Tuesday, April 27, 2010

68th Week Update - Miles Neighborhood Food Collection Project

Hi Folks,

Today Bobby Rich launched his Bobby’s Buddies web site. You have heard him on his Morning MIXfm Show for the past four or five Wednesdays talk about doing something. Well, here it is. BobbysBuddies.org, an Umbrella Community Service Program where he will supports all kinds of Neighbors Helping Neighbors Help™.

We can be proud of his important, citywide initiative because our One Can A Week’s consistent community service M.O. is the foundation for Bobby’s new program.

The first few emails Bobby received from folks interested in becoming one of Bobby’s Buddies brought up some intriguing concepts. One long-standing interfaith organization wants to use Bobby’s Buddies as an incentive program—not to encourage new volunteers—but to reward people who have been dedicated volunteers for some time. Another person wants to weed her neighborhood because weeds on lawns of homes and foreclosed homes in a neighborhood decrease property values in addition to encouraging crime.

Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, NJ tells a story about a gentleman who weeded and primped the lawn of a drug house in his neighborhood. Since folks were noticing the house, the druggies became very uncomfortable and moved out.

In about 90 days, anyone who volunteers to become one of Bobby’s Buddies, will get a page on Bobby’s website chronicling his or her weekly accomplishments. Check out One Can A Week on the Bobby’s Buddies web site (http://www.bobbysbuddies.org/OCAW_Results.html) to see an example. Also, when milestones are reached—such as 13 weeks of continuous service—rewards will be offered. Then, too, Bobby’s Buddies will get to meet with Bobby Rich on occasion to talk about more ways to help our neighbors.

Bobby’s web site is a very colorful way to kick off a significant community service program. All of us need to be “fired up and ready to go” and Bobby’s is the guy who can give us the motivation and the energy to do something.

Styrofoam Cup Champion
The Rincon Market’s Styrofoam Cup keeps on bringing home the gold, silver and greenbacks. This week the modest little cup collected $160.83 for the Community Food Bank. This translates to $1,447.47 in CFB food and services ($1.00 = $9.00) for our city’s neediest. Amazing!

Quick Round
It only took 2 and one half hours to collect all of the food in the Miles Neighborhood this past weekend, and that included a 30-minute lunch break. Since our totals were: 148 lbs. of food, 4 lbs. of produce, 2 lbs. of pet food , 24 lbs. from the Axis Food Mart and $14.50 in cash, the load is not getting lighter, I’m getting faster…and perhaps even stronger. The final food total was 178 lbs., above our average of 165 lbs. If I cut out lunch I could really move. Nope, that’s never going to happen.

The Cute Culprit and The New Wrinkle – A Tale of Two Dogs
Adam loves people and is often affectionate. Getting picked up and hugged is one of his most favorite activities. Dogs on the other hand have to watch out for the nipper because he is so much more than discerning.

Enter Nemi, a six-month-old (born on October 31st) Shar-Pei, black lab mix. She has the wrinkles to prove it. And the sweetest and sunniest disposition ever.

Her family, my next door neighbors, has to find her a new home because the adult daughter must pay more attention to her ailing mother than a personality-filled pup.  

We wanted or rather I wanted to take her but Adam disagrees with the prospect of another dog in his home…uha, our home. Even after a bunch of tries, Adam is still firm.

Looking for a new home for Nemi – If you like charming and alive dogs, you and your family will love Nemi. She needs a little training but is an incredibly fast learner. I taught her to fetch in three or four tosses. One long toss that was not returned but a couple of short tosses taught her the game and back to the long toss. Elapsed time: 45 seconds.

When you take Nemi, you will also receive a free Top Tag Pet ID, the first USB complete-care pet ID tag shown on the right. I invented this product and it sells on our website for $34.95.

Think about Nemi for your family or someone you know. She will never disappoint you or anyone you recommend.

Thanks for listening to my tale. Please call me at 520-248-3694 or respond to this email.

See you Sunday,


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