In the summer of 2000, Michelle Powell, a single mother of two, began a journey that would ultimately change her life and positively impact the lives of many children in need. Michelle’s first vision of Let’s Make a Difference may have been formed using only her limited resources – a simple meal and a game of kickball at the local park; but it was the positive feedback from the handful of children to whom she reached out that inspired her to make that vision a reality.
Strengthened by her commitment to ministry and her work as a consultant for Medina Schools, Michelle persevered in overcoming obstacles while developing the Let’s Make a Difference Program. She organized a board of directors and a team of volunteers to plan and provide the daily summer activities.
Michelle partnered with Carol Andregg to develop an afterschool tutoring program at Claggett Middle School and a mowing program for kids to earn money for their 8th grade Washington D.C. trip. Together they inspired many of Medina’s underprivileged kids through their leadership and guidance. Both Michelle & Carol retired after 20 years of service to the community but the organization they created strives to continue the legacy of making a difference for kids.