Thursday, March 12, 2009
Giving out other people's dough
I admit I volunteered for the Disabilities and Special Needs panel because of my mom. She spent her life being an advocate for the disabled, and I saw this as an amazing opportunity to continue it!
But really, what a gift! I get to look at all the money generously donated by the community and I get to help decide where it goes. But it's a burden too. The panel received applications from some amazing agencies who really help those who couldn't find help anywhere else. How to decide?
Tonight we got to hear about the Marc Center. They provide in-home services for the house-bound, day services for adults who don't have a place in society and need a safe haven during the day, a residential program to teach skills for independent living, and a vocational program to teach the disabled the nuances of working in the real world (and they earn money while they learn!). I've visited the Marc Center a few times and was so amazed. I had no idea the number of disabled people who needed help, and it's just incredible that a place like this exists.
So great, give the money to them! Ahh, but we still have the Foundation for Blind Children (give THEM the money!), the Special Olympics (no, THEY should get the money), and many others.
It's a wonderful problem to have. Money to give, and people who need it. And the whole time I was sitting there scoring the Marc Center on outcomes, financial audits, budgets, and future planning, I knew my mom would have been proud.
I'm Amanda. I'm an engineer in an industry full of men, a professional wedding and family portrait photographer, a firefighter's wife, a traveler, and a dogMa.