BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: Community Day 2017
Hosted by the Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center, Community Day 2017 (Sunday, August 20th) was as brilliant as the sun that day! For the 2nd year, ACT in Faith was in attenance along with a wide variety of merchants, food vendors, non-profits, and entertainment...and let's not forget the annual basketball tournament. Members of ACT in Faith's Board, staff and volunteer core hosted the game, "Pin It To Win It" (think "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" minus the donkey and tail) during which kids and adults were blindfolded for a chance to "pin" prizes such as fruit, candy, and gift cards. But better than the prizes were the great conversations and down-right silliness enjoyed by all involved. Thank you Melton Center for this awesome opportunity!
"Why don't they just get a job?"
...an often-asked question by many who are far removed from poverty. If only it were that simple. The barriers to employment are many. They are as basic as needing a photo ID, bus tokens to get to an interview, or the means to communicate w/ potential employers...as necessary as computer access and savvy, a resume or the "know how" to create one... and as unexpected as needing to provide your own work clothing/tools once you get the job. Our donors, volunteers, and staff are helping to remove those barriers every day. The chart pictured here reflects the Employment Support services we've provided since January of the year.
Many times “your story” can be better told by someone else. Being seen through the eyes of others gives new perspective and insight that we may not observe or overlook when we narrate our own story.
We asked volunteers, Board members, clients, and community service partners to answer a few questions about ACT in Faith. Their words will be shared with you in this and future newsletters, web, and Facebook communications in hopes that you will see something new when you read our story in their words.
Here’s how volunteer, Mary Alice James, answered…Have you learned anything about our neighbors in need through your work with Act in Faith?