When you’re looking for an Audio, Video, Security, or Automation technology solution, you want a partner that delivers a great customer experience and a superior outcome every time. That’s what Fearing’s Audio Video Security does every day. We call it Make a Difference. It is our people, our Core Values, and a simple 3-Step Process that drive this.
Our Mission Statement: To deliver a great customer experience and a superior outcome every time!
Our Vision: To leave a legacy of lasting partnerships and making a difference in the world.
Our Core Values:
- Do the right thing.
- Make a Difference.
- Altruism: Customer and Team before Self.
- Relentless pursuit of excellence.
- Continuous Transformation.
Making a Difference in the World
“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me…” Mark 9:37
When you use Fearing’s Audio Video Security as your technology vendor, you are partnering with us to accomplish our Vision of making a difference in the world. We believe there is a bigger role we can play than just making profits. Our primary focus is supporting the youth and organizations that support the youth. Big Brother’s Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Kinship Mentoring, Schools for Haiti, are some of the organizations we support. We also have employees who serve as Foster Parents. Our founders, Douglas and Lois Fearing currently serve on the Board of Directors of Kinship Mentoring of Columbia County, Doug serving as its President.
Increasing awareness of ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) is also something that is near and dear to Fearing’s Audio Video Security.
Schools for Haiti
Fearing’s Audio Video Security became involved with Schools for Haiti (SFH) in 2014. Doug and Lois began doing mission trips to Haiti shortly after the earthquake in January 2010. That eventually led to connect with the founders of SFH in 2013 and a partnership was formed. Doug Fearing’s now serves on the organization’s Board of Directors, and Fearing’s AVS has sponsored annual SFH Galas in Madison since 2014 which have accumulatively raised over a half-million dollars on behalf of SFH.
It is the goal of Schools for Haiti, a 501c3 non-profit of Tampa, FL, is to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment in the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. The work there includes this very clear mission: “We will make a difference in their lives. They will make a difference in the future of Haiti.
Schools for Haiti (SFH) was born out of the vision of Haitian-born Daniel Michel who wanted to start a Christian school in his village of Montrouis, (pronounced Mo Wee) which is 57km north of Port-au-Prince. Through connections, he made while in the states he shared his vision, and out of that Schools for Haiti was founded. The first year, 2006, was very successful, so much so that SFH was supporting over 60 children with four teachers by year-end. SFH supports over 1500 students in eight schools with quality education, a nutritious meal every school day, and school clothes.
General Facts about Haiti
- The poorest country in the Americas and the 3rd poorest country in the world, most of Haiti’s 10 million people live on less than $2 a day.
- There are over 400,000 children without parents in Haiti.
- 1 out of 5 children will die before the age of five.
- Roughly three-quarters of Haitians are either unemployed or trying to make ends meet in the informal economy and 80% of Haiti’s people live in abject poverty
Educational Facts about Haiti
- The enrollment rate for primary school in Haiti is 67%, and fewer than 30% of the students reach 6th grade.
- Secondary schools enroll 20% of eligible-age children.
- Haiti’s literacy rate is 52.9%.
- Haiti ranks 177th out of 186 in the world for national spending on education.
- International private schools (run by Canada, France, and the United States) and church-run schools educate 90% of students.
- The government has advocated the creation of a free, public, and universal education system for all primary school-age students in Haiti, but there is no funding program in place now nor in the near future to provide for free public education.
Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years) such as experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect; witnessing violence in the home, and having a family member attempt or die by suicide.1,2 Also included are aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding such as growing up in a household with substance misuse, mental health problems, or instability due to parental separation or incarceration of a parent, sibling or other members of the household.
How Big is the Problem?
- ACEs are common. About 61% of adults surveyed across 25 states reported that they had experienced at least one type of ACE, and nearly 1 in 6 reported they had experienced four or more types of ACEs.
- Preventing ACEs could potentially reduce a large number of health conditions. For example, up to 1.9 million cases of heart disease and 21 million cases of depression could have been potentially avoided by preventing ACEs.
- Some children are at greater risk than others. Women and several racial/ethnic minority groups were at greater risk for having experienced 4 or more types of ACEs.
- ACEs are costly. The economic and social costs to families, communities, and society total hundreds of billions of dollars each year.
What Can You Do About It?
Mentoring through one of the organizations mentioned earlier can have a significant impact on youth impacted by ACE’s, and it does not require you to become an expert in the field. Consider it.
All the information shown here came from the CDC website and more information can be found by clicking here.