M. Belko: Executive Director & President
has been involved in charitable activities from a young age. Mainly
volunteering through his church, he has served the homeless population in South
Jersey by organizing food drives, clothing drives, toiletry drives, and feeding
the homeless with a program called Feed My Sheep. Charity and service have
always been on the forefront of Michael’s life, and so he decided to make his
career focused on charity, hence starting Growing Us Home.
experience in fundraising and charity, Michael graduated at the top of his
class in high school and is currently taking courses in college with the
purpose of helping better run Growing Us Home. In college, Michael is working
to better his understanding of agriculture, sustainability, and management to
be able to run Growing Us Home as well as possible.
Growing Us Home operates on
the mentality that hard work will be rewarded, and so Michael aims to mold
Growing Us Home into an organization that can provide people with what they
need to live in the moment and teach them the skills needed to succeed in the
Additional Board of Directors
F. Belko: Executive Director & Vice President
Board of Directors member, Michael F. Belko, has an extensive
professional history in the construction industry from owning his own
construction company, holding leadership roles in several homebuilding
companies, and serving as an executive in some of the country’s leading
commercial solar development firms. Michael is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer at Empower Energies, a renewable solar energy firm based in the DC Metro area.
With over 30 years of experience successfully leading both start-ups and mature
companies, Michael is perfectly suited to guide Growing Us Home through the
early development and growth of the company.
Seeing this as a way to both help
others as well as start his sons on a fulfilling career path, Michael is
motivated to see Growing Us Home succeed and has the knowledge and experience
to oversee this endeavor.
Martin: Executive Director
Board of Directors member, Jared Martin, P.E., graduated from the University of Maryland:
College Park with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 and has been
performing Consulting Engineering and Project Management services for Major
Regional Utilities in the DC Metropolitan area. His coursework focused on the
applications of Renewable Energy and Principles of Sustainability in various
Jared views Growing Us Home as an opportunity to improve the
lives of others by providing the homeless community with the support they need
to get back on their feet, while implementing environmentally conscious
practices that help the world as a whole.