After thirty-two years of turning an opportunity with Godwin Pumps into one of the great American success stories of his generation, John Michael Paz decided to use his success to help others get the chance to capitalize on their own opportunities in life. John Michael Paz sold Godwin Pumps in 2010and started to get involved with a number of charities in the Philadelphia region.
This website serves as a place where people can get a glimpse of what they can do to help others in need. There’s a phrase that Paz would often utilize throughout his career that has become one of his core values. That phrase is “stick to knitting.” The meaning behind it is to stick to what you know best; do what you do best and do more of it. This philosophy led to incredible success with Godwin Pumps and now has led to a clear vision of what philanthropic work can do for the greater community. Below you will be able to learn more about some of the charitable organizations Paz has become associated with and why they share his vision of “sticking to the knitting.”
Paz has been assisting The Boys and Girls Club of Gloucester County for more than a decade. The sheer size of the boys and girls club, which runs life skills programs designed to improve the lives of children in South Jersey, has quadrupled since Paz’s first contributions. Every child deserves a chance to follow their path to success and The Boys and Girls Club of Gloucester County provides them with that opportunity.
The Philadelphia-based Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA), which feeds recently-released hospital patients, was founded during the HIV/AIDS epidemic as it sought out to help patients who needed nutrition to continue with their recovery. All across the Delaware Valley, MANNA recipients receive three meals each day. Paz’s financial assistance helped MANNA build the lobby that is part of the organization’s new kitchen.
The Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank, which is a non-profit that distributed 80,000 diapers in July 2018 alone, “believes all of us: babies, children, and adults deserve to be clean and dry.” John Michael Paz would become involved with this organization because of his fondness and love for babies. As a father, Paz has seen first-hand a need that no one should have to suffer through.
In addition to these institutions, Paz has helped the Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School; the U.S. Naval War College, in Providence, Rhode Island; and the Laurel House, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. The Cristo Rey school is part of a national network that is an “independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for students of all faiths who cannot otherwise afford a private education.” The stated objective of the U.S. Naval War College, according to the official website, is to “educate and develop competent and ethical leaders, support combat readiness, strengthen global maritime partnerships, help define the future of our service branch, and contribute original strategy and legal research to the national and international community.” The Laurel House offers an essential lifeline to abused wives and children. As a non-profit, Mr. Paz knows that every donation goes directly toward improving the lives of those in need of shelter and security.
These are impressive feats for those non-profits, charities, and organizations to accomplish, says John Michael Paz, but it takes financial support from he and fellow philanthropists to help make ends meet. He has no intention of slowing down his contributions and hopes his efforts inspire others to donate to organizations that provide more people with the opportunity to “stick to the knitting,” of what they love.