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Do you have what it takes to be a YMM Champion?

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller Our goal of sharing 2 million You Matter cards this year is big. Very big. But it’s totally doable if we work together. It will take 66,000 people sharing 30 cards each. So while we’re...

Introducing our 2018 You Matter Marathon Elves

Every single one of our hearts really does matter… because that’s what it’s all about – our common humanity. John Kabat Zinn Dear YuMMies, Thanks to our new community of YMM Elves, 2018 will likely be our best Marathon ever! YMM elves spend countless hours...

New ‘You Matter Marathon’ Printing Partner!

Kim, Darrelle, Anthony Dear , Last December I shared an amazing You Matter story about a woman who approached me in a parking lot to compliment my “U-Matter” license plate. Her name is Laura, and neither of us could have predicted all the You Matter magic...

A Truly Magical You Matter Experience-December 29, 2017

Dear YuMMies, As some of you know, after last year’s Marathon I ordered a custom license plate that read “U Matter” as another way of spreading our message. I never could have predicted how that license plate would lead to the most unexpected blessings. A...

Final 2017 YuMMie Update-December 5, 2017

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better, it's not." ~Dr. Seuss Dear YuMMies, What a month! Per the quote above, you have shown in spectacular fashion that you care a whole lot. As a result, a whole lot of You Matter...

2017 YuMMie Update-November 28, 2017

A little kindness from person to person is better than a vast love for all humankind. ―Richard Dehmel Dear YuMMies, Thanksgiving certainly brought out our YuMMie best! Our Community The YMM now has 49,183 participants, and 268 Ambassador organizations from...

2017 YuMMie Update-November 21, 2017

Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light. ―Dr. Albert Schweitzer Dear YuMMies, Thanks to all of you, the Magic...

2017 YuMMie Update-November 14, 2017

You don't have to do everything. Do what calls your heart. Effective action comes from love. It is unstoppable and it is enough. ―Joanna Macy environmental activist and Buddhist scholar  Dear YuMMies, You are AMAZING! The magic has been unleashed and...

You Matter Cards: Free to a Good Home!

Thanks to you, our ‘You Matter’ Card Fulfillment Center is looking mighty sparse. Only 550 card packs remain! As a YuMMie, you know better than anyone how impactful even one card share can be. Please take a moment to invite a friend, school, or organization to sign-up...

2017 YuMMie Update-November 7, 2017

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together. ―Desmond Tutu Dear YuMMies, What a powerful first week you created in the You Matter Marathon! Our Community The YMM now has 30,337 participants, and 200 Ambassador organizations from all 50 states,...

2017 YuMMie Update-November 1, 2017

We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond. ―Gwendolyn Brooks Dear YuMMies (my term of endearment for YMM participants): It’s the official LAUNCH DAY for the 2017 You Matter Marathon! Thanks to all of you, we are...

A Grove of Aspen – Jennifer Schelter

  A Grove of Aspen By Jennifer Schelter I never expected to be hiking in the Rockies near Parshall, Colorado with Cheri Helmicki, a real cowgirl and owner of the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch, with my mother and sisters, when she pointed to a grove of Aspen and said, “Aspen...

2017 YuMMie Update-October 24, 2017

No one has ever become poor by giving. ―Anne Frank Dear YuMMies (my term of endearment for YMM participants):One week to go before the official launch of the 2017 You Matter Marathon! If you’re in our Facebook community you can already see and feel the magic brewing....

2017 YuMMie Update-October 17, 2017

Every single one of our hearts really does matter… because that’s what it’s all about – our common humanity. ―John Kabat Zinn Dear YuMMies (my term of endearment for YMM participants): This is a wonderful week for our Marathon as all domestic You Matter cards are...

2017 YuMMie Update-October 10, 2017

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. ―Ian Maclaren   Dear YuMMies (my term of endearment for YMM participants):It’s been another robust week for You Matter Marathon enrollment! Thanks to some notable media coverage including a radio...

2017 YuMMie Update-October 1, 2017

Dear YuMMies (my term of endearment for YMM participants): What a wonderful week for the You Matter Marathon enrollment! And not a moment too soon as our kick-off is in less than a month. Thanks to you all for spreading the word, and a lovely TV segment that went...

2017 YuMMie Update-September 19, 2017

  Person to person, moment to moment, as we love, we change the world. ―Samahria Lyte Kaufman   Dear YuMMies (my term of endearment for YMM participants): Thank you for joining us for the 2nd You Matter Marathon! We can’t wait to spread the magic this November....

Great News from the You Matter Marathon-June 27, 2017

Great News: Fundraising for the 2017 You Matter Marathon is off to a gangbusters start! BIG thanks to those who have already contributed to our campaign, either by making a donation or spreading the word. YuMMies have contributed almost $5,000! YMM is proud to welcome...

You Matter Marathon 2017: We Can’t Do It Without You-June 20, 2017

Dear YuMMies, This time last year I was eagerly preparing to launch the You Matter Marathon.  I knew first-hand how powerful and moving sharing even one You Matter card could be. And I wanted others to have this experience, too. What I could never have imagined was...

You Matter Marathon Closing Letter-December 6, 2016

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better, it's not." ~Dr. Seuss A Movement is born. It’s one of kindness, compassion, gratitude, and most of all, connection. I have learned and grown so much from this effort. It’s clear from what...

You Matter Marathon Update-November 30, 2016

"There is nothing so rewarding as to make people realize that they are worthwhile in this world." ~Bob Anderson I kicked off the You Matter Marathon with a story about a powerful and poignant You Matter encounter between myself and a forlorn stranger in a grocery...

You Matter Marathon Update-November 23, 2016

"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." ~Marcel Proust, writer As I prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, I want to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude to all of...

You Matter Marathon Update-November 17, 2016

"Some people go through life trying to find out what the world holds for them only to find out too late that it's what they bring to the world that really counts." ~Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne of Green Gables Dear YuMMies: Week 3 of the You Matter Marathon and the...

You Matter Marathon Update-November 10, 2016

"Sometimes someone says something really small, and it just fits right into this empty place in your heart." ~Angela Chase (Claire Danes), My So-Called Life Dear YuMMies: Week 2 of our You Matter Marathon has us going STRONG! Highlights: By our estimation we have...

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