Search, find your cause, change the world—that's the personal motto of Barton Brooks, who founded and runs Global Colors, an international volunteer organization working to bring about change through specific and unique volunteer projects. Holly and Rodney talk with Barton about how he founded the organization and how everyone can do their part to change the world.
A self-described "global wanderer" who loves to travel, Barton says the idea to launch Global Colors came after he took a trip to a small village in Cambodia. He says he was so moved by the people and their struggles that he decided to form his own organization to help get aid to people in need. To fund the first Global Colors projects, Barton sold his only asset at the time—a Shelby Cobra replica he built by hand. "It turned into education for kids and sustaining life for some widows in Kenya, so it's kind of hard to miss it that much," he says.
Global Colors has since extended its reach to helping people in countries across South America and Africa. They've also launched their World Wish Bead Campaign, which helps women in both Burma and Kenya through the sale of handmade bead necklaces. Part of Barton's hope with this campaign is to spread the message that a simple gesture can make a big difference and that everyone can help in their own way. "If everyone did something, then we could literally change the world and make it a global community," he says.