STAMFORD, CT - Can one person change the world? Find out from a person who is attempting to answer that question, one community at a time. Jim Ziolkowski, author of Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World? will launch his book during a celebration Monday, September 23 at 6 p.m. at The Ferguson Library’s Third Floor Auditorium in Stamford.
Twenty-one years ago, Ziolkowski was being groomed for a corporate job and a promising career, but during a backpacking trip in Nepal, he realized that a single act of generosity could make a world of difference in the lives of impoverished people. So, Ziolkowski gave up the course his life had taken and founded the non-profit buildOn, an organization which brings education to inner-city teens throughout the world and transforms them into community service leaders.
Ziolkowski’s incredible journey of transformation, generosity and determination is outlined in his compelling memoir, which details the early of struggles of launching buildOn and the world-wide effects the organization has had on the lives of countless young people.
Under Ziolkowski’s leadership, buildOn volunteers have contributed more than 850,000 hours of community service, and the organization has constructed more than 430 schools worldwide, from the South Bronx, Detroit, Chicago, and Oakland, to Haiti, Senegal, Nicaragua, and Nepal.
His story is a moving testament to the power of faith and teamwork, and the boundless potential of the human spirit.
To attend this event, RSVP to Kathleen Atkins at 203 585-5390 or firstname.lastname@example.org by September 13. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.