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A personal message and a challenge from the publishers...
The Continuity e-GUIDE is devoted to disaster preparedness,
response and recovery on a corporate or community level.
Our readers are expected to see vulnerabilities
and needs, and then to act. To
do something about those vulnerabilities. To help. To be
"make it happen" people--energetic individuals
who take difficult situations and make them better. And a
significant factor in our success is our ability to persuade
others in our organizations to see those same vulnerabilities
and to act now. To wait could multiply
the long term costs dramatically!
The easiest thing in the world is to see, but not act. There
are always reasons to not act.
There isn't enough time.
Not enough money.
Indecision: we're not certain which solution is best.
We don't have enough experience; someone else can do a better
Or the problem is so big, and we can't solve it completely.
When we leave work, through CNN or Fox we see around the
world in a heartbeat. Perhaps we are able to see so much,
we're on overload, maxed out. We might see a heartbreaking
story of suffering half-way around the world, or across town.
The magnitude of what we see, the challenges in our world,
are so great and we are so small. And before what we see
sinks in, before we can stop and act... we're on to the next
story, the next breaking news. Has the speed of seeing reached
a level where it's difficult to stop, to feel, to
Many of us in the BCP and EM world have been blessed with a good life--with much
more than we really need. None of us can handle all the problems we see. But
all of us can make a difference in some of those problems. What would happen
if our 20,000 readers made room for one more during the coming
365 days? Our conviction is expressed best by the verse, "To whom much has
been given, much is required." The requirement is to see and
In this holiday season there is always talk about compassion. But compassion
isn't just feeling someone's pain. Webster's definition of compassion has two
parts: "Sympathetic consciousness of others' distress [see] together
with a desire to alleviate it [act!]." (The emphasis and inserts are
The story of one Los Angeles man who stopped to see and then chose to act says
it very well. Eric Haymes inspires us to believe that we, too, can make a difference!
The successful professional saw his cable installer's disfigured face, but didn't
walk away from what he saw. Their unlikely friendship bridges a diverse city's
separate worlds. Eric made room for one more. Their story isn't
finished, because making room for one more means committing for the long haul.
And while Eric thought he would just be helping one man in need, his story, by
inspiring LA Times readers and KTLA viewers to act, may help thousands!
Do you have room for one more?
An elderly person who is "shut-in"
A prisoner facing prospects that most of us cannot even
Someone out of work
A handicapped individual
A family with a terminally ill child
A child in need of adoption or foster care
Next year at this time we will publish the stories of our
readers who have taken on this challenge. We are personally
asking where we can make room for one more. Just think
of the way the world would change if there were a groundswell
of people who opened up their lives to make room for one
more-not a one-time gift or a short-term project, but a
heart that says: "I'll be there for you. I'll be
your advocate. I see your needs, and I want to act, to
help you move through the hurdles of life." Victor
Hugo, author of the classic book Les Miserables, which was
also made into the Broadway musical, said days before he
died in 1885, "To love is to act."
Is there someone out there who needs you?
If you make room for one more, will you let us know? We'd like to publish your
story in next year's special issue.
Thanks for reading our Continuity e-GUIDE! We look forward to joining you again
on Wednesday, January 5.
Tommy and Kathy Rainey
Disaster Resource GUIDE
Santa Ana, CA
The complete story of Eric Haymes and his cable installer, Nelson
Castillo, can be read at the following link:
There are many outstanding outreach programs. We spotlight
a few of these organizations. Perhaps learning about them
will lead you to participate in some way.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit
international housing organization. Since 1976, Habitat
has built more than 150,000 houses in more than 89 countries,
including some 50,000 houses across the United States.
Thomas Foundation for Adoption
The Dave Thomas Foundation for
Adoption is a non-profit public charity dedicated to increasing
the adoptions of the more than 150,000 children in North
America’s foster care system. Dave Thomas, founder
of Wendy’s International, created the Foundation in
1992 in support of the vision that every child deserves
a permanent home and a loving family. The Dave Thomas Foundation
for Adoption focuses on increasing adoption awareness while
supporting model adoption service programs.
ApproTEC’s mission is to
promote sustainable economic growth and create employments
in Kenya and other countries by developing and promoting
technologies that can be used to establish and run profitable,
small scale enterprises. ApproTEC believes that self-motivated
private entrepreneurs managing small-scale enterprises are
the most effective agents for developing emergent economies.
Founded in 1950, World Vision is a relief and development organization, serving
the world's poorest children and families in nearly 100 countries.
Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The Federation's mission is to
improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the
power of humanity. Vulnerable people are those who are at
greatest risk from situations that threaten their survival,
or their capacity to live with an acceptable level of social
and economic security and human dignity. Often, these are
victims of natural disasters, poverty brought about by socio-economic
crises, refugees, and victims of health emergencies.
Brothers Big Sisters
www.bbbsi.org and www.bbbsa.org
All over the world there are
vulnerable children who may not be able to reach their full
potential in growing up - refugees throughout Europe, street
children in South America, young victims of HIV/AIDS in
Africa, social orphans in Russia, children growing up in
poverty around the world - children and youth who lack opportunities
to go beyond their daily struggle for survival to experience
positive youth development. A volunteer Big Brother or Big
Sister helps a young person have a better sense of self
and a positive view of the future. A mentoring relationship
empowers both young people and adults to be active in their
community - creating possibilities for both the Littles
and the Bigs.
For more than a decade, MENTOR/National
Mentoring Partnership has been leading the effort to connect
America's young people with caring adult mentors. Today,
approximately 35.2 million children, ages 10 to 18, live
in the United States. Of that number, about half - or 17.6
million - could benefit greatly from a high-quality formal
mentoring relationship with a caring adult. Many face especially
difficult circumstances: 1 out of 4 lives with only one
parent; 1 out of 10 is born to teen parents; 1 out of 5
lives in poverty; and 1 out of 10 will not finish high school.
Currently, it is believed that, of the 17.6
million young people who need mentors, approximately 2.5
million are in formal, high-quality mentoring relationships.
That means more than 15 million young people still need
mentors. That unmet need constitutes what we call the "mentoring
gap." MENTOR works to close this gap.
– The Angel Tree® Program is a special outreach
to the children of prisoners at Christmas. In addition to
the Christmas project, Angel Tree is in the process of providing
camps, retreats, and a variety of year-round events and
support services designed to keep the children of prisoners
from becoming involved in a life of crime
Share Our Strength, one of the
nation's leading anti-hunger, anti-poverty organizations,
began in the basement of a row house on Capitol Hill in
1984. In the beginning, they organized a handful of chefs
to cook for fundraisers. Today they mobilize thousands of
individuals in the culinary industry to organize events,
host dinners, teach cooking and nutrition classes to low-income
families and serve as anti-hunger advocates.
They have a simple but powerful philosophy:
It takes more than food to fight hunger. Share Our Strength
believes it takes both short- and long-term solutions, such
as food assistance, job training, economic development programs
and advocacy, to have a lasting impact. They also believe
it takes each one of us, sharing our strength, to make a
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