Friday, April 6, 2012

Day 48: Check out new fundraising tool!

Check out a new way to make donations, and please consider helping out by donating or even constructing your own fundraising page linked to the Camarones Community Coalition (it's free, quick, and a super easy way to help out in fundraising efforts!)

Here's the QR code that can also be scanned on a smartphone and linked to this fundraiser, how cool!

Update from Madison, WI community center discussion on 4-2-12:

There were about 30 people in attendance and there was a wealth of ideas on things people want/need from a neighborhood center.  A few of the main points in response to the question "What are 3 things that you and your family need/want from a neighborhood center?":

  • Free meeting space
  • Quality after school programming
  • Close to the populations being served
  • Help with housing/employment and other training services
  • Safe place
  • Access to food
  • Open on weekends, evenings, vacation periods
  • Self-governed
  • Open access/ more activities for all ages
  • Cooking/kitchen space
  • Conflict resolution training
  • Parenting support/child care
  • Cross-cultural events
  • Access to community garden 
  • Green space / open area for youth and adults to use
  • Source of information on various services and programming for all ages
Overall, this meeting re-energized me about all of the similar discussions that will be continued down in Ecuador for construction of the community center and planning for future programming in the area.  The idea of "self-governance" that came up at this meeting really hit home, as I think that is one of the things that can really make or break the success of these initiatives, and one of the things I think is so important.  I am happy I was able to go to this meeting to see how many of the ideas were the same to the ones at the other meeting I attended on the west-side of Madison, but also how there were minor differences unique to the community needs on the south-west side of Madison.  Again, hitting home the importance of talking to and actually working with the population being served.

As always, feel free to comment below, or email me with questions, comments, or ideas!

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