Her name was Cecilia. Her black hair was striped with gray, and her eyes filled with tears as she saw me approach.
It was the kind of summer day you only find in Atlanta. The stifling heat rises off the asphalt and concrete, and the air is nearly too thick to breathe. Outside was the last place I wanted to be, but I knew I could help a few people get through the day if I passed out water. Plus, I honestly had nothing better to do.
That’s when I encountered Cecelia.
We began to talk. She had no other way to get water, but it wasn’t the water t hat had moved her. It was the fact that someone had taken the time to help. All it had taken was a water bottle and a moment out of my day to make her feel loved. She felt important. She felt noticed.
How much is a water bottle worth to you? It meant nothing to me — and everything to her. Our exchange left a smile on my face and a spark of excitement in my gut as I began the drive back to the air-conditioned comfort of my apartment in the suburbs.
But something happened on the way home. With every block, I passed more people who fought the elements alone. More people who sought what Cecelia had found: a sense that they were not forgotten. Their expressions of despair weighed on me. What could one person do?
It’s easy to feel hopeless. Even right here in America, 100,000 children between the ages of 10 and 15 are forced into prostitution every year. Seventeen million children in go to bed every night malnourished, and 1.5 million American children are homeless. The problems are so vast; we don’t know where to start. And so we never start.
That’s why I’ve invited you here. Together, we can change these statistics. Together, we can take our success and transform it into significance.
I can’t do it alone. And neither can you. Let’s come alongside one another to fund and create Iam2.org, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that will empower hundreds of other non-profits to transform our world, by giving individuals a simple way to make a profound impact.
Are you ready to attempt something great? I am too . Are you ready to come together and make an impact? I am too. Are you ready to save lives, give hope, and forge a great legacy? I am too. Without you, I am alone and limited. With you, I am 2, and together we can do something great.
I am honored to partner with you and thankful for your support.
-Dan Bowling, Founder