Day #75: Give to a Farmer in Armenia

  Back in February we gave loans to 5 entrepreneurs through Kiva. Kiva is a microfinance website that makes it easy to lend small amounts of money to people with low-income around the world. Some of those loans have now been partly repaid. As funds are repaid, they go back into your Kiva account. From there, you can either withdraw them to Paypal or use them to lend to someone … [Read more...]

Day #70: Give with The Salvation Army in Nashville, TN

When you think of The Salvation Army, what comes to mind? I immediately think of two things: (1) the bell ringing outside of stores during the Christmas season and (2) a thrift store. This morning, my family and I met Amanda Grieves (Human Resources and Social Media Manager) at the Nashville Area Command. After being introduced to staff and touring the facility, we were pleasantly surprised … [Read more...]

Day #69: Give with Cottage Cove in Nashville, TN

We volunteered today with Cottage Cove and were happy to meet a staff excited about helping kids to succeed. Cottage Cove is a non-profit organization that offers activities for K-6 grade kids after school each day (M- F). Activities include Bible studies, music, art, games, field trips, and individual tutoring. And the services are completely free! Stephanie and I (with our two girls in our … [Read more...]

Day #68: Give with Beautiful Feet Nashville, TN

Over a month ago, we received a request from Melissa Irwin in Nashville. She invited us to come serve with a new charity startup called Beautiful Feet Global Outreach. As it turns out, we arrived in Nashville yesterday. Unfortunately, our timing isn't allowing us to get together. Melissa (also the founder) boarded a plane yesterday. She is enroute to an orphanage in Zimbabwe as I write … [Read more...]

Day #64: Give with Habitat For Humanity (Bldg Team) in Kingsland, GA

I met a team of volunteer construction workers this morning at a Habitat For Humanity work site in Kingsland, GA. Habitat For Humanity is a Christian Housing Ministry that has helped build over 400,000 decent, affordable houses and served more than 2 million people around the world. The 3-bed 2-bath house we worked on today is being built for a single-mom with three young kids. We started … [Read more...]

Day #62: Give with Habitat for Humanity of Camden County

I've heard the name "Habitat for Humanity" a thousand times, but today was the first that I have ever done anything with the organization. Habitat for Humanity is known for building and renovating houses for people in need. The majority of the funds for the houses comes from the ReStore, a thrift store where people donate new and used items to be resold. This morning the four of us … [Read more...]

Day #54: Give with Campus Crusade in Orlando, Florida

We arrived in Daytona, Florida this afternoon, but before we left the Orlando area we visited the International Headquarters of Campus Crusade For Christ. CCCI is a worldwide non-profit organization that seeks to help build spiritual movements everywhere so everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus Christ. I was a little surprised by how many different projects the organization … [Read more...]

Day #53: Give with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Orlando, FL

Did you know that there are over 6,900 spoken languages in our world, but only 657 language groups have access to the entire Bible in the language they best understand? Many groups of people don't even have an established alphabet. Founded in 1942, Wycliffe is non-profit organization that holds the belief that every man, woman, and child should be able to read God’s Word in their own … [Read more...]

Day #49: Give with Give Kids The World in Kissimmee, FL

Today, we spent three hours learning about Give Kids The World. Neal McCord (Director of Facilities) retold the inspiring story of how GKTW began and took us on an amazing tour of the GKTW Village. If you haven't ever heard of the Give Kids The World Village, it is a "70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life- threatening illnesses and … [Read more...]

Day #47: Give with Seniors First Orlando, FL

Seniors First held a press conference this morning for the Mayors of Central Florida. I helped out as their photographer. They are a non-profit organization that "enhances the quality of life for Central Florida senior citizens by maintaining their independence and dignity through nutrition, home improvement and support services." This month is "March For Meals," a national campaign initiated … [Read more...]

Day #46: Give with the Sunshine Foundation in Davenport, FL

This morning we volunteered with the Sunshine Foundation in Davenport, FL. Sunshine is a non-profit organization that seeks "to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children, ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that the child's illness may cause." The most requested dream is to go to … [Read more...]

Day #45: Give to Agros International

Besides good 'ol water, coffee is my favorite drink. I love it so much that I grind beans every morning and make at least 6 cups. I never add sugar and usually drink it black. Typically, I drink a cup or two in a mug and then keep the rest in my thermal pot or tumbler for drinking throughout the day. Stephanie isn't big on coffee unless it is super cold outside so I am solo for the coffee … [Read more...]

Day #44: Give to Make-A-Wish Foundation

For the last few days, my family and I have been at Disney World for a conference. We are home this evening in our fifth wheel and it feels so nice. One of the things that comes to mind when I think of Disney are Make-A-Wish kids. Make-A-Wish is an organization that strives to "grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, … [Read more...]

Day #39: Give with Genesis Church in Tallahassee, FL

The Ghazvini Learning Center is a "second chance" school for middle school and high school students in Tallahassee, FL. Essentially, it is the final opportunity for students who have been dismissed from other schools to attend a traditional type learning environment. Genesis Church, which is located just minutes away from the school, partnered with the school administration to create the Ghazvini … [Read more...]

Day #38: Give to the Japan Quake and Tsunami Relief

Today we arrived in Tallahassee, Florida. As we drove from Alabama, I kept thinking about all of the families in Japan struggling to know how to move forward after the tsunami disaster. I can't check my twitter feed without seeing another news story about ongoing devastation in Japan. More bodies found. More wounded. Radiation. Stocks plummeting. Homelessness. Confusion. Fear. Stephanie and I … [Read more...]