The Web Can Change The World

This post was guest blogged by Kevan Gilbert of the Union Gospel Mission, a non-profit urban relief organization providing hope for the hungry, hurting and homeless of Vancouver since 1940.

The final totals are in: John Chow’s readers donated over $3000 to Union Gospel Mission, and with John’s offer to match every penny, that makes it $6,132.48.

2,367 people will be able to enjoy a meal at UGM thanks to the donation by John Chow and his readership. I know for some of our guests, that sandwich or bowl of soup can be their first real meal they’ve had in days and days. The thing is, I bet that NONE of those 2,367 people will ever hear about John Chow. Sure he’ll get attention on the web, but when you know the true recipients of your gift will never hear your name, that kind of humility is worth respecting.

If you were feeling cynical about the web, consider this campaign the antidote. You CAN make a difference with your blog, with your social network, with your Twitter readership. Blogging is NOT a waste of time; you’re building up a platform that can really make a huge impact when called upon.

Before the campaign launched, I helped John get the graphics and text he needed to talk about Thanksgiving at UGM, but this was John’s idea from the very start. It was 2006 when John decided that some of his income could be diverted to charity, and John chose UGM as one of three local non-profits who he could donate to. Since then, I have been thoroughly impressed and grateful for the generosity John has shown.

Thanks, John, and thanks too to every single person who contributed to UGM as part of this campaign. The difference you made is tangible. For what linkbacks from a little site like ours are worth, I’ll include your names and websites below:

Quinton Pullen, Benito and Verney Kho, Linda Bustos, Aaron Fedora, Michael Kwan, Daniel Ferreira, John Gregg, Merendi Networks Inc., Duane Storey, Chris D, Tony Chung, Laidback Geek, Jamie Harrop, Wayne, Deborah A. Freeman, Bonnie Sainsbury, Cadillac Blog, Hubcaps, Wait Til A Commercial, Nishadha Silva, Matthew Kidd, Gary Ng, Lyndonology, Kat Sanders, Elaine Yu, Chris Guthrie, Rain Coaster, Credit Cards, American Express Platinum, Dan Williams, Webkinz, Ryan Green, John Lee, Grip Money, Jordan Garn, Pushpalata Shah, Cool Gadgets, Webtraffic ROI, Ben Collins, Bryn Youngblut

I LOVE that web communities are helping transform this city. Let’s keep this going. If you have a blog, if you’re on Facebook, if you love the web and you want to help Union Gospel Mission REALLY change lives all around Vancouver, then drop me a line: [email protected]. I’ll work with you to figure out what kind of support UGM can give you (from landing pages to graphics), and you can bounce ideas off me that you might have. The web can change the world.

26 thoughts on “The Web Can Change The World”

  1. judge says:

    Congrats to John, all those that donated and especially The Union Gospel Mission.
    A fantastic & sorry to say well needed cause.

    1. That is good John that you are putting some of that hard work towards a good cause. Most top bloggers do not talk about how they helped someone else other than in their blog post. Keep up the good work.


  2. This a great post Sir , its one of the best I ve read on John Chow in a long time..I wish you all the best with your charity work and thanks John for making this happen..The amazing web has made a great difference to connect communities across the world.

  3. VeRonda says:

    What a personal note!… I was so happy to be part of this and I agree, John’s humanity (and everyone who contributed) is palpable.

  4. Thats great! I give a round of applause to everyone who participated in this.

  5. Eric Tan says:

    awesome! heart warming john!

  6. Mike Huang says:

    John, you should’ve donated your whole month’s paycheck! Maybe that would make someone faint at UGM 😀


    1. It probably would’ve made someone faint alright…

      His wife!

  7. Josten says:

    glad some folks will have a meal this thanksgiving

  8. IDoBlogs says:

    It’s the power of “together.” What a great testimony to the power of community.

  9. Well done John and other guys!

    I hope one day I can also do something for other people as what you have done.

  10. That’s a great thing for John’s blog to raise that kind of money for Union Gospel Mission. You really can make a difference when people get involved.

  11. I think that this is awesome John. Private donations and incentives to do good based on free will are the only thing that matters in charity. :^)

  12. Acakadut says:

    it’s nice to see this blog can collect such amount for donations. keep it up john.

    next time, donate me to buy Halloween costume 😀

  13. Andy says:

    John –

    I have to say it is truly the best post I have read in a long time. It is nice to know that there are still good people out there that donate to a good case. It is wonderful to see that you can bring everyone together for a great cause. Congrats to UMG and everyone that donated!!!!


  14. Ben Pei says:

    Wow John its a really heartwarming message… You have done well on your part!

  15. very well said..
    we should all support them 🙂

  16. izzat says:

    wow..thank you very much!
    i not the one who get it, but still thank you. 😀

  17. FixThePig says:

    It’s great to read about things like this, especially with all the non positive news lately about the world economy.

  18. Downloadic says:

    You are right that, It’s the power of “together.”

  19. Keral Patel says:

    I can say it could be bit different 😀

    “The world can change the web”

  20. Good for everyone that donated.

  21. BusinessX says:

    I have known a number of homeless ministries and not-for-profits. Never have I known one to be this tech savvy. It is wonderful to see.

  22. DTanner says:

    Give give give .. at least when I have spare change I sprinkle that on few people sitting near ATM machines looking for handouts. Its not a good idea to engage with people near an ATM though. But I can handle it…

  23. Dfunda says:

    i love doing such good work in life 🙂

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