501c3 write up's
No Longer Bound's Cars4Recovery "Excess Matters" Video Script
As a non-profit organization that focuses on rescuing, regenerating, and reconciling men to their families, No Longer Bound is always in need of our community’s support. It’s not a one-man job; it takes a tribe.
Our goal as an organization is to use our industries as a conduit for ministry, vocational training, and revenue building. Our “cottage” industries such as our Cars4Recovery program (where we take donated vehicles and refurbish them to run like new again), and the Thrift Store (where we take donated items and sell them at considerable discount to our community), offer examples of the type of regeneration that takes place when a man goes through our program. There’s a redefined purpose in each of those elements.
As a member of our community, we not only want to receive with open arms the generosity bestowed upon us, but we want to be able to give back as well. That’s why come (insert month of the year) we’ll be launching our Excess Matters program. What could once be considered “excess” to someone, can now be a tool in someone else's belt on their road to success.
Why does excess matter? It matters to us because we can take from the overflow of what we’ve been blessed with, and use it to bless our community. Out of gratitude towards all who have supported No Longer Bound in the past, and for those who just heard about us for the first time but have stopped to listen, we are thankful for you. So for every tax-deductible donation made to NLB, all you have to do is give us the name of the church you’re associated with and they in turn will provide gift cards to our thrift store for families in need that reside in our community.
Each donation you make to No Longer Bound isn’t just a tax write-off, it’s a life-saver. The men in our program work in these industries as they learn life skills that will prepare them for the road ahead — both emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and practically. It’s not just the monetary value each donation brings —to us, it’s an opportunity for our community to engage hand-in-hand in the regeneration of a new life
Agapao, Inc. Elevator Pitch
Agapao Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Our mission statement is simple: love in action.
It started with a trip to India that turned my whole world upside down. Before I knew it, I was on my way to incorporating a non-profit organization that has recently funded a $20,000 project to build an orphanage in India from the proceeds of our generous donors. The orphanage houses 54 currently, with plans for expansion and a school currently under development.
We call it a movement because Agapao is an action verb. It’s a Greek word that means “to love.” To act in love; that is, do caring things or act caringly. The word “love” gets tossed around a lot in our society, so much so that it’s seemed to lose its original meaning these days. We “love” our iPhones, we “love” the cars we drive, we “love” that favorite restaurant of ours. But how do those words apply when it’s just you and I we’re talking about?
Our heart has been broken for those who have gone uncared for, who are helpless, who have no one to protect them from the harshness and the evils of the world we live in. The ones that have been deemed “unlovable,” “forgotten,” and “unimportant.” When we see the face of these children without parents to care for them, our only response is to say “yes.” We will love you. We will shelter you. We will clothe you, and show you the value of your true worth.
Because for those who stand outside our radar and remain unnoticed, injustice rises within our hearts and we are moved to do something.
Our goal is to “mobilize the passions of ordinary people who are seeking to make an extraordinary impact in their world.” And we do that by starting with the person in front of us.
We didn’t start with a prestigious degree in non-profit management, or knowing how to build an orphanage from the ground up with all of its nuts and bolts. We just simply started. We said yes, to the face of a child that questioned, “am I worth loving?” All of our inabilities were surmounted by our being compelled to love that one child, that grew to 50 children, and we hope for 50 more children, and another 50, and another. Because no child should have to be left to fend for themselves.