Precious vaguely remembers seeing a viral video or two and being intrigued by the message of because I said I would. So much so that when the opportunity came to attend the ONE event in Columbus, Precious ensured that both she and her 12 year son, Nathan, were able to attend. That was the day when her connection to the movement was cemented. Because of promises to herself, her children, and also in her mother’s memory, Precious is proud to be working with because I said I would as a Unified Promise volunteer for the Columbus chapter.
Precious’ passion is making the lives around her better. Whether that be through volunteerism, her job as a Client Experience Project Manager at an IT recycling company, or making someone laugh on the street, her life revolves around leaving the world better than she found it. This includes ensuring that both her children, Nathan and 3 year old Jaxton, know that the world can be changed with something as small as a smile and a well timed joke.
Pamela Carter is a native of Columbus Ohio, residing in Westerville Ohio with her husband, five children, two dogs and a marsupial. For the past 12 years they have Owned and Operated their children’s learning center on the Eastside of Columbus; No Place Like Home Professional Childcare. Her passion for working in the community and helping those in need extends further than the walls of her learning center. In the winter of 2018 her, her supporting husband and close friend established a nonprofit called “Reach One Seed One”. Where they go out on the streets and invest in the less fortunate with care packages including clothing, blankets, food, literature, prayer & hope. Believing if they can just reach one person and plant a seed of hope that same person can pay it forward.
The reason why she joined Because I Said I Would was....to join with other another organization of people that truly do what they say, and invest in people from all walks of life. She wants to work with people that truly are committed to making a difference. When She is not working on community projects she enjoys spending time with her family, working in her church, and she is definitely an advent traveler. Traveling to over 23 places & many countries next stop Mt. Everest. She has definitely seen places that need her help. Such as Jamaica where she has traveled and donated to local village schools with books and funding. The world has a lot of unfortunate circumstances but she feels good about helping right here at home. Working with Because I Said I Would will be an adventure of a lifetime.
Melanie was on a search for a group that was active, participatory, and most importantly, helpful. Scanning through the pages on MeetUp.com she found a link for Because I Said I Would. She was immediately intrigued and signed up to attend her first meeting in the Spring of 2018. Melanie sat through the meeting and was awestruck by the group, it's mission, and how it expressed itself in the world. She went home that night and told her husband, 'It feels too good to be true and this is the group I've been looking for my entire life.'
Melanie was thrilled to be able to join the leadership group, as she feels serving the group is a great way to give thanks for all that they give to her. Melanie also deeply appreciates the ability to incorporate her daughter, Sagan, in the child-friendly Unified Promises. In her spare time Melanie listens to too many podcasts while walking, tending her bee-friendly garden, cross-stitching snarky quotes, and cooking healthy meals her family often rejects.
Matthew came across because I said I would on Meetups while searching for volunteer groups. The idea of using promise cards to hold himself (and others) accountable for the promises made was the first thing that caught his attention. More than that, the chance to work with an organized team to better nearby communities here in Central Ohio was something he could not pass up. Since the first Unified Promise, he was hooked.
Matthew has always been interested in volunteer work but the desire to help others, especially children, increased after a career change took him out of the classroom in 2014. Matthew taught 6th grade math and science for 5 years before transitioning over to educational publishing. Even before his career change, he had sought out various ways to help others including a week long missionary trip to Belize. When he is not volunteering or at work, you can most likely find him outside doing one of a number of activities including running, biking, and playing Disc Golf. Matthew lives with Sierra, his 16 year old daughter, Jasper, their Miniature Australian Shepard and Winnie, their sweet Calico.
Brittany learned about because I said I would from her mom Cindi. She decided to tag along with her mom to her first meeting and was blown away by the movement. Brittany knew that it was something she wanted to be apart of and has been a dedicated member since her first meeting. Brittany spends much of her time as a pediatric nurse. Serving and helping others has always been a passion of hers, while always trying to make it fun for herself and others around her. Giving back to her community gives her a solidarity that she is truly making a difference outside of her nursing world.
Cindi had seen because I said I would advertised through Facebook and has followed the movement for some time. When she saw there was a local chapter she immediately wanted to go and see what it was about. She mentioned it to her best friend and daughter and they met up to go to their first meeting. Cindi was immediately drawn in by the group’s passion and what they are doing in the community. Since the beginning of the Columbus Chapter she has been an active member.
Cindi has always had a passion for volunteering but found it hard to find places to volunteer. She loves the idea of a group of people, who together, go out and make a difference in the community each month. There is nothing more rewarding than helping someone who can never repay you. Getting a simple smile or a thank you gives her all the gratification she needs.. Cindi works in IT and accounting for a local mortgage company,whose motto is “Improving the Lives of Families” which goes right along with her values of giving back. She is excited to become a part of the Chapter Team and help spread the message of the Columbus Chapter.
Joe learned about because I said I would after hearing Founder Alex Sheen present at a leadership conference earlier this year. It was by far one of the most moving and emotional speeches he has seen in years. An impact was made and he went on to research more about the group and soon joined the local chapter.
The thing Joe loves most is that the chapter is so fluid with putting their time and effort in to different causes each month. Already in the span of a summer he's learned how to properly conduct CPR, danced at a Luau party thrown for adults with disabilities,and networked with several more charities to give more of his time back to the community. The variety and the accountability is something that he hasn't found in any other organizations that he's volunteered for in the past. It's also helped him keep already over a dozen promises that he's made since joining the group.