GETDOTers assembled and raised $5,300 for Future Possibilities this month! The indescribable generosity of our community has led to the eternal gratitude of many – including alums from the program.
Future Possibilities provides kids from under-served communities a positive role model (known as “KidCoaches”) to help them develop life skills and accomplish important goals. Two women who were served by FP in their youth are sharing their stories. It’s an illustration of the impact these dollars will ultimately have for our local youth:
Clovetta Callender says she got involved as a third-grader.
“Future Possibilities taught me the importance of goal making at a very early age,” she recounted. “It also taught me the importance of mentorship. I was blessed enough to have the same coach all 3 years which in return taught me that people outside of my family want to see me succeed. I am now a senior in college and I still talk to my coach. My coach made a wonderful impact on my life and I am forever grateful.”
Callender is currently interested in pursuing a career in education. And she’s all about giving back.
“If I were not involved in Future Possibilities, I don’t believe I would have realized the importance of helping youth in our community as well as the importance of mentorship,” she said.
Another alum, Dy’Sha Cole, also discovered the program in elementary school. Now grown, she’s finding success and describes how FP changed her for the better.
“I currently attend The Ohio State University pursing a social work professional degree,” she said. “In addition to that, I am also seeking to become a chemical dependency counselor in the near future, all in the name of serving others. Joining the Future Possibilities program planted the ‘service’ seeds in me at a very young age, and I have been on a quest to serve the community ever since.”
Future Possibilities allowed her to discover herself.
“My journey to social work was not a straight narrow path. I spent a lot of time indecisive about what the field that I wanted to pursue. Without knowing how big of an impact that Future Possibilities and mentoring in general could have on my life, I may have never found social work.
Jay Lindner, who serves as president of Future Possibilities, submitted a glowing statement to the GETDOT community.
“I want to personally thank everyone that was able to attend, purchased raffle tickets and shot glasses in support of Future Possibilities on April 13th at the annual GETDOT Diamond Event,” he said. “This has become a great annual event and I am so appreciative of everyone that makes this such a success. Each year we have been able to increase the funds we raise for FP and this year we broke our own record in one night. Through this event, the money we are able to raise becomes instrumental in helping us reach new KidCoach volunteers as well as fund the supplies needed to work with each individual child. It is important that each KidCoach and child have no costs out of pocket to serve and the funds raised through your generous support makes that possible.”
To one and all . . . thank you.