The Liberty Road – The Right Path
Non profit work can be one of the most rewarding, yet hardest working jobs on the planet.
Motivation comes in many different forms, and the non-profit sector is loaded with people with various motivations as to why they are choosing to give their time, talent, or resources to hopefully make their world better. “Too whom much is given, much is required” is how the scripture puts it, and Spider-man’s uncle Ben tells us that “with great power, comes great responsibility.” At the end of the day, we, who live in such a great country, ought not to ask “whether” but “where” to get involved.
Many people throughout the world have made money, built mini-empires, and have been good stewards of the talent they have been given by their Creator and have been looking to give back. Some teach Sunday school, some clean up streams, and some simply feel “called” to write checks and support causes they feel will make a big difference.
Liberty Road Foundation, based out of the Seattle area, has a unique vision in that their goal is to help broker relationships with businesses and individuals with a handful of cutting edge non-profits in the Seattle area and throughout the world. By building relationships with those that have resources to give, they can “match” these people and their funding/volunteer time with area agencies and ministries that are caring for those that need it most in our community. I really love this vision. Take people that desire to give, but aren’t yet sure how or to who, and match them up with organizations that have been vetted, and have the integrity and character needed make their communities and the people that live in them, better.
Recently I was invited to their annual business luncheon with guest speaker Lorenzo Romar, the UW men’s basketball coach at Maggiano’s in downtown Bellevue. Coach Romar had a great speech, was funny, charismatic, and was clearly the right fit for this luncheon. What was even more powerful, however, was the “testimonial” of one of the Matt Talbot Center graduates who beat his addiction to alcohol/drugs, and is now volunteering in the very same program he came out of! It was awesome. To hear, firsthand of someone who has benefited from the investment of the folks at Matt Talbot, and the Liberty Road Foundation. It’s like I tell non-believers, you can’t take away someone’s story.
Some of the organizations that Liberty Road Foundation works to raise funding for include:
- Agros International – Agros International is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty for rural families in Central America and Mexico by enabling landless communities to achieve land ownership and economic stability. We have learned that the root causes of poverty extends across communities and are passed down from generation to generation, and so the Agros development model is holistic, sustainable, and focused on long term results. This commitment to the long-term sustainability of a whole community serves to break the cycle of poverty in all its forms.
- Jubilee REACH Center – Our call is to love our neighbor. We provide a caring and hospitable place to build relationships and earn trust so that we may learn the real needs of people. Ours is then to mobilize the local community of churches, businesses, organizations and individuals to turn outward, and care for their neighbor. Our mission is to break down walls and build bridges, connecting local schools, businesses, service organizations, government and the church in community to provide a hand up, not a hand out, building interdependent, sustainable and productive life paths.
- Matt Talbot Center – Our mission is to help restore participants to healthy lives, and to encourage them to take responsibility for their actions and family obligations. MTC treats adult “members” holistically, recognizing that each of them has individual needs for physical, mental and spiritual healing. The Matt Talbot Center’s fundamental strategy is restoration of lives through sustained and supported change. Years of experience have taught us that when a person wants to recover – wants to stop “drinking and drugging” – they need a “clean and sober environment.” At the Matt Talbot Center we provide the environment. We ask our members to make a commitment – to change, to take responsibility for their own lives, to demonstrate a desire to recover, and to display a spirit of cooperation. Writer’s Note: Don’t forget my recent post on the Matt Talbot Center as well!
- New Horizons Ministries – Leading the movement to break the cycle of youth homelessness. We are a community of students, teachers, nurses, moms, dads, business and civic leaders, and churches who join together to transform lives — our own and those we serve. As paid and volunteer staff we Connect with youth and build a community of support around them to encourage their movement toward leaving the streets. We engage with them through mentoring relationships and life discovery activities to develop life skills and broaden their experiences and perspectives of life and possibilities. We equip them with job skills and technical training through a variety of apprenticeships. Through this we create opportunities for the youth we serve to discover that they are valuable, incredible, talented, and amazing people.
- Urban Impact Seattle – Urban Impact is a Christian, multi-ethnic group, striving to break the cycle of social, material and spiritual poverty in urban neighborhoods. We believe communities are strengthened when families are connected, resources are generated, and local assets are celebrated!
- Olive Crest – Since 1973, Olive Crest has transformed the lives of over 50,000 abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. We work tirelessly to meet the individual needs of kids in crisis by providing safe homes, counseling, and education for both youth and parents. Our many innovative programs reflect our conviction that strengthening the family is one of the most powerful ways to help heal children. With unwavering compassion, the Olive Crest family maintains a lifelong commitment to the youth and families we serve even after they have graduated from our programs. Established, proven, and respected, Olive Crest has proudly served Western Washington since 1999 and Eastern Washington since 2005. Our regional locations in Bellevue, Spokane, Tacoma, and Tri-Cities provide a broad spectrum of care for children and families throughout the State. Our Mission: Olive Crest is dedicated to Preventing child abuse, to Treating and Educating at-risk children and to Preserving the family… “One Life at a Time.”®
Although I personally love it when an organization has a laser-like vision (Charity:Water, Blood:Water Mission, Pure Religion Child Sponsorship, etc.), I find the vision and mission of Liberty Road to be sound and a great fit for our community. Very simply done, Liberty Road gathers people, business leaders, and businesses for breakfast gatherings several times a month, throughout the community where stories are shared, videos are watched, and networking takes place, all with the hope of finding a match. Matching a family or company’s giving vision, with a specific organization.
In addition to donating, attending one of their fundraising events, there are LOTS of volunteer opportunities. You can check Liberty Road’s website or go to each of the sites mentioned above.
With a “dream team” of board members, a short-in-stature but mighty-in-spirit Executive Director in John Dammarell, the Liberty Road Foundation, I feel, has the vision, the moxie, and the clarity to continue to make a big difference in our community, and communities around the world.