If you turn on the news, a good percentage of it is bad news. We've decided to focus on the good and the people who are making a difference in the world in our Giving Back spotlight profiles. This week, meet: Shelley Callahan, Director of Development at Children Incorporated.
Shelley started her career in the non-profit sector in 2006, when she co-founded Books on Wheels, which provided free books to children living in low-income neighborhoods. She worked extensively across the U.S. and the world reporting on the burdens of poverty and working diligently to support communities in need. From digging wells in Colombia, managing medical teams in Haiti, and reporting on the slums in Kenya and Ethiopia, Callahan has helped thousands of impoverished children around the world.
Callahan followed her interests to a global scale when she joined the Virginia based non-profit, Children Incorporated, which helps thousands of children in need in 23 countries including the U.S. Their mission is to confront childhood poverty through direct intervention: getting the donated money, goods, and services directly to the children and families who need them most.
Since 1964, Children Incorporated has extended its reach to over 250,000 children across 23 countries through programs and outreach projects. Children Incorporated provides impoverished children with basic needs such as food, clothing, and educational support in an effort to break the cycle of poverty and offer children a chance at a brighter future.
Through her work with Children Incorporated, Callahan has helped thousands of impoverished children in Asian countries such India as Sri Lanka, Africa, Latin America, and the United States.
Callahan’s central point of the mission she shares with Children Incorporated is that the life of charity isn’t at all about realizing the potential of her own goodness, but simply a way to facilitate and magnify the generosity of others.
She is also author of the book, “The House of Life,” and has written for numerous publications online and in print about her work.
Children Incorporated relies on donors and individual sponsors to provide opportunities to children around the world. Sponsorship provides an underprivileged child with basic necessities such as food, clothing, healthcare and education. For just $30 a month, you can help to break the cycle of poverty and give a child hope for a brighter tomorrow.