For my birthday (28 days away), I'm trying to raise $$ for the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. I know you know what we do, but in a nutshell: our mission is to provide a compassionate and collaborative response to the needs of people infected, affected, and at risk of HIV/AIDS. Here’s the link to donate through Causes on FB: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/birthdays/232430?m=792cee11&ref=mf.
I receive a number of these requests, and I know you all do too . . . you know how grateful I am for the support so many of you have provided in the past, and for your friendship and dedication to change for a better world. And we all know that it's been a tough year -- a year unlike any other year in my memory, and I'm sure yours as well, in that the challenges and dislocations have affected everybody.
And through all that, I remain enormously grateful to work for an agency that works side-by-side the people we serve, that helps those who are poor, vulnerable, and sometimes sick -- helps people not just get food and housing and access to medical care, but kindles dreams as well, that helps people think about what they can achieve, what they can accomplish after a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS. And I remain exceedingly optimistic that we can, as a community, embrace and support not merely people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, but everybody who cries out for health, inclusion, equality, justice, and a chance to give back.
I’m really, really privileged to do this work. And it may sound odd, but we are really fortunate to live in a small when even small acts of kindness – donating, volunteering – can have enormous impacts.
So . . . we at the AIDS Taskforce are approaching the end of 2009, and working hard to reach our year-end fundraising goals. We still have a ways to go, and I hope you can help. My 54th birthday? Doesn’t matter so much (I just want slippers and a good book). Chance to change the world, even if a little? Matters a whole lot more. (Here, again, is the link to donate: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/birthdays/232430?m=792cee11&ref=mf).
Thank you – not only for what you do, but who you are. Peace, joy, and life . . .