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Social Change Through Action In Pottstown PA

S H A R E! by tjs March 4, 2012

Each of us “Town Square Bloggers” as part of the Mercury online community are encouraging the greater Pottstown area to drop off non-perishable items for a current food drive. Click the link below for a map that identifies centers where donations are gratefully being accepted until the Easter holiday.

http://www.zeemaps.com/pub?group=325195&legend=1&list=1&shuttered=1&nopdf=1&track=UA-10031827-4
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Times are tough, during what seems like a never ending recession, but as far as I am concerned, if you are able bodied and of sound mind you can devote some of yourself to making Pottstown a better place. Plenty of people are unemployed and discouraged, but volunteering in a town where many complain would be a very positive step forward! A personal hero of mine, Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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A great “take initiative” program through Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, is called Self-Help And Resource Exchange or (SHARE)  which fosters community and rewards volunteers with reduced grocery costs.  People who contribute time to their community, neighborhoods and schools can exchange their services for discount food prices. According to the SHARE website,  “Typically, every 2 hours of service will earn 50% off retail prices” Through this food co-op buying service participants can buy $40-$50 dollars worth of fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meats and staples for just $20.  There are various types of packages.  Some are all meat, some all produce and some are a mix.  In the summer there are also locally produced foods sponsored by the Food Trust. There is also an extensive list of foods that can be bought in bulk at wholesale prices.”

 This program is open to everyone who is willing to work towards a better Montgomery County by offering to do something pro-active with their free time.  There are no income requirements or other restrictions.  Some of the “good deeds” that qualify volunteers for the SHARE exchange are helping an elderly neighbor, cleaning up litter in your neighborhood (WHICH POTTSTOWN DESPERATELY NEEDS), serving food at soup kitchens, helping dispense items at food cupboards, and other approved acts of kindness. 

The SHARE website explains, “This program provides a monthly food package for $15 to $20 (valued at $40-50).  The customer will also have completed two hours of good deeds in the proceeding month.  Food package types include: produce, meat specials,holiday specials and seasonal farm fresh fruits and vegetables”.

 THE SHARE PROGRAM ACCEPTS PAYMENTS OF  EBT, MONEY ORDER OR CASH ONLY.  ORDERS MUST BE PLACED  TWO WEEKS BEFORE DESIGNATED PICK-UP DATE. THERE IS NO REFRIGERATION AT SHARE LOCATION SO IF PICK UP TIME FAILS THE PACKAGE  WILL BE DONATED TO A NEEDY FAMILY.

For further information on how to volunteer for reduced food rates call SHARE at: Food Resource Center
610-277-6363 x123

A full program brochure can be downloaded and printed directly from the SHARE website:

http://www.cadcom.org/Programs-Services/Program-Service-Category/Service-Detail/43/catid–20/search–share/serviceid–65/

 Please consider joining the SHARE movement and do so thinking of the words of  Eleanor Roosevelt:

 ” When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”

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