for your note. I would love
to help you help women--and
I'm flattered that you asked
me to do so.
As with almost anything we do,
it's important that we do it
because we believe it, we care
about it, or we have a close
connection to it. So I'm not
sure if there is one issue that
is more important to you than
others, but that is the best
place to start.
instance, what about helping
illiterate people to read? Your
local library might know of
programs. Also, what about older
people who are in retirement/nursing
homes--most of them love company
and, therefore, you could go
and read to them. Also, at local
shelters for women and children
who are escaping abusive relationships,
they are often looking for people
to either come in and spend
time and/or take kids away for
a few hours. If you look in
your yellow pages under "shelters"
you can find some in your community.
Also, I learned about an 11-year-old
who is collecting used cellular
phones through her parent's
workplaces and through her synagogue.
This is part of a program called
"CALL To PROTECT", which will
then reprogram these phones
with numbers to battered women's
shelters and police departments
and give the phones to women
who are in danger of being abused.
Those are a few suggestions,
and are meant to get you thinking
of others. If you want to talk
about any of these ideas or
others further, please contact
me. Thanks again for writing--and