Things are really getting exciting now. I just got off the phone with Maura Rodgers from the Food Bank and now I can’t stop smiling. She basically told me that the Food Bank is going to do everything it can to help me out. She said their IT people are putting together a secure website for me where people will be able to donate. It will have all the information about me, the walk (route, schedule, etc.), why I am doing it, etc, and a link to my blog.
Furthermore, and even more awesomely, she said that they going to provide me with an unreal amount of PR including: a story about/promoting the walk in one of their upcoming newsletters (which goes out to ~10,000 people!), they going to contact their partners WPXI (Channel 11 News) and get them to do a story about the walk and to cover the beginning of it when leave August 1st, and they can help me create a flyer to distribute to people, which as I mentioned in a previous post I am not sure how to do.
I cannot describe how relieved I feel after speaking with Mara. Since I began planning this walk I have kind of felt like I was going it alone, which is my own fault. I felt overwhelmed by everything I needed to do, especially since I had never done anything like this before. But now I no longer feel like I’m by myself. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of people who have been helping and without whose help I would still be lost (Mike Craftly from Governor Rendell’s office, Jeff Thompson from Penn DOT District 11, and Rabbi Sharyn Henry from Rodef Shalom – and of course my family), but having the Food Bank and all of their resources, organization, and experience helping me put this together just makes me feel hopeful and so confident that this walk is going to be a success. I cannot say thank you enough to the Food Bank and Mara for being so supportive and willing to help. You have no idea how much your support and help mean to me. I look forward to working with you more over the course of the next month as August 1st approaches.
I will post more information about the website as I get it. Stay tuned, things are really started to heat up.