A home for my family charity. Cigar charities, quite a good number of cigar brands run or support a charity program. And there are a few distributors that either support or started charities as well. They are giving back to the community. Some are open about it, raising awareness while trying to raise funds. Others do it on the low as they are afraid it is seen as marketing.
Ministry of Cigars gives the actions of distributors, brands, and organizations a spotlight. The cigar industry needs positive stories, and we need to get the word out to the general public and politicians that there is no other industry that gives back to the community as much as the cigar industry does. Today’s special is about a charity from ProCigar, the Association of Dominican Cigar Manufacturers.
A home for my family
A Home For My Family is a housing program that aims to help the most disadvantaged employees of cigar factories that are part of the association. To do that, A home for my family will provide them with the invaluable security of a decent and safe new home. Candidates are selected among low-income families that have children or elders. The criteria are based on merit, need, and years worked at their respective factories.
ProCigar started the project in 2020. For this, the Association of Dominican Cigar Manufacturers works with Santiago-based construction company Espejo Constructora. Together they create these homes. The charity gets funds from the annual charity auction at the Procigar Cigar Festival. Local sponsors such as Espejo & Asociados, Almacenes El Encanto, and Colchoneria Yaque contribute to the charity too. And there is an option for fans of Dominican cigars to contribute via the ProCigar website.
The cost to build a house is approximately US$35.000 and it comes fully furnished with all the basic necessities. But it provides a new life for a family, security, and safety. A future and that is priceless. The first step to a brighter future for the families that are fortunate to be chosen for this project. Because having a stable home is the first step to move the family forward, in this generation and the future generations. It may just look like the ‘a home for my family’ is just providing houses, but with that, they provide so much more with a long-lasting effect.
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