Nov. 14, 2016- Making A Difference was founded
Feb. 7, 2017- Received a brand new logo from Kelly Tracy's Ad & Design
Feb. 24, 2017- Channel 2/The Thread Stl "Roundup/Homeless woman hears for the first time in over a year" with Virginia Kerr and Tim Ezell, begins at the 4:50 mark
Mar. 1, 2017- southwesternhearing.com "Southwestern helps St. Louis woman in need"
Mar. 22, 2017- Granted 501(c)3 status from the IRS, officially becoming a federally tax exempt non-profit charitable organization
Mar. 23, 2017- Our logo was featured on a local race car from Tettaton Racing
Apr. 7, 2017- Blessed with a 20 passenger shuttle bus to accommodate our continuous growth
Apr. 13, 2017- Granted a confirmed charity PayPal account at www.paypal.me/becausetheymatter
Apr. 24, 2017- Fox2Now Southwestern Hearing replay (over 54K views)
May 3, 2017- Winner of Seeger Toyota's "You choose, we donate" non-profit contest out of over 50 nominations
May. 15, 2017- Granted a confirmed charity Facebook account at /becausetheymatter
May 24, 2017- Made the Final 4 in the Papa John's St. Louis Charities out of over 1,200 nominations (Our friends at Needy Paws won!)
June 11, 2017- Smilocracy Founder Matt Goodman sent us the finished "Give back Seeger Toyota" video
July 12, 2017- Baptisms, BBQ, and fellowship down at the homeless camps in East St. Louis
July 28, 2017- New decals were designed and donated for the shuttle bus
Aug. 1, 2017- Invited to join the CoC Homeless Outreach Committee along with St. Patrick's Center, BJC, The Biddle House, St. Peter and Paul, the St. Louis Police Department, the City of St. Louis, and numerous other organizations.
Aug. 21, 2017- Channel 2/The Thread Stl "A Look Back" with Virginia Kerr and Tim Ezell, begins at the 12:15 mark
Sep. 7, 2017- Joined the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
Sep. 11, 2017- Blessed with a website to accommodate our continuous growth (thank you Shannon Stelling, we love it!)
Sep. 22, 2017- Achieved 5,000 likes on Facebook at /becausetheymatter
Nov. 11, 2017- Channel 2/The Thread Stl "Veteran's Day Special" with Virginia Kerr and Tim Ezell, begins at the 5:10 mark
Nov. 23, 2017- St. Louis Post Dispatch/STLTODAY.COM "Thanks for giving, 77 Volunteers in St. Louis"
Dec.. 18, 2017- Belleville News Democrat Annual "Blessed to Give" program
Dec. 28, 2017- Belleville News Democrat "Troy, Illinois residents help homeless vet get home for Christmas"
Dec. 29, 2017- Channel 4/KMOV.com "Troy community rallies to get homeless vet to New York"
Dec. 29, 2017- livestly.com "Community raises money quickly to help homeless veteran start over"
Dec. 29, 2017- ijr.com "Within hours, Illinois town raises money to get veteran off the streets"
Dec. 30, 2017- sunnyskyz.com "Illinois Community Raises $500 In Hours To Send Homeless Veteran To Stay With A Friend In New York"
Dec. 30, 2017- theepochtimes.com "Woman enjoying sights in town spots abandoned trash, but when she realized the truth"
Jan. 3, 2018- Spotlight featured our original Facebook post (a FB page with over 1.25 million followers!)
Jan. 4, 2018- troytimes-tribune.com "Community comes together for homeless veteran"
Jan. 10, 2018- Applied and approved through St. Clair County to receive community service workers
Jan. 13, 2018- Achieved 10,000 likes on Facebook at /becausetheymatter
Jan. 26th, 2018- Joined the Belleville Chamber of Commerce
Jan. 27, 2018- Channel 2/The Thread Stl with Virginia Kerr and Tim Ezell
While we don't seek reward or recognition, it's great to look back and see the the many things that we've all accomplished. Together, we make the difference!