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. >>>