|Sent on:||Sunday, January 6, 2013 10:33 AM|
In the past, I have had members tell me that the reason that they did not attend an event was due to the true lack of funds. I totally understand that. There are some of our members that are not working and are just worried about being able to keep a roof over their heads and a meal on the table. We all know someone like that! It breaks my heart when I hear of a member that did not attend an event because they simply could not afford the event fee. Just having gas to get there is a feat for some.
It is difficult enough to go through hard times without money and security AND friends! Some of the members are coming from difficult divorces, widowhood and loss of carreer and income and unable to get out due to the lack of finances. I never want that to happen! We all want to be there for those that are in need. We could be the catalyst that helps turn things around!
With all that said, here is my thoughts and my plan:
If YOU truly can't afford to attend one of our workshops, please contact me directly at [address removed] and I will waive the workshop fee. No one will know! I won't be sharing who can and can't afford to attend the events.
The only catch is when I have to PAY out of pocket for an event, such as Cupcake Wars, I need money to cover costs. TI can't afford to pay out of my own pocket to make events happen. (I too am underemployed!)
There are always some need for people to help work the door but usually only a couple of people. So when I don't have to lay out a fee for each person attending, I am happy to make the event free to a member who is in need. Those events are gatherings like what Greg Carabello does, the workshops I don't have to lay our my own money, as well as other events. I will post that on each event so that you will know which events are open without any fees.
So if YOU or you know of one of our members does not attend our events due to lack of funds, please write to me directly and I will make sure that you are included and have a place at that event without other members knowing. I believe in giving a "hand up" instead of a "hand out" and in helping our members, I hope that one day, that member will do the same for someone else in need.
The mission of Friends First is truly about helping ourselves and others create a better life through friendships and if you can't even access friends because of money, then we are not fulfilling our mission. I can't live with that! So please, if you know of someone staying home and not participating because of money, send them to me and I will make sure that they feel welcome and included.
I wish each of you the very best for this NEW YEAR!