I started this process over one year ago – April 2013. It all began on a bus ride from Alameda. My wife had told me to, “do something good with my time” – I was literally reading the Bible thinking, “what can I do?” and I came across this verse:
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. (Ephesians 4:28)
In short, this means that I need to stop using my powers for evil, and using them for good. What “powers” do I have – well the gift of gab, sales, writing, leadership, etc. I use those all for my own personal gain, and advancement in life. It was time for me to turn that around and do something for others. That’s how Poptism was born. I recruited some friends to help make a leadership team; Ken and Bernard. Then I hired our attorney to help us prepare our application for 501c3 status – and then we waited.
Now a year later, it is official! As of June 9, 2014 we are an official 501c3 non-profit! In this past year, I didn’t do everything I wanted, it was a year of exploration, reading, learning and meeting great people. Now we are about to host our 2nd Annual A’s game event for Bay Area families– and I am thrilled to do it as an official 501c3 organization. It means that we will be able to raise the funds needed to do more outreach and provide more services and training for at-risk youth and fathers that are seeking guidance.
Here is what we set out to do: Mission Statement
And now we can go forth and fulfill that mission. I believe it is kismet that today I am visiting a family shelter in Oakland to hand deliver 20+ tickets to families – families that don’t have homes. I am blessed to be able to bring them some joy and hopefully add wonderful memories to lives that so far have been full of challenges.
We are also giving away almost 50+ tickets to other families with single working parents, laid off fathers and mothers, and several other stories that all make me grateful for listening to my wife and that Bible verse over a year ago.
I have purpose.
Families, fathers, and more need some hope, some help and some tips to navigate countless challenges. I don’t have the answers, no one does – but we will do all we can to ensure that we inspire fathers everywhere, but most importantly right here in the Bay Area to do the hardest job of all – being a present dad, leading a family and being a partner in parenthood.
Thank you and please keep in touch and let us know what we can do!