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Fuse Supports the Rosie Network in Annual Giving Program

Around this time each year, Fuse selects one nonprofit that is doing important work in the community and the world – and whose mission is aligned with ours – for our annual holiday giving program.

This holiday season, we are excited to support The Rosie Network! Our employees are invited to donate and Fuse is matching funds raised, to double our contribution.

Headquartered near us in San Diego, The Rosie Network’s mission is to “build stronger military families by developing entrepreneurial programs and support services that empower active-duty, veterans and military spouses to realize the American Dream of small business ownership, increasing financial stability and self-sufficiency of those who have served our country.”

“Our job is to create warfighter-focused communications, networking and computing solutions for battlefield advantage. The Rosie Network is supporting military personnel and their families for small business advantage,” said Fuse CEO Sumner Lee. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to support this incredible organization and the work they do for those who serve this great country.”

From The Rosie Network website:

Inspired by WWII icon Rosie the Riveter and her ‘We Can Do It!’ attitude, The Rosie Network was founded by Military Spouse and Veteran entrepreneurs to EMPOWER, IMPACT, and ADVOCATE on behalf of our nation’s service members and spouses seeking the American Dream of small business ownership. 

We have been training and mentoring active-duty, veterans, and military spouses for 10 YEARS. While our network has grown, our core mission remains the same.

All of our services are provided at no cost. As a 501(c)3, we depend on the generosity of our donors. If you are interested in making a financial gift to our program, contact Leona at LSublett@therosienetwork.org.


Fuse Donates to San Diego Food Bank

At the end of last year, Fuse team members pulled together to participate in a Fusegiving Food Drive, an effort to collect nonperishable food items to donate to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Altogether, the team managed to amass 236 pounds of nonperishable food items, estimated to provide 197 meals to people in need. Additionally, the Fusegiving Food Drive collected $175 in monetary donations, estimated to provide 5 meals for every dollar. In total, the Fuse team donations amounted to an estimate of 1,072 meals for San Diegans in need.

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and North County Food Bank chapter work together to provide healthy food to those in the community who need it, act as advocates, and spread awareness for people who are hungry and hunger-related issues. The food bank provides support to hundreds of thousands of people per month in San Diego County.

The Fusegiving Food Drive was organized by Mary Bolton, Sonia Wilson, and Joe Daniels. The drive was held after the Thanksgiving holiday from November 30th to December 14th.

Fuse is incredibly thankful and proud that, despite these unprecedented and difficult times, our team was able to come together in support of others who are facing hardships in our community.


Fuse Donates to STEP

Fuse was proud to welcome Support the Enlisted Project (STEP)’s Tony Teravainen and Tracie Winn, CEO/Co-Founder and Community Engagement Coordinator respectively, to our headquarters yesterday to present our team donation. The team donation was the result of Fuse’s Third Annual Fundraiser, which yielded a new record of support from our team. This year, a total of $1,050 was donated by generous individual Fuse team members, which was then matched by Fuse for a grand total donation to STEP of $2,100! Fuse CEO, Sumner Lee, presented the grand total donation to Tony.

STEP is a nonprofit organization that provides support for junior active-duty enlisted service members, recently discharged enlisted veterans, and their families in Southern California who are facing financial crisis. One of the most valuable aspects of support programs offered by STEP is that their programs help supported families build financial self-sufficiency.

About STEP, Sumner said, “STEP is an excellent program that is helping thousands of enlisted and veteran families. Tony has built a great team at STEP and they are making a significant difference to our veterans.”

Fuse’s annual fundraiser is organized by Ashley Kozak and this year took place between Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving. Each year, Fuse selects a nonprofit organization that supports local warfighters or veterans. The charitable contributions from our individual team members represent a genuine extension of the Fuse mantra, “Warfighter Focused Engineering and Design.”

Sumner confirmed his pride in getting to witness Fuse’s warfighter focus manifest among Fuse team members voluntarily. “I’m honored to represent the Fuse team who together donated over one thousand dollars for STEP, and proud that Fuse could match the donations of our team.”

Thanks to Tony and Tracie for stopping by. We wish STEP all the best in our mutual goal of supporting warfighters, and encourage anyone interested in supporting a good cause to consider donating or volunteering.