We love hearing about people making a difference. in their community. At a time when his hometown of Ferguson, Missouri was erupting in violence and protest over the killing of Mike Brown, there was one person who took a chance to force change at the great personal expense - Mr. George Love.
George Love is a custodian at a Vashon High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He's been working there for 6 years and about 3 years ago when the riots started in Ferguson. There was a lot going on in his community and he started to notice people in the community dying. It was a very sad time in Ferguson. A lot of the students would come to him and ask to protest, as well as pastors and community leaders but... he knew more could be done to help the kids to feel encouraged and inspired to change. George spoke with his wife and came up with the idea to start a scholarship fund.
"I felt like a lot of the kids are being given a vision to look at, or something to dream about. They come from troubled homes or they live in bad neighborhoods and no one is sowing positivity into their lives." says George. "Most of them feel like they don’t have options. I knew that in order for some change to happen the kids had to have something to hope for... and although I don’t make a lot of money, but I knew if I could come up with the money to give these kids, they would work hard to do better. So that’s what I did... I take from my savings and the money I make from pushing a broom and a mop and I give it to them."
Steve Havey is all about helping the youth and giving them the opportunity to grow beyond their current situation. That's why Steve reached out to his friends at Digit. Digit is an app that automatically saves money from your bank account to help you manage expenses, pay off credit cards, and meet financial goals. This is a great way for anyone to save up for larger goals like College. Digit loves what you’re doing for these kids and they want to help out. So they are giving you $5,000 towards your scholarship fund.
That's not all - They heard you’ve been using your own money to pay for these scholarships, which is why they want to give you another $5,000 to help you catch up on your bills.
Special Thanks to Digit for partnering with us.