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Press Release: CEO Jesse Willms Donates Time To The Edmonton Mustard Seed

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Terra Marketing Group CEO Jesse Willms is volunteering at the Edmonton Mustard Seed on November 4th, 2010. This is part of his ongoing effort to help the Edmonton community and alleviate poverty.

jesse-willms-donates-to-mustard-seed-edmontonEdmonton, Canada – Internet marketing professional Jesse Willms today announced that he is stepping up his philanthropic efforts by volunteering his time at a local organization in order to help the Edmonton community. 

“I want to do everything I can to be a good member of the Edmonton community,” Jesse Willms said. “I think that it is important to do everything you can to help your neighbors. I have lived a very lucky life. Now, I want to help people who have been less fortunate.”

Not only has Willms sponsored Nov. 4 meal but he and several of his staff will go to the The Mustard Seed to cook and serve a meal to homeless and poverty stricken members of Edmonton's inner city.

The Mustard Seed was started in 1988 with the goal of tackling the most pressing problems of the inner city. Initially it was backed by a local Baptist church, but currently it is supported by all of the major faiths in the Edmonton community. It provides hot meals six days a week and creates and distributes food hampers to poverty stricken members who cannot come to the shelter in person. They also provide clean clothes, personal hygiene items, household items and work related items to people who could not otherwise afford them.

“It's all about giving people a sense of dignity,” Jesse Willms said. “A lot of us take clean clothes for granted. But, you have no idea the difference they can make in how someone views themselves as a human being.”

Jesse Willms in an Internet entrepreneur turned philanthropist. He started out in business when he was 16 years old buying and selling computer equipment and software online from his parents’ basement. By the time he was 22, he had used his skills to build a thriving business.

Then, last summer he saw Warren Buffett and Bill Gates challenge successful entrepreneurs to donate their time and energy to charitable institutions that can help make the world a better place for all of us. Since then, he and his staff have worked hard to find and partner with a wide variety of global and local charities that have proven themselves over time to be able to make a difference.

Jesse Willms said he was very excited to go down to The Mustard Seed and help out in person. “I want to talk to the people who are on the front lines of fighting poverty in our community,” Willms said. “I want to ask them what more I can do to help. I don't want to be one of those people who simply ignores the fact that we have real poverty in our own back yard.”

Jesse Willms said he plans to announce new local charitable initiatives in the near future.

Read Jesse Willms Biography or more about Jesse Willms Mustard Seed donation.


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