I showed up with my husband and a few of the members of our community organization (the North Miami Jaycees) to help some of our friends who volunteer monthly at Bridge to Hope. As a person who regularly organizes events, I was immediately struck by how organized the whole operation was despite the many and varied tasks to be accomplished in a short time. My group was immediately put to work and we did not stop for at least three hours. We had the opportunity to meet and talk with Pastors' Stone at the end and we all left feeling like we had done a really great thing. The November event included a full Thanksgiving feast, canned foods to take home, and even clothing. Despite being an hour's drive from our neighborhood, I suspect we will return (hopefully a couple of times) next year.
I've had the privilege of being a coach for Vanessa Tinsley during her participation in the Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Miami for over 2 months now. I have witnessed the strength of her leadership, the solid foundation of her organization and the incredible impact she and her team at Bridge to Hope have on the community. This is a remarkable organization that genuinely brings hope and provides for the most basic necessities of her community in South Miami Dade County. I am so excited to continue volunteering, supporting and contributing to the growth of this organization and I can't wait to see how many more lives it will continue to touch in the coming years.