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May 4, 2021

Eddie Brown. Saving families one Car at a time.

In this episode of Nonprofit ArchitectTravis talks with Eddie Brown, the founder of the non-profit Giving Words. With an entrepreneur’s vision and a servant’s heart, Eddie Brown, along with his wife, started the non-profit Giving Words to help struggling single mothers address the ongoing trials of family management.

Eddie has 23 years of experience in the housing industry and 9 years of experience as a business owner. He has a uniquely developed skill to design, organize, and market the ministry. Eddie created a network of over 60 partners in the central Virginia area to assist moms in various areas of needs such as car repair and gifting, home maintenance, counseling, budgeting, and appliance repair. Additionally, Eddie with the assistance of Apricot software designed a tailored system that can track all mothers, services, activities, and volunteers. This program lays the foundation for our non-profit’s ability to be replicated in every county, state, or even in another country.

Conversation Highlights:

{00:57} Eddie gives a taste of what Giving Words is all about.

{03:26} Partnering with the local High School and repair shops.

{04:52} How to make the approach to a potential partner?

{08:15} Where the name Giving Hands came from.

{11:58} How to use “giving Tuesday”.

{14:21} Non-Profit at Christmas.

{15:27} What does a structure run by volunteer teams look like?

{19:56} How can the listener get involved with Giving Words?

{27:14} Getting participants involved with #momstorymonday

eddieb@givingwordsva.org

www.givingwordsva.org

 

Remarkable quotes:

You're teaching the skills in high school and they're connecting with the story of the person in need of the help, and everyone is growing.

It's a process, and when you work through that process and break it down, it touches multiple areas.

We've usually had two to three seniors and juniors in this process, and that's the character shift.

And we've had instances where we've had a mom that had court and she didn't have any clothes for court. So she went to the shop and got shoes, pants, a dress shirt, the full outfit that she needed for the court to look presentable.

If you had 100 people giving $10 a month, that turns into $12,000

 

Resources:

Eddie Brown

eddieb@givingwordsva.org

www.givingwordsva.org

https://www.facebook.com/givingwordsva/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/eddie-brown-9a6a7820/

https://www.instagram.com/givingwordsva/

 

 

Bio:

With an entrepreneur’s vision and a servant’s heart, Eddie Brown, along with his wife, started the non-profit Giving Words to help struggling single mothers address the ongoing trials of family management.

With 23 years in all aspects of the housing industry, and 9 years of business ownership, Eddie has a uniquely developed skill to design, organize, and market the ministry. Eddie created a network of over 60 partners in the central Virginia area to assist moms in various areas of needs such as car repair and gifting, home maintenance, counseling, budgeting, and appliance repair.

With the assistance of Apricot software, Eddie designed a tailored system that can track all mothers, services, activities, and volunteers. This program lays the foundation for our non-profit’s ability to be replicated in every county, state, or even in another country.

Reared by compassionate parents and mentored by selfless neighbors like a local foster mother who cared for drug-addicted babies, Eddie realized before adulthood that he should actively care for the most vulnerable. Later in adulthood after a divorce and losing custody of his children temporarily, this calling magnified.

Later, Eddie became a stepfather, then the primary caregiver of his elderly aunt, and four years ago, the custodial guardian of his infant granddaughter. Each of these experiences prepared him to identify and empathize with the overwhelming load of single parenting and to offer support and solutions to common problems that can derail the family.

 

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