Children in Columbiana County and surrounding communities are living in homes with meth labs. They are in homes where guns lie in the open. They have parents who use and sell drugs. They often go to school hungry. These children did not choose their life, and they have little control over their future.
I started a nonprofit through a church in our area 12 years ago to help give hope. In April 2015 I decided it was time to step down as director after lots of praying and thinking. I knew God had something else in store for me. I just needed time to let God take me on the new journey. Since April 2015 I have been working as an event designer, knowing it’s not where I would stay for long. I am confident I know where the next path is leading. Even though it’s a new path, it’s the same cause—helping children in our community.
With a grateful heart, I am thrilled to announce I am launching a new nonprofit called The Brightside Project. And we need you.
The goal of The Brightside Project is to reach out to children through a mobile unit. We will start in Columbiana County. Did you know that 27.2 percent of children in Columbiana County live in poverty? (The statewide average is 23.9 percent, and nationwide it’s 22.5 percent.) We will work with schools, the Children’s Coalition, and other organizations to determine what children need food assistance, personal care items, and a caring, compassionate adult to come alongside them.
The mobile unit will regularly pull into these children’s schools, neighborhoods, and parks full of loving volunteers who care for them and want to listen to them. We will distribute the basic needs they need and we will mentor them. Most importantly, we want to equip and empower them to reach their full potential.
The Brightside Project can be a thriving nonprofit organization for years to come with a great team of volunteers, a passionate board of directors, and dedicated partners behind us. We are looking forward to our involvement in the community and making a difference in the lives of children. Will you join us?
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