“Love Your Community” Update

So this was the news I received today from the Greater Salina Community Foundation…

“Your Love Your Community grant application was reviewed.  Unfortunately, it was determined that your project does not meet the criteria of this grant because it does not serve the whole community and only a relatively small number of people would benefit.

It looks like you are doing great work in our community, and we are sorry that we could not help you.”

I don’t think I have ever used my blog to vent. My goal is to be an encouragement to others. But can I tell you? I was dumbfounded… and mad and disappointed that it never even got a chance to be voted on by the community. As I thought through how to respond to the email, I ended up editing everything that I wrote. I decided nothing would be better than negative. I looked back at the guidelines when I got home and here are a couple of their suggestions:

“Examples of community love include: planting flowers, sprucing up a neighborhood park, painting a mural, honoring our history, etc.”

Hmmm… perhaps they should have called this contest the ‘Salina Beautification Project.’  Because, honestly, when I think of ‘community,’ I think of people.  After all the anger and analysis, I sat down and cried and realized this:

I really do care about my community. So I will continue to venture out with a wonderful (ever-growing) group of people who are willing to do what they can – big or small – to touch people’s lives. We will continue to give of ourselves and our resources, no matter how limited they seem to us. Most importantly, I will continue to trust God as my source, knowing that He has always been and will always be faithful.

Thank you to all of you who voiced support and were willing to vote for our little grassroots effort.  I so appreciate your encouragement. Oh, and thanks for letting me vent!

Abundant Blessings!


About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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4 Responses to “Love Your Community” Update

  1. Judy Schmelzle says:

    I Corinthians 15: 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

    Galatians 6: 10 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do lose heart.

    My prayer is that you continue your random acts of kindness, Debbie…. The Lord will be your Provider as He has been in the past.

  2. Debra M says:

    What a disappointment Debbie that they could not see how helping even a few directly leads to greater impacts within a community – a ripple effect of giving and sharing. 😥

    • debbierivers says:

      I agree, Deb. The important thing, I have learned, is to do my part. Oh, and have I mentioned that I LOVE doing these Acts of Kindness Adventures?! I will continue to do that and trust God with the rest.

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