On Tuesday, The Miles School, The Rincon Market and Ward 6 called for a
pick up. Each has a different and effective way to succeed with One Can
The Miles School
Councilman Steve Kozachik along with his assistant Molly Thrasher, who is also our One Can A Week videographer, encourages every visitor to donate food each time he or she attends a meeting in any one of their three very pleasant conference rooms. And it makes no difference if the meeting is Ward 6 business or a community art class.
The Rincon Market
The process is simple. Customers drop coins and dollar bills into the food bank collection jar as they pay for their meals. Throughout the week, Ron Abbott, the owner of the Rincon Market keeps an eye on the jar’s contents. On Saturday, I wrap the coins and purchase food from their grocery store. Ron, too, is very consistent and takes his coordinator role very seriously.
If anybody can make
a neighborhood drop off program work,
Frank Flasch is the guy
I alerted Frank to the fact that his participation might be less than the 50% we experience if he does not pick up the food every Sunday. Undaunted Frank pressed forward.
The Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood consists mostly of Home Owner Associations. To date Frank has engaged 9 of those associations in his program plus he has three more waiting in the wings. In addition, there is a drop off box at the San Pedro Chapel.
The first year was slow going but Frank is never one to give up and his consistency is beginning to pay off. In the first two months of this year, his neighbors have contributed 1,081 lbs. of food and $485 in cash to the Community Food Bank. This is very solid growth for Frank’s program.
In addition, Frank is building his community because now a significant number of his neighbors are working together and talking about one unifying project.
My whole drive is to collect as much food as possible but I have to admit building a community—as Frank is endeavoring to do—is just as important.
Congratulations, Frank, on the great job you are doing.
in the Neighborhood
Thursday, March 1
Rebecca’s project is just like One Can A Week except it’s for dog and cats … not people.
The Hope Animal Shelter, Tucson’s only no-kill animal shelter is looking for food donations. (If you don’t already know, the shelter is quite close to our neighborhood at 2011 E. 12th Street, just a few steps east of Safeway.)
On Thursday the students will gladly come to your home to pick up donations which you may also leave on your porch.
They are looking for Authority brand dog food, Fancy Feast canned cat food and Pine/Feline Pine cat litter. All these brands are carried at PetsMart or Trader Joes.
Keeping our neighborhood safe
Last Tuesday I accompanied Larry Robison from the Pima County Flood Control District and Mary Lucking, the Tuffets artist, around the Park to select appropriate sites for the 8 charming seats. That was 11 am.
“Wave to the nice police officer.”
Heard that a lot when I was a kid. My folks were trying to teach me respect for people, authority and a caring world.
So when I had to call the police Tuesday to help extract some homeless people who just set up two large tents in our Park’s ravine, I did not hesitate. Others I talked to later who had seen the same homeless people did not call the police because they were concerned about retaliation or just plain did not want to get involved.
Thanks to my folks police are my friends, and like my big kid friends back in school, they protect me from the nonsense of the world. I’ll never hesitate to call the police when I or any of my neighbors get in trouble.