Leaders seek ways to help themselves and others to reach positive outcomes. They establish a direction, develop an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping-out where you need to go to ‘win’ as a team or an organization; this plan scales into a dynamic, exciting, and inspiring process. Life offers only few opportunities that can be considered transformational-worthy. This could be instances that happen unexpectedly and can have a strong impact to the world around us.
Between 1998-2008, nonprofit creation increased at a record pace of 30.7%, while revenues of reporting nonprofits increased 39.5% (Wing, Roeger, & Pollak, 2010). However, charitable giving by individuals in the U.S. fell by nearly 15%, adjusting for inflation, between 2008-2012 due to the economic hardships beginning in 2007. The ongoing U.S. recession caused nonprofit organizations to face increasing financial challenges and mounting pressure to maintain a highly productive workforce in order to effectively accomplish their visions (Freeborough & Patterson, 2015). The recession affected not only charitable giving, but also individuals like Joseph Bradford III, who desired to create a nonprofit organization that can lead and serve from the heart. His two major challenges in creating the nonprofit organization was finance barriers and not having a strategic plan.
By the end of 2013, Joseph Bradford III started mapping-out a direction by envisioning a non-profit organization that can positively impact communities. Joseph Bradford III gained flexibility and started to save money (not only for his personal emergencies). He began investing in the vision that rested deep in his soul. Henceforth, his vision to lead a nonprofit organization suddenly became a possibility. He could have easily decided to live a life of self-investment and indulgence by focusing on buying a dream home, investing in retirement, buying a luxury car, maximizing personal interest-rates, and perhaps even vacationing often. However, life gave him an opportunity to make a dream a reality – to lead, serve, and transform communities. This was the moment he wanted his vision to inspire others who experienced the same or worst hardships in life. Joseph’s leadership aims to transform those around him. He is dedicated to inspire and empower those who are part of his team. Transformational leadership creates valuable and positive change in the followers with the end goal of developing followers into leaders.
B. A. R. E. Truth’s Transformational Leadership Useful Techniques:
- Develop a vision that will challenge and engage team members
- Connect the vision to a strategy that focuses on ‘how to’ reach goals as a team
- Finalize the vision by identifying specifics and converting it into actions
- Express commitment, determination, decisiveness, optimism about the vision and the roll-out plan
- Embrace the vision through small steps and accomplishments leading to its full implementation
- Appreciate obstacles and challenges as they reveal opportunities for improvement
Homelessness is a problem that B.A.R.E. Truth focuses on solving. The goal to solve homelessness can only be completed through the commitment of inspired volunteers and supporters. B.A.R.E. Truth has been able to attract individuals who want to be part of the vision and the transformation of communities in need. Transformational leaders attract greater numbers of employees/volunteers when encouraging followers’ creativity through arousing awareness of how problems can be solved (Freeborough & Patterson, 2015). B.A.R.E. Truth identifies the problems at hand, yet focuses on the solutions and possibilities with optimism. The supporters and volunteers of B.A.R.E. Truth are the key individuals who convert the vision into actions. B.A.R.E. Truth has great admiration and appreciation for the supporters and volunteers who commit on the day-to-day responsibilities.
Homeless Outreach Outcomes and Exciting Events
B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. has some exciting accomplishments to report. Throughout the first quarter of 2019 (i.e., January to March), homeless individuals received meals, hygiene products, and clothing. The homeless outreach breakdown is listed below:
2019 Quarter-One Services
B.A.R.E. Truth Impact
Meals & Hygiene Products
This could have not been possible without the volunteers who woke up in the early mornings on scheduled dates with a purpose – to help those in our communities. The efforts and commitment go beyond the surface. To all the supporters and volunteers, YOU MATTER!
To lead is to serve and to serve is to love one-another. During the homeless outreach events in Los Angeles, B.A.R.E. Truth volunteers made it possible for individuals in need to have the basic essentials to survive. B.A.R.E. Truth is an environment where you can make a difference. If you join this organization, what contribution would you be part of? Answer: Transforming one community at a time by leading from the heart.
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Housing Program Grand Opening
The support on April 13th at B.A.R.E. Truth’s grand opening for the housing program was extraordinary. In the above picture, friends and dedicated volunteers are with Joseph Bradford III. Ready to serve and to encourage!
BBQ at the ‘B-House’
On the above picture, Joseph Bradford III is on the grill at the Housing Grand Opening in South Los Angeles. Volunteers and housing residents came together to celebrate.
Motivational Public Speaking and Interviews
Joseph Bradford III participates in radio interviews to talk about what inspires him to do what he does and how does he manage it. In the month of April 2019, he has interviewed in KIIS FM 102.7, KYSR FM 98.7, KLAC AM 570, and KRRL FM 92.3, to name a few.
The Source LA + B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. Seminar
Do you want to learn how to start a transitional house & be successful?
Come and learn from Joseph Bradford III and others.
Date and Time: April 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For Tickets: SUCCESSFULTRANSITIONALHOMESTARTUP.EVENTBRITE.COM Hurry, tickets are selling fast!!!
UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
- Apr 27, 2019 – Transitional House Start-up Seminar in Los Angeles
- May 5, 2019 – Homeless Outreach in Atlanta
- May 18, 2019 – Homeless / Skid Row Outreach. We will feed and pass out hygiene bags.
- Jun 15, 2019 – Homeless / Skid Row Outreach. We will feed and pass out hygiene bags.
For those who would like to volunteer, but you are not able to, then donating is an option too.
DONATE AND CLICK HERE (EASY & SECURE):
- ALL YOUR DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
REASONS TO VOLUNTEER
- Be part of the solution – key to a life of happiness.
- Level-up your passionate interest and skills – what are you passionate about?
- Pay-it-forward – practice gratefulness!
- Empower people to be their best selves – help others succeed!
- Create more positive experiences – by contributing time or money.
Freeborough, R. & Patterson, K. (2015). Exploring the effect of transformational leadership on nonprofit leader engagement. Servant Leadership: Theory and Practice, 2 (1), 49-70.
Wing, K.T., Roeger, K.L., & Pollak, T.H. (2010). The Nonprofit Sector in Brief: Public
Charities, Giving and Volunteering. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute. Retrieve from http://urban.org
By: Maria I. Castro, MPA
B.A.R.E. Truth Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
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