January Monthly Meetup Summary


If you couldn't make it to January's meetup check out our next one on February 15th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Same venue, new room!



Featured Promise Story 


"There is no option."- A promise story

This month's featured promise story told the story of supporter Joel and his determination to change his life. Joel was born with a congenital heart condition that made exercise difficult ever since he was a child. He felt like he didn't have control of his life, so he would find comfort in something he could control: Eating.


Joel was 420lbs at the time this video was recorded. His food addiction had spiraled out of control, but he said it wasn't fair to his friends and family. He said "There is no option." If he wanted to be around to help people who needed him, the change must happen now.

Watch Joel's story to see the promise he made to his family and friends. 



 This video is part of a series of promise stories from the lives of everyday people. We believe a video can convince people around the world to make a promise to better humanity. We believe this series, titled "A promise story," will inspire our followers to share their stories with us.


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Learning Topic 


The History of the New Year Promise

Every year millions of people around the world make their New Year's resolutions. But where did the tradition originate?  


At this month's meetup we discussed the history of the New Year's promise, and completed an exercise to help generate ideas for New Year's resolutions. Good promises take good planning and careful consideration, so the exercise was designed to help members come up with meaningful ideas for their New Year's Promise.

Feeling unsure about what you want to commit to in the New Year? Try the New Year's Promise Idea Generator yourself! Click below to download the sheet!







December Unified Promise 


Refugee Welcome Kits 

On Monday December 19th, 2016 the Akron Chapter of because I said I would sorted and cleaned donated items for refugee welcome kits as a part of our global Unified Promise.


Welcome Kits provide the basic household items refugees need for their new start in a place of safety.Our Unified Promise worked in partnership with the nonprofit organization World Relief Akron, who strive to provide opportunities to help the most vulnerable people and see them transformed economically, socially, and spiritually.


A huge thank you to all of our volunteers for attending this event and making it a success. We asked for 10 committed volunteers, and received over 15, even having to kindly turn away more due to spatial limitations! Want to see photos? Check out the because I said I would Akron Facebook page for pictures from Chapter meetups and Unified Promise events! 




January Unified Promise 


Delete Blood Cancer: Bone Marrow Registration Event

Every four minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia. For many, their only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. It only takes four minute to register to potentially save a life! 

For our January Unified Promise, we need four committed volunteers to help host a Bone Marrow Registration table on Thursday January 26th from 4pm - 6pm. Set up will begin at 3:30, and your role at the table will be to encourage people to swab their cheeks and fill out the paperwork for this important lifesaving cause, promising to donate bone marrow if it is determined they are a match for someone in need. 

This Unified Promise was inspired by Sam and Alex Kimura, two girls who sold their cars, bought a van and toured the country trying to save lives through this registry. See their story HERE.


Please invite your friends and family to come swab as well! Every new donor on the registry brings hope to patients who are still waiting for their match. To find out more information about eligibility requirements and how a bone marrow donation works, please click below.



February Unified Promise 


Feed people, fight hunger

1 in 7 individuals in our area are food insecure. The fight to end hunger cannot be done alone. Let's help change that as we team up and support the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank!

We are in need of 20 volunteers to commit to the full event on Saturday February 11th from 8:30AM - 11:30AM. Volunteers will have a hands-on experience sorting, inspecting, relabeling or repackaging donated food. 

Volunteer projects are based on the daily needs of the Foodbank and the time we give helps them provides 84,000 meals to people struggling with hunger in our community, each and every day!

Before volunteering, each individual in the group needs to complete an online Volunteer Application. You can find that information and more below.




Honoring Our Members 


Member Recognition

Members who have attended both Chapter meetups were awarded 

their Second Meeting Achievement Badge!


We thank them for their commitment to our Chapter Program and congratulate them on their achievement. Check out all the photos from the meetup at the link below and tag yourself in any photos!



Leadership Positions


Needed: Akron Leadership

We are still looking for volunteers to help fill leadership positions for the Akron Chapter! 

Akron Chapter Leader
  • Help establish and maintain community partnerships
  • Manage leadership team
  • Public speaking and meeting management
  • Fill in the gaps

Video & Photography Volunteer

  • Collect content for the local Chapter & Unified Promises
  • Determine best practices
    • Capture Chapter members' individual promise stories

Logistics Volunteer

  • Pick up food and supplies
  • Arrange for printed materials
  • Meeting set up
  • Event coordination

Communications Volunteer

  • Promote chapter through partnerships
  • Manage social media page
  • Event marketing