There are so many awful things in the news these days that sometimes the good news doesn’t filter through. When I get emails about amazing things that people do for one another I really want to share them. They may come in as ‘promos’ but I don’t see them that way; they’re stories of our humanness, our compassion, our goodness; our ‘random acts of kindness’.
“I believe we all need to get involved on a personal level to revitalize our communities.” says Julie Bowen. The Emmy nominated actress of ABC’s acclaimed hit comedy MODERN FAMILY is passionate about volunteering in her community and was more than willing to help raise awareness and support for Rebuilding Together® and Drops of Good. “I am excited to lend a hand and spread the word about this opportunity to give back and improve our country one neighborhood at a time.”
The Maxwell House Community Project was an initiative to inspire Americans to give back to their local communities. One Anonymous person supported Columbus Eastside Community Center by nominating them to win one of the 100 Maxwell House Do-Gooder Grants for $1000. As one of the winners they were entered in to win an additional $10,000 grant randomly selected by Maxwell House and wouldn’t you know… they won.
It’s amazing what one person can do. By taking a few moments and caring enough to nominate this community center they gave them the support they needed. They serve more than 900 people each year and they build a strong community by giving back themselves. They offer:
- Community gardens and an aquaponic system (symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a re-circulating system)
- Food and clothing banks
- Personal economic development
- Neighborhood crime watch