A Cincinnati-based company is showing benevolence towards the disabled community in Butler and Hamilton counties with financial support and a commitment to see that people and their families can get the help they need with the challenges they face in everyday life.
The company has created a foundation to make sure that support gets taken care of.
The Lamplight of Hope Foundation is a new organization that is one of the community partners of the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities (BCBDD).
The foundation developed from a lifelong commitment to give back to the community, and creating partnerships like the one with the BCBDD, by Rick Lamping and his family along with his company - Transmission Specialists Inc.
Scott Osterfeld of BCBDD said Lamping and his company have stepped up to create opportunities and hope for disabled people in Butler County.
“They are doing a great deal to help individuals with disabilities and their families,” Osterfeld explained. “Lamplight was started by the Lamping family, who have done so much to support people in need throughout their life.”
Earlier this year, Lamplight was started as a a 501C3 non-profit foundation. The mission of the foundation is to help people struggling with illness, disability, poverty and other hardships.
“Many times essential things like food,medical equipment, and the ability to pay electric bills can be a real struggle to provide,” Lamping said. “The Lamplight of Hope is here to help provide these basic essentials through a multitude of avenues.”
The foundation just provided Thanksgiving dinner boxes to more than 40 families in the area and held an open house in Butler County to introduce itself to the community.
Lamping said at the event that his Cincinnati Transmission Specialists Inc. was selected as one of five winners out of more than 1,100 applicants in the Synchrony Financial “Working Forward” Small Business awards.
The award came with a $20,000 check with $10,000 for the growth of the business, and the other $10,000 for community outreach.
The $10,000 outreach portion of the Synchrony “Working Forward” award was given to the Lamplight of Hope Foundation to fund programs such as the medical resource closet and other outreach efforts that will benefit people in Butler and Hamilton counties.
“The generous hearts of all the members of The Lamplight of Hope are determined to make a difference in this community which has given all of us so much over the years,” Lamping told the Journal-News, as he discussed the people living in Butler and Hamilton counties.