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Jean Robb

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Volunteer and Market Yourself…Remarkably

“Remarkable Marketable Mehelps you share your remarkable gifts volunteering, making you more marketable along the way.

By Jean Robb

I didn’t have the best childhood. We didn’t have much, so if you needed something you had to find a way to get it. I started working at 11 years old selling candy door to door. I know very scary right, but at 11 years old all I knew was I had to sell a certain amount of candy before I could go home. When I knocked on a door, out came my foot and I didn’t move it until you bought a box of candy. The skills I learned from my difficult childhood, (my lemons) really became a blessing (my lemonade).

I learned at a really young age that persistence will open many doors. As an adult I have walked out on a stage with a tiger after Zig Ziglar and talked to over 2,000 people about overcoming their fears. I know you must be thinking…a tiger? I have volunteered for over 15 years with big cat sanctuaries and have learned you can do something you really love while helping others in remarkable ways. In today’s economy you hear lots of people say they can’t find a job. So what happens?

The longer you’re out of work, you start to lose your contacts. You’re not keeping up with the day-to-day changes in your trade. You’re simply out of the loop. The longer you’re in this position the more the fear sets in. What if I can’t find a job? I have so much to offer, how do I get someone to talk to me? Well as you can see, fear can really take a hold of you, it makes you feel like a deer in the headlights. How do you overcome these things?

First off, STOP listening to the FEAR and STOP making EXCUSES. Look, I’ve made many of the same excuses when I’ve let fear be a part of my life. I now realize that the answer to overcoming the fear is to replace it with remarkable things you can be proud of. Instead of asking why would anyone want to hire me, ask yourself why not me?

After volunteering you could say. Look at the change I’ve made in the lives of others. Look what I’ve learned along the way. Look at the skills I’ve been taught while helping others. Look at the great people I’ve met. They’ve seen first hand the type of passion I put into any job I take on. So how will this work? I have made a commitment to bring you a volunteering opportunity at least once a week. The process of volunteering can be more complicated than people may think.

Email me your news. I have included in each story all the information I received and the direct contacts to make it really easy for you to get your foot in the door.Network, Network, Network” See how you can use that experience to build your resume. Most of all how did you feel about helping others today.

My goal is to get you to share with all of us your experience. Think about how much we can learn from each other. Please email me your pictures and story to so I can post them each day. I will add the trademarks, video and links for you.

Jean Robb is a real estate agent in the Dallas – Fort Worth area who is committed to promoting the importance of volunteering for your community.We have the infrastructure in place with the best real estate team in North Texas, and the process for you and I, together can “give back” to those in need without costing you an extra dime. It’s a win/win for both of us. When you contact me, just mention this page and I'll donate 5% of my commission to any non-profit you want to help!

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Coming together to make a difference 'Extreme Makeover Home Edition:' Salt & Light Ministry Montgomery family received a new home


Hi Jean Robb here. I love to see people come together and make a difference! High school sweethearts Nathan & Jenny Montgomery gave up their careers in order to start a charity called Salt & Light.Their charity serves over 10,000 families in their hometown in Illinois. They are also the parents of 4 bright children with big personalities. They live in a house that is over 100 years old and is in need of extensive repairs. After sending the family on a trip to Disney World, the team builds them a great new house that will allow them to raise their children in a safe environment and to focus on their charity work. The childrens' rooms include a robot room, an army fort, and a candy shop. At the home reveal, Ty also surprises the family with the news that they were able to raise $50,000 for Salt & Light.

The Salt & Light Ministry recently stated on their website, “Everything that was done for Salt & Light during that week was a tremendous blessing, and we can never thank everyone enough for their involvement. Probably the more lasting effect, though, is the awareness that was created in our community about the work that we do, and the ways in which people can partner with us in that work.” Father of the family Montgomery, Nathan Montgomery left a lucrative engineering job at Alloy Casting to start Salt & Light Ministry, an organization which relies entirely on donations to provide food, clothing, shoes and other supplies to people in need. The family has recently had an over-whelming demand for supplies as demands have gone up due to the countries economic state. Although the Montgomery family helps feed and clothe many people in their community they have had to put the repairs on their 150+ year-old home on hold to keep Salt & Light Ministry open. The Montgomery’s home was barley standing with exposed wires, a crumbling brick foundation and holes in the roof and walls.
 Click on the link above to see the Brady Homes main page!

 Brady Homes was chosen as the contractor for this Extreme build due to its reputation for giving back to the community. They have built four homes for St. Jude and also homes for residents of Marcfirst, an organization for the developmentally disabled.  Brady Homes will be responsible for overseeing the projects construction and event management while upholding the highest standards of quality craftsmanship, design, and energy efficiency.  Not only will this home be built in seven days but all products and labor will be donated by partnering trades and suppliers.

 The Brady family has always believed in giving back to our communities and is excited about helping a family who is in need of a new home, said Ed Brady, co-owner with Bob and Bill Brady of Brady Homes.  When Extreme Makeover: Home Edition called us, there was no doubt we were willing to take on the challenge of organizing the building of a new home in one week for a deserving family.

The Montgomery's new home!
 Click on the link above to see the Salt and Light main page!

Our mission is to share the love of God by helping those in need.
1 John 3:17-18 states: “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”
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Salt & Light featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

Extreme Impact On Salt & Light
On August 18, 2009, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the landscape of Salt & Light was forever altered. "GOOD MORNING MONTGOMERY FAMILY!" echoed off of the warehouse walls from Ty Pennington's megaphone to our ears. We could scarcely imagine how transfixed our community would be as Extreme Makeover Home Edition walked into our lives. Little could we fathom the impact that Extreme Makeover Home Edition would have on Salt & Light, the ministry we have devoted ourselves to over the past six years.

Leading up to that incredible morning when Ty, Michael, Johnny, and Didi showed up, we had discussed the potential impact something like this could have, but it did not take long before we realized we had underestimated just how grand it would be. The facelift they gave to the building itself was amazing! From new light fixtures, a much-needed paint job, and new freezers and refrigeration in the warehouse to completely refurbishing my office, our waiting area, and the multi-purpose room where we hold our services; everything had a completely different feel when you walked through the doors.

The physical changes were really just the beginning. Through the combined efforts of the show, the builder Brady Homes, and the rest of the community, multiple semi-loads of food were collected to be distributed through our food pantry, and over $50,000 was raised to further our work. This was all done while they were building our new home, which along with the "family story" is typically the focal point of the show. Once exposed to the work being done at Salt & Light, Extreme Makeover Home Edition quickly realized they wanted to increase their focus on the ministry.

Everything that was done for Salt & Light during that week was a tremendous blessing, and we can never thank everyone enough for their involvement. Probably the more lasting effect, though, is the awareness that was created in our community about the work that we do, and the ways in which people can partner with us in that work. We could have spent decades laboring in our neighborhoods and still not created the level of awareness that now exists as the product of one extraordinary week. For this increased exposure we are forever grateful!

Prior to the week of filming that took place, our food pantry served an average of about 240 families every week handing out just over 40,000 pounds of food per month. So far this year, we have served an average of 387 families per week and handed out over 425,000 pounds of food so far in 2010. This is testimony to the fact that awareness has been raised not just about the work we do, but about the great need that exists. With the help of Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Brady Homes, and the wonderful volunteers from our area, the page has been turned on our work at Salt & Light. Now, it is up to us, to each of us, to write the next chapter.
Click on the link above to see the Salt and Light video!

Can-less Food Drive a HUGE Success!

Because of your generosity, the 1st Annual Salt & Light Can-less Food Drive has been a HUGE success. Thanks also to the over 260 local businesses who partnered with us in this effort to raise funds to purchase groceries for those in need from the Eastern IL Food Bank for about 10 cents on the dollar. To God be the glory!

Our Services

Salt & Light is all about – Action.  These are the ways in which we act on our faith:
Food Pantry
Through our food pantry, we provide food to those in need.  We provide families and individuals with perishable and non-perishable food items. We have quickly grown into the largest emergency food program in Champaign County serving an average of over 400 families every Wednesday.  We have handed out over 1.5 million pounds of food in over 40,000 visits from families as of September 2009!
Clothing Closet
Our clothing closet provides clothes for all ages, as well as, furniture, small and large appliances, miscellaneous household items, and toys. Our clothing closet is completely reliant on clothing donations. We have several drop off sheds open 24 hours every day located on the west side of our building for donations of clothing. Delivery of other items can be done on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Since opening in 2004, we have handed out over 500,000 articles of clothing, along with countless numbers of these other items. All of this was given to those in need at no cost.
Financial Literacy
We offer financial literacy in the form of a thirteen week course called Financial Peace University. Financial Peace University uses curriculum from nationally-syndicated radio talk show host and best-selling author Dave Ramsey.  This course covers everything from getting out of debt, budgeting, and saving for emergencies to investing, planning for the future, and giving.  As part of the class, one-on-one counseling is also available to address specific issues.
  • People are empowered to take responsibility for themselves and their financial future.
  • Valuable principles that help parenting skills, coping skills, marriage and employment skills are taught.
  • People learn to live on a budget that actually works for them.
  • Increases self confidence and gives hope.
  • Increases control over income and expenses.
Financial Counseling
For individuals/families who have debt outside of a home mortgage or even a crisis situation, we will help establish a sound monthly budget, plan for paying off debt, and address specific personal issues surrounding their individual needs.  (Creditors, judgements, foreclosures, bankruptcy, extra jobs, etc).  It includes an initial 2-hour session and 3 months of follow-up (up to four additional hours) which is dependent on each client’s specific needs.  The four additional hours can include limited debt negotiation.  Unlike most Personal Financial Counselors, Salt & Light is not getting commissions on selling insurance or investments.  Clients can be sure they are getting advice that is objective with their best interest at heart. 

Special Events

Gift Give-Away
At Christmas time, we offer the gift give-away as an opportunity to help those in need at a very important time of year.  During this event children are able to pick out a gift for their parents while the parents pick out gifts for their children.  We have snacks and activities for the children, and gift wrapping is also provided.  The signup is always the Monday (November 30th) and Wednesday (December 2nd) after Thanksgiving.  The 2009 Gift Give-Away will be held on December 10th and 11th.

Family Resource Day
On the second Saturday in August, we partner with area churches through the Christian Mercy & Justice Network to help those in need prepare for the new school year.  Backpacks, school supplies, school physicals, dental exams, food, and clothing are all provided for free to families in need in Champaign County. In 2009, we were able to hand out 850 back packs full of school supplies!

Salt & Light
1512 W. Anthony Drive
Champaign, IL  61821

Phone Number:  217-355-5654
Fax Number:       217-355-5268
General Inquiries:

Hours of Operation

Volunteer Hours:
Monday – Friday  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1st Saturday of every month 8:00 a.m. – Noon
1st Tuesday of every month 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Clothing Distribution Hours:
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1st Saturday of every month 8:00 a.m. – Noon

Food Distribution Hours:
Wednesday 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
(Worship Service)

Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Food Distribution)

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