In our travels across this country, we have seen some of the poorest-of-the-poor in the United States. We want to make a difference by inspiring 2 percent of the American people who care and want to share food, clothes and building material, and who will help out with funds to support this direct service of delivering these goods directly to the people who need them. We believe it's time for us to focus on the people here in our own country. If we can enroll 2 percent of the American people, we believe it would make a difference in the world. Our goal is to go to these designated areas, have sacred circles to discuss community concerns, provide goods and services, and assist with reconstruction efforts. We will then carry this message everywhere we have an opportunity to speak. There will be a day when communities and towns around the country will have a Follow Your Heart Action Network of their own. It will truly be a grassroots effort to help neighbors in need. Our long-term vision is that Follow Your Heart Action Networks from all over the USA will come together in a designated place once a year to share stories, learn from each other, celebrate their accomplishments and return to their homes motivated to continue and even expand the service to their communities. It CAN be done. It WILL be done!
Curtis Reliford Founder, Follow Your Heart Action Network I have a special place in my heart for the Gulf Coast because I was born and raised in Louisiana. I had a rough start as a young man, getting into trouble with the law and trying to escape through drugs and alcohol. After being clean and sober since 1985 now I want to give back by helping others and making a difference in the USA. Today, I'm glad to say that I'm a happy and productive member of my community. I'm fortunate I got a second chance in life, and I believe all people deserve a second chance too. That's why my friends and I are helping them. You too are welcome to follow your heart and join us.
Before 2005 and Katrina, Curtis founded and ran, for 15 years another good works organization called Brothers Teaching Brothers. This was a support group for men from 8 to 80 doing community service.
In March of 2006, Curtis received the Jefferson Award, honoring individuals throughout the country who perform great public service, largely without recognition. The Jefferson Award program was established in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Senator Robert Taft, Jr. It recognizes the special dedication, sacrifices and significant accomplishments of individuals in service to the American people.
Other Awards include:
The American Red Cross' American Good Samaritan
The NAACP's Community Service Award
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