The panelists represented a broad spectrum of charity types – from Karena Morrison and her Benevolution Foundation; to Pam and Joel Anderson and the Clearwater Community Volunteers; to Neil Brickfield and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Police Athletic League. The panel was moderated by a thirty-year veteran in the field of education Dr. Veronica Walters.
Questions from the audience included; ‘How do I get my group more well-known?’ ‘How do I fundraise?’ and ‘How do you stay motivated?’ This provoked a very lively discussion with some inspirational answers.
“I spend about 350 hours putting up and taking down Winter Wonderland every year,” said Joel Anderson, who is the Deputy Chairman for the Clearwater Community Volunteers. “Some days are hard – I am taking down the stage by myself because volunteers don’t show or something. Then I remember why I do this. I do all of this so I can see that first kid at Winter Wonderland who sits on Santa’s lap – who would not have any Christmas other than what we have put there. It gets me every time.”
Guests were encouraged to go out and talk to people, face to face, in order to grow their network of potential donors and volunteers.
“I use facebook,” said Karena Morrison, “but the most valuable interaction that I have is face to face, talking to people.”
Following the presentation, guests networked and got to know each other better.
Dylan Pires, Community Affairs Director of the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization said, “In putting this coalition together, we wanted to provide a platform for networking and collaboration for the greater Tampa Bay area non-profit community. Together we can create a safer community and society at large as Humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard once wrote, ‘A community that pulls together can make a better society for all.’”
The next Charity Coalition function will be the on the 15th of May in the Fort Harrison Crystal Ballroom. To attend or for more information about the Charity Coalition please contact Dylan Pires at (727) 467-6860 or dylanpires ( @ ) churchofscientology dot net dot
About the Church of Scientology:
The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 nations. Based on L. Ron Hubbard's words, “A community that pulls together can make a better society for all,” the Church of Scientology regularly engages in many humanitarian programs and community events. To learn more, visit www.scientology-fso.org.
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