Several years ago my wife and I decided to begin work on an idea we had had for a long time. The end result is our website called needfree.com. Need Free lets people from all over the country search for and post things they need, or are giving away free. It was quite a journey just to get to the point we are at now. However, I’ve had another idea growing…
For many years I’ve loved motor sports. I’m a regular guy with a normal job, but with not-so-secret ambitions to one day race. The kind of car or location are not important. My chances of getting paid to race are quickly diminishing, but my love of cars is not.
So here’s the idea. Why not take my 1998 Honda Civic with 273,000 miles and build a land speed car to go out and run 200 mph. That’s certainly not the record, but will be a notable accomplishment, and more importantly serve to demonstrate the incredible power of people pooling their resources.
My wife and I have been exceedingly diligent in our personal finances, and we’re still fairly young. We recognize the importance of investing in our retirement, so the idea of paying a whole bunch of money to build a straight up race car makes absolutely no sense.
As we’ve immersed ourselves in the “generosity lifestyle”, I’ve come to realize more and more that most people love to help others, and people will give if they believe in the request. Having recognized that fact, I have decided to begin asking racing parts manufacturers and distributors for donations of parts I’ll need to make this project happen. Anything that may remain un-donated will be purchased with contributions from generous people who believe in the project.
So why build a race car? Primarily because I love racing, but more so to demonstrate to people that incredible, improbable, impossible(?) things can be done when people generously come together for a common purpose. The idea is that that car – the Need Free SpeedBird is just the beginning. We’re really looking to build a community of people working together to meet needs of all kinds all over the world.
Pretty simple right? Actually…Yes. Stay tuned for updates from the project!
MISSION: Our mission at Need Free is to connect people for the purpose of meeting the needs of individuals across America.
PURPOSE: Our purpose is to promote a culture of generosity and encourage others to help meet the needs of individuals in their own communities.
STRATEGY: (Hand to Hand) Need Free will work to give small and growing businesses assistance and exposure, while working with larger companies to leverage their strength and generosity to help Need Free continue to meet the needs of individuals.