Men are doing awesome things all around the world, and we love to hear stories of their great work.
One such group of guys goes by the name Band of Brothers Northwest. They started as a men’s group in a church and have expanded into a group of men doing good deeds in their community. After that, they caught the community service bug and their good deeds began to grow exponentially.
The group of 30 men believes they’ve found their calling, explaining that “what began as an idea to help put presents under the trees of those less fortunate in our church community, became in mere months, an official, state and government recognized, non-profit corporation.”
I asked one of the founding members, Chad Coder, what people think of a group of guys going around doing good deeds. He told me, “People are indeed surprised that we are a group of men doing what we do. Which is one of the many reasons for doing what we do. We believe there are far too many able bodied individuals in this world, in many cases men, not doing as much as they could be doing to help their fellow man.”
The group does some of the coolest stuff. When Chad explains what cool stuff they do, his enthusiasm is infectious, and their work is inspiring. “Over the past two years since our inception we have helped single mothers put presents under their Christmas trees and food on their tables, provided iPads to kids with cancer at Children’s Hospital in Seattle, gathered 25,000+ Toys for Tots after their Tacoma warehouse fire, raised a combined total of $150,000+ for Margie Walters and Rachel Beckwith, furnished countless volunteers to Special Olympics events, and much more.
Everyday is completely different from the one previous and we do our best to provide resources (financial, operational, personnel), whenever we are possibly able. One of the best parts about what we do; this is not any of our day jobs. None of us make a dime from doing this, as we are all 100% volunteer based, which then means 100% of what we bring in, goes right back out the door to help those in need. We are of the mindset that you can’t put help in a box so why even try. ”
Finally, their 3rd8 Credo is truly awesome. “We all live our lives in basically three, 8 hour blocks of time; we sleep 8 hours a day, we work 8 hours a day, and what we do with our 3rd 8 truly defines us as human beings.”
That definitely makes me want to go do something awesome with my 3rd 8.
Nice work, fellas.