Pay It Forward
I am so thankful and grateful for the opportunities in my life and I feel it is important to give back to my community. I'm preparing to start several community service, volunteer & ambassador opportunities and will post here as I embark on this journey to 'give back'.
“A life lived for others, is the only life worth living.” Albert Einstein
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Ghandi
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” Mother Teresa
In a country that wastes billions of pounds of food each year, it's almost shocking that anyone in America goes hungry. Yet every day, there are millions of children and adults who do not get the meals they need to thrive. We work to get nourishing food – from farmers, manufacturers, and retailers – to people in need. At the same time, we also seek to help the people we serve build a path to a brighter, food-secure future.
The economy may be improving since the Great Recession, but the recovery is still leaving many of Americans who were hit the hardest behind. Millions of people are still struggling to get by because of underemployment, stagnant wages and rising costs of living. In fact, more than 46 million people still turn to the Feeding America network each year for extra support.
It doesn’t take a big commitment to make a big impact. Together, with millions of other food bank volunteers, your time makes a difference in the lives of your neighbors struggling with hunger. Help the Feeding America nationwide network get food in the hands of those who need it most.
Build a Miracle
Build A Miracle is a non-profit that builds homes & provides educational opportunity for needy families. 210 homes,26 college scholarships,100's in classes
I got the opportunity to help build a home for a family in Mexico who was in dire need of a permanent home. The family of four was living in a 100 sq foot shack made out of garage doors with a dirt floor, no running water and the kids were freezing during the winter.
Through this amazing organization and many American and Mexican volunteers, we poured the concrete pad for their new home and will continue to build their home over the next few months. This will drastically change the lives of this family and allow the kids to study and pull the next generation out of poverty.
Build a Miracle was formally established as a non-profit corporation in 2001, but the true origin dates back to October 14,1986, the day the founders, Julianne and Chris North, met while painting the dormitory at an orphanage and school in Tecate, Mexico. Chris was a recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University and Julianne was a sophomore.
Shortly afterward they met Adolfo Noguez, director of an educational and athletic
program working with hundreds of impoverished children in Northern Mexico.
The transformation into Build A Miracle – a home building and educational organization – began in the late 1990s, when they built one home each year for single mothers struggling to keep jobs and to keep their kids in school. The excitement about helping build permanent homes for families living in squalor became contagious for Chris and Julianne's friends, family, neighbors, schoolmates and fellow parishioners. Donations started coming in and it was time to make it official. In 2001, Build a Miracle was born.
Inspire Cali is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire the homeless community of Southern California. They achieve this goal by delivering wish fulfillments to their friends in need. They do monthly toy drives, food drives, clothing drives & special events for those in need Inspiring the homeless community to transcend their circumstances.
I was fortunate to be part of their 'Back to School BBQ' where we donated and provided school supplies to children in need. It was a very rewarding experience.