Today I am feeling just so grateful for the collective power of community, for a few specific reasons:
- The Dale started a GoFundMe just before Christmas, to help a community member pay for an essential surgery for his dear dog. Thanks to our amazing network of supporters, the full $2000 has been raised, and we’re now just waiting for the surgery to be booked!
- Another community member has been bed bound for a long time, and has found that having access to shows and movies really helps to pass the time. He doesn’t currently have access to a television, so planned to purchase an iPad/tablet. It proved tricky to find someone to fit his needs and his budget, so we again reached out to the broader community for help. Less than 24 hours later a solution has been found!
- This year, The Dale is celebrating our 10 year anniversary!..?! I can hardly believe it. I joined staff just after Erinn made with difficult choice to let go of the space that The Dale (then called Parkdale Neighbourhood Church) was renting, and become a nomadic community, relying on the hospitality of other organizations in order to run all of our programming. You can read more about this journey here. For a decade, now, we’ve been doing this thing called The Dale, and I am so grateful to the huge network of people who have made this possible.
So… yay for community!