Julie Anderson-Simonson – Making a Real Difference, One by One

Category: Integrity Contests, Integrity Culture, Integrity Serves

Date: May 15, 2020

As a part of our Integrity Idol contest, semifinalists are given the opportunity to match their winnings with a charitable contribution to an organization of their choice. Julie Anderson-Simonson from GoldenCare has selected The Starfish Ministry at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Minnesota. They provide assistance to individuals and families in need, helping with rent, food, gas and other expenses.

The “Starfish” name has special meaning and comes from a parable:

One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked, he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.

Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, sir.”

The old man chuckled aloud, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”

The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water, and turning to the man, said, “I made a difference to that one!”

Thanks to Julie for her desire to make a difference in helping people, one by one. Integrity is very proud to donate $500 in her name to the Starfish Ministry.

Vote Now!

Related Posts

Game Time Highlights: Timeout for Charity

As part of our latest Game Time Activity Challenge, we invited our Integrity teams to take a “Timeout for Charity” and give back to their communities. We were blown away by the way they stepped up to serve in their communities. Watch the video above to see how our Integrity family showed up to serve…

Continue Reading

The Road to Compassion

On a special “Inspire” Podcast episode, we learned the inspiring story of Denise and Derek Barnes of D&D Insurance and how their daughter, Paije, taught them to be more compassionate. The couple has built their business on the principles of compassion and service. They get to know each person and give them the care they..

Continue Reading

Contact us