Friends, This story doesn't start well. Here's the headline from the Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Foundation Giving Won't Rise Much this Year."
The flyer a colleague sent me lists the facts:
- More than 16 million children in America are at risk of hunger. That's more than 1 in 5.
- 1 in 2 children in the City of Detroit face hunger. That's half.
Friends, When I first met President George H. W. Bush, the honorary chair of Points of Light, six years ago, I was struck by three things: his deeply felt sense that a meaningful life must include service to others, his gracious humility and the fact that he ordered dessert at lunch and encouraged all present to do the same.
Friends, I heard a story recently that reminded me of the often unexpected impact of volunteer service. Faye Hendrix is a sales associate at the Belk department store in Fayetteville, Ga., a main-street town south of Atlanta that is in many ways like the Georgia town where I grew up. It's a community with deep roots, where neighbors don't just know each others' names, they know their aunts' and uncles' names, too. It's a town where volunteer service isn't a "movement," it's just something you do.