Thursday, October 13, 2011

Two give to others

I got the usual packet in the Inter-Office mail last week, full of stuff from my employer and United Way.  Since I can donate automatically through my paycheck, back in August I called this (fondly) "thought-less giving".  I described it this way:
You might not know--as I didn't during my first few years at my job--that you can direct money through United Way to not-for-profit human service agencies that are not on the United Way list. Such an organization might be a religious organization such as Catholic Charities or the Jewish Community Center or even a church that has a daycare center or a food bank. There are also other organizations not in the United Way brochure that you may name as recipients, such as Planned Parenthood.
I used to wonder why United Way gets to work with my college but other places don't.  Slowly it's made it through my thick head that United Way doesn't directly serve the community; rather, it connects people who want to help their communities (either with money or with time) to the organizations that do serve the community.  I'm slow, but I catch on.

Our version of the 100-thing challenge (in which we try to de-clutter by giving away 100 things to people who actually want them) progresses slowly.
2. Math book to the Harbaugh Club.
3.  Aloe plant, in a spare pot, to the Harbaugh Club.   

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