Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Several Montgomery County nonprofits are participating in a new nationwide campaign.
- Ben Gross
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Will donating to charity ever be as popular as shopping during the holiday season? A partnership of nonprofits hopes so. For many people, the holiday shopping marathon began on Thanksgiving day, with some national chains opening their doors just hours after the traditional turkey dinner. Then comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, which has morphed into Cyber Week. Now, there's a new campaign asking you to open your wallet: Giving Tuesday. Coming on the heels of days devoted to consumerism, Giving Tuesday is designed "to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations." Several Montgomery County …
Friday, November 11, 2011
For Kim Damion, the best part of her job is getting to help those in need.
Food is something that many people take for granted. But not Kim Damion. She appreciates how much just one meal can mean for a family with hungry children, although she's never been unable to feed her family. She appreciates the kindness of strangers, although she's never had to take a handout. As Executive Director of Manna Food Center, Montgomery County's main food bank, she meets people every day who are struggling to feed their families. "I would make a terrible used-car saleman," Damion said. "But it's very easy for me to go out and tell people this story. I can't sell something I don't believe in." The Olney resident has worked for Manna for four years, coming from private industry to become the center's development director. Then a …
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Providers pondered ethics and challenges and honored their own at an Interfaith Works gathering.
Caregivers from around Montgomery County took time out on Wednesday to ponder the everyday challenges they encounter while providing emergency assistance to clients and to honor their own during the 15th Interfaith Works Caregivers Gathering at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Rockville. About 100 caregivers attended this year's gathering, which focused on the theme of "Compassionate Caregiving in Times Like These." A panel discussion focusing on "Ethical Issues in Emergency Assistance" included a presentation by the Rev. Dr. Steven Willsey, a crisis care coordinator with Adventist Community Services. Willsey's presentation, "Mission: Serving or Evangelizing?" discussed the fine line that faith-based social service providers walk between …