Two middlemen for change

Enabling others to serve

Two new faces on our Be the Change website have one thing in common: they help others help others. Harrisonburg realtor Scott Rogers (’00, ’02M)) has made it easier  for friends and families to assist those in need, and Indonesian graduate student Mailizar (’11M) will be making it easier for Indonesian students to learn.

Mailizar embodies what Be the Change is all about. A math teacher in Indonesia whose hometown was destroyed by a typhoon and massive flooding when he was a teen, Mailizar became interested in the idea of technology, especially how technology shapes the face of education, and how education affects the way people live.  Yet, with a lack of resources to experiment with technology in the classroom in Indonesia, Mailizar began to look at other places in the world and how they relate to technology in their lives.  Attracted to the development of technology in classrooms in the U.S., and after determining that JMU had the best education program for him out of a number of other campuses nationwide, Mailizar traveled to the U.S. to pursue a masters in education with a focus on technology.  When he graduates in 2011,  Mailizar will return to Indonesia with a new concept of how education can be improved, and more importantly, he will pass his skill along to others. Instead of returning to be a math teacher, Mailizar wants to instruct other teachers on how to use technology, and raise awareness to increase the funding for education throughout Indonesia.

In the same way that Mailizar is helping to develop education through technology, Scott Rogers has created a website that allows hundreds of people to better serve their neighbors and families. If you’ve ever organized meals through an old phone tree or shown up on a friend’s doorstep with a shrimp casserole in hand only to learn she is allergic to shellfish, you’ll appreciate Scott’s website. Scott, along with fellow alum Adina Bailey (’99M ) developed a website called Take Them a Meal, which allows friends to help those needing assistance during illnesses or other life challenges. The website provides an online system for friends to quickly and efficiently coordinate meals.  Here’s the link: http://takethemameal.com/

In the vernacular of YouTube, the program has gone viral. More than a quarter million meals have been prepared through Scott’s website, and some 13 thousand people have “liked” the Facebook page, which you can find by searching for TakeThemAMeal.com. (no spaces)

Scott and Mailizar demonstrate the importance of taking action to enable others to serve, and by doing so, these two innovative middlemen are changing a part of the world. Through their work, their individual actions are multiplied geometrically, touching millions of lives.

You can read more about TakeThemAMeal.com in the Winter 2011 issue of Madison magazine.

To read Mailizar’s or Scott’s profile, click on their names near their pictures.

— Be the Change intern Tyler McAvoy (’12) contributed to this post.

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