This is a very important day in the life of United Way of Addison County – on the local granular level as well as the 30,000 foot level. It is the kick off for the year – a year of volunteerism as well as the annual campaign which funds a year of important work in the community. As over 800 people go out in the community in lively and visible blue shirts marked as volunteers, we hope each volunteer is reminded that their generosity of time is fun, impactful and do-able. We hope they are reminded and recommitted to fitting volunteerism into their lives throughout the year and that they al
May 7, 2015
A short day - rest for the weary and not so weary!
Beautiful ride today - large number of miles spent riding next to a lake and lots of folks on vacation sitting on front lawns and porches waving at cyclists rather than taking in the beautiful views from their back yards. We tried hard to make it worth their while!
Today was the longest mile day - over 80. I sure am glad we practiced! After spending a lovely evening at the community college library where there was wi-fi, air conditioning, cold water and flushing toilets, we are off and running once more! Must confess 85 miles was our longest practice ride and we only managed that once or twice but, thankfully, that turns out to have been enough.
Today was supposed to be a lovely breakfast ride - only 40 miles from Okoboji to Emmetsburg. Up at 5 to try to get on the road around 7 after breaking camp, which we do every day. Beautiful start until we followed the cycling pack on the wrong route! Fortunately a kind soul shouted at us from their truck, "hey! you missed your turn!". We turned around and got on track and only added 5 miles to the day - that is really wonderful! Got to Terril and had the most amazing pancakes ever (sorry, Tim!). The sign said FlippinFlapJacks and they weren't kidding.
Lots of stops along our 75 mile ride from Rock Valley to Okoboji. So many highlights! Towns along the way came out to celebrate and feed the masses. May City, population 45, was a big surprise. We thought we should stop even if just to take a picture and buy a lemonade at their one stand. We were so wrong about this little town -there was a lot going on here and it appeared that all 45 residents and their friends and extended family came to welcome us. The first invitation to eat came from a charming young man claiming the best food was at the best Fire Department in May City.
The first host town on RABRAI is Rock Valley Iowa - they recently experienced severe floods and loss of homes, crops, etc. Some folks wondered if they could host us all - it appears the people of Rock Valley never doubted they could. We received such a lovely welcome from the town - it appeared that every house had taken the time to uniquely decorate bicycles and place them strategically in yards (we'll post some photos of them on FaceBook once we can get better cell coverage). People ushered us into town with smiles, conversation, waves and greetings.
Impact Area:Health – Five Town Drug and Safety Alliance – excerpt from a series of community forums
What do we want?
All people to be safe from harm
All people make healthy choices - especially with regard to drug and alcohol use
All people, particularly youth, avoid risky behaviors
All people are connected, feel included, valued and respected
Families are able to help family members stay free from substance abuse
BASELINE & STORY
Reading Mentoring Initiative Date:2012-13 school year
Two years ago we started implementing a process for strategic thinking and program evaluation called Results Based Accountability (RBA). This framework was developed by Mark Friedman around 25 years ago. We like the model because it provides a consistent process for conversations about strategy and evaluation, because it is straightforward and doesn’t use jargon, because it can be used in almost any situation and because it clearly separates community data and program data. We are gradually incorporating this framework into our board, grant making, and program evaluation processes.