For a number of years I’ve been involved with my local choice food pantry. Currently I serve on the executive board and I am a representative on our community efforts toward coordinated customer-focused services to those in our area who are in need. A number of communities throughout the country use such a model with great success. The push-and-pull amongst the various agencies, needs, perceptions of customers/clients and personalities makes for a dynamic and fluid process. It will be interesting to continue to watch it develop.
Are similar customer-focused, co-located or shared social service/social justice models happening in your community?
I’ve been reading Gila Weiss’s blog My Shrapnel for some time now. I found her blog through a link (sorry, don’t remember where) and was so inspired by what I read that I went back and read every post. She is a gifted writer and an interesting woman. The tag line to her blog is “Life as a “Poor, Sad, Heroic, Victim of Terror”®” Take a look and read, you won’t be disappointed.
Gila is riding in the Alyn Wheels of Love Charity Bike Ride this summer and she needs sponsors. So, go do some good, sponsor her and cheer her on.
Here are the directions she gives on her blog post about the ride:
Here is how to sponsor me:
1) Go to the donate online page
2) Follow the instructions on the page. There are options for US, Canadian and Israeli tax receipts.
3) Please make sure to note that you are sponsoring me: Gila Weiss
4) Drop me a line to let me know so that I can make sure it was properly credited to my “account”. (Of course 100% of the money raised is for Alyn).
Good luck to Gila
[As one who did a 5-day 350 mile ride for MS years ago I say – “you go girl”. Of course, I didn’t have to deal with Israeli riders drivers when I trained ]