Keefe Gorman is a managing director and investments and wealth advisor at Merrill Lynch in Ithaca, New York. In addition to his work at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman contributes to many nonprofits and charities, including ShelterBox.
Based on the belief that shelter is a basic human right, the nonprofit ShelterBox began in the United Kingdom and has since grown to become a global organization that brings help directly to those families that need it.
Since 2009, ShelterBox has been working in the Lake Chad Basin of Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad, a region that has been harmed by the violence of the extremist group Boko Haram. This area is also stricken by the impacts of climate change, as well as poor resource management. Lake Chad was once one of the largest freshwater lakes in Africa but has shrunk by 90 percent since the 1960s. The area is also one of the hottest places on the planet.
Approximately 17 million people live in the basin region. Of those, 10.7 million people are in need of aid and 2.4 million have been forced to leave their homes with nothing. ShelterBox has provided shelter and other resources, such as kitchen sets, tool kits, water carriers, solar lights, and blankets, to 11,000 families so far. To learn more about their efforts, visit www.shelterboxusa.org.
Founded in 2000, ShelterBox provides relief efforts such as supplies and shelter for families affected by disasters. The charitable organization has established itself as a leader in its field and works to help a minimum of 50,000 displaced families each year.
Rather than distribute a standardized box of supplies, ShelterBox prepares eponymous ShelterBoxes that contain supplies relevant to the disaster and location where it occurred. For example, the organization sent over 10,000 sets of hats, gloves, and scarves to survivors of the 2011 earthquake in Japan. Each ShelterBox does contain some de facto provisions such as a tent able to hold up in inclement weather, a water purifier, tools, a stove and cooking utensils, and activity packs to keep children preoccupied.
M. Keefe Gorman, CSNA, CFM, CFP® Managing Director - Investments Wealth
Management Advisor NMLS ID 579816 Merrill Lynch 235 South Cayuga St. Suite 100
Ithaca, N.Y. 14850 fax 607 215 7173 ph 800 815 5796 http://fc.ml.com/the_gorman_group
Michael Keefe Gorman, a broker with Merrill Lynch, serves a geographically diverse group of individual investors, businesses, and non-profits from his office in Ithaca, New York.
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