Tawanda Robbins is a wife, mother, songwriter, businesswoman, philanthropist, and community activist based in Charlotte, NC. Her organization, the Love in Action Project was started in 2010 and has since become a major source of neighborly love, compassion, and support in the Carolinas and beyond. Starting from inspiration on a missions trip, Tawanda and her Love in Action Project Partners have been able to serve 30,000 elderly adults, homeless individuals, and hospital-bound children, with more heartfelt campaigns on the way.
Here are 7 Questions that I was able to ask humanitarian powerhouse Tawanda Robbins about the Love in Action Project:
1. What is the Love in Action Project?
Love in Action Project inspires humanity by mobilizing people to demonstrate God’s love through kindness and compassion for others. We use artwork created by toddlers, kids, and teens to express the message of love. The artwork gives hope and happiness and helps ease the feeling of despair.
2. What made you start this organization?
I decided to start the project, aimed at replacing loneliness with love for people who have felt abandoned, while on a mission trip in 2010 to Trinidad. I held music workshops, concerts and worked with children, inspiring them to believe nothing was impossible, that they have the power to change the world. I have visited elderly who were essentially abandoned, there was something they both had in common; they needed each other. Children are willing to give, children are fearless, the elderly vulnerable and full of life wisdom is looking to receive, and the essential ingredient is love. Homeless and those going through difficult times in our community need to hear that they are needed, to encourage them to continue the essential ingredient is love.
3. What are your 2016 goals for the Love in Action Project?
To date we have distributed more than 29,800 cards. With hopes of distributing 4,500 cards for this year’s Valentine‘s Day project. The cards will be delivered to every Mecklenburg Nursing Home residents, Meals on Wheels recipients, homeless individuals and those facing challenges of transition in our city on Valentine’s Day.
4. What is your current campaign?
Right now, our goal is to create, collect and distribute 4,500 "I Love You" cards to Mecklenburg Nursing Home residents, Meals on Wheels recipients, homeless individuals and those facing challenges of transition in our city. To accomplish our goal in time for Valentine's Day (2/14/2016), we partner with day cares, preschools, schools, outreach programs and local business to connect the card creator with the card recipients.
Interested in helping reach this goal? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
5. What are some of Love in Action's accomplishments?
We distribute love (cards/children artwork) and adult connection to every Mecklenburg Nursing Home residents, Carolina Rehabilitation Center, Meals on Wheels recipients, homeless individuals and those facing challenges of transition in our city. Our largest card distribution effort is on Valentine’s Day. We partner with day cares, preschools, schools, outreach programs and local business to connect the card creator with the card recipients.
Each year we continue to reach our card campaign goal, and each year we impact the lives of the recipients and challenge the lives of our adult volunteers and inspires the lives of the children who participate.
6. What is an important point we need to know about Love in Action?
Love is power; the feeling of genuine connection is life changing.
7. Do you have advice for others looking to fulfill their purpose?
I believe our purpose is always found in love. It’s not the desire of wealth it’s the fulfillment of love, which is always found when we serve others, outside of service we will never find our purpose. We are created in the image and likeness of God, God serves, He is everything we need we can’t find fulfillment outside of being who He created us to be. I advise anyone who is confused about their purpose to give of their time to those who need.