Everyone can get involved with “The Van Project”. You can partner with our project, volunteering your services or at events, donate financially, or just follow and share the journey with friends. Not everyone can live in a van for 18 months but everyone can take part in the adventure.
“MINIMAL LIVING, MAXIMAL GIVING”
The project is eighteen months living with less and giving more. When you look at how much it costs to rent your apartment or pay your mortgage, we all see different numbers. For some, it is upwards of one thousand dollars… for others, it is much more.
What if we all downsized, and gave some of that money back to a good cause?
For me, in the state of Georgia, that cost is about $1,300. What could I do with some of that money if I didn’t have to pay it? Work less? Sure. Buy more? Easily. OR, I could give back to those in need. By living in a van and donating just a percentage of that money to charity, I can work less while helping more people along the way.
Less is more, right?
All the above is all well and dandy, but I want more. On top of selling most of my belongings and donating money to charity, I want to create a tsunami. If only ten people matched my donation we can raise over ten thousand dollars together. That alone is awesome, but even still, I believe that we can do more!
Together we can:
- Turn a van into a traveling, helping home
- Raise awareness for 40+ nonprofits
- Live a more fulfilled life with less
- Raise money for 10+ nonprofits
- Conduct on-going random acts of kindness
- Raise over $24,000 in 18 months ($2,000 plus per organization)
- Motivate others to get involved
- Partner with MissionBulgaria for an overseas mission trip
- Partner with and work for 20+ state side nonprofits
- Connect with the people all over the East Coast
The project starts NOW, and runs through June of 2019 (or forever). We will renovate the van during “The Build”, while also engaging the community and working with nonprofits in the Columbus area. Our ride continues with “The Trip”, where we will travel from New England to Florida volunteering at a different nonprofit each week. All along, we will be raising awareness as well as money for nonprofits.
In other words:
- The Build- January 2018 through February 2019
- The Trip- March through June 2019
- Philanthropy- Throughout
“The Build” phase of the project will take place in Columbus, Georgia and surrounding areas. Members will be updated on worksite locations for a chance to get involved with the build or philanthropic adventures. “The Trip” phase will start in Connecticut and roll on, with a stop in each state, all the way to Florida. Each stop will last approximately one week, with a total of four months to the trip. The trip will wrap up Columbus in June of 2019.
After three years of college and seven years of Active Duty service, I wanted more. I wanted to make more of an impact, and for the longest time, I didn’t know how. I wanted to get rid of all the “excess” in life.
That’s when I came across #vanlife.
I thought how “sick” it would be to get rid of everything and live in a van after separating from the Army. Cool, right? But then, I started thinking about how I can turn a project of soul searching into something much bigger than myself… How can I help connect people for a greater cause? Turn me, into we?
After talking with so many amazing people, “The Van Project” was born.
Are you ready to join in OUR Journey?
One word: Community!
We can not do it without you!! I have been blessed to be around amazing people willing to go great strides for their fellow man. Most books you read be it finance, motivation, leadership you name it; all have a few things in common. First, there is an inherent need to help and care for others. Then, there is an emotional obligation to give more than you receive. Finally, there is a constant call to action.
It’s just about the time I practice what I preach. The time has come to stop donating five “bucks” here or three there and fully commit: financially, emotionally, and physically!