Sometimes we’re clueless

Occasionally things come through the dock door that we just don’t know what to do with. Like the 32 palettes of flower bulbs. Or a giant piece of heavy-duty chain-link fence. We got a bunch of office furniture in the other day, including this odd kind of locker thing. A lot of donations just fly…

Good ideas for lean times

In a time when nonprofits are asked to do more with less (by the way, we hate hearing that phrase), we need to remember that as the needs of our clients become greater the stress level of our staffs skyrockets. The Center for Nonprofit Management hosts a monthly get together of nonprofit CEOs. Usually, there’s…

Senior Power!

We have a lot of senior centers that partner with CRC. And one of the comforting things I’ve learned over the years is that all of them are actually run by seniors. There’s probably a politically correct name for seniors now, like “advanced citizens” or “people who are just smarter than me.”  But don’t think…

Packed to the rafters

We had an excellent day at CRC this week. It was almost magical, in fact. One of the great things about being in the “give stuff away” business is you just never know what will walk through the dock door. The first thing that happened on this particular Wednesday is that a major novelty wholesaler…

Good works

Pastor Danny Gibbs from His Image Missionary Baptist Church was here picking up a desk and credenza just now and we got to talking about people who do good and the fact that they shouldn’t do it for their own sake but for the sake of others.  That made me think of this passage from…

Fisher of men

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” No, Elder Johnnie B. Webb does not carry around fishing poles because he is fishing for men, or women and children for that matter. He carries around fishing poles because he likes to fish. “I went fishing this morning, and all I…

Heroes and She-roes

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” ~Maya Angelou That was the theme of last night’s Academy for Women of Achievement (AWA) event. Every year, the YWCA hosts this event to honor women whose leadership is a role model for women and young girls. They are overachieving super…

The first rule of warehouse management

The first rule of warehouse management is that you only move things once. We learned this the hard way. The idea is that when something comes into the warehouse (and it’s usually large and heavy) you want to figure out where it’s going to sit until somebody picks it up and takes it away. Saves…

Home girl

This is Deborah Harding. She helps poor people buy homes and, lately, she’s been helping poor people who are worried about losing their homes. Deborah is the executive director of You Can Make It Home Ownership, a nonprofit that counsels first-time home buyers on the ins and outs of mortgages and lending. She also works…

A place for everything

Well, I just can’t tell you what a frenzy of activity we had today at CRC as Betsy got to work on organizing her new shelves. It was scary. When Betsy came to CRC last January, she told me she really loved organizing things. I had no idea what that meant. She doesn’t just love…