Monthly Archives: September 2009

Changing Without Drifting

As we continue having discussions about Reach, Inc., it’s fascinating to consider how the idea has changed.  The picture regularly becomes clearer even as we remain flexible in defining the concept.  At the start, we used our mission statement to define the program: Reach, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that will improve literacy skills, across ages, […]

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An Important Milestone…

This has been an exciting week for Reach as our idea has continued to move towards reality.  After our exciting meeting with Hyde Leadership PCS, we also met with the after-school programming manager at DCPS and two program officers at The Herb Block Foundation.  Both meetings were very successful, and it seems that we have […]

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Victory?!

Today, I met with two representatives from Hyde Public Leadership Charter School.  While nothing is official, they gave a preliminary indication that they are willing to be the pilot site for Reach’s literacy program.  During the 2010-2011 academic year, we would work with 20-30 Hyde PCS 9th and 10th grade students who would be trained […]

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In the know?

For those of you that don’t know, I work from my apartment.  Every morning, the alarm goes off, I get ready (Reach’s office is business casual), and I sit down at the desk in my living room.  As you can imagine, it’s not always easy to find the motivation to get down to work.  All […]

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Party Planning

In the ongoing effort to raise money and spread the word about Reach, Inc., I have found myself in multiple conversations this week about planning events. Given our small budget and inability to handle losing money throwing parties, we’re starting to explore options for fundraising events. First, some former colleagues have agreed to throw a […]

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It’s Not All About The Money

It feels like a lot of what I do surrounds money, but there are other things going on at Reach, Inc.  We have a number of exciting meetings coming up in the next two weeks.  While I’ve mentioned some previously, it’s proven difficult to actually get my foot in the door as the school year […]

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Thirty Minutes Turns Into Three Hours

On Friday, I had the opportunity to sit down with Kevin McDonald of TROSA, an entrepreneurial residential program for people in substance abuse recovery.  In the beginning, Kevin had to convince customers to trust a brand-new moving company run by recovering addicts.  In recent weeks, I also have been dealing with questions about our model. […]

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Learning to Have Faith

If nothing else, this week has taught me how quickly things can change.  In the last two days, we’ve collected over $1,000 in new donations.  I can now, without problem, make next week’s payroll.  Additionally, we have continued to receive online donations that have given us a strong start for next month.  We will continue to […]

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The Other Purpose

When I decided to start this blog, the purpose was twofold.  First, I wanted to keep people informed about Reach’s progress.  Not only can we share our successes, but we can direct people here to hear our story.  Additionally, it helps me, on a personal level, to answer the question: what do you do on […]

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