With a Purpose
The PUSO Foundation
BASIC LIFE NECESSITIES
The P.U.S.O. Foundation came into existence in April of 2017. At that time, the founder, Robert Banez, was a 22-year-old, James Madison University alum and IT consultant living in Alexandria, Virginia. He was at work one day sharing with a colleague that he was gearing up for a vacation to the Philippines where he intended on doing a little bit of service work. Robert was caught off guard when that same conversation unanticipatedly led to a $20 donation. It was in this very moment that the foundational vision of P.U.S.O. began to take shape.
With the spirit of compassion moving through his heart, Robert was suddenly inspired to try and transform his upcoming vacation into a full on self-organized mission trip. He wanted to use his personal story of how love and support from his family and perfect strangers helped him survive his upbringing of growing up without a father and losing his mother to cancer at the age of nine.
The seed was planted and the journey on the road less traveled was underway as Robert officially launched a Go Fund Me campaign on May 7, 2017. Robert’s closest friends and family members helped spread the word about his initiative through Instagram and Facebook. Within three short weeks, the Go Fund Me page raised over $4,875 with the help of 90+ donors.
Unknowingly, Robert 's campaign would later ensure that many people and families would benefit from such meek beginnings. His simple yet humble idea would help him accomplish his goal of serving 500 lives during his 2-week trip in June of 2017. Later, his initial attempts to provide community service would evolve into a for-purpose charity organization equipped with dozens of volunteers also known as “P.U.S.O. Family Members.” Communally, they continue to work together to help bring hope to thousands of lives through various creative outlets and platforms.
Robert started P.U.S.O. as a 501(c)(3) with the God-given mandate to reach the undervalued or overlooked people in the world, while strategically and intentionally giving them the most important seed that he received growing up... HOPE.
THE PUSO WAY
P.U.S.O. stands for the Purposeful Unconditional Service to Others and our mission is to provide hope with a purpose. We aim to empower those living in underserved areas throughout the world. Whether our commitment to service is exemplified through providing basic life necessities or facilitating extracurricular activities, our vision is to plant the seed of hope and possibility in people. Our sincerest hope is that our commitment to service grows to be the catalyst for changing lives!
All of our initiatives and platforms affirm this creed. We aim to change how the world views philanthropy while breathing life into the status quo of fundraising. Through our intentional & creative projects and platforms, we hope to motivate, inspire, & facilitate personal growth. We hope to not only impact the lives of the populations we serve, but also everyone involved at any of our events!
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED
All of our platforms and events fuel our outreach initiatives like a river of resources and hope. We aim to deliver it to many different parts of the world in need. Our goal is to build purpose driven pipelines throughout the world that can provide both tangible and intangible provision. We aim to inspire the next generation while providing tools to sustain the current one.
We want to share our experiences with you as we continue to transform the lives of impoverished communities overseas. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please click below to access our Donation page. Thank you for supporting our mission!
P.U.S.O. and our sponsors strive to embrace the belief that life is not just about ourselves. We are committed to a purpose that goes far beyond our immediate surroundings. It is a purpose that lies within the hearts of those we aim to bring joy and love to. We stand with our sponsors to spread hope to our neighbors next door, and across the world.
Our college outreach program was created to give student organizations at different universities an opportunity to make a direct impact in the lives of those less fortunate. Through our college outreach program, we aim to inspire and foster growth in the lives of college students --- the future leaders of the world.
University of North Carolina Greensboro
James Madison University
George Mason University
Virginia Commonwealth University
University of Arizona
Montclair State University
University of Connecticut
University of Michigan
Seton Hall University
University of Illinois at Urban Champaign
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The College of New Jersey
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
George Washington University
Saint Louis University
We are dedicated individuals who believe that the mission of life is to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Despite the struggles of everyday life we believe it is our responsibility to empower, uplift, and radically transform as many lives as we can. We believe that it is the light that God has instilled in us that drives us to bring love to others.
The P.U.S.O. family has come together to build a community where our work not only impacts those in need, but fosters a positive outcome while providing motivation in the lives of everyone around us!
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
We can't wait to hear from you
Address: 10560 Main Street suite 409B, Fairfax, VA 22030