Taylor, a marketing student from UNF invited me to what she calls a “Spread Hope Party” a couple of weeks ago. It sounded cool, but I had to ask: “What is a Spread Hope party?” That’s when her eyes brightened and she went on a rant, and combined with my spastic, selective memory, I could only retain this: “hope,” “party,” “nonprofit,” and “Africa.” She had basically summed me up in four words, so I was already there. Despite the fact that I only knew her, I went because I’m pretty chill and I also have no life.
I wish I had taken better pictures, but the only one I got was of the banner (see above). Taylor designed the whole thing with the help of some other UNF students from a group called Women in Business. It looked like something straight off of Pinterest.
It wasn’t until after a few minutes of being there when I finally understood what it was all about. Taylor describes it as an event to spread awareness of a nonprofit called Outreach International, a nonprofit that aims to help eliminate poverty: “Since 1979, Outreach International has been working with the world’s most marginalized people to create solutions to help end world poverty.”
Taylor’s heart behind the Spread Hope party is to support the people of Malawi, Africa, specifically and “Giving them hope and opportunity to arise out of the cycle of poverty, through sustainable economic development.” During the event, she talked about poverty and how it specifically affects the people of Malawi, and she offered up the opportunity to donate money and to support the mission of Outreach International, ending the night with the bringing together of people passionate about making a difference and ending the cycle of injustice and poverty in the world.