Last Friday we gathered to celebrate an incredible ten years. Ten years in which we have provided mentors to orphans and foster kids. Ten years of sharing Christ, seeing lives changed, and giving out bibles. Ten years made possible by the generosity of sponsors and the gift of volunteers time. This event was a night to celebrate and a challenge as we prepare to expand and grow.
We gathered at The Hip Room on Franklin Street for food, fellowship, entertainment, and an incredible silent auction. One family even went home with a new member: Pickles the puppy. This event was a tribute to all of the people who have made this organization successful for ten years and a challenge to help us grow, expand, and further our reach for the next ten and beyond.
With so many wonderful stories and lives to celebrate we are also overwhelmed by the amount of kids still in need. On our tables were over 100 hearts. 55 represented kids in the Tampa area waiting to be matched with mentors, 25 represented kids in Georgia we hope to match this summer, and the rest represent kids already being mentored who need continued support. The need for both the volunteer mentors and provision for the training, bibles, and materials is still great. We also shared our excitement and vision to launch I Matter Too in Douglasville, GA (part of the greater Atlanta area) later this summer. Between Tampa and the greater Atlanta area there are over 10,000 orphaned and abused children who need our mentors and we’re determined to help them all.
If you weren’t able to make the event – you were missed. It’s not too late, however, to sponsor a child, donate to help us fund Georgia’s launch, or become a volunteer! During the event we were able to gain the sponsorship needed for several of the Tampa and Douglasville kids whose names filled our table arrangements but we have more to match. The event may be over for this year but the work is just beginning! With God’s provision I Matter Too will provide mentors to each child currently waiting and continue to grow with the increasing need for mentors as our cities foster and orphan populations continue to grow.
Beginning to serve Georgia is an exciting next step. We can’t wait to see how God will change lives for the kids (and volunteers) in Georgia. Even as we celebrate the expansion into new territory we know that I Matter Too isn’t just needed in Florida and Georgia. We continue to pray and work towards growth and an expanded reach.
Thank you to all who attended our event. Thank you to our sponsors, mentors, volunteers, and staff. Thank you to all who continue to support the vision and mission of I Matter Too. It has been an incredible 10 years because of each of you.