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Hub Heroes: May 2016

By May 31, 2016

For the month of May, we are proud to highlight the community contributions of Terry Cole and Jon LaRosa. Thanks to Terry and Jon for all you do!

Terry ColeTerry Cole
Street Youth Ministry

Two truths and one lie about Terry:

  1. I have made balloon animals on two continents for kids in bad places.
  2. I really don’t like data. It’s just a bother and not worth keeping.
  3. I almost got my passport removed from me and sent home by the US government in Switzerland once.

What motivates you to contribute to the community?
I got lots of help from the Power of Us Hub (well… it was a google group at the time) when I first started. I was amazed! And now, I can post a question and get a good answer in a matter of minutes… occasionally hours. I really love that! And it’s not from people getting paid to give standard “by-the-book” answers. So I want to give back. Helping others approach their problem systematically and practically also makes me think about my own practices and how they can be made better. By following and helping others, I get that much better! And nonprofits deserve to be great! We need them to be great! The work really matters!

Jon LaRosaJon LaRosa
Independent Consultant

Two truths and one lie about Jon:

  1. I have visited over 40 countries.
  2. I have a secret passion for square dancing.
  3. My superpower is whistling.

What motivates you to contribute to the community?
The community is important to me because I know that many small nonprofits don’t have the resources to hire a consultant to help them. With the community they can get help with some of their problems and hopefully learn from other questions and answers as well. I believe contributing to the community is important because if everyone asked questions but no one answered any, well then it wouldn’t be much of a community. I like when users learn something new and are really excited about the new knowledge they have obtained. I think that the community offers guidance but doesn’t often outright solve problems. This makes the user struggle a little bit but in the end it often seems like users feel a real sense of accomplishment when they have solved their problem (and not to mention have learned something new).


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