Hi everybody! My name is John Porter, Founder and CEO with BarterPay. Today I have the pleasure of sitting down with Orlando Bowen, executive director and founder of One Voice One Team….
What’s sort of your journey to One Voice One Team and what do you guys do and how you help the community and kids and that sort of thing just give us the overall kind of overview that’d be great.
Orlando: Absolutely, so one of the things that we believe strongly is that young people are at risk of not realizing their potential the potential to to see what they have to offer but their ability to pour into other people’s lives and to make a difference there so for us it’s it’s doing what we can to empower and equip young people to see beyond their current circumstances, challenges or what life situations so that they could know, not think, but so that they can KNOW that they have the gifts the skills and tools to be able to make a difference for themselves and for others so we do that through assemblies, workshops, summer camp, service activities, where they see themselves actually in action in service making a difference and meeting the needs of their communities.
John: How have you been able to utilize Barter Credits™ and we’re a charity too. Our foundation specifically likes to support the administration and overhead costs of a charity which is actually more of an anomaly because most donors like to see their funds go straight to the end costs whether it be the backpacks for the kids or buying a certain number of meals and that sort of thing but we’re a charity that really just funds administration overhead so the cash donations they received actually go to their end cause – not putting as much money towards expenses.
When I scan your account here Orlando I know that we’ve hit almost 125 000 in Barter Credits™ that have flowed from our members to our foundation back out to One Voice One Team and already been utilized back within the marketplace to offset some of those costs they’re things like SEO and printing and business machines and backpacks and all sorts of different things but maybe you can just touch on some of the things that you’ve been able to get through the network.
Orlando: I don’t even know how obviously you could put a price on it but some of the impacts have been priceless in terms of how it the effect it has on community like real effect we’ve been able to some of the backend things that we’ve been able to acquire like banners and signage, you know from a personnel perspective, and expertise around SEO and marketing, website development and how they work together has been so powerful. It’s really been a game changer for us in terms of our ability to not just do the work but to tell the story about the work that’s being done……
and the expertise that has been made available through barter has been transformative for us…..
it’s just we’ve been able to really level up in the way not just the way that we operate behind the scenes but what the end users experience is because of some of those items yeah amazing! I love seeing this list. I mean I literally have to scroll my mouse for a good 60 seconds here to get through all the transactions that have been put together!
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