In January 2020, Janeen Gaskins was accepted into the Empower Ignite Better Business Bureau Go-Daddy internship. This internship was designed to help local entrepreneurs improve their business through a six-month course facilitated by subject matter experts. Janeen and Linwood Gaskins were the owners of Shakatronics Audio Video LLC, a technology integration company serving Arizona residents and businesses for 12 years. Janeen Gaskins’ goal was to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Shakatronics Audio Video LLC, so that funding would allow for a family trust to be established with the purpose of providing technology solution for low income, elderly, disabled persons and veterans.
Janeen and Linwood Gaskins were passionate about helping vulnerable populations live a better quality of life through the convenience of technology automations and mechanical integrations. Linwood Gaskins served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired in 2006 with a 70% disability rating. Janeen and Linwood are parents of four children (three with diagnosed disabilities) and provided care for elderly disabled parents for over 10 years. Janeen has more than 18 years of grant administrative experience with non-profits and municipal governments. As active church participants, the desire to help the underserved was a driving force in their lives.
The G.A.S.K.I.N.S. Charity was founded in May of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. After 12 years of successfully providing technology solutions throughout Arizona, the pandemic negatively impacted business stability and forced the Gaskins family to sell the business to a larger entity. During the same time-period, Janeen Gaskins use the internship’s expert advisement to start a non-profit that would do just what they had originally planned to do.
The G.A.S.K.I.N.S. (God Always Shows Kindness In Needed Situations) Charity is a home-based charity. The physical location in Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340. Office space, equipment and documents are securely maintained on in dedicated locations on the premises. Offsite office space located at the BBB in Central Phoenix is also reserved for professional meetings and presentations. Janeen Gaskins will serve at the Chief Executive Officer. Three to five board members will serve as the policy approvers and subject matter experts for the charity.