Getting the Word Out

I’ve working on spreading the word about my walk. The people at each of the three food banks I’m working with are going to help with PR and getting in touch with the media (news channels, newspapers, etc.), which I am extremely thankful for. But I have been getting out and talking to people myself. I spoke to my congregation (Rodef Shalom) during our Shabbat service last Friday night and everyone there got a handout with all the information about my walk and how to donate (Thank you Rabbi Henry for helping me create that handout). Then this morning I spoke to an aerobic workout class at the YMCA where I work and left behind a bunch of copies of the information handout.

Both times I spoke the people I spoke to were extremely supportive of what I’m doing and I think a number of them will donate, some already have. Knowing that I have people that support what I’m doing means a lot to me and I am really thankful for having the chance to get to speak with groups of people about my walk. I think it is extremely important to at least make people aware of what I’m doing and more importantly why I’m doing it because even if they can’t or don’t want to donate or get involved some other way, I have at least made them think about the problems of hunger and homeless. Leaving in our comfortable houses and kitchens stocked with food, it is easy to forget or not even consider the fact that so many people right in our own communities are hungry and going without having their basic needs met. Hopefully hearing me speak will make them appreciate what they have a little more and maybe eventually later on donate to a different cause or begin volunteering, that is my hope.

So please help me spread the word.

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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