My name is Judah Musick and I am the Executive Director of The Community Impact Fund.
For most of my career I have been a software entrepreneur building a variety of startups using lean startup and design thinking techniques. However, in December of 2017 my career started to take a turn. I was wanting to figure out how to have a greater impact in my work when my wife and I had a transformational experience while volunteering with our local church at a program they called “The Christmas Store“.
The store was a way to give our neighbors in need and “Hand up” and not just a “Hand out” by inviting them to be the heros of Christmas for their kids even if they couldn’t afford it because of a financial hardship.
I couldn’t believe how much need there was in my community and how the respect for dignity unlocked such significant impact in their lives. After doing some research, I discovered that while my community (Douglas County, CO) was in the top 10 wealthiest in the nation that there were still 45,000 households and growing living in Suburban Poverty and that it was a violation of dignity that was preventing many of them from getting the hand up they desperately needed.
Little did I know, that was just the beginning of the CIF story and what we would discover about how to “Love Neighbors” in the modern world. I invite you to connect with us. I would love to tell you the rest of the story.