If you’re reading this blog post, I’m hoping you have already watched our premiere video explaining what we do as a company. If you have not, why not? Good news! It’s right here in this blog post, just below this paragraph.
It’s only a couple minutes long. Go ahead and watch. I’ll wait.
Nerds For a Cause Premiere Video:
Ok, good. You have returned. For those who have already experienced the video — gratz! You’re awesome!
As a summary, Nerds For a Cause is a for-profit company which works with non-profit charitable organizations to bring awareness to their cause, raise funds for the organization, and inspire you, the reader, to become an active follower of the organizations. How can you do that? There are many was to help. The easiest is to share our campaign spotlight website for the charity we’re working with. Tell your friends and family. Let them know this charity is doing good things, and they need your support.
If you have a few extra dollars, and feel as passionate as we do, you can buy one of our limited edition, custom designed T-shirts. For each charity we work with, we offer a selection of uniquely designed T-shirts which will only be available during the spotlight campaign. These campaigns will be for a limited amount of time. So, once the campaign ends, those T-shirt designs will be retired and never printed again. That’s right – collectible T-shirts with a message which supports a cause. Wear the T-shirt with pride. For every T-shirt we sell, we will donate $5 to the spotlight charity organization. If we sell 1,000 T-shirts, that’s $5,000 we’ll donate to the charity.
After a spotlight campaign ends, we’ll move onto another charity organization, but the love from the Nerds For a Cause community doesn’t have to stop. If you feel a connection to the charity, become an active member of their community and support them.
In a nutshell, that’s Nerds For a Cause. But, what about us, the people behind the company. What’s our story?
Nerds For a Cause is founded by Kris and MyChelle Andrews. By trade, we’re both in the IT field. Trained as software engineers. Programmers. Database architects. Even hardware techs. We’ve worn a lot of different hats since 1986, when we both graduated and got into this field. We’ve seen a lot of change in the IT field, as well.
When we weren’t at work, which was too often, we found time to participate in non-profit organizations. Collectively, we have 60+ years of working with and being part of non-profit organizations. It is amazingly satisfying to help others.
On a personal level, I’ve always been nerdy. Geeky, even. I enjoy reading comic books, model building, toy figures collecting. When gaming consoles were first available, we got one. I grew up with the Commodore 64 and this enow classic Atari joysticks systems. Oh how we’ve advanced from Pong!
Getting back to work, in November 2012 I became another statistic in the job market. I was laid off. Not because of poor job performance, but because, as a remote worker, I no longer fit into the new paradigm. Something about Agile. I, and many others we’re given a severance check and told to leave.
There I was. Early November 20012, just before the holidays and I didn’t have a job. I had severance to hold me over for a while, but what did the future hold for me. Did I really want to get back into a field that was changing so radically, out-sourcing to foreign countries and identifying me as tool that couldn’t be used. I had a lot to think about.
Since 2006, I have been entertaining my entrepreneurial spirit. Working with my wife, we have owned and operated a handful of other companies over the years. It was through these ventures I realized I was born to be an entrepreneur. This is something I knew back in 1979, when I was getting close to graduating high school. I knew back then I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I just didn’t know how to make it happen.
With that said, my wife (MyChelle) and I talked about how to go forward from being laid off. From that perspective, I was no one special. Many others have been laid off from their jobs, and more will after me. I admit, when I was laid off, I wasn’t mad. No. I was… relieved. I recognized I was given an opportunity to pursue my entrepreneurial spirit.
But, in what way. There had to be something I could do to earn an income for our family, while still being true to my charitable spirit. In talking with people and researching, I discovered that who I am, and what I want to do, has a name. A label. I am a social entrepreneur. Its more than just creating a business, a company and jobs for others. It’s the embracing of the charitable spirit, and giving back to the world which allowed me to prosper. From that, I found a business model which then became Nerds For a Cause. Talk about that moment of singing angels and a spotlight from the heavens. We found something that we were both passionate about.
Recently, I was watching the movie Iron Man 2 where Tony Stark (Iron Man – you knew that) was talking to the audience at the expo he was hosting. In his opening talk to the audience, he said something that really clicked for me. It was so powerful, it has since become my personal mantra. Below, is what he had to say.
“It’s not about me. It’s not about you.
It’s not even about us. It’s about legacy.
It’s about what we choose to leave behind for future generations…
To leave behind a brighter future.”
Enough about me. How about my wife, MyChelle. I don’t want to minimize her. She’s nearly a clone of me, but much prettier. She’s a pageant babe, and a restless spirit. If she’s not actively working for a non-profit organization, she’s not happy. Nerds For a Cause is ideal for her. It gets us out of IT, and allows us to build a future for ourselves while still helping others.
And that, my dear nerdlings, is who we are. It’s not a full biography, but certainly delivers the essence of who we are, and why we are doing this.
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