Impact 52

Bring Joy with The 25 Days of Giving

Happy Thanksgiving! Tomorrow we will gather with family to enjoy a delicious meal while we pause to reflect on life’s blessings and all of things for which we are thankful. It is a day that we look forward to each year. Thanksgiving also kicks off the Christmas season. The decorations go up, the music begins, and… Continue reading Bring Joy with The 25 Days of Giving

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Impact 52

We are not Saints, We just like to Help

Our very first volunteer experience came on the streets of Fort Wayne.  Erica and I donned backpacks and hit the streets to serve the homeless of our city.  The experience catapulted Impact 52 into action and led to a year of giving and life-changing lessons.  I remember that night very well.  I was anxious and… Continue reading We are not Saints, We just like to Help

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Dinner, Duds, and Great Conversation

When you encounter someone who is sleeping on a sidewalk, covered in filth and tattered clothes, what do you do?  What do you think?  The common answer in our society is to keep walking, do not make eye contact, and hope that person doesn't follow you.  We are afraid that we will put our self… Continue reading Dinner, Duds, and Great Conversation

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Participating in Animal Enrichment

I am often asked what parents need to do to get their children active, involved, and excited about volunteering.  We have been blessed that our girls have embraced our mission and that they get excited about helping others.  The process was not, and will not, be easy. There are, however, things that can be done to… Continue reading Participating in Animal Enrichment

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A Teacher for a Day

It is no secret that I am a huge advocate for childhood development.  I have involved myself with many organizations that focus on teaching children about core life skills while building self-esteem.  Our volunteer experiences with many great organizations has increased my exposure to and admiration for the work that is done in our community to serve… Continue reading A Teacher for a Day

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The Cornerstone of a Community

I grew up in a small central Indiana town that had three stoplights and zero fast food restaurants.  It was not a hot bed for entertainment, especially for kids.  There was no youth center, Boys and Girls Club, or structured after school programs.  It lacked a place where kids could gather and be kids.  Unfortunately,… Continue reading The Cornerstone of a Community

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March for Babies

In November of 2011, we volunteered for the March Of Dimes on World Prematurity Day. Erica and I had the opportunity to visit babies in the NICUs of our local hospitals.  Unfortunately, the girls were not able to participate because of their age.  They were disappointed because they would have loved to visit the babies, experience the emotions, and learn more about premature birth.   I am… Continue reading March for Babies

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It is Not Too Much for Me

"Lots of people limit their possibilities by giving up easily.  Never tell yourself this is too much for me. It's no use. I can't go on. If you do you're licked, and by your own thinking too. Keep believing and keep on keeping on."  - Norman Vincent Peale A powerful quote with deep meaning.  We must always… Continue reading It is Not Too Much for Me

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Healthy Spirit, Mind, and Body

Since 1858, the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne has been positively impacting lives.  Its commitment to healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development has helped to strengthen the foundation of our community.  More than 45,000 individuals have been served by the facilities located in our city.  The YMCA is a non-profit organization that offers a wide array… Continue reading Healthy Spirit, Mind, and Body

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Open Your Eyes to Poverty

The U.S. Census Bureau states that one in seven people live below the poverty line.  This means millions of Americans struggle day-to-day to make ends meet.  Every day they face many questions.  How are we going to eat?  Can we pay our rent or our mortgage? Will our water and power be shut off?  What can I do to ensure… Continue reading Open Your Eyes to Poverty