|The Whiting Cafe gets a makeover,|
thanks to 100 community volunteers.
Photo from Kansas Sampler Foundation.
Community volunteers can make a big difference for small town businesses.
The first one I heard of was the Whiting Cafe Makeover orchestrated by the Kansas Sampler Foundation. One hundred volunteers descended on a tiny 25 year-old cafe for several days of much needed clean up and improvement. Read more about this in the Flyover People’s report, More From Whiting Cafe Makeover.
And I just read about Fitch’s Neighbors, at the Center for Rural Affairs. A group of 40 local volunteers helped update the grocery store inside and out. And they aren’t finished. They plan to make this an ongoing project and are working on the inventory system next.
If you could round up 50 volunteers, what local business would you help out? How could you help them? What if you helped a different local business each year? And what is stopping you?
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