Beth and Eddie Ulrich, co-founders of The Caring Effect, have helped many Minnesota charities and nonprofit organizations over the years through their Minneapolis graphic design business, Fuzzy Duck Design. Beth Ulrich, who spearheads The Caring Effect, has always felt a calling to do something more. Together, she and her husband Eddie launched The Caring Effect over a year ago. The organization, which received non-profit status in December of 2011, has a regular online radio show that shares the real stories of people who need help.
"There are some excellent organizations that provide opportunities to donate your time or your money to charities," Beth said. "But what I felt was missing were the real life stories of those in need. I would hear that the food shelves were low, or the blood bank needed donations. And I would think, 'Tell me about the people who need the food or get the blood.' We want to know who needs our help."
In an effort to help people understand the real stories behind the statistics of hunger and homelessness, so far The Caring Effect radio show has featured seniors in need of food and care, how to help those in need during the holidays, feeding the hungry, and stories of homeless youth.
"People are flabbergasted to find out that there are 900 homeless teens in Minneapolis, and that these kids have to ride the bus all night just to stay warm," Beth said. "These are real stories of real people. That young man on the street isn't just some homeless youth. His name is Joe and he's someone's nephew."
Beth feels that people are called to help people in need, and they want to make a difference. The goal of The Caring Effect is to give people the knowledge and resources they need to help others. In addition to sharing the stories of the homeless and people who need help, on each show a volunteer and a recipient tell their stories. Additionally the panel provides ideas about how to contribute, even if your own resources are very limited. "People think that their ten dollars won't make a difference,"
The Caring Effect radio show serves to galvanize those who want to make a difference for people who need help, whether through donations of time or money. Listeners learn that there is a volunteer opportunity or a way to give that is meaningful to each individual. For example, the story of an elderly man living alone and falling ill without anyone knowing about it ignited the passion of one person who chose at that moment to devote volunteer time to helping seniors.
Beth has lofty goals for The Caring Effect, including one day having a TV show that increases the impact of the organization, and connects more people who care with motivation and opportunities to help people in need. While the organization's roots are in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she believes it will one day be a national or even international organization.
About The Caring Effect:
The mission of The Caring Effect is to share the stories of people who need help with those who want to make a difference, and help them share their resources of time and money with those in need. The Caring Effect can be reached at 952-491-0225. Or visit http://www.thecaringeffect.org.
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