Last week I announced a new blog series to bring more awareness to the organizations you donate to as part of the Small Change initiative. My goal for the Spotlights is to create local and national ambassadors for these organizations. As you read about each organization, you’ll learn their greatest needs, challenges, and how you can get involved. While not everyone can help directly—we can all share the Spotlights, as you never know who it may reach and benefit.
If you’re new to my blog, you may be asking, “What’s Small Change?” Small Change is an initiative I started in July 2014 to encourage donations to organizations making a difference in the communities we visit for our races and other adventures. To date, 30 organizations have benefited from Small Change and combined have received a total of nearly $4,000.
I’m incredibly excited about my first Small Change Spotlight—The Wish Project, a “Goods Bank,” providing home and clothing needs to the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. Donna Hunnewell, Executive Director of The Wish Project, didn’t hesitate to answer my questions and share more about the inspiring organization she founded in 2005.
What does The Wish Project do?
Our mission is to provide our community with basic furniture, home, clothing, and baby needs while helping the planet by reusing and recycling used goods. Only when people have their basic needs met can they move forward and out of the social services system. By providing basic goods to people in crisis, we help end needless suffering in the short term and help end homelessness in the long term.
What is your greatest need as an organization?
Money. We are self-funded and it’s a struggle each year to even pay our lighting bill. In terms of small goods, our needs include basic necessities like socks and underwear for adults; larger items, we need dressers/bureaus and small kitchen table sets. [Continue Reading]