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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

September 2020 – Shelly Denmark

The Ever-Expanding Crave Universe” Stephanie Preston Hughes: “Is the Crave Universe an intentional description?” Me: “I don’t know. I’ll have to ask Michele Van Son Neill, our Founder.” SPH: “Because it’s a perfect analogy to the ever-expanding universe we live in. The Crave family keeps getting bigger as we help people make more and more […]

August 2020 – Blu Bailey

2020 has definitely been a year. It’s all anyone can talk about. It’s the conversation starter of the century. Plans cancelled. Covid-19 and associated conspiracy theories. I forgot my face mask. The Black Lives Matter Movement and the countless social injustices happening across the nation, which leads to conversations about reparations, white privilege and intentional […]

July 2020 – Brian Vann

Endings and Beginnings With the third year of Crave coming to an end, we celebrate the two Crave Leader graduating cohorts—one from Orlando and one from Sanford. The Crave program runs from August to June so this year’s classes completed the Crave curriculum during a most unprecedented time in our country’s history. As all non-profits do, these […]

May 2020 – Shequila Roberts

Mothering During A Pandemic Cooking. Cleaning. Homework. Laundry. Children fighting. Children eating. Homeschooling … all while being an essential worker. This is truly enough to make me want to pull out my hair. And as a single mother, let me just say, these last few weeks have been very challenging, to say the least. However, […]

Introducing Shelly Denmark

  I knew the Crave community was something special the moment I entered the second floor of the East End Market. There was a sense of closeness and connection and common purpose among everyone present. It was evident from the way Michele, the Crave leaders, the Board members, the Mentors, and other support partners interacted […]