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Rory J Weichbrod Unfinished Business Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: RJW Unfinished Business has been established to promote the responsible use of alcohol and to raise public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving. It supports activities and programs that inform the public about the impact drinking and driving has on victims, their families and the community. Unfinished Business organizes family-oriented and community-enhancing events that encourage goodwill and generate the capital required to accomplish its goals. In summary, RJW Unfinished Business is committed to: · Raising public awareness to the problems of drinking and driving · Increasing society’s knowledge and commitment to encourage responsible drinking · Working directly with the community and like-minded organizations to help deter driving while impaired · Awarding scholarships to students who best embody Rory’s qualities of caring, compassion, humility and honesty

Results: To Date RJW Unfinished Business has: Reached nearly 7,000 persons through its outreach presentations. Established a scholarship program in 2012 which has 26 Awardees. With Scholarship Funds Awarded Totaling: $17,325

Target demographics: educated the community on the dangers of drunk and impaired driving.

Geographic areas served: primarily in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Programs: working with local and regional community groups to reach a greater number members of the community, which helps Increase knowledge and commitment to strongly encourage responsible drinking habits.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rory’s Unfinished Business is such an excellent cause! The work they do is of the utmost importance. Having lost my grandfather to drunk driving, I appreciate the commitment to raising awareness about the perils of drinking and driving. I have loved volunteering with this organization. Keep up the amazing work!!!!

Clare

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing work keeping people safe by making sure that they are educated about the problems of drinking and driving. They also actively try to keep drunk drivers off the road by assisting in providing safe rides for drivers. I cannot overstate the importance of their excellent work and feel so very fortunate that they are a part of our community.

Thomas M.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first entered the orbit of RJW Unfinished Business and its principal Luke Weichbrod via Luke and his family's participation in the "Maryland Remembers" ceremony held each fall in Annapolis and where Maryland's victims of impaired driving are memorialized whilst also calling for safety during the holiday season. Luke now serves as a member of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program's (WRAP) voluntary leadership and as a Director on the nonprofit organization's Board.

Named after Luke's brother, Rory, who, on October 10, 2010, was struck and killed by an impaired driver on Rockville Pike, RJW Unfinished Business actively promotes the responsible use of alcohol and raises public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving. Via the real-life story of Rory and him becoming a victim of drunk driving at such a young age (hence the "unfinished business" moniker), RJW Unfinished Business brings to the mission of fighting impaired driving a local, powerful and relatable story of impaired driving's impact on unsuspecting individuals thereby changing the lives of said individual's families, friends and loved ones forever.

Via speaking engagements to a broad spectrum of audiences (including at WRAP's GEICO Student Awards, the aforementioned and statewide "Maryland Remembers" ceremony as well as Maryland's annual Impaired Driving Law Enforcement Awards), public education, advocacy and the awarding of scholarships to students who best "embody Rory’s qualities of caring, compassion, humility and honesty," RJW Unfinished Business is a respected leader in the local efforts to end impaired driving.

- Kurt Erickson, President, Washington Regional Alcohol Program (www.wrap.org)

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of this non-profit Foundation shortly after its founding. We fully support the Foundation's mission which focuses on promotion of responsible use of alcohol, as well as public eduction and awareness of the dangers and impact of drunk driving. The Foundation's leader has been a role model in organizing awareness events and supporting legislation related to drunk driving. Funds are raised through various ways to support it's mission.The administrative costs, as a percentage of generated revenue, are very minimal.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The meaningful programs executed by RJW Unfinished Business continue to benefit our community by spreading awareness of a devastating but preventable action, impaired driving. I've participated in past youth scholarship reviews and was impressed by how well the program engages, influences, and rewards our most important resources.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charity touches my heart...Rory is a very special person to me so I love seeing his memory actively kept alive while educating our community and helping others with the safe ride links they provide. I truly loved the 5k race that used to happen every fall...it’s always great to run into friends, see dogs in costumes, and raise money & awareness. Luke has made this a passion of his and it shows in everything he does with this organization...I wish you years of success as you continue to save lives & honor your brother. ♥️

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RJW/UB has turned a tragedy into an incredible message for young people. For the past 6 years, they have sponsored a partial scholarship for a player who has been a long time player with the Maplewood Football program, where Rory played growing up. The player is nominated by his coaches and nominations are submitted to RJW/UB for approval. The Award is presented as part of our Annual Banquet in January and has become a great tradition in our program. We are incredibly proud to be associated with this great cause.

1 Mike L.6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've participated in several of RJW's community events, and Luke does a fantastic job of covering all the bases. Not only have his events been well-run, but he also leverages the events to fulfill and promote the mission of RJW through multiple avenues. Aside from events, he also has created a growing scholarship program by partnering with other organizations and distributing the funds transparently.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have nothing but great things to say about RJW Unfinished Business! Rory Weichbrod was a member of my fraternity during his time at the University of Maryland. While I never had the pleasure to meet him, I worked with his brother Luke many times to coordinate philanthropy events and volunteer efforts between his organization and the fraternity. RJW Unfinished Business gave us an opportunity to give back to our community and helped us develop a life long goal of eliminating drunk driving. Luke would even come to the university every year to give the members of the fraternity a presentations educating them on the dangers of drunk driving. These experiences gave a group of young men a valuable reminder about the dangers of drunk driving during a time of their lives when they need it the most.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The RJW Unfinished business is an amazing and supportive non-profit organization. I have been a participant with many of the RI youth groups geared towards raising awareness and helping to improve the future with impaired driving prevention and other crimes that are 100% preventable. Luke and his whole organization have been an incredible supporter of these efforts. They have been an active member in helping us to make a difference, as well as being a great resource whether it be providing insight, acting as a public speaker, or providing scholarship opportunities. When public speaking for our events, they have always provided powerful stories that really rally people to make a difference. As a recipient of one of their scholarships, I know that they really care about helping others and helping to provide opportunities to the people that they support. There really are not enough words to properly express what an upstanding and supportive organization the RJW unfinished business group is.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nonprofit organizations like RJW Unfinished Business are great for our community. It serves as a resource for positive change on and off the roadways. This photo is from the Maryland DUI Law Enforcement Conference in Ocean City, Maryland (October 2018). Co-Founder of the organization, Luke Weichbrod spoke of his older brother Rory who was killed by a drunk driver in 2010. He also spoke about the importance of awareness and education to always have a plan for a sober ride.

It is important for law enforcement officers to hear from the perspectives of victims and their family members. It provides a humbling beacon of hope that we can reach zero deaths in the near future.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This nonprofit serves as a lesson to all to love and cherish those around you. We are all a family in actuality whether it be through blood or acquaintances. My brother's life was taken by an individual who chose evil over good and hate over love. This foundation seeks to bring people together as a community to do the right thing all the time not just when it is convenient to do so. We educate so that others can know the pain and suffering that others have suffered so that they can lead long and happy lives. Please join us in support of a world without drunk drivers because it truly is a 100% avoidable crime that individuals chose to commit out of convenience for themselves while leaving everyone else in the path of their destruction.