Monday, July 21, 2014

A Personal Journey to Journey's



On Monday, July 7th, we took our team on a road trip to Journey’s in Rigby, Idaho. I was excited with the anticipation of seeing our efforts come to fruition. At the beginning of my internship, I was assigned to head up this event. I knew it would be a challenge, and I knew there would be many details and arrangements to make. What I didn’t know was the personal journey it would take me on.


This has been a whirlwind summer for me. I have had good stress with keeping up with school and planning my daughter’s wedding--but it was still stress. I have also had some intense personal challenges that have shaken me to the very core. My Story Matters has been a blessing, and the event at Journey’s helped to heal my heartaches. Without this amazing organization and the experiences it brought to me, I have no doubt I would have been hosting numerous pity parties and wallowing in self-doubt. Instead I have been able to witness others face, head on, the challenges that beset them every day. I have seen families and individuals be happy and strong in the midst of life-long trials.


The clients and participants at Journey’s radiated love and joy and happiness. I love a quote that says “Happy people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of everything they have.” I watched in awe as the staff and the adults and children at Journey’s did just that. Their example lightened my load. They taught me that we can be happy on our own journey and that we can find peace even in times of great difficulty. They imparted to me that we are stronger than we think we are and that whatever life throws at us, we can overcome.


I found that while I was serving the people at Journey’s, I was actually serving myself in the best possible way. It is a reminder of the words of Joseph Wirthlin, “Come what may and love it.” I hope that in some way, I was able to leave a piece of my heart at Journey’s in Rigby, Idaho, because I know that they filled some holes in mine.

If you'd like to help us make the books for these beautiful individuals at Journeys you can signup to join or book making event next week July 30th on the BYU campus. Go here to get details and signup. http://www.mystorymatters.org/donate/

 
Our next event is coming up at the Road Home homeless shelter in Salt Lake City on August 6. If you are able to volunteer we'd love to have you sign up here https://docs.google.com/a/mystorymatters.org/forms/d/1m9ENSsC0MM-yWttJ6Ulkoyiv01es3iM15VwybYE0_1A/viewform

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An exciting partnership!

It's an exciting day at My Story Matters! A huge thank you to the entire Be The Change team for everything they do and for believing in the My Story Matters mission! We are excited for the future and what this partnership can help us do! You can learn more at www.mystorymatters.org or like our facebook page for continued updates on all our projects.

The latest press release was published on Business Wire this morning. It has been my privilege to work with Sunshine Briskie to help this partnership form. Youngevity Be the Change Foundation is making amazing things happen throughout the world!

Youngevity Be the Change Foundation Expands Charitable Giving Program

My Story Matters Added to Program
SAN DIEGO--()--Youngevity Be the Change Foundation, (www.youngevitybethechange.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization announces the expansion of its charitable giving program and the addition of My Story Matters (www.mystorymatters.org) to its list of causes and charities. My Story Matters, also a 501(c)(3), creates storybooks which help lift a child’s self-esteem, give individuals courage to face difficult situations, and/or tell stories that uplift and encourage individuals to be better.
“You must Be the Change you wish to see in the world”
The Foundation was formed by its parent company, Youngevity International, Inc. (OTCQX:YGYI) (www.YGYI.com), following Gandhi's inspiring words, "You must Be the Change you wish to see in the world", a name that says its all, Youngevity Be The Change Foundation was established in September of 2013. The initial charities selected by the foundation were the American Red Cross, Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Wounded Warrior Project.
Lisa “Sunshine” Briskie, the Director of Youngevity Be the Change Foundation, who donates her time to the organization, said, “Our family of distributors, customers, and employees come together as a family in many ways to provide help where it is needed. We are being the change in the many communities in which we live. Whether through the purchase of a Be The Change Product (100% of the profits generated by the purchase of these products are donated directly to the Foundation), participating in a Random Act Of Kindness Day (R.A.K), getting involved in our running clubs to raise awareness for our charities, or coming to the aid of a community hit hard by tragedy, we are making a difference through our actions, not merely our words or pocketbooks.”
Amy Chandler, Founder of My Story Matters stated, “We are overwhelmed with joy to be chosen as one of Youngevity Be the Change’s charities. We are incredibly grateful to be a part of this foundation’s mission as we feel our collective vision is completely aligned. My Story Matters is working tirelessly to make a difference in our community and around the world.”
My Story Matters utilizes Heritage Makers (www.heritagemakers.com) line of products in its creation of the story books it creates. Heritage Makers is a Youngevity brand.
Steve Wallach, the CEO of Youngevity International, Inc., who sits on the board of directors of the foundation, said, “We have accomplished a great deal in a short period of time thanks to the generosity and commitment from of our distributors and customers. This would not be possible without the tireless work of Sunshine Briskie, our Foundation Director and the many donated hours of time by the team at Youngevity. We expect to have even a greater impact as Youngevity Be the Change moves into year two.”
In just under a year the Youngevity Be the Change Foundation has donated over $22,000 in cash, provided product donations and boots on the ground to the Longmont Foundation (www.longmontfoundation.com) to assist the Colorado flood victims, fed over 3100 families and provided boots on the ground in collaboration with the Philippines Red Cross to assist typhoon victims, donated cases of Rebound Energy drink to the San Diego Fire Department as they fought various forest fires, donated product to aid the Washington State flood victims, and provided a multitude of products to an entire unit of Pathfinders in Afghanistan.
About Youngevity International Inc.
Youngevity International Inc., (OTCQX: YGYI) (www.YGYI.com ) is a fast-growing, innovative, multi-dimensional company that offers a wide range of consumer products and services, primarily through person-to-person selling relationships that comprise a "network of networks." The Company also is a vertically-integrated producer of the finest coffees for the commercial, retail and direct sales channels. The Company was formed after the merger of Youngevity Essential Life Sciences (www.youngevity.com) and Javalution Coffee Company in the summer of 2011. The company was formerly known as AL International, Inc. and changed its name to Youngevity International Inc. in July 2013.
 
Safe Harbor Statement
This release includes forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. In some cases forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “may,” “should,” “potential,” “continue,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release include statements regarding the Company’s expected future growth, the timing of new collections and the success of the collaboration. These statements are based upon current beliefs, expectations and assumptions and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict. The information in this release is provided only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release based on new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

Contacts

Youngevity International, Inc.
Investor Relations
John Zervas, 800-982-3189 X 6509





Monday, July 14, 2014

Road Trip Success!



This past week we had the privilege of taking our team to Journey’s in Rigby, Idaho.  With the help of local volunteers we were given the opportunity to provide the gift of story to the participants who attend this marvelous facility. Our hearts were touched and our own spirits lifted as we had the honor to interact with them, to hear their stories, and, with photography, capture moments of their lives.  A picture truly is worth a thousand words.

Every time we hold an event, we go ready and willing to serve.  What actually happens is that when it is over, we are the ones who have been served.  This is exactly what happened at Journey’s.  Associating, communicating and rubbing shoulders with the staff and the children and adults who attend Journey’s, changed us for the better.  Their enthusiasm and love of life was contagious.  We left with a new perspective.  No matter where one is in the world or what his or her unique circumstances are, we believe that each individual deserves to share their story.
 
Journey’s was nominated by Marla Anderson as part of our Gift Series.  This series is dedicated to creating “custom happiness.”  We partner with community members and organizations to identify individuals in need and offer support and encouragement by providing a book customized to their particular circumstances.
 
In order to give this gift we need people in the community, family, and friends to nominate individuals or facilities in their communities.  We need you to be our eyes and our ears.  Nominating takes little effort but has BIG rewards.  By visiting our site at www.mystorymatters.org, you can make a nomination to share someone’s story.

We feel grateful for the chance to expand our horizons by taking this gift of story to Idaho.  We hope to provide a way for individuals to be remembered and to have a chance to share their experiences of overcoming difficult circumstances.  We want them to know and to recognize that they are VERY IMPORTANT.  At each Gift Series event, we recognize that we could find ourselves in their circumstance and situation.  Any one of them, could be us.  It is truly humbling to understand that when we all come together and love and help each other in some small way, we all benefit in miraculous ways. When all is said and done, all of our stories do matter.

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMAZON SMILE

We are so excited to share this with you!  Do you ever shop on Amazon?  If so, we would love your support!! Click on this link and select My Story Matters as your charity of choice and every time you make a purchase .05% of your purchase will be sent to help another child receive a customized storybook all about them! 


AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know.  Same products, same prices, same service.

We would love to have you take just a minute and select us as your charity of choice.  It really is SUPER easy to do as you will see when you click on the link.  So anytime you order on Amazon you’re helping out My Story Matters too!  A huge thank you for your support! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Loony Loomers - A Tradition of Giving and Service

Loony Loomers has partnered with My Story Matters in the tradition and spirit of giving.  They make and donate beautiful quilts that are given to the children in our fighter series.  In addition to the wonderful books these kids receive from My Story Matters, they are blessed with a hand sewn blanket of love.

Loony Loomers was created fifteen years ago by Charlotte Dodge.  Charlotte – who is currently serving an LDS mission in Romania with her husband – is the heart of this organization.  Many years ago, she received an inheritance from her Dad.  She chose to use that money for humanitarian efforts.

Initially this group was formed in the Lakeview 5th Ward and they mostly loomed hats.  They provided the church with any items that were needed or requested.

The group now, knows no boundaries and these amazing women function on their own.  They have made the decision to continue their valiant efforts of serving, giving and loving.  This has caused them to broaden their areas of focus.  As they grew, they added quilting to their acts of service.  Today, the possibilities are endless.

Currently, made up of about 30 ladies, they have sent items all over the world.  They have provided toys and quilts to orphanages in Mexico; scarves and hats to children in Nepal; eyeglasses worldwide; and have sent crocheted burp rags with nursing students to various countries. Mary Merrell, a member of this talented group would tell you that “serving is good for the heart.”

This selfless group of women meet every two weeks.  There is always a quilt to be tied.  Members come prepared to work on projects that relate to their personal passion.  There is quilting, crocheting, looming and much more!  At the end of the meeting there is an abundance of items to be sent to wherever they are needed.  

They welcome new members with new ideas and a willingness to serve.  According to Mary, “Serving others is a common interest and we become fast friends.”

They have committees responsible for supplies.  They have a calling tree to get the word out quickly of upcoming events or of changes in the schedule. Last, but certainly not least, you can’t forget the food!  They even have the popular pot luck committee.

Many members donate supplies and fabric from their own resources.  They also hold yearly Bizarres to raise the additional funding that they need.  These are casual gatherings and are lots of fun for everyone of every age.

If this type of service is speaking to your heart, contact Mary Merrell at merrell.mary@gmail.com.
If you are aware of needs locally or globally, please contact them.  They are willing to entertain ideas, requests or suggestions where there is a REAL NEED.  They are always looking for somewhere where they can make a difference.

My Story Matters is grateful and honored to have the Loony Loomers join us in our journey of giving.  It is a truly a remarkable experience to witness people who not only see a need in the world but who step up to fill it.