One of my favorite projects is directing the Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, based here in Santa Fe, under the leadership of Roshi Joan Halifax.
Penny Alsop, of Tallahassee, Florida, is one of our Second Cohort students. She has submitted a great proposal called “Bridge the Gap” to the Pepsi-Cola “Refresh Everything” campaign.
Here’s how it works: Each month, Pepsi gives away more than $1 million in grants to fund great ideas. Here’s an overview of Penny’s idea:
The “Bridge the Gap” project will fulfill one of the most critical needs of ex-offenders upon release and during their transition time from the ‘inside’ to the outside world – employment. Using the proven viability of small scale gardening, Florida’s long growing season, and the general public’s growing desire for fresh, local produce, it will create and operate a small urban farm and market, employing up to ten ex-offenders in its first year of operation. The training center will teach skills and provide ample opportunity to practice and cultivate gardening, cooking, retail, service and small business management skills.
You can help make Penny’s vision a reality by voting for her project here. The projects with the most votes will receive funding from Pepsi. Voting ends on February 28. And while you’re there, check out some of the other great ideas.
I’m happy to share an opportunity to make something good happen. How often do we get to do that?!