Building Community - SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Jericho Road

When I established the nonprofit Smiling Calm Hearts Open Our Learning, Inc. (SCHOOL) over six years ago, I was excited to learn how to build the 501(c)(3) from the ground up just as I had built my yoga studio, Karuna Yoga, back in 2002.  I knew it would take a lot of work and effort of which I was very eager to give to continue to bring SCHOOL Kids Yoga into public schools.

I worked daily to spread the word in the community as I taught and with my circle of friends and family.  Many people helped from donating to consulting to web design and more.  Still, SCHOOL, Inc. seemed to be a very tiny fish in a huge sea of strong well-established nonprofits that appeared to have so much more financial backing and strength.  I was beginning to feel quite pressed for assistance that could in some way help me grow to the next level.

Taking a hike one Sunday afternoon to give my brain some space to think, I reached the bottom of the trail and happened to cross paths with a lovely former student and now yoga teacher and studio owner.  She was with her husband.  I shared that I was at a crossroads - should I grow my nonprofit or perhaps call it a day and move on to some other type of work.  My friend's husband suggested I reach out to Jericho Road.  This was a superb stroke of good fortune as I soon realized.

I called Melanie Goodyear, the CEO of Jericho Road the following day.  She encouraged me to complete their online application so that they could review if SCHOOL, Inc. might meet their requirements in terms of becoming a new client.  After submitting my application, I met with Melanie and have thus been working with Jericho Road for the past almost two years.

Jericho Road Pasadena's mission is to bridge communities by matching the professional talents of volunteers with the needs of community-based nonprofit organizations to promote community development, strengthen social services, and enrich the lives of volunteers.

               Jericho Road            75 S. Grand Avenue          Pasadena, CA 91105

             Jericho Road
         75 S. Grand Avenue
         Pasadena, CA 91105

I had never heard of such an organization like Jericho Road that supports the growth of nonprofits.  The quality of professionals whom I have had the pleasure to work with has been astounding.  Professionals in finance, marketing, digital SEO, web design, Google AdWords and grant writing consulting have given amazing time and effort to help bring SCHOOL, Inc. into our next phases of growth.  I am honestly humbled by the earnest service and high level skill that SCHOOL, Inc. has received by these professionals.  Melanie Goodyear and staff at Jericho Road have equally given exceptional professional guidance and support.

We have more growth ahead for SCHOOL, Inc. and yet, I am filled with more knowledge, skill and confidence from working with Jericho Road.  To recommend Jericho Road both in terms of professionals seeking to give back to their communities and for nonprofits seeking growth assistance is a resounding YES!  We at SCHOOL, Inc. are very grateful.