Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
In these present tough economic times, many are becoming part of a population called the "hidden homeless". This particular population is a direct result of the growing rise of joblessness and mortgage foreclosures throughout the US.
For many years, I have been a volunteer and supporter of the York County Shelter Programs here in Maine. Their Mission is to end homelessness and assist individuals in reaching their fullest potential by providing access to appropriate housing, offering assistance toward personal growth opportunities and community resources. They estimate the number of homeless people in America range from two-four million and about 1200 individuals are homeless in Maine on any given night, including 400-500 children. Roughly 10,000 individuals spend time in Maine's shelters throughout the year and many others are at risk. (Maine Coalition to End Homelessness, 2003). York County Shelters does a wonderful job meeting the many needs of those homeless or at risk of homelessness here in Southern Maine.
Today I am participating in their 2nd annual "Housing for the Homeless" Walk-A-Thon. The intent of the two mile walk is to bring attention to the plight of homeless in York County and to raise funds to help. Last year the walk raised $17,000 in sponsorships and pledges. This year during these challenging economic times the need is even greater. The walk-a-thon will be held at the beautiful Kennebunk Beaches, beginning at Mother's Beach and ending at Gooches Beach. If you wish to make a tax deductible donation click here to be taken directly to their website. I encourage you to locate your local homeless shelter or food pantry and make a donation or get involved in some way to support their programs that help those in need. Here are a few suggestions:
- Volunteer. Help out at a local shelter by distributing clothes, serving meals, or answering phones (for a directory, visit http://www.hud.gov/homeless/hmlsagen.cfm ).
- Donate. Gather up any clothes, toys, books,computers, any household goods, toiletries, even automobiles you’re not using and donate them to your local homeless shelter. You also can donate directly to homeless people. If you don’t want to give money, offer a warm meal, a gift certificate to a fast-food restaurant, transportation tokens, or recyclable bottles that can be turned in for cash.
- Advocate. Contact your local representatives and push for new legislation to help the homeless.
- Employ. Hire homeless people at your company. If you’re not in a position to hire anyone, ask your Human Resources manager whether there might be internships or full-time opportunities available where they can develop new skills.
- Respect. If you do nothing else, be kind. The next time you see a homeless person on the street, don’t just look away. Everyone deserves respect and a smile.
This beautiful 1833 Shaker Barn has become the home of the Healthy Habits Center and Food Pantry of the York County Shelter Programs, Inc. It represents the very best efforts of many good people who take great pride in helping others to gain a sense of safety, wellness, and hope.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Launched in 1995, Plant A Row is a public service program of the Garden Writers Association and the GWA Foundation. All gardeners are encouraged to plant an extra row of produce and donate this to local food banks, soup kitchens and shelters. There are over 84 million households with a yard or garden in the U.S. If every gardener plants one extra row of vegetables and donates this to local food agencies and soup kitchens, a significant impact can be made on reducing hunger. Check with your local food pantry, soup kitchen or homeless shelter to donate part of your harvest and reduce hunger in your community.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
How to Create a "Dirt Cheap" Compost Bin with a Garbage Can
A compost bin can be a perfect addition to your organic garden and creating a bin does not have to be expensive!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Entitled “Dead Weight”, the film is set in the harsh post- apocalyptic world, where a young man named Drew must struggle with the balance between survival and responsibility to others as he journeys south to find what he is looking for. John Sullivan and Kate Costello star in this short student film directed by John Velasco at Marist College.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Got Scraps? Get a kitchen counter-top Compost Crock. I purchased this heavy counter-top container to collect kitchen scraps for recycling into a fertilizer-rich compost for our garden. Takes it out of the landfill and feeds our flowers and veggies. It makes it easy with no need to run out to the backyard after every meal to dump the compost. Simply lift the lid and drop-in all those left over and unwanted veggie scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells. There is an area in the lid for a filter which keeps it all tidy and odorless. When it's full, dump it out into your main composter in the yard. I found mine at Homeimprovements.com
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Here are three of my current favorite Home Decor books for Spring 2009. Click on the book to view reader reviews.
Monday, May 18, 2009
At home..... I go to this particular place in my living room. From this spot on the couch in the early morning silence, I can gather my thoughts and wake up with a cup or two of coffee. I love the view of the field outside as it comes alive with the sunrise of a new day. A morning meditation of sorts.
Around town...I enjoy perusing unique shops for inspiration. One of my favorite local shops is Pallian, located on Route One in Wells, the next town over. Cynthia is the friendly owner and has a wonderful gift for creating beautiful vignettes and displays which reflect the beauty of the changing seasons of Maine.
I am a very sensory individual and am always inspired by the varied textures, smells, and beautiful items in this lovely shop.
I absolutely covet the second floor space of Pallian and think it would make a wonderful artist's studio with it's natural light and wonderful aged pine.
These are just a few of the places I visit for inspiration. Where do you go?
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
To celebrate all things eco, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight some of the great products and companies that are turning out recycled home furniture goods right now. Curious about where to source this or other recycled products? Then check out http://www.casasugar.com to find out! Click on photo or hyperlink to be taken to her blog and the slideshow highlighting recycled home decor!