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Meet Krystal Aziz of Connect Kindness in Katy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krystal Aziz.

Krystal, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Towards the end of 2017, Tim Evans (co-founder) and I experienced Hurricane Harvey. Our office was underwater for days & a few of our co-worker’s houses were flooded. Let’s just say I haven’t seen a community come together like that since I was a child in New York City for 9/11. There were people from all over the country coming to Texas just asking where can I help, they didn’t have a place to stay or a plan but knew that they wanted to help. A few months pass by & I go back home, New York City, to bring in the New Years. I was walking on the way to Time Square on New Year’s Eve & something just hit me as I was looking around. I saw the massive skyscrapers but on the bottom of them were so many homeless people.

At that moment, I thought life can take me in two directions and I have full control of it, either I rise to the occasion & make my dreams come true or I let this cruel world take control of me. So I came back & spoke with Tim about how I felt like I wasn’t living up to my potential. We went back & forth for a while talking, myself crying about it & he finally asked me what I wanted to do. I told him I just wanted to help people & gave him examples of how I use my snap chat to share non-profit organizations that I think are making a huge difference. I wanted my friends & family to be aware of problems that people faced in this world, the poverty, the illnesses and so much more.

Long story short, we brainstormed about a platform that would feature nonprofit organizations & it would help connect everyday citizens with nonprofits in their communities and across this world. There are so many people in this world that want to help, but they don’t know where to start, that is why I created Connect Kindness. Within the next two months, we would have featured over 100 organizations on our website. The website was only the start, we developed our social media pages & also began recording podcast with the Founders/Executive Directors & many more of some of the organizations that we featured.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I had no idea what I was getting myself into, all I knew is that I wanted to create this platform, something that would make it easy to volunteer through and make a difference in the world. It was a big learning curve in the beginning, creating a logo, building a website, buying & using the correct equipment to record a podcast then teaching myself to edit those recordings. The building part was the most exciting part but also taught me patience because it took us eight months to build. One thing that we struggled with in the beginning was getting the attention of organizations that we were featuring on the website which we wanted to record a podcast interviews with. No one knew who we were, what our intentions were, why we wanted to help out their organization but with trial in error we figured out reaching out via social media was always the most effective way.

Please tell us about Connect Kindness.
Connect Kindness’s mission is to connect people with nonprofit organizations to inspire kindness. By featuring organizations and events on our website, social media, and podcast, we have created a platform for people to easily give back in their communities and the world. When an organization is featured we make it as easy as possible to take the next step in making a difference by using three simple words…SHARE, GIVE & DO. We encourage others to SHARE our featured organizations through your personal social media. GIVE a donation directly to the featured organization’s website or DO what matters to you & volunteer your time.

I am the founder of the organization and oversee everything, from the creation of the content to posting on social media to talking with other founders about their organizations. The one thing that I am most proud of & stands out about Connect Kindness is that it is a fully pro-bono platform, we do not charge anything to use the page & most importantly we do not take any money from the non-profits. This is my passion project, something that truly fills my heart with joy. I am proud to say I am creating my legacy & it’s something that will help bring awareness in the world.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Every summer my parents would take my sister and I on a family vacation. My dad worked for Continental at the time & we would pack our bags & fly standby every summer. We would pack hot & cold clothes because we never knew where we would end up. One summer we ended up doing an East Asian adventure & traveled to China, Japan, Cambodia & Thailand. I loved every moment of that trip, from the culture to the museums to the food markets to visiting the different temples. We climbed the Great Wall of China, played with the animals in Thailand & did so much more. I thought New York City had busy streets but Bangkok took the title for the amount of people trying to cross the street at once. Being exposed to different religions & cultures growing up, I know is the reason I am the person I am today.

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