Donation Letter 2 (less witchy)


I'm following up on our phone conversation yesterday regarding food donations for the ACT gathering in July.

First, I want to express how pleased I was to hear your willingness to look at our needs and consider helping us out. My family and I live in Milwaukie and frequent the Bob's store for virtually all our grains and flours. Given that I know and trust the products, and prefer to do business with a friendly local vendor who's committed to wholesome foods, Bob's would definitely be my first choice for sourcing the dry goods we need for camp.

Second, the cook volunteers are still making a few last-minute menu adjustments, so I don't yet have the full list of goods and quantities. For now, I'll fill you in about the organization and the event. As soon as I have the complete list, I'll get that off to you.

The event is a weeklong gathering that's a combination spiritual retreat and workshop intensive. We are essentially a Reclaiming camp, but blanketed by the affiliated 501c(3) non-profit, Alliance of Community Trainers (ACT). ACT's tax ID number is, 20-1402741.

In brief, Reclaiming is an amalgam of spiritual traditions centered on the belief that the earth and all life is sacred. Our practice arises from a deep, spiritual commitment to the earth, to healing and to the linking of worship with justice-seeking political action. We foster the questioning attitude, and honor intellectual, spiritual and creative freedom. Our tradition honors the wild, and calls for service to the earth and the community. We value peace and practice non-violence. We work for all forms of justice: environmental, social, political, racial, gender and economic. We work to create and sustain communities and cultures that embody our values, that can help to heal the wounds of the earth and her peoples, and that can sustain us and nurture future generations.

The event that's specific to this donation request is a seven day camp, this year being held near Grants Pass. The gathering will further the spiritual through music, song, worship and teachings from various world wisdom traditions. And from that grounding in the sacred, we'll proceed with hands-on workshops in the practical work of furthering, nourishing and protecting what we hold so dear. Workshops and trainings will incorporate non-violent communication skills, innovative sustainable approaches to gardening and basic needs, community building strategies, strategies for civic engagement and democratic participation, and much more. As I mentioned yesterday, my own personal involvement includes training folks in the nuts-and-bolts of how to set up an improvised kitchen - for example, several of our participants went to New Orleans following hurricane Katrina and provided support to relief workers in the form of food, water and basic essential needs - we'll be training folks how to improvise and manage that kind of support center. My teaching partner will be complimenting the support center workshop with first aid training as well as sharing her expertise in assisting people with the emotional side of traumatic situations.

Finally, All the organizers for this camp are unpaid volunteers and we're meeting our food needs on a shoestring budget. Without the gracious help of community partners like Bob's, we wouldn't be able to do this work. Thank you for your consideration and time.


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