Recently Examiner.com caught up with Charlie Brown, a finalist in the leadership category of the America Inspired contest. Charlie took time out of his busy schedule working with Homes of Hope, Joplin, to answer a few questions about his nomination as an America Inspired Hero and to discuss his ongoing efforts to help rebuild Joplin, MO after much of the city was destroyed by a deadly tornado on May 22, 2011.
Examiner.com: Many of the finalists in America Inspired have had to deal with overwhelming obstacles. What is the greatest challenge you have faced and how did you deal with it?
Charlie Brown: Probably my greatest challenge is continuing to keep people motivated toward the continued efforts needed for Joplin’s recovery. In order to overcome this obstacle, I keep telling the story of Joplin and the damage done by the tornado and remind people of the huge need here now and in years to come. Also, I continue to try to be a good example in the community.
Examiner.com: America Inspired is a contest that honors people who are making a difference in their communities. Tell us how you make a difference and what inspires you.
Charlie Brown: Well, what inspires me is the ongoing need here for people that really need help. The difference I make is inspiring others to step up to the plate to help make a difference in their communities, no matter where they are.
Examiner.com: All finalists in the America Inspired contest have a chance at winning a $50,000 Grand Prize. If you were to win the money, what would you do with it?
Charlie Brown: I’m going to give it back to the community by donating to Homes of Hope Joplin to build another home here.
Examiner.com: What advice do you typically give to others?
Charlie Brown: Do the right thing ‘cause it’s the right thing to do.
Examiner.com: Who has been the most inspirational person to you?
Charlie Brown: Oh, my goodness! I can’t answer that question without getting into trouble!
Examiner.com: How can other people get involved or give to your cause?
Charlie Brown: They can donate to Homes of Hope, Joplin either by making a monetary contribution or by donating building materials or supplies to help build 20 homes here in Joplin.
If you would like to donate to Homes of Hope, Joplin, please contact them at 417-559-9266.