BY STEPHANIE DOLCE
Relationships are the building blocks for all communities. It is our relationships all added together that are the foundation for solid change but also it is the community that helps those who need an extra “boost” to get through tough times. If someone were to tell you to go out into your community and start building relationships, you might feel nervous, anxious and maybe even a little excited. That is a huge task to do! You might even ask, “Is there an App for that?” As a community builder, I care deeply about people, that to those who truly know me doesn’t come as a surprise. It comes naturally for me to go out of my way for those who I know and even those people I don’t know.
Merriam-Webster defines “community” as a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society. Merriam-Webster defines “relationship” as the way in which two or more people or things are connected.
With that said, by now you probably heard about the house that exploded Monday night in Valley Cottage. They are Bruce and Rose Pollack, and are left with nothing.
I have started a gift card drive by having people donate money so I can get them gift cards to buy whatever it is they need. I wanted to do a clothing drive, but I feel it’s best to have them be able to go shopping for whatever they need.
I also will be taking people’s sponsorships for the 5 miler race I will be running on Thanksgiving, called the Turkey Trot. If you would like to sponsor me or donate money for this family, you can email me at [email protected] or you can mail me checks only ( write out to me ) and mail them to me at: PO Box 399 Nyack, NY 10960
I will be looking into local businesses to donate 10% of the total sales they make within a time frame. For example, if you eat at a pizza place, between the hours of 5-7pm, on the date given, I hope to bring in 10% of the total sales for the family’s donations. So check back or check my Facebook page for more details. https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.dolce.98
If you are a local business and you are reading this, contact me and we can work something out.
Thanksgiving is coming and in the spirit of the holiday, I always try to set the example for children that when something happens to our neighbors, us as a community should always pitch in.
For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other.
We are not divided by our differences; We are united by our passions.