Kurt and I share a strong sense of community. In that light, we "walk our talk" by participating in many community-oriented volunteer programs in our area.
Over five years' ago, we co-founded The Alliance for Holistic Living with other like-minded practitioners and individuals. The purpose of the AFHL is "building community through service and education". The members of the Alliance have offered free educational programs on a monthly basis for the last five years (60+programs) covering alternative healing techniques, organic gardening and many other beneficial programs to the public. These programs have been held at Ravenwood and other nearby holistic centers so that people could experience their local centers. Additionally, Ravenwood has hosted quarterly community potluck events where the community at large was invited to come and share a potluck meal and make new friends while learning about holistic living. These programs have been very well received.
Additionally, Kurt's love of gardening and teaching others the value of growing their own food led him to co-create Manchester Area Sustainable Cooperative with a handful of other community-minded individuals. MASC worked on a neighborhood project in the Nathan Hale School area teaching children how to plant seeds and learn to care for gardens. The children were delighted to participate in this project. MASC continues to work to educate people about the joys and health benefits of at-home gardening. They also work hand-in-hand with the Manchester Community College at the community garden throughout the growing season helping the residents of Manchester grow their own food and take pride in what they do to be sustainable.
For six consecutive years, we have both participated in Rebuilding Manchester volunteering our services to help elderly and disabled residents with repairing their homes, planting gardens and cleaning their yards each spring. This is a heart-warming time shared with the others members of the Alliance each year.
Last, but not least, Kurt participates on the all-volunteer board of Windham Hour Exchange. This program helps the community by setting up a barter system among interested people to volunteer their time and effort (hour exhange) with various services at no monetary cost to the participants.
If anyone is interested in joining any of these programs, just google for more information. It will be a grassroots effort that helps us all live a better more sustainable life together.