“We are happiest when we make others happy.” -Chris Brady
Life Leadership members everywhere are giving back to their local communities in order to create a movement of transformational change. Very few companies can proudly feature stories of members who are consistently serving and making a difference in society, but this is exactly what co-founders Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady have always envisioned for the company:
“At Life Leadership, it has always been on our hearts to not only have fun and make money, but to make a difference. Through the years we’ve seen a tremendous impact in the lives of the people who plug in to our information, and also those who build the business with us and become part of our community. For those who choose to build the business consistently and with commitment, there is the possibility of financial freedom. By applying our Financial Fitness suite of products to their daily practices, people can become debt free…”
“…So we provide financial freedom for the few, debt freedom for the many, but what about those for whom both of these are out of reach? I am talking about the significantly underprivileged, handicapped, disenfranchised, etc. If we are to offer freedom across the board, we realized that we must also work to provide what we are calling functional freedom; this means providing the very basics of life, such as food and clean water, safe and secure living facilities, and the ability to read and function in society. To do this, it takes much more than merely donating money by writing a check from a comfortable chair at a desk in air conditioning – it takes time and love. That’s what we mean by LIFE on Life; one person giving with his/her time directly to another/others. It’s not easy. It’s not convenient. It’s just necessary. We are very proud of our many LIFE Members who have already embraced this initiative and have been serving in soup kitchens, working at shelters, teaching literacy, and just plain being available to help those in need. They are the heroes in this story. And we are just getting started!” –Chris Brady (CEO of Life Leadership)
When a group of leaders rally together in common purpose, the impact is immeasurable. This past month, Life Leadership members from Ontario, Canada, set the pace for the LIFE on Life initiative when one of the organizations—led by co-founders Claude and Lana Hamilton and orchestrated by Wayne and Raylene MacNamara—volunteered for several events.
“Every 6 months, we plan to organize promotions where we spend an entire month serving and volunteering. This was our first time doing it and everyone loved it; and we were able to help so many people.” -Raylene MacNamara (Life Leadership Member)
From cleaning off graffiti on the streets of Stratford to feeding the homeless on the streets of North Bay, these leaders showed what it means to “…love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). The theme of, “let’s make a difference,” was greatly amplified across the wide variety of events that took place. Check out what these Life Leadership Members participated in and served at during the month of June 2015:
~ St. John’s Christian Nursery School ~
As a non-profit organization licensed by the Ministry of Education, the nursery school participates in the “Raising the Bar on Quality” initiative in the Region of Waterloo Childcare Community. It also acts as a training facility for students attending Conestoga College’s Early Childhood Education program.
Duties: Helped clean up the school after a busy school year.
“This morning, Life Leadership brought their group of volunteers to St. John’s to help us with our end-of-the-year closing duties. We can’t thank them enough. Their gift of time means so much to us and has given us a great head start on shutting the school down for the summer! Many hands do make light work! We can’t thank them enough!” -St. John’s Nursery School
~ Canadian Diabetes Association ~
The Canadian Diabetes Association leads the fight against diabetes by helping those affected live healthy lives, preventing the onset and consequences, and discovering a cure.
Duties: “We collected gently used clothes, furniture, household items and toys and donated them to Value Village in Brantford. Value Village employees then weighed the items and a cheque went to the Diabetes Association. We awarded prizes to the biggest donation, as well as the most unusual, and shared in a pot-luck with all of the participants.” -Tracey Bishop (Life Leadership Member)
~ Hacienda Sarria Market Garden ~
The Hacienda Sarria Market Garden is a project of the Working Centre—a non-profit, community-based, volunteer-inspired venture. The Working Centre organizes its projects into six areas: the Job Search Resource Centre, St. John’s Kitchen, Community Tools, Access to Technology, Affordable Supportive Housing and the Waterloo School for Community Development.
Duties: To get the gardens ready for planting for the following week, weeding, and anything else that needed to be done.
~ Safehaven Farms ~
Safehaven Farms is just that—’A Safehaven’—and provides help and housing to struggling locals who need a hand.
“I don’t think we can put into words how grateful we are for all the work that got done today! The Life Leadership team came in and totally transformed the place!! Greenhouses were cleaned up, lawns were cut and trimmed, rooms were all spiffed up and with all new screens!! Thank you soooo much! You are all amazing!” –The Biemond Family (Safehaven Founders)
~ Feeding the Homeless in North Bay ~
This is a unique outreach opportunity that was advertised on a local Christian radio station and in the local news. It was also publicized throughout local shelters. The coordinated efforts really made a difference for those needing a meal.
“We had 200 hotdogs and 200 hamburgers with all the condiments as well as bottled water for everyone. In under an hour, we served 200 meals. Everyone was so appreciative.” -Tracey Bishop (Life Leadership Member)
~ Stratford Graffiti Clean-Up ~
Life Leadership members identified a need and filled it when they cleaned up the streets of Stratford, Ontario.
“We had an awesome morning with a great team making a difference in our community. We were on a mission to help rid the graffiti and clean the light posts (strip old posters/tape) in Stratford. With the direction of local store owner, Shannon Stewart, we helped make the downtown area a little nicer to look at today! Shannon provided all of the cleaning supplies and ‘Your Local Market Co-op,’ who gave us hot water to venture out with.“ -Carolyn Clark (Life Leadership Member)
~ Sisters of St. Joseph’s Hospitality Centre ~
St Joseph’s hospitality centre is a soup kitchen that is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph and provides meals and friendship to the many that are economically and socially disadvantaged. No one is turned away.
“We asked how we could help them and they told us that the building was getting worn and that they didn’t have people to do any up-keep. So the volunteers went in and painted and striped the parking lot, fixed the dumpsters, painted and cleaned the inside of the facility, and unloaded racking, cleaned it out, and put it back. We gave them help where they truly needed it. They serve 350 to 400 people per day with only 37 seats. Over $500 worth of materials were donated, and it was such a great event!” -Raylene MacNamara (Life Leadership Member)
WOW! This is just a small glimpse of how LIFE on Life is starting to change our society. Imagine thousands of people (and eventually millions) across the globe participating regularly in events that model unconditional love and service where it’s needed most. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t want to make a difference in the world. The Life on Life initiative is something everyone can be a part of and to re-state Chris Brady, “we are just getting started!”
Congratulations and thank you to the Life Leadership members in Ontario who worked tirelessly to orchestrate, plan and participate in these events; and to the Hamiltons and MacNamaras for inspiring the community to put it into motion. You’ve set the pace for what is truly possible when a team is unified for a common cause.