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!