INO Cares - WV Flood Relief

This past week has been crazy! The news has been dominated by Brexit, the house sit-in, and the ever entertaining presidential campaign. There was also tremendous tragedy in West Virginia as devastating floods took lives and destroyed homes. A few members of our staff live in this wild and wonderful state. Although they are safe, many of their state's residents are suffering great losses.

We have donated to the flood relief efforts as part of our INO Cares campaign. We hope that our contribution will be used to provide both material and emotional comfort for the flood victims.

If you have it in your hearts to contribute to the West Virginia Flood Relief, there are many ways to do so. Below you will find a few organizations that are trying to make a difference for this broken community.

Red Cross
United Methodist Foundation of WV (Memo: Flood)

I hope you'll keep following along as we try to make the world just a little bit better with random acts of kindness.

Best,
Lindsay Bittinger
INO.com, Inc.

Valentine's Day - Sending Love + Water To Flint


What a great time of year to dish out some more INO love!

Clean, potable water has always been a global issue, but rarely is it something we hear about in our own backyard. The folks of Flint, Michigan have been dealing with toxic water since a source switch in 2014. Being able to purchase potable water is not an easy task for some. To help with a temporary solution to this major problem, organizations have been established to collect water donations and transport them to Flint for distribution.

Maryland resident and Flint, Michigan native, Ron Lee, wanted to help his hometown. Ron teamed up with "Well of Hope" to help collect, transport and distribute water donations. He and his family drove a giant moving truck filled with water all the way to Flint early Saturday morning. They will hand-deliver this much-needed​ resource to this area in great need.

We managed to get our water donation on the truck right before they left! Ron was grateful and assured us that our gift of love will be given directly to many Flint residents who are in dire need.

Learn more about Well of Hope and their ongoing efforts to help the citizens of Flint, Michigan.

Best,
Lindsay Bittinger
INO.com, Inc.

Our 2016 INO Cares Mission

When we created the INO Cares campaign, we wanted to touch the lives of those in our community and throughout the world. We've provided scholarships for Nepalese children to attend school, completed our team building in a soup kitchen, funded and cheered for marathon runners raising money for very worthy causes, and so much more. It's been such a rewarding use of our time and resources!

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For 2016, we've decided to change it up a little bit. This year, we will be performing random acts of kindness for those in our community and those that touch the hearts of INO.com employees.

For our first act, we put together 60+ blessing bags. These bags, adorned with an encouraging message of hope, are packed with goodies and helpful items (socks, water, hand-warmers, chapstick, tissues, toothpaste, toothbrush, snacks, and more) for those who may need some extra assistance.

We also had enough supplies to send items to a local high school for their backpack buddies program and to a church in West Virginia for their ongoing support ministry.

At a recent team meeting in Alexandria, Virginia, we were able to hand out a few blessing bags to those we encountered in the city. It's such a quick, and yet wonderful moment to see a smile from someone who may find it difficult to find things to smile about.

These blessing bags are perfect to keep on the passenger side seat of our cars. Not only will our help be just an arm's-length away, but they will also be a great reminder of the gratitude we should be carrying in our hearts at all times.

We hope that you'll follow along with the many acts of kindness we hope to accomplish in 2016!

Best,
Lindsay Bittinger
INO.com, Inc.

Miriam's Kitchen - INO Cares November 2015

Every month this year, we've asked an employee to nominate a cause for our INO Cares campaign. So far this year we've helped St. Judes, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Anne Arundel Medical Center, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Therapeutic Riding, Bike Like A Girl and more really amazing organizations.

This month was a little different as all of us wanted to go back and serve at Miriam's Kitchen. We dug out our aprons and hats and jumped into the kitchen in Washington, D.C., serving a delicious meal to over 160 men and women of the chronically homeless community.

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Last year after we finished our dinner shift, staff members immediately asked, "when can we do this again?" So of course this was our staff pick for INO Cares this year!

There is something so satisfying about giving both money and manpower to an organization that is doing amazing things in our area.

Once again this year we had a great time working side-by-side with our fellow colleagues and sharing a little love with random strangers. The staff at Miriam's is phenomenal and their passion for service is simply contagious. The smiles of the guests are heartwarming and we hope the food nourished their bodies as much as the evening nourished our souls.

There are over 7,000 homeless individuals in Washington, D.C., 1,764 of which are chronically homeless. Miriam's Kitchen is committed to ending homelessness in D.C. by establishing meaningful relationships with chronically homeless individuals, connecting them with permanent supportive housing, and ensuring they have the necessary support to remain in housing.

Miriam's Kitchen serves breakfast and dinner to 200-300 people each day, 365 days a year. They also provide mental health services, medical services, legal services, therapeutic resources, clothing and toiletries and housing assistance. To learn more about Miriam's Kitchen or how you can help, please visit www.miriamskitchen.org.

Best,
Lindsay Bittinger
The INO Cares Team

CF Cycle For Life - INO Cares September 2015

Yes, I know it's not September, but there were two great events that we wanted to participate in and they both fell in October.

CF Cycle For Life 2015On Sunday, October 11th, INO.com employees broke out their spandex and jumped on their bikes to participate in the Cystic Fibrosis Cycle For Life. The ride started and finished in Herrington Harbour in North Beach, Maryland. The event raised over $40K for Cystic Fibrosis research.

Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disorder that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe. Approximately 30K people are living with CF in the United States. The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.

It was a chilly morning, but our riders did their 40 miles and then enjoyed the after-party put on by the CF Foundation. This was INO.com's second year riding in the CF Cycle For Life and we were happy to raise money and awareness for CF once again!

We really want to hear from you! What organizations or events should be included in our 2016 INO Cares calendar? We'd love to hear what organizations are important to you.

Best,
Lindsay Bittinger
INO.com, Inc.