“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.” – Nelson Mandela
In the words of Orrin Woodward, “Life Leadership is not just a business with a purpose, it’s a purpose with a business” – and that purpose is to set people free. The Life on Life Initiative was created specifically to help those who have dire needs – those who are illiterate, hungry, lonely, poverty-stricken, physically or mentally ill, elderly and homeless – those people who need help functioning in society. It’s inspiring when teams of people are united in common purpose because that’s when real influence happens. In fact, it’s precisely what makes Life Leadership so special, it’s a community of people who care about others.
“Participating in a Life on Life event is a real life example of a community helping communities.” – Mike Gorske (Life Leadership Member)
Weeks of preparation went into a recent Life on Life Initiative that took place in Michigan on November 21st, 2015 at Midland Baptist Church. 88 Life Leadership Members showed up to participate, despite having to drive through a massive snow storm that morning.
Life Leadership’s mantra has always been “Have Fun, Make Money and Make a Difference,” and the have fun part should never be dismissed when organizing a Life on Life event! In fact, Brian and Sherry Powers, leaders of the Musketeers organization, decided to create the theme of their event (feeding the hungry) around a corn hole tournament – with canned goods being the entry fee. This creative idea led to undeniable excitement across their teams where people drove several hours and even across several states to attend.
The Musketeers decided on two programs to support for their Life on Life Initiative. Life Member, Brandi DesMarteaux, toured the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry (EFPN) and noticed how much good they were doing for the community and were the primary receivers of the donated food. While EFPN offers several programs to those in need, the focus was on donating enough food to provide for the Backpack Buddies Program – a program that provides a weekend backpack of nutritional food to elementary school children who receive free or reduced lunch in Midland County schools. Every Friday, the pantry provides a backpack filled with food for these children and on Mondays the backpacks are returned.
“Peanut Butter was a requested item for the backpacks. Bill Yontz (Life Member) heard this and promptly went to his local Meijer Store and asked if a bulk purchase of Peanut Butter was made could Meijer’s support that? They offered to sell a case of peanut butter for $18. Team members chipped in and were able to buy 20 cases!! That is 240 jars!!! (We ended up with 427 jars total by the end of the event!).” – Kristy Bermejo (Life Leadership Member)
The other local organization that received food donations was Spring of Life Community Church in Mayville, Michigan. The church has a program called “Welcome Home Ministries” that provides a meal and food to take home for those in need every third Saturday of the month.
As a result of this Life on Life Initiative, $1,500 worth of donated non-perishable food items were given to these organizations! Both programs, Midland County Emergency Food Pantry and Life Community Church, were so grateful for the donations.
Check out what some of the attendees had to say about the event:
“The corn hole tournament was a lot of fun and it was great for our Musketeer community to be together, kids and all. Everyone I talked to had a great time and everyone was grateful to be helping the community.” – Kristy Bermejo (Life Leadership Member)
“The Life on Life Initiative gives me a chance to go beyond myself and help out others, because I have been there myself.” – Mark Zimmerman (Life Leadership Member)
“I like that my entire family and I can participate and make a difference in my community.” – Kyah DesMarteaux (“Life Leadership kid”)
“The Life on Life Initiative is a powerful and emotional thing to be a part of!!” – Sherrie Clark (Life Leadership Member)
“The Life on Life initiative has affected me because I forget how privileged we really are. Working with people who are underpriveleged is a great feeling and reminds me of how good we really have it.” – Debbie Brushaber (Life Leadership Member)
“It is so great seeing families coming together, having fun and supporting a good cause.” – Jason and Kathy Tingley (Life Leadership Members)
“To serve while being surrounded by your friends and teammates is truly a blessing.” – Jennifer Samuelson (Life Leadership Member)
Check out this highlight video featuring the food drive and corn hole tournament:
“The uniqueness of each Life on Life event is what stands out. It doesn’t have to be the same. You can mow someone’s lawn or you can get together and donate food or raise money for a food bank. That’s what I love about the Life on Life initiative.” – Bill and Keisha Lewis (Life Leadership Founders)
The constant outpour of love and kindness from Life Leadership Members for the Life on Life Initiative is evidence of how much people care; the number of people being affected proves that there is so much need in the world and people who can help! On behalf of Life Leadership, thank you to all of the Musketeers and guests who planned, donated and drove through a snowstorm in order to participate. Your contribution is truly making a difference!
If you were involved in this Life on Life Initiative or were touched by this story, please be sure to share your comments below!
Life Leadership: Setting People Free