Interfaith Council shelter pantry

My job: Unloading the food truck which comes from Durham.

We usually get 7-8 pallets of canned food (corn, beans, potatoes, soup, etc.) and a lot of frozen chickens!

What I’ve learned from this job:

  • The IFC serves 3,300 local households and provides approximately 1600 bags of groceries per month to families in need.
  • They do so with very little governmental assistance – – roughly 1/10 of the IFC’s operating budget.
  • The organization is staffed by an incredible team of people dedicated to serving the needs of our town’s most disadvantaged citizens.

Austria

Have been to Austria and Vienna several times, once with my father while on a GATE 1 tour of Poland, Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary in 1997, and with my MBA classmates. We visited the Hofburg Palace, Schonbrunn Palace, and St. Stephens Cathedral. Also, went to...

Nicaragua

Jim's Perspectives: I traveled to Nicaragua in 1986, during the Contra War. This was another proxy war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. On one side of the conflict were Nicaragua’s Sandinista government, Soviet puppets or sympathizers.  On the other were the...

Swaziland

Making dinner in Swaziland ... or Eswatini! (2018) Jim's Perspectives: After spending the night in the Marriott Fire & Ice, which is adjacent to a lovely outdoor mall and shopping area, far from the chaos and danger of downtown Johannesburg, I journeyed four hours...