I'm a strong believing in giving back to the community, locally and abroad. Below you'll find information about some of the organizations where I've chosen to dedicate my time and talents.
Projects of Hope
Projects of Hope is an International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), founded in August of 2014. The original purpose of the organization was to impact the health of adolescent young women internationally, with an initial Life Enrichment camp in Limuru, Kenya. Projects of Hope brought a team of 18 people that led the camp, as well as completed a Clean Water Project and a Garden Shamba Project. The initial strategy was to work within the public school system there in the country and to affect change not only in the lives of the children in the school but also in the greater community at large. We wanted to do more than be a charitable mission; we wanted to leave something behind us that would perpetually affect the community. Now heading into our 5th year, Projects of Hope has grown and begun to impact several communities in the Kenyan region.
StepUp Ministry was founded in 1988 by members of White Memorial Presbyterian Church and became an incorporated, self-sustaining 501c(3) in 1989. The early mission of StepUp was to provide transitional housing to working families who were homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless. StepUp’s early program model was adapted from a similar program in Dallas, Texas and was focused on financial literacy. Program participants met weekly with mentors (co-partners) to share dinner (provided by volunteers) and review the participant’s income, expenses, and savings. Over 250 families have gone through this program, and 80% have moved into independent housing upon concluding their time at StepUp.
Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program
Helping Horse has been providing therapeutic horseback riding lessons to individuals with special needs since 1989. To provide our riders the opportunity to reach their full potential and experience joy through connections with our horses and volunteers.
At Helping Horse, we offer group-riding lessons for people with a variety of physical, mental and emotional special needs. Our focus is to provide a therapeutic experience for each rider by combining riding skills with games and activities to enhance their strength and balance while having fun!