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I Pour Life

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development

Mission: We believe anyone can thrive. Yet without the right opportunities and influence, many stop believing in themselves. We teach individuals with social and economic disadvantages how to identify and apply their unique strengths to become self-sufficient.

Programs: Global women's empowerment program (gwe) targets women with leprosy and aids. Gwe is a year-long, women-led family empowerment program that seeks to end the cycle of extreme poverty and social isolation in kore. We use a "hand up" approach to help women in kore lift themselves out of poverty through technical business management training, intense monitoring, and the provision of startup capital. Gwe has three main program components: economic empowerment, urban agriculture, and a production center. Integrated into each of these approaches is a leadership development pathway to elevate the women in our programs as leaders in the kore community. By year end, 180 women had successfully graduated from gwe.

global mission trips: i pour life host teams of professionals and volunteers to provide social capital to families in the kore community. Our team of professionals provide professional medical development with partnering hospitals and also host clinics to families in kore. Other professionals provide business training and empowerment to female entrepreneurs. Volunteers provide empowerment and improvement to the lives of women in our programs and orphans in the community. Volunteers also serve partners in the areas of education, medical and church related activities.

lifestrengths: i pour life created lifestrengths, a scalable and aggressive development system for at-risk youth. Socially isolated youth who are seasoned in the foster care and judicial systems or are living in generational poverty need consistent lifecoaching to break the patterns of government assistance to which they have become accustomed. By addressing critical discrepancies in their lives through a strengths-based coaching approach, youth are able to develop positive behaviors and make choices that change the trajectory of their lives. Lifestrengths youth are nominated from the foster care and judicial systems, as well as local high schools and alternative schools. Upon entering lifestrengths, youth are paired with an on-staff lifecoach with whom they meet in person weekly. Over twelve months, lifecoaches build relationships with youth and guide them through the i pour life-developed lifestrengths curriculum, which focuses on development in identity, education, finances, and independence.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Pour Life is doing great work in great ways! My first trip with I Pour Life was March 2019, and my next is March 2020. I am an educator who has the privilege of combining my faith and my career skills to help educators across the globe in a community that has many needs. I read the book "When Helping Hurts" when I returned from our first trip to Kore and felt even more excited about the way I Pour Life is involved in the Kore community. They truly believe that anyone can thrive and show respect to those they serve and use advisory teams to make important decisions about needs. "Giving a hand up, not a hand out" is a catch phrase, but it is fitting for what I see in this nonprofit. I am honored to be an Education Ambassador for I Pour Life and can't wait to see what impact the work will have in many lives!

Donor

Rating: 5

I Pour Life is an incredible organization. I've been a part of their programs both locally and globally for several years now and have seen first-hand the impact they are having in peoples' lives. They go above and beyond what others do and truly become family to those they serve. They are also extremely transparent in funding, and I know every dollar I give goes is put to good use and is helping someone transform their life into one where they are thriving, loved, and happy!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have met many women in Kore Ethiopia whose lives have been changed from the Women’s Empowerment Program. I Pour Life has helped them choose a business initiative, given them resources and training, and watched them succeed. Now they are able to adequately feed and care for their children as well as give them an education.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Pour Life genuinely cares about people. They call all the volunteers and people in their programs, family. This is a unique organization that is changing people's lives through their work. It's an honor to be a part of I Pour Life.

Sophia S.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed I Pour Life for many years now. I met Julie Higgins, founder and CEO, when I was in high school. I was blown away by her vision then, and I have continually been impressed throughout the years. Julie, as well as the rest of the I Pour Life staff, have a heart for people that is unmatched. Whether working with youth in the Springfield area or empowering women in Kore, Ethiopia-- I Pour Life is leading the way for positive change! I personally know a few of the youth that have participated in the Life Strengths program; the difference that it has made in their lives is immeasurable. Kids that didn't believe they could graduate high school are now on their way to accomplishing college degrees. Beyond measurable accomplishments, youth are finding peace and self-assurance through I Pour Life and the incredible people who work there. I am so excited to see all that I Pour Life will be able to accomplish in the coming years. Missouri, and our world, needs more of what I Pour Life has to offer.

Krysta B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with I Pour Life for a little 2 years. For the past 7 months I've been volunteering as a community coach; paired with an at risk youth that is close to aging out of the foster care system. I really believe in IPL's mission to love people and kids where they are in their life and that anyone can be successful if taught life skills. IPL does a great job training, educating and supporting their volunteers. If you're looking for a fulfilling role and/or giving to a cause that is truly changing peoples lives here in the US and abroad, you should. You will not be disappointed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Kore, Ethiopia this summer through I Pour Life Texas. I Pour Life is a great nonprofit! Dollar for dollar I knew exactly what my money was going towards. I could also directly see the impact the organization was making in the lives of the locals. My heart was forever changed by the time that I got to spend in Ethiopia thanks to I Pour Life!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Pour Life is a great organization which helps young adults, who struggle managing their life, with LifeCoaches. It is a great program and the people who work there is very dedicated and passionated about it. I had the opportunity to volunteer in a fundraiser that benefited IPL in Dallas TX and learned a lot how they help in the community, and that they also help women in Africa. Love I Pour Life Texas and will continuo volunteering.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Pour Life in Dallas, Texas is a wonderful organization that provides a mentoring program for homeless and at-risk youth in our area. I volunteered at a tennis tournament fundraiser for I Pour Life this winter and loved the experience! The stories told at the tournament were inspirational and motivating!

Cooper F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a great organization! I went to Ethiopia with them and had an incredible experience! Wanting to go again ASAP!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This Non-Profit understands what it means to serve others. By walking hand in hand with people of all walks of life. Loving, leading and teaching people their worth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Pour Life is a great organization with a wonderful cause.
I worked in a Team organizing a tennis tournament in Dallas, Texas.
It was a great experience!
People was so happy to be part of this event helping I Pour Life to reach the goal...

Jesse T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've loved volunteering with I Pour Life and they're my favorite nonprofit to give to. I've seen their operations firsthand in the Springfield, MO and in Ethiopia. They treat everyone they come in contact with as family and care deeply about that family. I believe I Pour Life is extremely trustworthy and a great place to invest time and money.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently returned from my second trip to Ethiopia with I Pour Life. What an amazing experience to work with such honest, caring, and intentional people.
The I Pour Life team has made unbelievable progress building strong relationships in Kore, Ethiopia. Both trips were organized and well run by I Pour Life staff. Many people have asked if I felt safe traveling to Africa and the answer is absolutely! The Ethiopian I Pour Life team takes great care of volunteers. I learned SO much about the culture and how we can continue to help the women and children in Ethiopia. I was sad to leave but inspired to get back home and continue to help our at risk youth in Dallas/Fort Worth. I highly recommend volunteering with I Pour Life Texas and Ethiopia.... your time is needed and will NOT be wasted.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I-pour life is an awesome organization! They are doing inspiring work in Ethiopia and in Springfield, Missouri. The I-Pour Life staff tirelessly reach out to individuals in poverty, empowering them to become self-sufficient.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Pour Life is doing AMAZING and NEEDED work in the Dallas area with homeless and at-risk youth. I had the privilege of volunteering over the holidays. WOW. The void they are filling with Life Coaches to teach and train kids with no hope and help prepare them for the future is truly inspiring. Thank you I Pour Life Texas!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a Social Work and Counseling student, I am so drawn to the work I Pour Life does locally to reach at-risk youth in our communities. I just got back from my second trip to Ethiopia with IPL and spent a lot of time serving the women in their women's empowerment program as well as spending time with the kids in their orphan care program. I cannot wait to go back next year and it is so exciting witnessing all the Lord is doing through those apart of I Pour Life for the community of Kore, Ethiopia.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I Pour Life is a great organization that has a huge heart for the youth they serve. The staff at I Pour Life consistently go above and beyond to impact the youth in this community. They are all truly a family, and always want the youth to know that they, themselves, are a part of that family, too.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I Pour Life is such an amazing organization. They do such amazing things to serve the Lord, and help kids and women in need. They take missionary trips to Ethiopia and help women start their own businesses, and give kids the opportunity to do things that they aren’t able to do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hard working organization that does excellent work! Changes lives locally and around the world!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love I Pour Life because I have seen them selflessly pour themselves into the community. They live out their mission by putting others first and giving hope to those who desperately need it.

Thank you all for all you do!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is doing some amazing work with and for at risk youth! Their stories are inspiring, systems are impressive, and staff are soo passionate. Keep it up I Pour Life!

Alia W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been able to witness first hand how I Pour Life is impacting people both locally and globally, helping them by teaching tools for sustainability and continuing to support them by being their biggest fans. I Pour Life’s holistic view of non profit and mission work is something I’m honored to be a part of and will continue to support for years to come.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is so much to say. The work they are doing with the kids is so awesome. It’s hard to believe that in this day and age there are so many kids who do not have the best support systems. The programs at I Pour Life give family to these kids and young adults and is truly amazing. Doesn’t everyone deserve unconditional love and support? And if given the chance, you can see lives changed in awesome ways.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization. Helping those kids who just need someone to listen and love them. Well done I Pour Life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love their vision and their strength.
Great people ! Real people ! Love ipourlife .

Joe B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been privileged to know Julie for many many years and she is such a strong woman that cares deeply for everyone. She leads the team at iPourlife so well with vision and strength. I've gotten to go on a number of trips with IPL and photograph a lot of the images they use and it's so cool seeing my photos be used for such an incredible mission.

I stand behind iPourlife!

Donor

Rating: 5

I Pour is a wonderful and much needed non-profit organization in our community. I have seen those they help meeting their goals with the support of their coaches and I have seen how much the coaches truly care about those in the program. I have donated many things to the program and every time I go in the office it very much feels like a home. Keep up the amazing work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I Pour Life is an amazing non-profit organization that meets so many needs in my own city and around the world. I love hearing the stories of young men and women in my town who develop as individuals, accomplishing so much with the help of those mentoring them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I pour life is an integral part of our community. By serving and providing a hand up for the young adults in our town, they are meeting a need that has been ignored by many. They are reaching populations in our home town and across the world that others have overlooked. So thankful for Ipourlife in our community and the difference they are making around the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

I Pour Life is the first non-profit I've traveled with. Seeing first hand how they come alongside families that are outcast and ostracized, and extend love and acceptance immediately taught me a lot about how to care for the hurting. My family continues to support I pour Life because we have witnessed the impact of our investment firsthand. Plus, their vision for sustainable solutions is second to none. I am proud to be associated with them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization changes lives. I've seen it develop from a dream to a reality. I have been impressed how they stay true to their vision and truly care about every individual. I wish there was one in every city. Thanks to the I Pour Life team. Keep up the invaluable work you're doing.

Alyson R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From my first interaction with Julie Higgins, co-founder of I Pour Life organization, to my most recent trip to Ethiopia as their Goodwill Ambassador, I’ve remained confident in the leadership, vision and lasting impact IPL creates. With sustainability at the core, I see real compassion coupled with strategic organization and implementation transform people and entire areas from the inside out. IPL assesses situations holistically and brings solutions that are circumstantially pragmatic as well as soulfully enriching. I see transformation, resilience, and measurable improvement in the quality of life of thousands of people from every background. IPL teams work sensitively and directly with those in need, breaking barriers between communities and cultures on a genuine level. People are seen, heard and supported over a period of time, a much more helpful methodology than giving handouts without any further assistance. I continue to observe and admire the many programs IPL offers, as well as participate as often as possible, especially in teaching women trades, health care and life skills. It’s an honor to share life with so many people and see them pour all they learn into the next generations. IPL is all you’d hope an organization could be. -Alyson Stoner