Well, I made my first donation in my “Comments for a Cause” project to my December 2012 Cause – Heartprints. It’s fun to go back and review the comments my blog has received over the last month and take action because of it. Heartprints in Cincinnati is such a great cause because it combines impacting physical needs, educational needs, and employment needs. It’s a holistic way to impact poverty locally. Kudos to Brian Siegel and the Heartprints team for their powerful impact in the Cincinnati community and beyond!!!
JANUARY 2013’s CAUSE: St. Joseph’s Orphanage, Cincinnati, Ohio
This is one of my favorite causes – for personal reasons. St. Joe’s is the orphanage I grew up in from age 3-8. That organization impacted my life directly, and I often seek ways to give back as a gesture of appreciation. When I was there, it was indeed an orphanage. There were nuns (who were very kind and compassionate) and it’s where I found shelter in the storm of life. In the years since, sometime in the 1970’s, it was converted to be a mental health support for children. By highlighting and donating to this cause I feel I can continue to support this much-needed area that is a root cause for so much suffering in the world. Mental health issues are catalysts for so much destruction to an individual’s life, a family’s dynamics, and the community at large.
Will you join me in my work? Remember – all you have to do is comment on my blog in January. Comment often – every comment counts. I will again be donating 50 cents per comment to the month’s cause. So read, and comment away – together we are impacting the world!
For each legitimate comment I receive on my blog for the month of December, I will be donating 50 cents to Heartprints charity in Cincinnati. Comment away and help me help my favorite causes each month! I’ll choose a different charity each month. Thanks and be blessed!
Today I heard about a totally cool idea and have decided to jump in with both feet. A fellow blogger that I follow, Beth Ann shared this with me. Check out her blog “It’s Just Life”. She’s been doing this for many months and feels the gratitude of her giving. I can’t help but catch the idea and carry it on.
So here’s how it works – the first day of each month I will pick a charity or cause and write about it here on my blog. At the end of the month I’ll count up all the legitimate comments I receive on that one blog and donate 50 cents per comment. I’m a day late to start but promise not to be a dollar short. 🙂
DECEMBER 2012 CHARITY is: HEARTPRINTS
Heartprints is a wonderful, fledgling charity started by my friend Brian Siegel here in Cincinnati. I met Brian a couple of years ago by accidental connection. Well, I don’t believe in coincidences but I do believe in God and I know this chance meeting was at His hand! Brian had a vision to eradicate poverty of education. And as a pioneer always does, he put his money and actions where his mouth (and heart and dreams) is. He started this charity as a way to change lives of poor children – with a 3 pronged approach – tutoring, charitable giving, and job assistance. After our connection Brian asked me to be on the Board of Directors. I did that willingly and with all my heart. I loved being a part of the early days. And while my schedule doesn’t allow me to be as involved as my heart wants to be, I certainly can spread the word.
Heartprints is growing and evolving and I’m proud that he is bringing his dream to life. Check out the website, and donate your time, talent, or treasure if you so feel called. www.heartprints.org
And in the meantime, don’t forget to leave your comments here on the blog so I can give the maximum donation with your help. Every comment counts so rack ’em up folks and help me, help my cause.
If you know me or know my book, MIGHTY INSPIRATION, Love Letters from God, you know that I am powerfully moved by God’s message of love, hope and encouragement for us. God’s desire for us to use our gifts and talents to change the world has inspired me to introduce you to a man and an organization that you likely haven’t heard about but which has come to capture my heart.
Have you ever met someone for a brief time and just simply and awesomely been inspired? That has happened to me recently when I met Brian Siegel, founder of Heartprints. His story is compelling as he has come through true hardship as his family went through transitions. He was raised with his sister by a single mother who was a social worker. He knew the art and power of giving through her example. She also taught him faith and perseverence. In the midst of his growing years he was also the recipient of community help when the family was without a home and needed to humbly ask for assistance. In spite of the hardships and the humilities that he passed through, Brian is a winner. He worked hard in school and in sports and was able to rise up from his meager beginnings and earn a scholarship to get his college degree from the University of Cincinnati and his masters from Xavier University here in Cincinnati.
He has never forgotten his childhood or his mother’s teachings. He has been a giver and a volunteer for so long that it is part of his very nature and being. Now, in spite of the fate of our times and being layed off from work himself, he works tirelessly to grow and develop his own charitable work. He is the founder of Heartprints, which truly is the handiwork of his passion. He is involved locally in mentoring, outreach and job search assistance. He has made connections worldwide so that his giving nature can impact people around the globe. His start-up 501(c)(3) non-profit initiative is growing and expanding. Every time I speak with him I am renewed in my belief that his heart and his mission will indeed impact countless lives.
I’m honored to have crossed paths with this soft-spoken, generous human being. I’m proud to say that I want and will help support his efforts. I am delighted to volunteer my time, talent, and treaure to support his efforts both here at home and around the world.
I invite you to find out more about Brian, his mission and his organization. I pray that you also will be inspired and will be drawn to help this man make a difference in our world.
Today I learned a new lesson about blessings and connections.
I was meeting with a new friend from one of my social networking sites to get a bit of advice. Wow did I ever get a good God surprise! After just a few moments I knew this meeting was divinely orchestrated. Not only was I blown away by the connections this person had and so naturally navigated, but I was awestruck and inspired by his vision for his young non-profit organization. He has so many pieces already coming together to make this a true reality, branching out into mentoring, job finding assistance, and charitable community outreach. I was duly impressed.
And to top off the blessing, I was honored when he asked me to join the board of directors for his charity! I thought I was coming to learn about networking. I did. And I left being blessed with yet another connection that links my passion for inspiring, encouraging and helping people with the work I can do in the world.