I would like to respond to "Tammy in Kasilof" on her answer to your Clarion question on whether the borough should cut funding to nonprofits.
First of all, I am not aware of the borough giving to any church and they shouldn't. I belong to a small church and here is what I see: Through our contributions we maintain a small building that we come together to build each other up in. It has served as a meeting place for many organizations. We have had births, weddings and funerals there for all, members or not. We pay a modest salary to our minister. For that he guides us, listens to our problems and concerns. Then he tries to help us figure them out and fix them. He also goes to the hospital and Wildwood prison once a week to do the same.
There are others who do the same. We have people who run errands and take care of the elderly the government cannot. Money has been given to help people pay their rent, get gas for work and get groceries for their family to tide them over until they can do for themselves.
Some have helped at the food bank. Legal advise has been given to those who couldn't pay. We collect socks and underwear for an orphanage in the Ukraine, as money doesn't seem to get there. Total strangers have been given a place to stay until they get back on their feet.
All these acts of kindness are given because the government has fallen short. It is given to members and nonmembers alike.
Are we doing enough? Absolutely not.
So Tammy, if you don't mind riding in a 1996 Mazda, I would love to pick you and your family up. Then you could tell me where we could serve you or your community. Look me up, I'm in the phone book. I think there is a need for nonprofits.
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