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A simple Google search will introduce you to a world of definitions for the word, “spark”, but what does this word actually mean to you? If you were to try and describe it to someone who had never heard it before, how would you define it?

Here at sparkspace, we recognize a “spark” as something that is no less than a magical occurrence. It’s the blast of energy we feel upon witnessing or performing a good deed. It’s the mini “mind-explosion” that’s set off when a new idea is born. It’s the moment when you realize the pathway of your dreams has finally found its way to merge with the path to reality. A spark is a momentary superpower that drives us into becoming more creative, productive, and helpful individuals.

If you were to stumble upon something as incredible as a spark-worthy moment, encounter, or organization, you’d want to share that “incredible-ness” with others, right? This is where the new “share the spark” initiative comes into play.

In this moment, I ask that you stop what you’re doing.

Stop reading.

Stop creeping on social media.

Go to Google.

Type “Nonprofits in Columbus, Ohio” into the search bar.

Click on the first result. (“greatnonprofits.org”)

When you get to the website, take a moment to browse. In doing so, you will see that there are 50 pages of non-profit organizations to sift through. With 10 individual organizations on each page, that equates to five-hundred non-profit organizations…in our community alone.

FIVE-HUNDRED.

It was with this realization that the spark of wanting to do more to help those who are desperately trying to build up our community was born.

With share the spark, so begins an initiative to help ignite the flames that are in need of a little boost.

Though the spark can be described in many ways, we hope to use our own definition as a source of inspiration for those we intend to help.

So, who, exactly are we aiming to help? 

The answer is simple. We’re aiming to help the people who are making a positive impact on our city. In addition to nonprofits, we’ll be looking into various charities, community projects, and countless “unsung heroes” that continuously work to make our Columbus an incredible place to live—or in our case, an incredible place to turn a dream into reality.

At sparkspace, we often find ourselves feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for this very reason. Because of the support this community has continuously shown us, the sparkspace dream was able to come to life, and has continued to thrive now for over 16 years. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for those people who believe in us, and believe in our dream.

That said, we’re eager to take things up a notch! 

We love to give back to our community, and we want these incredible people to know that others believe in them. More important than that, however, we simply want them to believe. Believe in their spark. Believe in the bursts of contagious energy that come from witnessing, supporting, and performing good deeds, believe in the mini-mind explosions that partner up with fresh new ideas, and believe that dreams can and will merge with reality if only they have the courage to dedicate their minds and hearts to finding that place.

In addition to “feature” posts that will soon be appearing on our blog, we have a number of spark-worthy opportunities to nestle beneath the share the spark umbrella (including but not limited to: quarterly “team volunteer days”, surprise discounted space offers, administrative luncheons, and more!) and we are incredibly excited to start sharing this new adventure with all of you!

We hope you’ll join us in the implementation of this new initiative! Click here to find out how to get involved.

 

 

About Alisha Thomas

Alisha is our former “best meeting ever coordinator” at sparkspace.