I left a career in the business field in 2016 to pursue a different path. This path led to the field of community outreach with the Louisville based non-profit South East Associated Ministries, or SEAM. This may not sound like the traditional career path, but it was a decision I made after the birth of my first child. It was then I decided I wanted my career to be successful in ways measured beyond a paycheck. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of people throughout my community. That decision brought me to SEAM, where I am now the Executive Director of an organization that is helping tens of thousands of people in the Louisville community.
My business experience has enabled me to transfer innovative business practices to the nonprofit sector. Through collaboration and “shredding the box” thinking, SEAM has gained the support from not only more faith partners, but also several businesses and social groups across Louisville. By creating and implementing a “SEAM Playbook”, created from strategic planning sessions and community “Dream Session” meetings, SEAM has created ways to purchase food at half the retail costs, doubled the number of grocery store donations and will soon launch a new program designed to enable approximately 200 families to become self-sufficient by the end of 2020.
Michael Ashabraner, Everyday Philanthropist and Executive Director, South East Associated Ministries, Louisville, Kentucky