Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 by Michael
#VT – Early adopters of Front Porch Forum are often community-minded folks. So even before we reach a critical mass of members in a particular town or neighborhood, we might get 25 or 50 of the kind of people who volunteer a lot, organize events, and generally get things done locally.
When this happens we hear about it. “Thanks for helping me find the other people in town who want to take action to make this an even better place to live!” That was a comment we got last year. And today, we heard from Janice is St. Albans…
I want to thank Katrina and her family for loaning me the HOUSE-shaped cookie cutter – I was able to make over 2 dozen house shaped cookies which I decorated with hearts – for the Spectrum Youth & Family Services Sleep Out tonight in Burlington.
One of my former college classmates wanted friends to bake goodies that could be delivered to those sleeping out tonight to bring awareness to homelessness… I think many would be surprised at how many working homeless there are!! While there are organizations out there, like Spectrum, such as Pathways to Housing and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition – we need to take better care of each other – in Vermont and across the country. We all deserve a home.
A home is the basis for life – for being successful neighbors and citizens – for kids it’s having a SAFE and WARM place that is theirs and where they can concentrate on homework and getting good educations – so many important elements around having a HOME.
My friend is delivering all the cookies, brownies, muffins, etc. his friends baked tonight – with the requirement that if there is too much for all participating in the event that they have to PAY IT FORWARD and deliver/share with others in need – so maybe these simple cookies in the shape of a HOME/HOUSE – with a heart on them will make someone’s heart smile tonight!
Please consider looking up these other organizations and seeing how you can volunteer, donate supplies/equipment, or if you have a room to rent out or apartments you rent – think about making them as affordable as possible so there are few homeless.
Just my 2 cents worth – on a huge subject! Thanks Front Porch Forum for connecting me to my great neighbors.
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