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June 8, 2011

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June 8, 2011

As a UofL MBA student I had the chance go work with Mark, Dee Dee, and George too help look for ways to improve the Shoeman Water Project and Edge efforts. It was a truly amazing experience to get to see all of the ways that this truly inspiring group can take something as simple as our used shoes and turn it into something as important as clean water and health training. As a Certified Fraud Examiner one the concerns I always have with non-profits is the risk of extremely poor money management. However, what I saw with Edge is what they went every step of the way to make every cent count for the mission they have laid before themselves. The leadership in this group has a way of inspiring any and everyone they come into contact with, and it's for good reason. As I saw the innovative and new ways they were creating to clean up such a fundamental life need it convinced me that this was an organization that would truly be able to transition into a staple of service within not only Louisville, but every area of the world they get a chance to come into contact with. I saw them not only develop ways to clean the water, but ways to improve getting it out of the ground, storing it locally, transporting it long distances, and keeping it clean until use. They have created methods that in themselves would have a great small business opportunity for aspiring members of developing countries. The shaman water project. Is one way that this group is working to stabilize it,s funding throughout the year, and the ability to recognize this need is yet another reason this group is insuring their long term existence. Edge has such a great outpouring of support in times of crisis, that it could cause them to falter on this large undertaking they have choose, but The Shoe,an gives them an opportunity to not only generate a regular funding source, but also to allow all of us here without the ability to take a week away from work or make a large donation to find our own little way to help!

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Working with the people who come from countries where Edge has make a true change in everyday life, and seen the passion they have for continuing this mission.

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When I was working with them last this organization was making great strides at generating corporate sponsorship, and that is where this group will be able to generate the most financial and hands on support. The book the Spark, the Flame, the Torch talks about the impacts business can have missions like the one Edge has, and there are a number of companies right in their back yard with a very strong wellness focus.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Inspired

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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