Matthew Nalywaiko, 33

Executive Director and Founder, Serve a Little
Clarity Services Department Manager, Visiquate
Redwood Covenant Church, Santa Rosa, CA

In 2009 Matthew woke up in the middle of the night sensing God suddenly telling him, “Here’s what you’re going to do with your life.” That was his first idea for Serve a Little, the nonprofit he started with the goal of connecting people who need small “helps” with those who can provide it. Most of the people they work with are single mothers, and the most common service is auto repair. As a result, they will soon be opening a nonprofit automotive shop.

Matthew says he developed much of his philosophy for helping people help others through his home church of Redwood Covenant.

“I couldn’t think of a better fit for what I would say God designed me to do,” he says.


greybutton-40u40Books on your nightstand/e-reader: David and Goliath and The Tipping Point, both by Malcolm Gladwell
Favorite way to waste time: Playing golf, hanging out with my wife and our puppies, and cycling
Favorite TV show: I’ve enjoyed The Walking Dead and How I Met Your Mother. My wife got me hooked on Grey’s Anatomy and Parenthood.
Choose a superpower—fly or be invisible: I would want to fly. It would save on airfare flying to Haiti, and I’d be able to travel more.