Bigger and Better

I got some exciting news on Friday. Apparently the food bank in Philadelphia (Philabundance) and the Food Bank of Central PA heard about what I’m doing (I know awesome, word is definitely out) and contacted the Pittsburgh Food Bank to see if they could get involved. Like I said I am very excited about this but must admit that at first I was a little apprehensive about adding more groups. I was worried that doing so would spread the funds I’m raising too thinly. That’s why I only chose two in the first place. But I quickly realized that bringing these two organizations on board will increase the number of people I can reach, which in turn will increase the amount of money and awareness I will be able to raise, and subsequently the amount of people I will be able to help. Adding the Food Bank of Central PA will also allow me to help people in a whole new region too, which I am thrilled about. I do want to make sure though that this will not diminish the amount of money I’ll be able to raise for Project H.O.M.E.

What makes me feel better though is that the website that The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is creating for me will have a drop down menu that has each of these groups listed on it and allow you to pick which organization(s) you would like to donate to, including Project H.O.M.E. This will make donating as simple and as streamlined as possible. That being said, people can still donate to Project H.O.M.E. by going to their website (projecthome.org) and following the steps I’ve already posted, and I really want to encourage people to donate to them.

So things are picking up and the project is getting bigger. I’ve started a facebook group and even (both called Walk for Hunger and Homelessness) and also opened up a Twitter account (adambrok), though I must admit I’ve kind of been a non/ boarderline anti-Twitter person up until this point (I really don’t care what Paris Hilton ate for lunch or What Sarah Palin thought about the new Twilight movie) . But if it helps get the word out about hunger and homelessness I suppose it’s not so bad.

Thanks,

Adam

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About adambrok

My name is Adam Brok. I am a recent graduate of DePauw University, a small liberal arts school in Greencastle, IN, where I was a Philosophy major and Jewish Studies minor. I am also a proud Pittsburgher. I come from a family and environment where helping people in need was just what you did. If you came across a friend, neighbor, or even a complete stranger that was in need of help, you stopped and did what you could to help. It was just as simple as that. As I grew and moved on to college I continued to help where I could. I volunteered as a student friend at a local elementary school where I served as a mentor and tutor to a kindergartner named Jordan and worked with a local church to help run their non-food pantry (where we supplied members of the community on food stamps with essentials like soap, toothpaste, detergent, etc, that cannot be purchased with food stamps). During the summers after my sophomore and junior years respectfully, I volunteered at the University of Pittsburgh Legal Clinic and The Pittsburgh Refugee and Immigration Assistance Center. I also was fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the spring semester of my junior year in Philadelphia where I was a social work/legal intern in the Juvenile Special Defense Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. It was during this semester in Philadelphia that I became really passionate about the issues of hunger and homelessness. It was impossible to walk around downtown Philly for more than ten minutes without seeing someone laying on the sidewalk or sitting in dirty clothes on a park bench asking for food and money. It was a scene I just couldn't get comfortable with seeing. Here I was a young college student without much money of my own, yet I had an apartment I slept in each night and food to wake up to each morning. Why should I be so fortunate and not the guy that slept on the sewer grate every night down the block from my bare, but warm apartment. That is when I decided that I needed to something, something much more and much greater than what I had done in the past. Being an avid exerciser and enjoying taking on physical challenges, I decided that I would walk from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia to raise money and awareness for the hungry and homeless.
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