Called to Serve
One of Logical Systems’ core values is the importance of making the world a better place for us all.
We believe it takes every individual applying himself/herself to the aid of others to make the impact needed. All employees at LSI are given up to one week paid time off each year to volunteer for charitable causes. Employees are encouraged to reach outside of their own interests to serve the larger community.
On March 31, 2023, destructive tornados touched down in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee, leaving a trail of devastation. The storms caused widespread damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure, and many families were left homeless or without power. Covington, TN, was one of the communities impacted by an EF3 tornado. In the midst of the crisis, our employees Charles Garner and Aulbree Witherspoon stepped up to provide crucial support to those in need and help the community get back on its feet.
Charles volunteered with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief organization, helping clear trees and limbs from homes and helping homeowners pick up personal belongings from what was left of their homes. Charles was one of the lucky ones in the area, with the tornado passing within a few hundred yards of his home. After seeing the destruction and the suffering of those affected, he said, “Take a minute and put yourself in one of these pictures. Remember, be grateful for what you have because you can lose everything in a matter of seconds.”
Aulbree and her father were directed to one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in Covington by the Munford First United Methodist Church. Upon arrival, they helped a homeowner move cinder blocks from the area that was once a carport. Then it was over to the donation center where volunteers were desperately needed to help distribute personal hygiene products to residents.
Charles and Aulbree — thank you for your selflessness and dedication; you are an inspiration to us all.
At Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, one of LSI’s employees (a licensed scuba diver) volunteers to help paraplegics and quadriplegics experience scuba diving.
In a reoccurring act of selflessness, LSI employee Dan Dorcas spends time each month volunteering for Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado – a world-renowned hospital that specializes in research and the neuro-rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord and brain injuries. Dorcas regularly participates in Discover Scuba, the hospital’s therapeutic recreation program that provides patients – including both paraplegics and quadriplegics – the opportunity to experience the therapeutic and physical benefits of scuba diving. Read Dan’s story in his own words and view more photos here.
This past year in Houston, Texas, several groups from Oklahoma and Tennessee came together to work with inner-city children with the Impact Youth Summer Program.
This program engages youth through “daily programs involving Bible lessons and activities, singing, literacy classes, field trips, service projects, camps, and many other daily activities.” (www.impacthoustonchurch.org). The program is meant to encourage inner city kids to improve their literacy and grow in faith.
Approximately 300 children, ages 4-11, participated in the program.
The children were divided into age groups and then further divided into smaller reading classes of about 10. After the reading lesson, the participants were served lunch that was provided by the Houston Food Bank, and then the groups rotated through various Bible-themed stations that included drama, puppets, crafts, games, and a snack.
On Tuesday afternoon, LSI’s volunteers took the kids on a field trip to the Children’s Museum of Houston.
Each child has a story, and many of them are very sad. The hope is that the volunteers were able to help the children see that they are important and there is love and good in the world.
Also while in Houston, LSI’s group went to visit and have devotional time with the residents of Independence Hall, an apartment complex for low-income seniors, the elderly, and/or handicapped.
Haiti Medical School Design Project
Léogâne, Haiti, has a population of 90,000 and is located 25 miles west of the capital Port‐au‐Prince. It was at the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake and has not yet fully recovered.
LSI was part of a team gathered from across the United States and Canada that was mobilized by Engineering Ministries International (EMI), a nonprofit Christian development program dedicated to providing design assistance to other nonprofit organizations in developing nations. The team was asked to provide an initial design for a medical school, Université Épiscopale d’Haïti (UNEPH), that would be added to undeveloped land next to the campus of an existing nursing school. This would be the second medical school in Haiti.
The goal for this design was to provide sufficient detail to allow for accurate construction estimates so that project funding could be raised. The EMI Project Team was tasked with the following:
- A survey and assessment of the existing site and structures
- The creation of a Master Site Plan for the UNEPH Medical Training school. This includes:
- Architectural conceptual designs
- Civil engineering assessment
- Electrical capacity, safety, and sufficiency
- Structural Investigations
- Management of water and wastewater infrastructure, including sewage considerations
- The preparation and delivery of a final report detailing the Master Site Plan, technical drawings and general recommendations to help UNEPH moving forward.
The EMI team provided a design report that included a spreadsheet load analysis and a high level power distribution drawing. The electrical design was based on a load projection derived from a combination of allowances for square-footage-based utilization and specific special loads that were expected. Even though there was a local utility available, a PV solar power system with backup diesel generators was preferred.
All parties involved were happy with the outcome of the project, and LSI was proud to have been able to play a part.
At the CLAPAI Orphanage in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, one of LSI’s employees delivered donated laptops to the children.
These laptops were intended to help teach the kids how to type with some preinstalled software. They were also used to provide help to the older kids in the orphanage to improve what they may already know about computers.
The children were also presented with books to read, notebooks, and writing materials for them to practice writing as well as take notes during their classes.
CLAPAI is located in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria with a population of 900,000. Many of these 900,000 suffer from HIV/AIDS, and a substantial number of the kids in this orphanage are kids whose parents died from this disease. There are also a number of children who have lost their parents due to the religious conflicts that have risen in Plateau State since September 2001.