If you are reading this right now, you are blessed. You have the internet with some sort of device to search and retrieve information. You have a home for your family, food on your table, and gas in your car. It’s so easy for us all to take for granted these simple things that are at our fingertips. Scripture says in Luke that to whom much has been given, much will be expected. It’s important for us to continually evaluate how we can make a meaningful difference – even a small one – in the life of another.
We feel strongly about the idea of “women empowering women,” and that has become our missional focus through Zumba. YOU have helped us contribute funds to amazing organizations all around the world that have positively impacted women. From The Miriam Project to micro loans for women in India – your dollars at Zumba have done some awesome things! Over the years, one of those important organizations that you’ve helped us support has been Dove Harbor.
Women who find themselves in crisis situations, find a new beginning at Dove Harbor. Some of the women are single mothers who just can’t make end’s meet, while others are escaping abusive situations. Some are fighting addictions and others are facing homelessness. No matter what brings them to Dove Harbor, they can find a safe place to live for six months to a year while they start the healing process and learn successful life skills that empower them with a new self-confidence.
Dove Harbor’s program is built around three very important fundamentals: Grace, Mercy, and Accountability. Because Dove Harbor’s program is based upon Christian values and applies Biblical principles, it is not eligible for any federal funding. As a result, this program relies on donors who have the desire to make an investment in changing the lives of the women and children who call Dove Harbor home.
In the past, we have written Dove Harbor a check for $700 – a gift from SisterFitness that we were able to give in part because of you! For the second year in a row now, we are going to try something new.
Last night, July 8th, at class – we gave our $700 to YOU. Each class participant was given a five dollar bill as they left the building with the challenge of multiplying those dollars for Dove Harbor. We are stepping out in a leap of faith, people! :)
But we trust you. We know your hearts. We know you love coming alongside women with us. We KNOW you’ll find amazing ways to multiply this money to pay it forward to the residents of Dove Harbor.
At the very least, you’ll bring your $5 back to class on Tuesday, July 29th and we will give Dove Harbor our usual gift of $700. OR…..think if each person turned their $5 into $6, $20…$100! it’s hard to even imagine the magnitude of the opportunity we have here! We have been praying over this for weeks now and we KNOW it’s anointed. God is in it.
We challenge you to start thinking creatively about how to “invest” your $5 for a larger return. Host a lemonade stand. Buy donuts or Rickers pops for your office and have everyone donate toward the cause. Host an at home Sister Fitness Zumba party with the online video! Buy everyone water and charge $5 to come workout in your living room. We’re positive you’ll have even more amazing ideas than we can even dream up!
If you couldn’t make it to class tonight – IT’S NOT TOO LATE! We’re all out of $5 bills :)….but please jump on board with us! You can make a difference!
Involve your kids…your spouse…your co-workers. Tell others about what you’re doing…you will inspire them to help your effort! Don’t forget to share with us the stories (and pictures!) of how you’re blessing those around you and how you’ve been blessed by the process.
We can’t WAIT to see how God works through YOU to impact our community. Join us back at class on August 5th to find out how God used each one of us to multiply a little into a BIG BLESSING for the women and children of Dove Harbor!
Tonight at class is when we reveal the phenomenal impact your giving hearts have had on Dove Harbor.
We couldn’t be more humbled to have walked this faith-path with you.
We put $700 into the hands of 140 people… then gave them 30 days to inspire others to give a little extra for the Women and Children of Dove Harbor.
God – as He always does – has shown up in the big and little details of this entire month.
He brought us 140 people to the “give” class where we brought $700 to give away. 140 x $5/person = $700
He worked within your hearts and minds to come up with inspiring ways to multiply your $5
- Outdoor movie nights with your friends
- Lemonade stands
- Crayola “Hearts for the Harbor”
- Tons of yummy food creations sold
- Sponsored runners
- Corporate sponsorships through your personal connections
Many of you faithfully participated by bringing back your $5 + loose change… Those donations added up to a LOT of blessing for Dove Harbor.
We’re proud of you.
We’re humbled to be part of your circle.
We’re thankful that God chose our class to be part of something so powerfully inspiring for our community.
Stay tuned for the FINAL AMOUNT RAISED to be revealed on our website!!
Hillary & Natalie
They’re family, and share a “sisterhood” that we can really relate to.
They live life close together, and have been coming to Zumba with Sister Fitness together for 2 years now!
We love them, their fun energy, and their hearts for the community in which they live.
Marty, Tracey & Diane worked together to raise over $2,100 for the Great Give, and we have been blown away by their tenacity for blessing Dove Harbor!
Check out these fun pictures they collected along their Great Give journey!
Corey Myers, Main Source Bank
Scott Wilkins, Rozelle Johnson Funeral Home
Dr. Rex Teeple, Ossip
I wasn’t there for the kick off but I still wanted to participate! So I baked some cookies and brownies and asked my co-workers in the Madison county courts to support Dove Harbor! It’s been great to see the generosity of so many people!
Thank you so much for giving your time and talents for Dove Harbor!
This fun group – led by Megan from our class – got their competitive spirits out for a good ol’ game of cornhole to raise funds for Dove Harbor! How fun!
July 21st I hosted a cornhole tournament at the pool of my apartment complex. I provided the link to the Sister Fitness website with the Great Give information and my apartment complex shared the information with my community! I raised $95 for Dove Harbor while enjoying the sunshine with friends and playing cornhole! We made every move count!
Megan – we can’t thank you enough for participating in the Great Give with us!
We love the fun energy you always bring to class! You are a gem! :)
Sweet Joni from our Zumba class came up with this fun idea to multiply her Great Give $5…
I made a display promoting my $5 challenge at work today. I made and sold chocolate flower suckers. They were all wrapped , and I added a ribbon and a thank you note for supporting Dove Harbor. I printed off info about Dove Harbor and made a poster which caused a buzz in the office about the facility. It was wonderful to help raise awareness about Dove Harbor and fun to participate in this Great Give challenge!
Joni – we’re so proud of your giving heart! Thank you for all of the time and effort you put into multiplying your Great Give gift!
Natalie & Hillary
Inspired by Joni’s story?
Want to give in your own way?
Every little bit counts towards this effort to raise funds for Dove Harbor…
Consider giving a little bit today!