April: A Homestead Style Celebration for Non-Profits and Small Businesses

Thank you to everyone who nominated a library in March, our winner will be announced Monday, April 4th

We're into the third month of my 70th birthday celebration and the 25th birthday of Homestead. Each month we're celebrating a different category of homesteading spirit, people who keep dreams and stories alive. This month its non-profits and small businesses.

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist

In Bend, Oregon, we are celebrating 30 years of a community kitchen providing daily meals for families individuals, children. Trinity Episcopal Church began the non-profit that still has a 91 year old volunteer who was there at the beginning. People saw a need and together they found a way to meet it. A woman visiting East Africa sat next to a man for an eight hour bus ride attempting to talk while struggling with a language barrier. They spoke enough. He expressed a need of his Batwa people and Kelly Bean returned to Portland, Oregon and began AfricanRoad.com a non-profit today serving people in Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya with projects to enhance people's independence, identity, dignity and sustainability. I love that outcome drawn from someone having an idea that touches the lives of others in a positive way. Homesteaders hope for that...living well with their neighbors and doing good work while building up a life.

In a town near us, a woman dreamed of owning a bookstore. (Writers often imagine running a bookstore...all those books to read!) The owner of a bookstore in the same town had health issues that drained his world and he looked for a buyer. Herringbone Books was born! A dreamer met someone dreaming of a change and the big winner? The community that gets to keep its bookstore access.

This month, we're honoring non-profits and the entrepreneurial spirit that comes with seeing a need and acting to fix it...or having a small business dream and deciding to follow it. Who in your world is a super volunteer at a non-profit or who started one? Who saw a need and moved to meet it? Or what about that neighbor who started her home business, could she use a little acknowledgment? I'd love to hear about them. Just use the form to nominate. YOU will receive a copy of Homestead and so will your nominee if their name is drawn for April.  Both of your names go into the grand prize drawing for lunch on AUGUST 6, 2016 for three of your friends to have lunch with Jerry and me at the homestead.

To nominate someone, or yourself, fill out the google form.

In the words of John Lennon: “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” Help me celebrate the reality of a dream achieved.

If you are visiting us for the first time and are not familiar with our 6 month long giveaway, you can read all about it starting here: February's Homestead Celebration