CCP has a long-standing strong commitment to More Light, the Presbyterian Church, USA's open and affirming appreciation for inclusion of our LGBT brothers and sisters. We demonstrate this commitment in a number of ways, including walking each year in the Burlington Pride Parade, with a CCP banner that reads:" All are welcome at God's table". This year, CCP marchers included: Ron and Joy McGarvey, Amity Baker, Sue and Al Brooks, Tom and Mary Beth Barritt. And, waving from the St. Paul's convertible, was our own Joanne Granai.
The Gleaners have reached a pivotal point in bringing City Market’s Rally for Change concept to restaurants. Rally for Change asks customers to “round up” to the
nearest dollar and the restaurant donates the amount to local food organizations.
To prepare for a pilot program, we recently met with Sarah Bhimani from City Market and Bob Conlon, owner of Leunig’s. Bob has really taken this project on and will have his graphics person prepare marketing materials that include a program logo, name, card for bill folder, and training materials. Sarah delivered City Market’s training materials and will continue on the team. The pilot will start once the marketing materials are developed.
After the pilot is operational, we want to open the program to other restaurants. This will require Guidelines that give the restaurant person autonomy and clarity. We plan to ask the Hunger Council, a group of agencies that deal with hunger in Vermont, to think about the guidelines.
As with other VIA projects, the path to systemic change can be long and filled with dead ends, but our team of members from CCP and OZ is thrilled to see substantial progress.
To read Ann Naumann's account of her mission work in Haiti, download her story below.
Our own Mary Beth Barritt appeared with Debbie Ingram and Earl Kooperkamp, pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd in Montpelier, and Debbie Ingram, Director of VIA on Channel 17’s “Live at 5:25” to talk about the activities of CCP’s Gleaners group. Here’s the episode if you missed the broadcast.
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