Written by: Siena Isaac, President, Omar M. Isaac Foundation
I BELIEVE IN GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.
My mother is the type of person to give everything just to help one person. She is selfless and compassionate, and I admire her for that every day. Fortunately, I was able to pertain to that same trait, but, alas, after years of helping others and giving back, we were in need of the same.
After my dad's passing, it really took a toll on me and how I perceived the world. During that time, I felt as if I was alone and stuck in some loop that I couldn’t get out of, and I underwent a state of mind feeling like I was the only one going through that.
Then, the Children’s Bereavement Center came along. The center is a non-profit organization that strives to serve children affected by the loss of a loved one. What I loved about the center most is they were dedicated to helping others, expecting nothing in return, because that is just who they are. With them, I was able to grow as a person whilst still handling the grief I was dealing with on a daily basis. In all, the center changed me for the better, and I think about it every day.
After some time passed, thinking back on the situation, I had a realization that I was never really alone, but it felt that way simply because I didn’t know how to cope. But, knowing there were others who could be feeling the same saddened me, and I took it upon myself to try and make a change.
November 3rd, 2020 was the day that changed my life, forever. With the help of my mom, I was able to sign off on creating a non-profit, in honor of my father. Honestly, from the start, I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew I wanted to help others and create changes in people's lives. With inspiration starting from the Bereavement center, I have been able to give back with the help of others by creating fundraisers to help raise money all for the purpose of supporting others.
Looking back, my father, Omar, had always been really big into running, and would constantly break records even at young ages. Because running was something we both shared in our lives, I figured I could incorporate that aspect into fundraising. The first fundraiser launched was a 5k, and although it wasn't very large, it was successful. We started off small, but with that, we were able to meet our goal of $1,000, and from there, we have only gone up.
I would never in a million years have thought that I would be given the privilege of having my very own foundation, especially at the young age of 14. I have been beyond blessed to have been able to withhold the opportunity of being able to impact the lives of others, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Omar M. Isaac Military Scholarship Fundraiser
To honor Omar's legacy, the Omar M. Isaac Military Scholarship was created. These scholarships will be for deserving eligible US military family children who have lost a family member.
After many months of planning, design work, we are excited to launch our "Hope" bracelets as our first fundraiser. These are adjustable, handmade bracelets that are made of cotton cord, and gold plated angel wing charms. We hope every piece brings the wearer love and harmony.
Working Towards a Brighter Future
At the Omar M. Isaac Foundation, mental wellbeing for children after the loss of a loved one is at the forefront of what we’re working together towards. Our goals are designed to be a catalyst that helps children reach their goals and fulfill their potential. Learn more about the positive impact we have and join us in bringing about positive change.
Omar M. Isaac Foundation at a Glance
A Distinct Identity
Omar M. Isaac Foundation knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives. Back in 2019, we launched our first 5K and donated 100% of the profits to the Children's Bereavement Center. We realized that by working together we could overcome our challenges much more efficiently, and that is why we ultimately decided to launch Omar M. Isaac Foundation.
“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope”