“Volunteering not only improves well-being and life satisfaction, but it’s also linked with decreased depression and a lower risk of dying early.” – journal BMC Public Health review.
Regardless of all the clichés, when we invest in others whether with our time, our talent or our treasure, the benefits are astounding. It is almost a selfish act because we gain so much by investing in others.
If building strong communities is our passion, then we would be remiss if we did not spend quality time focusing our efforts on the good of others. We don’t believe in only writing checks, but we believe in the power of human connection through giving. Currently we are donors, advocates and consultants to Treasures (www.iamatreasure.com) whose mission is to reach, restore and equip women in the sex industry and victims of sex trafficking to live healthy, flourishing lives and to train others across the globe. Founded in 2003 by Harmony Dust, Treasures is the first and only organization of its kind in the Los Angeles area and one of the few survivor-led in the nation - having trained and equipped over 100 similar orgs around the world.
Cokas personally founded and was the Executive Director of ‘McPhee Outreach’, an international foundation aiming to raise awareness and fundraise for charitable organizations such as Build On, Feeding America, Salvation Army, Target House, St. Jude, Malaria No More and The Lollipop Theater Network. The goal was to inspire others to get involved right where they live to help others.
He created the Rhythm of Hope music program for sick children, the Summer Feeding Tour with ConAgra Foods for Feeding America as well as the Match my Gift 3-day campaign for victims of Hurricane Sandy with the Salvation Army raising $250,000 for the most devastated areas of Staten Island.
Cokas built 3 schools in the West African country of Burkina Faso - which inspired 17 more schools - concentrating on the poorest of the poor and equal opportunities for young women. He’s traveled to West Africa to aid in malaria education and was involved with ongoing strategies to continue building schools in some of the world’s poorest nations through USAID, BuildOn, the U.S. Department of State, among others.