A Letter from our Executive Director- Marshall Snider

To everyone who has journeyed with Because People Matter,

For the past 14 years of my life, it has been my joy to be the keeper and main communicator of the mission and vision of Because People Matter (BridgeTown Inc.).  I have loved serving alongside so many in this role.  It has been an incredible journey to see so many lives touched and changed as we have endeavored to live out the mission of “Loving People Because People Matter.”  I have grown and been given so much from so many of you.  Your commitment and love for the people under the bridge at Night Strike, children and families at BTown Kids, or at any of our environments, have always inspired me.

Over the last couple of years, I have sensed a change coming, and have been wrestling with this thought… “When it is the right time to let go of something that you have started?” Through dialogues with friends and family, I can see that time is now.  I am excited to let you all know that I have accepted a new role as the Executive Director of Portland Teen Challenge, and start my new position on November 1st of this year.  I know that this change is quickly approaching, but if you know me at all,  you know that I usually move pretty quickly when I have a clear direction and an open door!  I can assure you that all is well with me, and I am not discouraged in any way.  I have LOVED my time with Because People Matter; the work here has had an enormous impact on my life, and I am also confident of a strong future ahead for Because People Matter and trust you will continue to be a part.

The board of BPM has asked Lesley to stay on as the interim director for the time being.  I can think of no one more qualified then Lesley to lead the next few months as we conclude another year at Because People Matter.  I have always said, “there are no rock stars at Because People Matter”, and I still stand by this firmly.  The only reason BPM is successful is because of the great team of volunteers, staff, and board members who make things happen, and the blessing of God.  My prayers and hopes are that all of you will stay focused on the mission of BPM and continue the incredible work of loving people because people matter.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Loving People Because People Matter,

Marshall Snider

Save the Date: #GivingTuesday



This year, Because People Matter is launching its End of Year Giving with #GivingTuesday. What is #GivingTuesday? Well there is Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now, #GivingTuesday. It is a day to celebrate and encourage giving in our community. In 2015, over 700,000 people participated from over 70 countries. This global movement aims to connect individuals to nonprofits, and expand generosity, which in turn creates healthier, and more sustainable communities. We have a few ways you can get involved with #GivingTuesday and Because People Matter.

First, you can share, share, share! Tell your friends, family members, coworkers, your barista, or your yoga instructor, about #GivingTuesday. This is a social movement, so make sure to share posts, videos, and photos about #GivingTuesday and how YOU plan to get involved online.

Second, take a photo of yourself, with a statement about why you are giving to Because People Matter and tag us, and tag #unselfie. We will be looking for some great stories about why you plan to donate on #GivingTuesday, and YOU could be featured in a blog post!

Third and finally, donate on, before, or even after #GivingTuesday. Because we are a nonprofit, we rely on donations from people like you. By donating, we can continue to provide 1,000 meals a week, or provide medial and dental care to houseless citizens, and so much more. Even $5 can make a difference.

We invite you to brainstorm with your peers about ways you can get involved. Are you planning a bake sale for Because People Matter? Tell us! We would love to feature your creativity for #GivingTuesday!

Keep checking back for updates on #GivingTuesday, and as always keep Loving People Because People Matter!

-Because People Matter Staff