry to provide this kind of support, called on industry professionals to participate in a three-day service project that would help a family in need. Pelco by Schneider Electric’s VP of Marketing Diane Feliciano answered this call.

Many children and families in our own backyard need our help. A staggering 41.5 percent of Appalachian County residents fall below the poverty line, and while this problem goes largely unnoticed by the rest of the country, there are organizations like Mission 500 that try to do something about it.

Traveling to West Virginia, Feliciano met the recipients of the community effort — a couple with two children who at the time, was living with relatives because they did not have a home of their own. Mission 500 assembled a team with representatives from Pelco, Axis Communications, Bosch and Reed Exhibitions to aid in the complete renovation of a trailer home for the young family. “Although competitors in business, we all banded together as one cohesive team to complete this effort,” Feliciano said.

The service project was spearheaded by Mission 500 and World Vision, a global humanitarian organization that partners with children, families and their communities to tackle poverty and injustice. The team worked for three days with the guidance and help from representatives from World Vision, who oversaw the completion of the project. The entire scope of work was expansive and included renovations to the living area, bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom, and even included the development of a solid front porch for easy and safe access. New smoke and carbon monoxide detectors ensure the continued safety of the family. Feliciano was humbled by the experience, and was able to see the family’s relief that they would have a home before winter set in.

At the core of Pelco’s mission is a sense of giving back to the community, which encompasses the company’s culture of social responsibility. “Pelco feels very strongly about its role in giving back,” Feliciano said. “With that in mind, we intend on continuing to team with Mission 500 to address needs in our local communities so we can engage our employees, who are eager to participate, in these kinds of activities.”

Mission 500 was founded in 2007, with the goal of sponsoring 500 children through World Vision’s child sponsorship program. In a few short years, the organization met this goal, and continues to provide lifesaving assistance for those in need and communities in crisis around the world. For more information on how you can support the Mission 500 organization, visit their Web site.