A half century ago this month, 450,000 young fun-seeking 20-somethings gathered on the grassy hills of a Bethel, NY, dairy farm to share “3 Days of Peace & Music.” No one imagined it could happen. But it did. Now into their 70s, much of the Woodstock generation shares a less celebratory cause along the theme of “Many Years of Retirement & Healthcare Costs.” (more…)
My colleague, Christina, recently volunteered at a local elementary school where she helped stuff food into backpacks for children who are struggling with food insecurity (lack of access to nutritious food) and hunger. She told me she was chatting with a school employee who shared how grateful the kids were to get this food for weekends. She then told Christina that a 5-year old came to school shaking, he was so hungry. (more…)
When we think of our communities a few things pop into mind. The local coffee shops. The postal office and fire department. The grocery store down the street and our friends next door. These are people we see day in and day out and typically take some time to build the relationships that form our communities.
Communities can also show up in places where you least expect them. In the summer of 2016 I started my first internship with National Life. About a month in, I went to my doctor on a Friday and found out that I had a tumor. I had been sick before with the flu or a common cold, but I was not ready for this. It was a month before I turned 21, I was in my first apartment paying rent and looking to start my career as a young professional, and I had cancer. (more…)