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Lessons from an Optimist: NYC Mercy Corps Action Center

Posted by Gordon | September 15th, 2009 | Filed under Uncategorized

michael2We 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.

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.

2 Responses to “Lessons from an Optimist: NYC Mercy Corps Action Center”

  • September 21, 2009 at 9:00 am | Bill Hawthorne says


    My name is Bill Hawthorne, and I represent maacenter.org, a leading web resource for asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cancer information. Our organization is dedicated to increasing awareness of the terrible health consequences of asbestos exposure.

    I found your site through a search and decided to contact you because of its high environmental and green presence which is extremely important in our movement. Your viewers are extremely savvy and motivated. The promotion of how buildings should now be built using sustainable green products to avoid asbestos and mesothelioma as well as the awareness of past buildings and preventative steps in avoiding asbestos exposure are extremely important. My goal is to get a resource link on your site or even to provide a guest posting to be placed.

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    Bill Hawthorne
    MAA Center is now on Twitter – follow us @maacenter

  • October 2, 2009 at 11:25 am | Gordon says

    Thanks for reaching out Bill snd we appreciate what you and your organization does.

    You are correct, our audience is savvy and motivated by positive change and sustainable practices. Our goal with the content we provide is to bring those positive stories and inspiration to light and share the great examples we find.

    As such, we believe there are better suited sites for your request that provide information, resources and referrals for important sustainable practices.

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