Addie Hartnett’s Story

The following video was played November 14, 2023 at Crave’s 2nd Annual Community Celebration Breakfast. Alum Addie Hartnett was asked why they joined the first Crave class in 2017. Special thanks to Create180 Design, D3G Productions, and Simasek Studios for their assistance with the production of this video.

Resources for Nonprofits in Orlando and Beyond

Running a community initiative, social project, or nonprofit is a lot of work – and for many of Crave’s leaders and alumni, it isn’t always the full-time gig. You have a lot on your plate, with family, jobs, and other projects. We do what we do because of our passion, heart to serve, and personal experiences. […]

Introducing FX Crave, Class I – July 2023

Six years ago, Crave came to life as a way to connect “church people” with amazing mission-minded non-church leaders making a social impact in Central Florida. Throughout the years, these incredible Crave Leaders and alumni have been served by faith-based volunteers as board members, community partners, coaches, and committee members. This year, the Florida Conference […]

Seven Charlestin’s Speech at Wake-Up Wednesday

This is a transcript of a speech that Crave V leader, Seven Charlestin, gave at a Wake-Up Wednesday rally last month at the Pulse Memorial in Orlando.  The entire speech can be found on our YouTube channel. I just want to advocate for my community …  I thought it’d be good to come out and […]

Interview with Keisha and Mark Bishop – May 2023

Staying True to Your Mission Crave alum Olivia Blase from Class III sits down with Class V alumni Keisha and Mark Bishop, of Lyles Brothers’ Sports Foundation, to talk about their experience running their nonprofit, their involvement with Crave, how to effectively work as a couple, and staying true to their mission instead of chasing […]

Feeding Hope for Grassroots Visionaries by Rev. Michele Van Son Neill

Feeding Hope for Grassroots Visionaries Yesterday my son and I spent several hours packing food in boxes at Second Harvest Food Bank. If you’ve never been, I strongly recommend it: 1. clear mission, 2. well oiled machine, 3. high volume impact. Their slogan is Feeding Hope which is a clever reference to how their mercy […]

Who Do I Want to Be? by Olivia Blase

Who do I want to be?  Every new season of life gives us the opportunity to decide the answer to a very simple yet important question: who do I want to be? What do I value most? What impact do I want to leave on the world? How do I want to interact with other […]

January 2023 – Jennifer McKinney

How to Gain Clarity There are many things we were not taught. Many things we are learning and passing on to the next generation. Things like letting go of perfectionism; how to work with our emotions; how important things like our thoughts and words actually are, and how to find clarity on what we truly […]

December 2022 – Rev. Shelly Denmark

Reflections on Crave Class V  We broke some records this year…they didn’t receive the kind of attention that Noah Lyles did (deservedly so), but they were important for the future of Crave. This year we had not only 1, but 2 family teams as Crave Leaders. It was inspiring to watch The Bishops and Team […]

October 2022 – Shala Edwards

The minutiae of running a nonprofit organization: 5 Greatest Challenges In Nonprofit Management    My name is Shala Edwards, and I am a growing social entrepreneur committed to young women and girls’ empowerment, civic engagement, and economic development. As Founder and Executive Director of Treasure Coast Girls Coalition Inc, development director, and professional speaker, I […]

September 2022 – Lo-Ammi Richardson

Make the Commitment to Your Goals! Have you ever set a goal and then failed to meet it? In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to get locked in a loop of creating goals, then immediately abandoning them and failing to meet them. What motivates us to do it? One of the biggest causes is […]

August 2022 – Elshan Asadi

My Crave Experience It was an abrupt change. I was lost – Out of the la-la-land, into the sea – drowning in an ocean of intangible species. I found myself knocking on doors. Crave was one. A random email led to a bigger connection. I can’t describe how it feels like to play two opposite […]