I have used this blog to express my affinity for the non-profit Back on My Feetseveral times.
I sent Anne an e-mail and copied anyone and everyone who would potentially play a part in making this dream a reality in DFW.
I got mayors in on the conversation, high-wealth donors, runners and running companies. I included volunteers and shelter administrators from across the Metroplex.
It was wonderfully great to receive everyone’s pledge of support. I was blown away by their excitement.
My affinity for the homeless problem in our area had already been established, and they quickly recognized and supported my passion for bringing a chapter to our area.
If Back on My Feet expanded to Texas, I would want to be involved in EVERY capacity – from full-time employment to fund-raising, volunteer coordination, and financial support.
Based on my philanthropic involvement, I feel like I am positioned to do this. I believe I can be more than a supporter of BOMF. I could be a champion.
I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Presbyterian Night Shelter, the largest night shelter in Fort Worth. I also serve on an advisory committee for the Cowtown Marathon and have worked closely with the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition.
Through a lot of prayer and self-analysis, I have finally figured out why I give back to the causes that I do. Whether it’s Big Brothers Big Sisters, prison mentoring, or going to the homeless shelter once a week – I firmly believe that EVERYONE deserves a fighting chance to be successful.
A very similar vision/mission of Back on My Feet.
If BOMF brought a chapter to DFW, I would raise awareness about the organization, the homeless problem in our region, and the power of running. I would do this through my experience in communications – specifically media exposure, social media and events.
Last summer I traveled to Philadelphia to learn as much as I could about BOMF. I also wanted to prove to Anne and the entire Back on My Feet family that I was dedicated to making my vision of a DFW chapter come alive.
I volunteered for 20in24 – stayed up all night at one of the check points. I met tons of fantastic people, but the best part of my trip was actually running with a team before flying back to Texas.
Before I did that run, BOMF had peaked my interest.
After that, this organization had a hold of my heart.
I don’t know who will be reading this “persuasive” essay, but hopefully my name, my passion for BOMF, and my intense desire to bring a chapter to the Metroplex is already recognized.
Maybe…just maybe…these 450 words will push us over the top.
Other general information:
• Based on 2009 homeless count, there were approximately 7,500 homeless across Dallas/Fort Worth
• In 2008, Fort Worth put an emphasis on ending homelessness, adopting a 10-year strategic plan.