About Mike Rusch

Based in Downtown Bentonville, Arkansas, Mike is the Chief Executive Officer at Pure Charity, a nonprofit dedicated to building world class technology solutions for Nonprofit Organizations, Individual Fundraising, and Community Advocacy.

Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors for Help One NowMercy House GlobalCanopy Northwest Arkansas99 Balloons@HopeMob, Laundry Love, and Serve Northwest Arkansas.  

Prior to Pure Charity, Mike worked for Nickelodeon, The Walt Disney Company, Hershey Foods, and served in the US Marine Corps. Mike is a husband of 22 years, father of 4, a lover of a great story, and never too far from a fly-fishing river.  

Haiti Day One

Haiti Day One

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this week I have the honor of tagging along with the Help One Now Bloggers Trip/Team to represent Pure Charity.  I want to learn how we can continue to build this platform to empower organizations (like Help One Now) doing the really hard work on the ground.

We’ve only been here 24 hours, but words will fall short of capturing the events since we arrived.

Haiti is a tragically, beautiful place & within a few short minutes I found myself asking “can Haiti truly be saved?”  

If I’m truly honest, my immediate impression was no.  

However, after today & witnessing the work taking place here, I’m starting to think it may actually be possible.

Why?

1) Haiti Brings People Together around a need larger than our first world problems.

2) The Leaders in Haiti are Resilient (like my new friend Pastor Jean-Alix Paul)

See the leaders Help One Now is working with in Haiti and you’ll say the same thing.

3) Progress is Being Made

Today we were able to visit the first home built through Help One Now’s 100 Homes Campaign.  The best part?  The local community identified the weakest and most vulnerable women & children in their community and prioritized their need for housing above their own.

4) Haitians are Caring for Themselves 

(this is a picture of a patch of green beans as dense and as healthy as I’ve ever seen)

5) Haiti’s Children are Their Greatest Resource & They Have a Bright Future

Children supported by Help One Now’s Child Sponsorship Program are going to school where they are receiving the tools they need to make a new future for Haiti.

…watch this & try not to smile

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6) God has been & is moving in Haiti

We have had the privilege of praying & worshiping with the people of Haiti today.  What a humbling honor to do so.  Their spirit & faith in the Lord is strong in spite of their circumstances. 

I have learned so much today from those that the world would say have nothing of value to contribute.

Humbled and honored to be here…can’t wait for tomorrow.

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You can follow along with our trip at http://www.twitter.com/helponenow or http://www.twitter.com/purecharity.

If you would like to support the work that Help One Now is doing, you can support one of their Haiti projects on Pure Charity at https://www.purecharity.com/helponenow

Leaving Haiti…

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