Circle Leaders, Allies, and community leaders gathered to shape the future of the Palmyra Circles initiative. With a whole morning for conversation, evaluation, review, brainstorming and creativity, we combined successes, dreams and action oriented plans for the Guiding Coalition to bring into reality.
Our first Strategic Planning effort felt fruitful and fun. The pictures to the right capture a bit. The upcoming new class of Circles training, with Circle Leaders (Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World) targeted for March 2014 and New Ally training (Bridges) envisioned for shortly thereafter, is a key outcome. Plans to reach out through our Guiding Coalition teams with Poverty simulations, exploration of our own 501c3 status, and much more, will open specific opportunities for your involvement in large and small ways.
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I've wanted to update our web page for weeks, maybe months, but life kept happening. Making changes and getting to dreams is hard work and discipline. I finally made time, inspired by our Circle Leaders who are making changes in life and living their dreams. Nine families, 14 adults, and their kids are doing amazing things...getting jobs...education...new friends...new perspectives...making the progress they dreamed of and that's worth celebrating!
I'd be forgetful to not be inspired by our Allies, friends who are helping our circles leaders in their journey. Truth be told the great folks are living into a dream of making a difference and connecting community in powerful ways.
I hope you check out both the web site and Circles. I'm certainly glad I did. Wow what an adventure and a gift. Thanks All! --Dave Harris
During my time in the Philippines I was given the opportunity to meet a dedicated, highly diverse group of individuals who have since been sent all over the world to help those in need by working with nonprofits. This training has helped prepare me for my work with the Palmyra Circles and larger social issues relating to poverty which have escalated in recent years as globalization has increased.
Throughout the training we volunteers were asked difficult questions about how we could work WITH the poor rather than for them. How can we as individuals participate in activities to uplift the poor without enabling them or participating only for self-worth?
Some of the issues we explored might never have answers, but the training instilled in me a sense of purpose which I have never felt in my life. We visited the slums of Manila and met with destitute families living day to day and also explored the vast wealth in a province within walking distance of the slums. While the experience in the slums was very different from poverty here in the states it is clear to me that we have our own problems with poverty as well, and that poverty is relative to the society it occurs in. Currently the face of poverty in Palmyra matches closely with the national average, which is now over 15% of the population and growing. I have been chosen to work with Circles as Circles matches the goals of Global Justice program, striving to address the causes of poverty not only the symptoms of it.
If you would like to hear more about the Global Justice program, or would like to make a donation to support it contact August Fisher at email@example.com or send donations to Global Justice Volunteer Program, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 320, New York, NY 10115