After being a customer at a local restaurant named Sardina’s for some time, I was made aware of a very special program that the owners extend to members of our community. Sardina’s Community Café is a volunteer effort to provide meals and respite services to people in our community who are in need. Through their partnership with Reno Gospel Mission, the Café puts on a lunch one Sunday each month to cook, serve and dine with homeless, needy and recovering substance abusers from our area.
Social media (Twitter and Facebook) have made it possible for me to meet other members of my community that I would not have otherwise known, but am now fortunate to call my friends. We’ve had meetings and interactions over time, that have helped me get to know a handful in particular that I knew I could count on to be there when I asked if they would be interested in coming together for this very worthy cause that Sardina’s so generously supports.
I am very thankful for the to the following individuals for giving of their time, support and love along with me at Sardina’s Community Café on a special Sunday in January 2011:
Brad Brighton works diligently to help promote local businesses and bring awareness to how we can all help each other especially given today’s economic situation. He is a liason between local business, gaming and tourism via PlayerSpot http://www.playerspot.com and also by utilizing “social gifting” via an application called “It’s on Me”
Christine Adams is a single mother who recently earned her MBA and runs her own marketing/advertising firm, Dream a Little Dream, http://www.linkedin.com/in/christineaadams Even with those responsibilities, she finds ways to serve. Just as one example, she and her son often take blankets and food to the homeless.
Eric Johnson has his own computer repair/service business which he named Credo Computers in line with his vision of helping others along the way offering fair, affordable service and “Paying I.T. Forward™” using support from his regular business and residential customers to help those in need, including Seniors/Disabled/Veterans/Non-Profits. http://www.credocomputers.com
Clint Jolly is well known for his culinary expertise. It would seem that this would be why I asked if he would join us for the food preparation task, but it was his caring and warmth that made him come to mind. Clint is busy running his catering company, Great Thyme, http://greatthyme.com/ and also received recognition as Mentor of the Year from the Nevada Restaurant Association for working with the high school culinary programs, yet still found the time to be part of our team.
Thank You All and Thank You Sardina’s!