Archive for ‘Community Outreach’

October 12, 2016

ShelterBox’s Work in Nepal

 ShelterBox USA pic

ShelterBox USA
Image: shelterboxusa.org

Outside of work as a managing director at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman is an avid skier who enjoys spending time on the slopes with his family. Keefe Gorman also remains actively involved with a number of charities, including ShelterBox USA.

A nonprofit organization, ShelterBox USA was founded in 2004. It is one of the worldwide affiliates of ShelterBox, which was started by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in Cornwall, England. ShelterBox is now the Rotary Club’s largest project in the world.

The aim of the organization is to provide people who have experienced humanitarian calamities and catastrophes with shelter and care. Since its founding, the nonprofit has been involved in more than 270 humanitarian crises and catastrophe relief operations in over 95 geographic areas and has helped more than 1 million people.

When a destructive 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Gorkha, Nepal, in April 2015, thousands of people were killed, and entire villages were destroyed. Within two days of the catastrophe, a team from ShelterBox arrived and rapidly began distributing aid from stocks that had been prepositioned in a nearby location. The team also provided tents for damaged hospitals in the national capital of Kathmandu.

Further, ShelterBox distributed shelter kits to people in need. The kits contained heavy-duty tarps and tools to be utilized in different ways to fix and build shelters. ShelterBox team members also helped in building the shelters.

A year after the tragedy, the organization has assisted in providing shelter to over 67,000 individuals in Nepal.

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August 17, 2016

Shelter Box Provides Living Essentials for Disaster Victims

Shelter Box USA pic

Shelter Box USA
Image: shelterboxusa.org

A leading wealth management advisor based in Ithaca, New York, Keefe Gorman serves as Managing Director – Investments at Merrill Lynch. With three decades of experience as a financial advisor, Keefe Gorman has appeared in several of Barron’s Top 100 broker lists. When not serving his clients at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Gorman gives back by supporting a number of charities, including Shelter Box USA.

ShelterBox provides shelters and other supplies for families in areas where a natural disaster has occurred or a humanitarian crisis is ongoing. The idea for the organization began with a simple question: what does a family need that has lost everything? In response, ShelterBox came up with an answer in the form of a package that consists of a small cargo container that includes a large tent, blankets, gloves, hats, mosquito nets, a water filter and storage containers, pots and pans, solar lamps, tools, and a tent repair kit – the staples a family needs to survive and to begin rebuilding their lives after losing their homes and belongings.

ShelterBox has shipped over 100,000 of these boxes to people in 240 disaster areas in 90 countries, helping more than one million people. The latest deployments include shipments of ShelterBoxes to people in Malawi displaced by flooding as well as those who were affected by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

April 25, 2016

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – The Therapy Acceleration Program

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society pic

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Image: http://www.lls.org

Keefe Gorman, a wealth management advisor with nearly 30 years of experience, serves as the managing director of investments at Merrill Lynch in Ithaca, New York. In addition to his role at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman supports a number of nonprofit organizations including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

The Therapy Acceleration Program (TAP) created by the LLS provides funding for research projects exploring new discoveries in the field of blood cancer treatment, diagnosis, and care. TAP is made up of three divisions that award grants to different research approaches.

-The Academic Concierge Division provides support to academic institutions undertaking cancer research. Current projects include a study with Johns Hopkins University to determine if immune system alteration can help patients with multiple myeloma.

-The Biotechnology Accelerator Division supports companies in various stages of developing new cancer treatment options. The division is funding a clinical study of a new treatment for elderly patients with leukemia.

-The Clinical Trials Division helps pair patients with relevant clinical trials. With growing enrollment around the country, more patients are able to participate in these studies. The division works with 11 institutions across the United States.

September 18, 2015

Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club Serves Local Community

Keefe Gorman, a Merrill Lynch financial advisor, serves high-net-worth clients from his office in Ithaca, New York. In addition to his work with Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman is an active member of the local community. Among other activities, he has served on the board of directors for the Rotary Club of Ithaca Sunrise.

With more than 1.2 members worldwide, Rotary International provides opportunities for community members to create meaningful change in their local areas. Members of the Rotary Club of Ithaca Sunrise have a tradition of supporting local senior citizens. After hosting monthly dinners at a local senior learning center, the club shifted its focus to making monthly visits to Oak Hill Manor, a nursing facility. During the visits, residents have opportunities to chat and play games with Rotarians.

In addition, the Rotary Club of Ithaca Sunrise collects magazines and delivers them to the waiting rooms in area hospitals. Through these and other service projects, the Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club helps improve quality of life for the citizens in its local community.