Jefferson Award winner vows to never settle, runs non-profit to raise funds for hands-on charities

Group helped disaster relief, clean water groups

INDIANAPOLIS - For 22-year-old Jeremy Pittman, the phrase "never settle" is full of meaning.

It was first a message his father preached before his death from cancer in 2006.

"The status quo as now isn't how it has to be, you can do something about it," Pittman said. "I can, so can you, so can everybody."

It's now a message Pittman turned into a non-profit called Never Settle .

"We're a fundraising group, first and foremost," he said. "We work through implementing partners and we work hard to pick out and work with some of the best non-profits."

While a senior at Purdue University last year, Pittman officially started his completely digital non-profit.

With his laptop and a team of Never Settle believers, Pittman says his organization has helped provide about 150 school uniforms to Haitian orphans, disaster relief in the United States and much more.

"We've funded enough to provide 200 children in Cambodia with clean drinking water, as well as sanitary programs and parts and maintenance for 10 years," Pittman said.

Never Settle essentially helps raise money to give other charities or non-profits who do the hands-on work to make change.

"(Jeremy) just really wants to change the world, and you don't find a lot of people who say that but then also do that," said Never Settle team member Carrie Kriech. "That's what I love the most about him is he put his mind to it and he's doing it."

Pittman said he envisions Never Settle expanding to include hundreds of causes.

"The people we service are real people, they have hopes, they have dreams, they have talents and skills, but opportunity is not equal for them so we want to change that," he said.

Pittman's mom, Mindy, helps run Never Settle, and she said her late husband would be proud of the new meaning of his phrase.

"So now looking down on Jeremy, oh my gosh, I know he's in the grandstands cheering him on," Mindy Pittman said. "He always referred to life like a race, and I know he's passed that baton on to Jeremy now."

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