WASHINGTON — In February 2009, Seth Reams of Portland, Ore., found himself unemployed and depressed. He had nothing to do all day but look for jobs, and he was having no luck in his search, so his wife, Michelle, offered him a piece of friendly advice.
“She told me I needed to to step away from the job search and get out and do some volunteer work, because I had become depressed and withdrawn,” Reams, 36, told HuffPost.
This conversation led to an idea. “Talking about the state of the economy and how many people [are] unemployed, even just in Oregon, we thought, wouldn’t it be great if we could gather up some of these people and put them to work in the community?” he said.