Monday, October 20, 2014

Crop Walk, then "Chess for Charity" events give a look into how this kind of "giving" and volunteerism work

On the Crop Walk in Arlington VA (link) I asked one of the organizers just how dependent food banks (whether like the Arlington Food Bank, or preparation and delivery like Food and Friends) are on volunteers.  I also had a conversation like this with an organizer at a brunch at Freddie’s Beach Bar in September.   Would people simply not get food if there weren’t enough volunteer hours available?  I’ve noticed that most of these charities tend to be bureaucratic and make a lot of volunteer management.

Neither knew, or would say.  The general impression I get is that they need maybe fewer people who are more dedicated than just a lot of bodies rarely. 

We also talked about the asylum crisis.  Again, the administration (and most especially conservatives in Congress) don’t want to pimp the idea of people taking in refugees because that would be seen as “encouraging” illegal immigration. Yet, as the walker said on the Crop Walk, politicians and pundits (most of all, conservatives in the GOP) don’t want to “live the life” or “walk in their shoes”.  Morality comes down to the individual.

WJLA promoted the Crop Walk on Twitter and asked or pictures.  When I shared a picture of the pumpkin sale, someone there tweeted back, “Did you buy a pumpkin?” 

I played in a “Chess for Charity” (link) tournament in Vienna, VA at a Catholic School Sunday afternoon. Again, at the even there was time taken for raffles and a lot of publicity about the fund racing itself (for kids with cancer).  I was glad to play in an informal chess tournament (there as even Japanese Chess upstairs) where the entry fee goes to charity.  I bought a T-shirt.  But I’m not one to push others into giving money, the self-projection of which seems to “cost me something”. But "the safety net" (and social stability)  needs the social capital that this kind of self-giving feeds.   

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