January 9, 2009

Beyond Bread: Let's Look at Our Friends

Happy Friday!

~A special thanks to a couple more groups that helped us out over the holiday season. Iota was kind enough to donate half the proceeds from the Tom McBride and the Whig Party show (picked up by First Person Plural), and KSG Strategic Consulting was one of many corporate partners that really came through for us with food drives during our busiest couple of months. We're only able to continue our work because we have such a great community to support us--thank you both!

~A shout-out to the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) for writing themselves into our friend list four different ways: 1) conducting a giant food drive to benefit our clients, 2) asking employees to please donate through the Combined Federal Campaign (open to all government employees!) 3) blogging about the great work that they did over the holiday season 4) being exceptionally nice and patient to their local Volunteer Coordinator (most important!). These are some exceptionally nice people to work with!

~Dr. Miller has an insightful post about healthcare reform on his Health Policy and Communications Blog. We'll be covering some of the points he raised in greater detail next week, but don't let that stop you from reading what he has to say.

~Bread for the City's medical clinic was featured in the GW Minute! For a while now, GW students have been volunteering to keep our clinic open to clients on Tuesday nights.

~I got to meet The City Mom this week! Rumors have been flying all over Bread for the City about this generous woman who comes in every so often to give us all sorts of toiletries and other commodities for the homeless. By chance I happened to stop by the food pantry to talk with Jenette (our Food Pantry Coordinator) just as she was dropping stuff off. She has a pretty cool blog, and one of the cutest kids I've ever seen. Wish I would have had a camera...

~Stone Soup Station (a blog advocating on behalf of the homeless residents of Nashville, TN) picked up the story of DC's libraries targeting the homeless population here. They had another good post this week about recent attacks on homeless veterans.

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