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Foundation Fridays: Let the River Run..........

on Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:41

Lots of our work at the Untours Foundation is about clean water.  And what about those of us in the Global North, who have plenty of water? (I do realize that more and more of us in the North don't in fact have enough!) What can we do to help the problem in addition to using less water and giving money toward clean water projects? Harvest our rain water.

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Foundation Fridays: A Fan Club Member Speaks Up

on Fri, 02/10/2012 - 09:50

When I joined Hal at the Untours Foundation a number of years ago, I read my way through the filing cabinets as part of my personal orientation program. One of the surprises was the following letter from a friend and fan of Hal's.

"Dear Hal,

I am writing to let you know that you now rank in my 'Top Ten Most Influential People of My Life' list. Along with the notoriety of this dubious distinction comes a substantial cash grant (enclosed), which can be used for anything you see fit. This recognition is non-transferable. So you're stuck with it.

Others on the list are: 1.) My mother, 2.) father, 3.) wife, 4.) stepdaughter, 5) daughter, 6.) Cheri Honkala of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, 7.) Harvey Finkle 8.) Malcolm X, and 9.) Daniel Ellsberg (Richard M. Nixon was bumped to make room for you)."

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Foundation Fridays: A Success Story in Progress

on Fri, 02/03/2012 - 10:33

The beginning: in June of 1989, Brenda Raymond and Kevin Davis (boyfriend and girlfriend) sat with attorney Paul Swerdlow (a Rabbi) and brainstormed the inception of Iron Man, Incorporated (IMI).  When we received our corporate books, we had one welding machine on a trailer sitting on the sidewalk chained to a stop sign. 

Our dream of being a Fortune 100 Company with twelve employees was materializing. I mean, after all, we moved from the sidewalk to a storage unit, then to two side-by-side storage units: one to fabricate in and the other to paint in. 

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Foundation Fridays: Ashley's Homecoming

on Fri, 01/27/2012 - 10:41

Today, we have our first guest blogger: Ashley Fessler, a dynamite young woman, who worked with us at the foundation in 2010.  Ashley spent the year with us leading much of our local work surrounding America’s First Fair Trade Town, Media, PA. We shared the ups and downs of her year as she waited – sometimes patiently! – for her placement with the Peace Corps.  We had our sad goodbyes as she headed off for 27 months in Honduras, but alas, she just returned 15 months early. The Peace Corps closed her program, due to increased violence including the shooting of one of her colleagues.  Ashley is regrouping on all levels and job searching.  We are here to give her a 5 star recommendation, if you have a social justice job you need filled! Enjoy her post!

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Foundation Fridays: If The Shoe Fits...

on Fri, 01/20/2012 - 09:30

From time to time, I receive a friendly email from someone letting me know there is an error in an online interview of Hal. The actual interview reads: A former college professor once told him, “It’s not how much you give away [that matters in life], it’s how much you keep.”

Those emailing me suggest that the quotation should read: “It’s not how much you keep, it’s how much you give away.”

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