Tuesday, September 4, 2012

191st Week Update - Miles Neighborhood Food Collection Project


Two new participants, Fred Archer Neighborhood Center and the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) answered the call to help the Mayor with his One Can A Meeting Program after reading a simple question in his monthly newsletter. “Can you put a collection box at your workplace - maybe a spot where you hold meetings? It's a good reminder of need in our community. More than that, it's practical help that's sorely needed.”

Speaking of practical help, two newsletters you should get in your Inbox each month is the Mayor’s Newsletter and Councilman Fimbres’ Ward 5 Newsletter. Simply click on the Tucson Email List link, type in your name and email address and at the bottom of the page select the newsletters you want to receive. Both newsletters are packed with important information and city happenings.

Now That’s Some Respect for the Mayor

People generally want to help hungry families here in Tucson, but when given a choice, they also want to hide the “White Elephant in the Room” in the employee lounge or in the back someplace next to the soda machines. However, when Mayor Rothschild asks community leaders to participate in his personal community service program, he suggests placing the box next to their meeting rooms.

Well, every one of his participants is doing him one better. As shown in the photos above, the Mayor’s friends are placing the somewhat gigantic Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona box in areas where it can’t be ignored. Each box sees lots of traffic every day and each box is beginning to work its magic. It’s only been a little over a month since the Mayor started his program and I’ve been called to make several pick ups already.

As with my Miles neighbors, the Mayor’s friends are stepping up big time and are going to make his One Can A Meeting Program a consistent and successful way to really help hungry families in the city.

Auto with a Cause
Grady Bautista a neighbor in Barrio San Antonio writes a political blog called Facing the Cannonball and occasionally highlights Opinionated Cars. Two Sundays ago, he spotted the Cabriolet and flagged me down for a photo. A couple of days later Grady sent me a link to his post in an email.

“This is in fact, the first opinionated car I have met that was something more than just an expression of the owner’s character and taste,” Grady blogged. “This car is an activist, raising food for the Tucson Community Food Bank and bringing awareness of the hunger problem to our local community.”

In that same email with the link he told me he would leave a whole bunch of cans on his porch. He did. But I didn’t return the favor and take a picture. I think he’ll understand.

We collected a total of 181 lbs. of food. The money we donated amounted to $31.00, a $25.00 check and $6.00 in cash.

See you Sunday,


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