ELEVATING THEIR IMPACT
Highlighting non-profits making sustainable impacts on systemic issues around the world.
We bring impactful stories of organizations and their clients to you each week as well as ways to support them as a volunteer and financially.
Having lived on all four sides of the country and landing back in Austin, TX, Erin Arnheim is now the CEO of Legacy Collective. When she isn’t working, she is volunteering with teenage girls in the foster care system, Facetiming with her nieces and nephews, traveling the world, eating her heart out along the way, and taking incredible photographs to document the memories. Erin has a passion for encouraging high school and college students through college persistence programs and mentoring teenagers in the foster care system.
Born and raised in south Georgia, now living in Austin, TX, Candace Collins is a mom and self-proclaimed foodie. When she isn’t in the kitchen trying out a new recipe with her daughter, she is spending her time writing, public speaking and jamming out to any 80’s playlist she can find. Candace has a heart for reaching and impacting future generations, helping them realize their potential as well as inspiring and encouraging fellow single moms on their motherhood journey.
HOW THEY MET
Erin & Candace were volunteering at a singles conference and met in line waiting for BBQ at a food truck. After a great conversation, they met for coffee a few weeks later, and as they say the rest is history! Their friendship is one of encouragement and collaboration. And they look forward to coming together to bring you incredible stories from organizations making deep innovative impacts on systemic issues from around the world!
INTERVIEWED: Jenni Lord, CEO & Founder
Chosen helps children heal from abuse and neglect by equipping parents with life-changing tools to overcome the hurt, so that they can thrive! Jenni Lord, the CEO & Founder of Chosen, first encountered the child welfare system in 1995 when her foster brother entered their family. Her brother’s story had a profound impact on her life, and she has had a desire for systemic transformation since. In this week’s episode, we learn more about Chosen’s transformative work, take a deep dive into how trauma care can transform foster care and adoption, and we discover ways for our listeners to get engaged.
INTERVIEWED: Jen Hatmaker
Jen Hatmaker is a bestselling author, host of the award-winning “For the Love” podcast, and the Co-founder and Chairwoman of the Board of Legacy Collective. In this week’s episode, we interview Jen to learn more about her vision for Legacy, her desire to make a deep impact in addressing systemic issues, and we discover ways for our listeners to get engaged with Legacy.
INTERVIEWED: Jenny McGee, Founder
Starfish Project is a social enterprise that cares for women escaping human trafficking and exploitation in Asia. Starfish Project began with five women working around a kitchen table and has grown to employ over 160 women since its beginnings. In this week’s episode, we interview Jenny McGee, the Founder, to learn more about their incredible work, take a deep dive into what the commercial sex industry looks like in Asia, and we discover ways for our listeners to get engaged.
INTERVIEWED: Solomon Burchfield, Director
New Beginnings NWA is a self-managed Bridge Housing community for people in need of shelter in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It was built to serve the chronically homeless beginning with 20 transitional micro-shelters that will provide safe, secure, and supportive services. In this week’s episode, we interview Solomon Burchfield, the Director, to learn more about their incredible work, take a deep dive into how we can best support the homeless community, and we discover ways for our listeners to get engaged.
INTERVIEWED: Amelia Quinn, President & Founder; Laura Hamilton, Program Director
BeLoved Atlanta is a community of women who have lived through trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. BeLoved Atlanta is the only two-year residential home and program in Atlanta for adult women affected by sexual exploitation. In this week’s episode, we interview Amelia Quinn and Laura Hamilton to learn more about their incredible work with the women, learn more about the commercial sex trafficking industry in the United States, and discover ways for our listeners to get engaged.
INTERVIEWED: Sharon Schuldt, Development Manager
Building Hope in the City focuses on the renewal of urban Cleveland by linking local congregations and volunteers with the many people it serves to foster relationships and spur personal and community transformation. In this week’s episode we interview Sharon Schuldt, a Legacy Collective “OG” and the Development Manager for Building Hope in the City, to hear about the impact her organization is making in the lives of refugee and immigrant families and discover ways for our listeners to get engaged.
INTERVIEWED: Faitth Brooks, Director of Programs
Be the Bridge empowers people and culture toward racial healing, equity and reconciliation. Their vision is that people and organizations are aware and responding to the racial brokenness and systemic injustice in our world. In this week’s episode we interview Faitth Brooks, Director of Programs at Be the Bridge, to learn more about their incredible work, to hear about some exciting endeavors launching in Faitth’s life, and discover ways for our listeners to get engaged.
INTERVIEWED: Lamar Stockton, Director of International Operations & Partnerships (Austin, TX) & Dr. Aschalew Abebe, Global Empowerment Director (Ethiopia)
Help One Now empowers families in developing countries through their business launch program, education, and restorative care. In this week’s episode we interview Lamar Stockton and Dr. Aschalew Abebe to hear about the ripple effect that empowering one family can make in a community and discover ways for our listeners to get engaged.
INTERVIEWED: MC Deskins, Development Director at Notley
As Giving Tuesday is approaching, Candace interviews Erin Arnheim & MC Deskins on their personal giving approaches, tips and tricks for vetting organizations when you are making personal giving decisions, and ways for listeners to get engaged with their two partner organizations Notley and Legacy Collective.
INTERVIEWED: Founder, Caroline Boudreaux
Miracle Foundation has improved the lives of more than 15,000 vulnerable children and orphans in need and impacted more than 300 orphanages in India. In this week’s episode, we interview Caroline Boudreaux, Founder of Miracle Foundation, to hear about their incredible approach powered by a deep passion to improve the lives of children and give them a chance to grow up in a family, we learn more about how COVID has impacted the global orphan crisis, and discover ways for our listeners to get engaged.
INTERVIEWED: Chief Communicator Christina Hite, A Faithful Presence
A Faithful Presence was born out of Christina and her husband Dustin’s desire to deepen the good work that’s already taking place at Community First! Village in Austin, TX. In this week’s episode, we interview Christina Hite, the Chief Communicator at a Faithful Presence, to hear the incredible impact they are making on the lives of their neighbors at Community First! Village who used to be chronically homeless, what life now looks like living and walking beside them through life’s joys and challenges, and discover ways for our listeners to get engaged.
INTERVIEWED: CEO Erica Blue, Austin Sunshine Camps
Austin Sunshine Camps is bringing hope to children and families living near and below the poverty line across central Texas. In this week’s episode, we interview Erica Blue, CEO of Austin Sunshine Camps, to hear the incredible impact they are making on children’s lives, discover ways to get engaged, and are reminded of the joy camp brought to many of us!
- Austin Sunshine Camps https://www.sunshinecamps.org/
- Legacy Collective https://legacycollective.org/join/
- American Camp Association Research https://www.acacamps.org/research
- Notley https://www.wearenotley.com/
- Philanthropitch https://www.philanthropitch.org/
- Young Men’s Business League Austin https://www.austinymbl.org/