Giving back is important to me as a Christian. We are called upon to help those in need. I have been blessed in my career and try to donate 10 percent of my time and services to help causes near and dear to my heart.
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
Position: Technology Director
Unlocking Autism, founded in February of 1999, grew out of a concern that children were being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders at an alarming rate and yet the public was uninformed. Our primary mission for the organization is to bring the issues of autism from individual homes to the forefront of national dialogue. We strive to join parents and professionals in one concerted effort to fight for these children who cannot lift their voices to the nation for help. We work diligently to educate parents about pending legislation, existing laws, as well as biomedical and behavioral treatment options. We assist parents of newly diagnosed children by providing direction through our Parent 2 Parent Network and support hotline in an effort to network families across the country. We raise funds for biomedical research, behavioral research and projects. We work to increase society’s ability to work with and understand people with autism.
We strive to help those on the autism spectrum reach their greatest potential in leading fulfilling and productive lives in relationships, society and employment. Unlocking Autism’s programs and projects include the following: The Open Your Eyes National Autism Awareness Project, Wings for Little Angels Flight Assistance program where donated miles are used to transport needy families and their children with autism to treatment facilities and physicians across the country, The UA State Representative Program, A National Call Center & Hotline (active 1/2003), The Power of ONE! National Autism Awareness Rally (held annually), Conferences and rallies held on state levels designed to educate families about the importance of media and the political realm in order to affect change in our community, The Parent 2 Parent Network, a Nationwide Public Service Announcement campaign, The Kidz Korner which provides families of children with autism with creative ideas for activities to increase family interaction and Media Outreach.
Books For Blessings
Books For Blessings was founded in the Fall of 2014 after hearing a sermon on the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30. I realized I was just pretty much spending away all of my money without investing it to help other people.
Shortly after hearing this sermon, the idea for Books For Blessings was born. I have been in the book industry for over 20 years and decided to use my technology skills to sell books online and give away most of the profit. I work with non-profits, churches and schools to arrange book roundups to accept book donations. My family then inventories and sells the books online. We handle all of the customer service and shipping and return 80% of the profit to the beneficiary organization. We simply retain 20% to cover the physical costs of shipping materials.
This is an emotionally fulfilling ministry which is built on the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is designed by nature not to provide us with a large income. However, nothing gives us more satisfaction than being able to provide financial assistance to those who either really need it or organizations that can actually put the money to faithful use. Books For Blessings will continue on in the future, but move over under My Book Bucks so that we can streamline the technology used to sell books.
If you work with an organization such as a church, school, or non-profit, or if you or someone you know needs funds to help pay off medical debt, I can help you organize a book roundup today. Just contact me for more information or visit the website at www.booksforblessings.com.