Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:31 pm Post subject: Letter to US Dept of Education
From Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:00 am to Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:59 am (included)
I had a conversation with Julie Ewart of the US Department of Education and at her request sent her the information below and attached.
Hopefully they will help us expand these programs.
Any help in spreading the word or supplying additional contacts would be greatly appreciated.
Over the next three months I will be available to speak at schools or meetings at your convenience.
As per our conversation I have attached brief descriptions of the programs that we are developing at Where to Turn.
As you our programs take proactive common sense approaches to problems.
We believe that given the opportunity students will come out and volunteer.
On Staten Island this past year
625 students provided free snow shoveling for seniors
325 tagged locations are now graffiti free due to students volunteering through our graffiti removal program.
Over 2,500 items were distributed to families in need through our Re-Gifting for a Good Cause Program.
Through this program we ask people to give us gifts that they have received instead of returning them.
Through our website www.where-to-turn.org we share these programs so that they can be duplicated in other areas.
Finally we are looking into tapping into the wasted resources of our seniors and retirees.
Our plan is to set up a fund that would provide medical benefits (or partial benefits) to seniors or retirees who volunteer at local not for profits.
The not for profits will get staffing for free (no need to apply for grants) and in return the volunteers will receive medical benefits.
Any help you may lend in getting these ideas to the right people will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
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