Across the U.S., parents spend their weekends and evenings cheering on their sons and daughters in organized sports leagues. These organizations provide an opportunity to build character, socialize with friends and build a sense of community by learning skills on and off the field.  Programs often start at the age of five, and continue in community, school, or club leagues through the high school years.   Often kids outgrow their uniforms, athletic shoes and equipment before they are worn out.  If we merge the benefits of a strong sports program with a growing desire amongst communities to help anyone who desires to learn the game, you develop a new way to decrease the pile of cast away outgrown equipment heading to landfills, and turn it into a young person’s dream.

HlpSum1 recently encountered Project Liberty FC, a new initiative of Liberty FC, a northeast Ohio based soccer club founded by Octavian (“Tavi”) Muresan, founder of the club and Director of Player Development.   Project Liberty encourages their club families to donate worn soccer equipment that still has use, and to purchase as a donation and display proudly their Project Liberty T-shirts.

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premier soccer team helps gather equipment for reuse

Growing up in Romania and immigrating to the United States in 2003, Tavi will never forget his roots, and understands how communities in other countries often struggle with adequate resources for sports play.  “I am grateful for how this Northeastern Ohio community has embraced me and my family, and share in our love for the beautiful game of soccer”, Tavi explains.  “We also desire to not only teach our players about the skills and strategies needed for the game, but be a part of their growth and development through these formative years”.

It is also an opportunity for emerging leaders , such as Vlad Muresan, Soccer Coach of the U15 & U18 Boys teams, to create a moment for mentoring outside the soccer field. He wants to maximize the impact he has on his team, and encourage team camaraderie.  The club members participated in packing events and the U15 & U18 Boys teams will proudly display their TShirts at the Ohio Elite Showcase in Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend.

Overall, Liberty FC wants their members to understand the value of standing up for something, and helping others. And as a result of these values, the club has grown to over 250 members.

Other organizations echo these remarks.  HlpSum1 found many organizations around the country like Liberty FC with similar plans to encourage their young players to get involved.  Some of them have established a national and international presence, collecting equipment across the U.S. and distributing through individuals with connections to third-world countries.  Sports Gift is one such national nonprofit organization, headquartered out of Dana Point, California.

“My family volunteers their time collecting and distributing sports equipment to help disadvantaged kids play sports locally and internationally and promote community service.” says Claire Baxter, executive director of Sports Gift.  “Our program encourages approved organizations to pick up donated equipment and hand carry it to many countries and into remote villages to play soccer or other sports with disadvantaged children many who have never seen a real soccer ball before.” Sports Gift is an all-volunteer charity with national recognition who is helping one community at a time, to provide resources for youth that participate in soccer, and other organized play.

These organizations align strongly with HlpSum1, Inc.’s goal of highlighting individuals and families, going about their daily routines, who still take time to help others.

Contributions to Project Liberty can be made by visiting the club website www.libertyfc.org.  We also encourage you to contact your local soccer, basketball or baseball community leagues and inquire about their local charitable initiatives.

For more information about how to support Sports Gift and their mission, please visit their website at www.sportsgift.org

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Life Restored, Inc. Logo from website

What if you are interested in self-improvement?

How can you set out to build written communication skills?

How do you approach someone for a mentoring relationship?   

What if you are trying to accomplish these goals from prison?

 

A Cleveland based nonprofit named Life Restored Inc. (liferestoredinc.org)  has a mission to help women successfully transition back into the community after incarceration by providing housing and social services. They believe that effective reentry is a process that begins the moment a person is incarcerated. Life Restore Inc. focuses on helping female inmates develop pro-social behaviors and become their “best selves”. They believe that this process should begin while they are behind prison walls. Therefore, they recently established the “SheReads” Book Program that gets Christian and inspirational books directly into the hands of the inmates. The inmates are allowed to choose up to 3 books from a pre-selected book catalog and require each participant to write an essay on how the reading impacted them before receiving the next book on their list.  The program is impactful and benefits inmates in several ways:

● An edifying pen pal type of relationship will be established between volunteers and the inmate.

● The inmates who hardly ever get mail or contact from beyond the prison walls will fill uplifted to see they have mail and that someone cares about them.

● The readings will create an opportunity for the woman to assess/establish goals for self improvement and consider what adjustments they need to make in order to achieve them.

Life Restored wants to help these women to find faith, hope and the greatness within themselves. This mindset will cause a permanent and successful transition back into society after innate.

 If you would like to find out more about this program, you can visit their website at http://www.liferestoredinc.org

The work of LifeRestored, Inc. aligns with HlpSum1, Inc.’s  mission by offering volunteers a way to conduct personal outreach and make a difference in the lives of others.

There are only a few things that Jason Timms and his partner, Mike Dean, cofounders of Dark2Light Outreach Ministries want at this point.  One of them is to help young people understand and find Salvation.

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Christian Outreach in inner city Akron, Ohio

Operating out of The Bill Denton Outreach Center, a local hall amidst an inner city setting at the corner of Brown and South Street in Akron, Ohio, the doors open once again on a Friday evening to welcome the local community in for a Friday night movie.  The room fills up slowly, and is a welcome reprieve for mostly kids and teens, families and anyone who wants a place to hang out that is looking for an alternative to the street, or the what other local establishments may be offering.  The hall fills with the reverberating sound of speakers oversized for this venue, but it adds to the buzz and some of the draw of Friday movie night.

“D2L is community service oriented organization,  and we offer many opportunities to interact with the community such as with our movie night that draws a good crowd, but our real passion is our music “, says Jason Timms, organizer and musician in several local bands, including Bind The Strongman, which plays frequently but not exclusively at Dark2light events. The genre – heavy metal with a mix of rap and funk, is intentionally picked to attract teenage and young adults to their location.   “If you want them to listen to your message then you have to play it in a way that they will sync up, enjoy and keep coming back for more.”

Though this music may make a parishioners’ ears bleed at most traditional Baptist churches, not so at Akron Bible Church, a local congregation who has embraced Dark2Light, joining  forces  with their youth group, and forming a praise band called Twisted, to worship together, united in music and mission one Sunday and one Wednesday night a month.

Dark2Light primary mission is to deliver a Christian message about salvation to the local Akron community, a place Jason and Mike  have always called home, and encourage others to walk a path of helping others in service. They open their doors for concerts with a variety of  programming.   The Bill Denton Center happenings include country, jazz and folk concerts as well, and the band often takes road trips, participating in many tent revivals, as music and mission can coexist in many genres and geographies.    But the most recent project is the one that has brought the most excitement and joy to D2L’s leadership.  They have created a musical play called Introducing Jonny A Salvation Story, about a man named Jonny who has struggled to survive in a challenging neighborhood with an often unsupportive and dysfunctional family, falling in and out of trouble with the law that lead to imprisonment.

Bringing Johnny to life in a 56 minute story set to music, develops a character story that the audience understands,” says Timms.  “Both the music and the story line, put our audience into his shoes, and bring them along a path to understanding difficult concepts of the rise and fall of humanity, and their opportunity for salvation through faith”.  In many cases, this is the first time the attendees our hearing this message.  To find out what happens to Johnny and whether he comes into the light, you will need to attend one of their musical concerts.

Dark2Light ministry hopes to reach as many people as they can, starting in inner city Akron, but will expand their programming and messaging to a much wider audience as opportunities present themselves.  “Were open, we want to help, and ready for our next call” says Timms.  “We want other local ministries to join us in creating more programs and expanding the audience.  If we can help one person in just one night, then the Lord has blessed our mission and fulfilled our purpose.”

The mission of Dark2Light is closely aligned to HlpSum1’ s mission of inspiring people to help others, and expand their messaging to include many people in a role of connectors and multipliers.  You can learn more about Dark2Light or contribute to their maintenance and upkeep of The Bill Denton Outreach Center, by contacting them through their Facebook page at. https://www.facebook.com/Dark2LightD2l

 And through e-mail d2loutreachministries@gmail.com