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Lessons from an Optimist: NYC Mercy Corps Action Center

— By: The Team at Nau

We were in NYC last week getting the plans laid for our arrival in November.  Thanks for the many recommendations…we are exploring all the artist submissions and then some and should have a compelling line up of events   The only downside of being in NYC last week was we missed a Portland office visit from our friend Michael Franti and an amazing show at the Roseland.michael2

While we had great meetings with a host of people in NYC, the most inspiring was with the folks at Mercy Corps NYC.  Our Partner For Change recently opened its first public space, the Action Center to Stop World Hunger across from the Irish Famine Memorial in Battery Park.  They were incredible hosts spending nearly 2 hours touring the facility and providing an overview of the work being done throughout the world to address poverty and hunger.  The combination of interactive educational tools for students and adults, the deeply knowledgeable staff and the warm reception made for an inspiring visit.

brenda-ray-eventWe plan to install a Mercy Corp Action Center display in our space in NYC to inspire visitors to make a difference with as little as one minute of their time and will also have several activities to raise both funding and awareness for the center.  I encourage anyone in the area to stop by 6 Riverview Terrace and learn how you can make a positive impact.

Words by Gordon Seabury.