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For Love, Not Money

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We’ve all seen the effervescent teens bopping along the sidewalks many weekends, waving signs offering car washes to raise money for this senior trip, or that band equipment overhaul. We don’t often ask as we pull in for a rubdown exactly what it is that our money will be doing—we just have faith that it’s a community project worth funding and one that we will get something back for—a clean car for pocket change.

But there are many more causes in this Valley that we don’t know about, such as those that provide a service, perhaps someone who consoled you when your dog died, or helped cure your winter blues with an art workshop, or sang you a song that left you humming all day. Who was that person that just brought Grandma prints from that CD her grandkids sent of the Christmas party she couldn’t attend? Who feeds the hungry we know must exist, but don’t see sleeping in nooks and digging through garbage cans like in bigger cities? Where can I send my kid when I have to work late?

For all these needs this community has found it had, it has also found an answer for many of them by establishing not-for-profit organizations that can do those things that can’t be done alone.

It’s unlikely, though, that an 8 p.m. call from the National Center for Something or Another that comes in like clockwork once a week will ever be from any of these humble operations. Instead, they devote their time to doing their best and hoping their best gets them the recognition and funding they deserve.

We invite you to learn about a few of these organizations, chosen randomly as much for their unique services as their anonymity. If you are engaged by what you read, we encourage you to take some time to join them. >>>


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Jan 20, 2009 11:44 pm
 Posted by  stewart


I am trying to locate a long lost friend of mine named Jane Reynolds. I used to work with her in Tucson, AZ about 20 years ago. She used to work at The Kneadery in Ketchum. If anyone knows her please give her my email address-thanks!!! She should be in her 40's now.


Feb 2, 2009 03:49 pm
 Posted by  SVM Foodie

Hey Stewart -

I found this comment on our site and found it oddly placed as there isn't a Jane Reynolds attached to this story. If we can help - that would be great and we will - but I would try the 'misc' section in the Idaho Mountain Express.

Jun 8, 2010 08:39 am
 Posted by  alertcomputing


This is the link where I found her several years ago: http://www.mtexpress.com/2003/03-05-07/03-05-07kneadery.htm. Just so you know I am not some wacko stalker and this is what I do: http://www.alertcomputing.com. I am simply trying to contact Jane and get back in touch with her. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



Sep 19, 2011 05:45 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


There is a Jane Reynolds mentioned in the article here: "The St. Thomas Playhouse Charter Committee of Rebecca Waycott, Kris Miller, Heather Black and Jane Reynolds lead the volunteer base. Volunteers are always invited to join in the fun as actors, singers, dancers, ushers, box office, scenery building and more. For more information call 208.726.5349 ext. 13."

Did you mean I should place an ad in the misc. section?



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