What is the Power of 100 People? Volunteer in Kenya
I have always loved to volunteer for anything and everything. In high school I volunteered to create posters in the shape of Monopoly cards for every high school in Arizona that included all of their stats, so that we could hang them on the walls at the Arizona State Student Council Convention. My high school was hosting it that year. There were hundreds of schools. To this day I can probably tell you some of their mascots and colors without thinking too hard about it.
In college I continued my poster painting skills and volunteered to be the Publicity Coordinator on my dorm’s activity council. I became really good at giant posters advertising dances and movie nights. In fact, our director told me that I really should go into Marketing or Public Relations, because I really loved to talk. Nonstop. To anyone. About everything.
I was born this way.
After the shower scene, I got to work. I started the Facebook group 100 Humanitarians, and started inviting people to join it. That was back when people didn’t yell at you for adding them to a group. I didn’t really care, though, because most of the people I added are world-changers, and I was definitely out to change the world. Or at least volunteer in a very small area of Kenya. I kept asking the question, “Why 100 Humanitarians?” Finally the ultimate question that drives me daily came into my mind.
What is the power of 100 people working together on any project in the world to create positive change?
Now, that was a question I could really sink my teeth (and life) into. This was about mid-July 2015. I knew that I needed to go back to Kenya to do a scouting trip and see if I could figure out what to work on, so I tentatively started planning one for November. I emailed Moses, and let him know that I was hoping to do more work in Kenya, and that my goal was to bring families and work with families. He began giving me a few ideas, but said that we could scout out some places. At that point, I really had no idea who would even come with me to volunteer, but I decided if I at least planned out something interesting, that people would show up. They definitely showed up.
The following month, in early August, I was asked to speak at a homeschool conference run by Tom and Tresta Neil. I spent some time with Tresta talking about Kenya, and she connected me with Stephen and Amy Story, two friends of hers who had a nonprofit that they weren’t actively working on. It turned out that what I was feeling led to do aligned with their nonprofit’s mission, so 100 Humanitarians launched as a DBA under the 7 Pillars Foundation. The 7 Pillars Foundation had a training program to help people shift from focusing on the negative to focusing on the positive. I was able to train in the 7 Pillars, with a goal of teaching it in Kenya. Stephen and Amy were hugely supportive of 100 Humanitarians, and it was a relief to be able to allow people to make tax-deductible donations, just in time for the event that came to my mind as a fun launch event.