DonRocks Posted July 11, 2006 Share Posted July 11, 2006 I'm happy to announce that proceeds from the upcoming Ray's The Classics dinners will be going to Emmaus Services for the Aging. Because of Michael Landrum's generosity, I was presented last week with the responsibility of selecting a charity to receive a fairly substantial amount of money. At first thought, a 'food charity' seemed like an obvious choice, but which one? Then it occurred to me what I had written the night the website went online: "It's not going to be about the food; it's going to be about people." A few things were certain: whichever charity I selected needed to be free of political or religious ties - there are simply too many people in this community of all beliefs and faiths to be supporting anything else. I also needed to be assured that the money would have an impact, and that the organization had a track record of making good use of its funds. Many hours of research later, I found myself on 9th and O Streets NW earlier this afternoon, chatting with the delightful Mauri Carter, Development Director for Emmaus (pronounced ee-MAY-us). What I had hoped to see is exactly what I saw: a community-based charity with no agenda other than helping senior citizens in need. Emmaus is currently serving over 600 senior citizens with an average monthly income of $550. Over 300 volunteers are reaching out and providing daily reassurance phone calls, monthly delivery of free groceries, help with utilities --> (click) <-- it's a terrific organization that's having a major impact on peoples lives. And I'm happy to say that our newest member, Ms. Mauri Carter, will be here tomorrow to say a few words about the work Emmaus is doing in our community. Cheers, Rocks. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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