The idea of Water at Work Ministry began in 2006 when Tom Flaim (our founder and current chairman of the board) visited the Dominican Republic for the first time on a short-term mission trip. As a trained civil engineer working in a water purification business, he knew that access to clean water might be problematic in the rural area where they would be visiting, so he brought a portable filtration unit with him. Tom used the unit to purify water at a cistern that was holding collected rainwater (and presumably a whole host of waterborne diseases). Soon enough, local women and children were lined up with various vessels desperately asking for clean water. After witnessing this great need, Tom felt God call him to use his training and resources to help bring clean water to the most vulnerable communities of this nation. He began setting up water purification systems with local churches in 2008 but discovered that approach would not be sustainable. Based on the idea that the water plants would have to be self-supporting, Water at Work Ministry, Inc. was incorporated in Georgia in 2012. Our in-country, non-profit organization, Fundacíon Water Work, was established in the Dominican Republic in 2014.
OUR STATEMENTS OF FAITH
We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
The Board of Directors felt that the Apostle’s Creed could not be improved upon when it comes to our organization’s beliefs. So, by unanimous consent, the Board agreed to accept the Apostle’s Creed as our Statement of Faith.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
We at Water@Work encourage corporations seeking to make a positive social impact in the world to consider entering into a partnership for social responsibility with us. For-profit corporations engage responsibly in society by finding connections to and supporting social enterprises, such as non-profit organizations, whose work aligns with their commercial mission, industry or technology. This engagement can take the form of professional advice or support, technological assistance, an employee engagement program with the non-profit, or direct financial assistance to the mission of the non-profit organization. Please contact us if your corporation is seeking a partner for social responsibility working in the water crisis, technical or international ministry, poverty alleviation, or community development in a poor country.
Meet our Fundación Water Work Team
Modesto "Chinito" Melo - Compliance Officer
Juan Luis Vilorio - Director General
Rosemary Vilorio - Community Development Manager
Mariela Perez Gonzalez - Vice President
As of 2021, we have a network of eight church-based water plants in communities across the Dominican Republic. Each water plant is registered with the Ministry of Public Health and employs an average of five people to run water plant operations, bottle, and deliver the water. Distribution trucks enable each plant to efficiently deliver water throughout the communities and power generators help in areas that have unreliable power sources. Our Fundación Water Work staff assists with site selection, oversees construction, equipment purchasing, staff training, water quality testing, and community development.
Meet Our U.S. Team
Dan serves as our Executive Director and works closely with our Dominican staff to run day to day operations. He is a retired chemist from Dow Chemical with a great passion for overseas community development. Prior to joining Water@Work, Dan volunteered extensively conducting water purification efforts around the world as a mission leader with Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church.
Tim is our former Board Chair and has been serving as Water@Work's Chief Financial Officer since our inception. He is Vice President of Innercomm Group and provides strategic planning, performance management, and leadership development to local governments and businesses throughout Georgia. He also provides great spiritual guidance for our group.
Jennifer serves as our Director of Communications. She is a former middle school teacher and now finds her passion sharing Water@Work's story with others as an "accidental fundraiser." She lives in Peachtree Corners with her husband Ben and two young sons. Check out this nonprofit podcast she was recently featured on.
Kami is our Donor Relations Manager and works closely with our team on all things fundraising. She also spearheads our grant efforts and works with church partners. After spending a year serving across various cities through AmeriCorps, she knew she wanted to pursue nonprofit work long term. Kami has a passion for water and Jesus so W@W is an ideal fit! She is an avid swimmer and hails from Indiana. Read more about her here.
After creating several fundraisers supporting W@W throughout high school and college, Mitch formally joined the organization in 2019. He currently functions as the team's finance and data analyst and is tasked with supporting long term plant sustainability, increasing community financial literacy, and finding ways to better serve our local partners. Mitch works as a Senior Investment Analyst for PGIM Real Estate Finance.
Devan is Water@Work's missionary to the Dominican Republic. He spent a summer serving as an intern with W@W and knew he wanted to return to the DR full-time when he was fully equipped. After earning an environmental engineering degree from NC State, he is now ready to use his skill set to help strengthen operations and ministry work in the DR. You can support Devan here.
Meet our Board of Directors
Tom is the founder of Water@Work and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board, focusing on casting vision and Board development. He is a civil engineer by training and repeat entrepreneur, inventor, and philanthropist. He is author of the book Thirsty for Christ and CEO of Greenlight, LLC.
Jim is the VP of Platform & Technology at SAP America. He is responsible for database and analytics software license sales. He is extremely dedicated to W@W and currently serves as our Board President.
Melissa is an entrepreneur and award winning CPA with over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. She owns her own accounting and tax firm in Atlanta and loves serving small businesses and non-profit organizations.
Kevin brings 30 years of experience as an Operational CFO, CPA with the “Big Four” and Private Equity Firms and has a proven track record of improving financial performance and building world-class finance and accounting organizations. He currently is the CFO at Aptean and has served on W@W's board since 2015.
Matthew has been a long time supporter of W@W. He has been serving as the Director of Christian Education and Missions at Parkway Presbyterian Church since 2010. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies from King College and brings an energetic level of creativity to the board.
Jacquie brings with her a diverse background in retail, teaching, and entrepreneurship to our board. She has served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church, director of Women's Bibles studies, and taken part in multiple missions trips worldwide. She has a strong passion for international missions.
James has a passionate heart to serve. He held a variety of volunteer positions at North Point Community Church in Atlanta while working full time in the IT industry for almost 40 years before he retired. In addition to joining our BOD, he is actively involved with a non-profit that serves the local community and enjoys time with his family.
Julie serves as our event coordinator and has served in various leadership roles as a volunteer over the past 23 years through her church in Snellville, GA, including as an elder. She has a background in teaching and school leadership and is now excited to use her gifts and skills to help lead W@W events and fundraisers within her community. She is gifted in administration and has a strong desire to help others.