Giving Back

“We make a living by what we get. 
We make a life by what we give.”
– Winston S. Churchill

I believe that each of us has been given gifts that we can share with others.  Just as in leadership, by giving of ourselves, we can help others and leave a positive legacy that has impacts long after we are gone.  Here are some of the ways I’m currently trying to give back.

Nearly 1,000 children under the age of five die every day from diarrhea caused by dirty water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene.  In the developing world, people have to walk an average of over 3 miles to get water, and even then, it may be contaminated.

World Vision’s water projects like solar pumps, rain catchments, water kiosks, and wells, bring clean water to the people who need it the most.  Last year they brought clean water to over 4.6 million new people.  They believe that as little as $50 can have a life-changing impact on those in need.

To help with this effort, I run as a member of Team World Vision.  In October of 2018 we ran the Twin Cities Marathon where nearly 300 of us in orange shirts went the distance. 

In 2019 I competed in the Ironman Wisconsin triathlon, where my teammates and I combined efforts to raise over $160,000.  I’m still putting together the plan for 2020, but you can be sure I’ll be looking for ways to continue to help this team help those in need.

You can learn more about this great organization by hitting the buttons below.

Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children.  Donations fund the meal ingredients, volunteers hand-pack the meals which are then shipped to food partners around the world who distribute them to children in need. 

In 2017 nearly 1.2 million volunteers packed more than 333 million meals.

Working a Warehouse Shift at Feed My Starving Children

I volunteer weekly and love working with the warehouse teams that box the meals and prepare them for shipment. 

I even wrote about that first great experience volunteering with FMSC.  They have eight fixed sites and several “Mobile Pack” teams that prepare food for those in need; one might be headed your way!

To learn more, donate, or get involved, check out the links below.

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