Almost. But not quite.
I made a giving pledge to donate every month, and I’m sticking to it. Even if it is summer in Maine, and my mind is on festivals and the beach.
This month, I decided to donate to Preble Street, an organization I recently blogged about in a Philanthropy Friday post. Preble Street’s mission is “To provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty; and to advocate for solutions to these problems.”
June 20 marked the longest day of the year to be homeless. Each year, Preble Street has a group of people that sit outside in the middle of Portland (Maine) from sunrise to sunset to remind people that homelessness is not just a problem in the winter months.
There is also a personal connection involved in this donation because a close friend of mine works for the organization. We used to work in a development department in another social services agency in Portland. We were office roomies when I was pregnant with G. I’m also familiar with Preble Street’s work through my association with Crossroads.
Making this donation made me realize that I really need to connect with the local shelter and food pantry that are within walking distance from my house in Brunswick. And that’s part of why I’m donating each month. So I can be more aware of the nonprofits around me, and how I can make a better effort to help.
Did you give this month?