2/13/13 Minutes

Symposium is next week!

Tuesday: 2/19

  • Appalachian Awareness College Coffee (Scott Plaza, 9:40-10:20 a.m.)
  • The True Cost of Coal with Bill Price, Sierra Club (Yeager, 7:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Appalachian Music and Slideshow (Irazu, 9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Wednesday: 2/20

  • Mountain Activism with Lorelei Scarboro, Environmental Activist (Yeager, 7:30-8:30 p.m.)

Thursday: 2/21

  • Reflections on Appalachian Life with Derek Mullins, Appalshop (Yeager, 7:30-8:30 p.m.)

Saturday: 2/23

  • Screening of The Last Mountain, Mountain Top Removal Documentary sponsored by Appalachian Voices (McEwen 001, 3:30-6:30 p.m.)


Katie’s Presentation on Toxic Charity

Chapter 1: The Problem

  • Most service done in the U.S. disempowers those that are being served
  • The service we do is not about us. Our main goal is to empower the people we serve

Oath of Compassionate Service

  • Make sure we don’t harm the people that we’re serving

1. Never do for the people in need what they have (or could have) the capacity to do for themselves

  • Be an effective helper, encourager, coach, partner, but never a caretaker
  • Should we keep building bookshelves ourselves? Maybe we can match number of local residents to students working on building them?

2. Limit one-way spending to emergency situations

  • How does this apply to the grants that we are giving?
  • How does this apply to the fundraising we are doing?
  • One-way giving undermines the relationship a helper is attempting to build
  • Class ideas: holding a grant-writing workshop with the community, try to involve community in as much fundraising as we can, target high school classes, and target larger communities outside of community
  • Enactus (social entrepreneurship) is a good example: bring ideas to class to discuss next next Wednesday!

3. Strive to empower those in need through employment, lending, and investing, using grants sparingly to reinforce achievements

  • How can we help through lending, unemployment and investing?
  • Are our grants harmful?
  • “Grants are best used for research and development and gap funding to achieve sustainability”
  • Class idea: mentoring/ college-access program

4. Subordinate self-interests to the needs of those being served

  • How can we prevent this?
  • Has our self-interests been an issue at all?

5. Listen closely to those you seek to help, especially to what is not being said– unspoken feelings may contain essential clues to effective service

  • We must be able to hear what is not being sad
  • How can we do this effectively?
  • Have we been doing this?
  • Class notes: try talking to people  besides Lorelei to get a broader sense of the community

What are our next steps?

  • Reaching into the community more to hear the opinions of the members and enlisting their help
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