Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Non-profits and the price of gas

$60+ to fill my gas tank? I'll whine and moan but I can afford this, grudgingly.
But what about folks on fixed incomes? What about schools and non-profits who are already dealing with state and federal budget cuts - how do they continue to deliver meals, transport people, and provide services? The Scranton Times had an article about this yesterday, and it echoes my own concerns.

On my path toward publication, I've been supported by a number of non-profits. The archivist at the March of Dimes helped me with research about polio. The Dietrich Theater houses my critique group. Members of my church family at the Factoryville UMC have been my beta-readers and I've spoken to the UMW group about my novel and the journey I'm on. I've used the public library sources and inter-library loan services extensively, even getting exercise handbooks from the 1940's from university libraries across the state. These services all require fuel. Costs are up and a stressed economy has pulled incomes and donations down.

I have no answer for the big picture, and I can only do what I can do. So here's what I plan - when my book is eventually published, I want to market it through non-profits and give them a portion of the proceeds. That way I'm supporting those who've supported me, and I'm giving to those who provide services that are near and dear to my heart, services of faith, the arts, for people with disabilities, and for children.


  1. Your generosity is noble and incredible indeed, Jeanne. And I think that it's something that a lot of folks seem to forget anymore. It's rare. And it's striking when encountered.

    Just the other day, I was sitting here speaking with one of the older men who work in the shop. He's been working here forever and he even goes as far as to come in early and work for two unpaid hours every day simply to keep the place clean.

    Anyway, I was speaking to him about my move and the challenges I was facing financially, but I was making it. (The cost of fuel to drive from Scranton to Tunkhannock and back every day has been burdening. Thankfully I've been transferred to our Dunmore location.)

    Now, I never asked for a dime and it was simply good to get some of it off my chest. But he stood up and handed me a $100 bill. I told him I couldn't possibly take it and he insisted and simply asked that I pay him back in due time.

    The generosity of some people anymore astounds me. In a time when it seems that the only way to live and get by is to worry about yourself and the needs of your family, to find someone willing to help others out of the kindness of their own hearts is refreshing.

    I digress. Best of luck with your book, Jeanne, and I hope that there are benefits for everyone all around upon the release of it.


  2. Ah, but you are a generous soul yourself Dale, if I remember correctly. Your photos benefited the Dietrich's flood relief. What goes around comes around. You helped the theater; that kind gentleman helped you.
    Thanks for your good thoughts and kind words.