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Be Local Everywhere visited the Open Door Mission in Omaha, Nebraska. The organization is doing a lot to help those in need from clothing to food to housing to life skills–they’re doing it all. Thanks for letting us see your operation! Big thanks to Steve Frazee for discussing the Mission and to Hannah who showed us the ropes!

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We stopped by the Denver Rescue Mission to help with lunch.

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We stopped by Clean the World (Las Vegas) to hear all about their operation, how they recycle soap from the hospitality industry, and why it’s so important to do what they’re doing. Thanks to Shae Hagen and the team for hosting us!

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We stopped by the Fairbanks Foodbank to see how the organization and volunteers were serving the community in one of our farthest flung stops so far. Like the other foodbanks we’ve visited along the way, we found an energetic and compassionate group dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of others and it inspired us to join in and help. Thanks to everybody in Fairbanks for being so warm and inviting.

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We visited the Oregon Foodbank in Portland, Oregon where we met a dedicated group of volunteers that not only work hard together, but also spend time together outside of the warehouse. They were a truly welcoming and loving community and it was hard not to immediately share in their spirit.

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St. Paul’s House is an NYC institution (you might remember their sign from the opening credits of SNL) and on the last Tuesday of every month (September – May) they have pizza and movie night. My friend Aegina and I were able to help out (and I might have snagged a slice of pizza along the way) and make new friends.

Here is an interview with Shandra Velez discussing what St. Paul’s House does and how the community can help.

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withtroyOne of the things I resolved to do this year in conjunction with the Be Local Everywhere project was to give blood, when able, wherever I am. Back in March I donated in Clark County, Washington. By the time I got to Connecticut, the requisite 58 day waiting period between donations had passed.

And that’s how I found myself (along with my good friend, Aegina) at the Red Cross of Fairfield County in Norwalk, Connecticut. I’ve given blood plenty of times (though not as much as I should have, especially in the last few years), but I have never had a more skilled Red Cross worker than my new friend, Troy, in Norwalk. Everybody should go visit her!

More Red Cross on the web:
Website
Twitter
Facebook

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I was fortunate to hang out with the folks from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Rockville, MD over the Memorial Day Weekend. The volunteer request asked for people to hang out with a shelter dog for the afternoon, become friends with the dog, and answer any questions prospective adopters might have (breed, age, philosophies towards children and cats).

This is me and Cream.

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As you can imagine, it’s a nice way to spend an afternoon going on walks, lying in the grass, feeling the sun, and just generally being outdoors in the company of a loving dog. It was also a bit tough to say goodbye at the end of the day. But it was also nice to know that a lot of families were interested in Cream and I am confident she’ll end up in a nice home.

Thank you to Sue for giving me an overview of Lucky Dog and all of the good things they’ve done in the MD/VA/DC area.

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Delaware was one of the states that I could technically say “I’ve been there,” but only because I’d driven through it on the way to somewhere else. Now I’ve got a real Delaware experience. My friend Kiri drove down from Pennsylvania to join me.

Yesterday I had an opportunity to visit The Little Sisters of the Poor in Newark. The mission there is:

“As Little Sisters of the Poor we care for the elderly poor in the spirit of humble service we have received from our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan. We welcome the elderly as we would Jesus Christ himself and serve them with love and respect until God calls them home.”

I was fortunate enough to speak with many of the residents, help with serving lunch, and even made some great new friends. For more information please visit their website, here.

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One of the things I wanted to explore when I started this project was the differences between “online friendships” and those people we know in the “real” world. I’ve known Ben Bailey and Chels Meacham through Twitter for more than a year, but I’d never met either of them in person.

Until now.

Ben, in his professional capacity, manages a Smashburger restaurant in Draper, UT. He was able to secure permission (and food!) from corporate headquarters for the three of us to distribute to the homeless in Salt Lake City. It’s great to see companies acting responsibly in their communities. Big thank you to Smashburger, Ben, and Chels.

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