Our Director of Communications and Marketing, Cindy Smies, recently chatted with Gordon Oosting, the chairman of Mel Trotter Ministries’ board of directors, concerning this month’s matching donation. Below are some thoughts on why your gift DOUBLES this December.
Would you please explain this match and why it was created?
Every donation that is given to support the work of Mel Trotter Ministries in the month of December will be matched up to $150,000 by the Mel Trotter board and several other supporters. The purpose of the match – for the board of directors specifically – is to show our commitment to the homeless of Grand Rapids, to show our support to the staff at Mel Trotter Ministries, and to encourage other volunteers and donors to give as well.
Why are you choosing to support Mel Trotter Ministries? There’s so many other non-profits in this city!
Even as a child, I was familiar with Mel Trotter Ministries. My parents were big Mel Trotter supporters, and they encouraged their children in that work was as well. We were taught to care for the homeless and the hungry. The people so many of us don’t see. In my opinion, Mel Trotter was – and is – the best-run organization in this city supporting the homeless, hungry, and hurting. They touch hundreds of lives for Christ each and every day, and they answer God’s call to care for one another and to carry each other’s burdens. I sat on the board for one year before becoming the Board Chair, but it only took one year for me to realize: THIS WORK IS NOT OPTIONAL. It must be done. Lives are being changed here. Lives are being transformed here. And, most importantly, Christ is doing work here.
How can readers of this blog get involved?
Being a financial person (Gordon is a VP at Mercantile Bank), I would challenge our readers and supporters to consider giving to this December match. It’s hard not to see the value in doubling a gift. Everything goes twice as far! But also, get involved. Take a tour of the mission. Get introduced to the people we serve. Volunteer. Engage. Give back, and give hope.