How better to gain insight into child and teen homelessness than through the artwork and words of young people themselves?
Our local HAYC (Housing Authority of Yamhill County) participates each year in a national poster contest for children on the topic: What Home Means To Me. The 12 winners are featured in a yearly calendar that is shared with all members of Congress and many other leaders.
For the third time now, Yamhill County has had a runner-up in this contest. We offer congratulations to the winners, the other entrants, and our local HAYC. (We've also been pleased to play a small part in helping to purchase art materials needed for the posters.)
You might expect this first blog to be about donations, but it's actually more about the supermarket checkout line.
As a foundation, our primary job is to raise money and spend it wisely. We gratefully accept donations of any amount—small or large. Certainly, money is important, and money helps.
At the same time, our larger mission is to help create more compassionate, equitable communities through monetary means and also otherwise.
What is the otherwise?
In How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, Nicole Boles says that a philanthropist “tries to make a difference with whatever riches he or she possesses.” I’m struck by her statement: “Almost every daily action can result in a small but deeply meaningful act of giving.”