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Hurricane Harvey Relief... from our neighbors in the Diocese of Maryland

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A MESSAGE FROM THE DIOCESAN DISASTER COORDINATOR
 
 

Hurricane Harvey Relief
What Can I Do?

At this time all agencies are asking people not to head to Texas or Louisiana if you are not already part of a group such as the Red Cross or other relief agencies on the ground. Right now in Maryland the BEST thing we can do is donate money to the relief agency of your choice. Episcopal Relief & Development, Red Cross, Salvation Army, whoever you are comfortable with. The recovery from Harvey will take years to complete and there will be many opportunities for people from our area to go and help -- well after the cameras, feeding trucks and others have gone home. The only request we are making at this time is to donate money. That is distributed locally to those who are in the impacted areas and is used by the relief agencies to cover the immediate costs of housing, feeding and helping those in need. You could plan a fundraiser at home and send the proceeds. You could even sign up with a relief agency for future events. But for now, please donate and know that you are doing the best for those in need.

Please follow Disaster Emergency Response Team Maryland on Facebook for news, information and future calls for help.

Here are 6 ways to support the work of Episcopal Relief & Development and to support post disaster response. 
  1. Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund to support impacted dioceses as they meet the needs of their most vulnerable neighbors after this event.
  2. Please don't send food, clothing or other items! Donations such as these can actually become more of a burden on the local diocesan leaders than a benefit. The most efficient option is supporting the local economy to respond.
  3. Sign-up on the Ready to Serve page to register as a possible volunteer in the future. These are the lists Episcopal Relief & Development staff share with dioceses when they are ready to recruit external volunteers.
  4. Read Rob's Blog on best response practices.
  5. Pray! for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and get the latest program updates on Facebook and Twitter and episcopalrelief.org
  6. Share the bulletin insert
We all want to DO something and the best we can do right now is donate money. You may contact me at stillman@claggettcenter.org or 410-467-1399 Ext. 6383

Blessings and thank you!
Sharon Tillman
Diocesan Disaster Relief Coordinator
Diocese of Maryland
 


 

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Should we have a $15 minimum wage?

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Join the discussion Monday, Sept. 11, 7:00 p.m. 
 
That's the question to be debated at St. Dunstan's community forum Monday, September 11, 7 p.m.  This issue has come again before our Montgomery County Council.  Our parish's Justice League studied the issue of increasing income a be a living wage - a full time worker should be able to support him/her self.  In a high cost area such as ours, $15/hour is an appropriate rate of pay. 
 
In my opinion, lessening income inequality is a moral imperative, because Jesus taught us that poverty is a stain on human society.  (He also said that wealth is fraught with dangers.)  Income inequality lessened in the U.S. from WWII until 1970.  From the 70's until now it has increased dramatically.  We have seen median income fall in the U.S. since the peak in 1999.  U.S. tax policy is advantageous to the wealthy.  The middle and working classes are at increased risk and fear of economic collapse. 
 
A $15 minimum wage means that a full time worker earns $31,200 per year.  Most of us would not consider working full time for that, and would find it extremely difficult to get by on that income.  Loving our neighbors means striving for a just distribution of the world's wealth.  That's what I think. 
 
What do you think? Come, and bring interested friends and neighbors to our forum on the $15 minimum wage for Montgomery County.  JBM 


 

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