Yesterday (November 1st…I’m a little behind) Paul, Rachael and I attended the volunteer orientation for the Heifer International Project. It was held in Berkeley, CA at the YWCA.
Heifer is a wonderful charity organization committed to ending world hunger using the concept of teaching a community to fish rather than giving fish to the community.
Steve West was one of the presenters at the orientation. He is the son of Dan West, the founder of the Heifer organization. He lives in the Bay Area, and is a linguist at UC Berkeley. As you would expect, he is well-spoken, and he is a very inspirational figure. I enjoyed meeting him, and listening to his experiences growing up in the family of an important figure in major world charity organization. I am honored by having the opportunity to chat with him, learning his thoughts about the state of the world. So interesting.
The organization, of course, wants people to spread the word. I am a little concerned about advertising an organization that esentially needs donations. Especially at a time when prices are high, and folks are pinching pennies. However, I really believe in Heifer, and I feel I need to overcome my worries, and share my experiences I’ve had with this group.