This blog was originally posted on the Boy Scouts of America blog: http://stlbsa.wordpress.com/2009/11/15/united-way-praises-collaborative-effort-displayed-during-scouting-for-food/
As my wife and I raked leaves on Sunday afternoon our conversation naturally turned to Scouting for Food. I say naturally because the fall season has included Scouting for Food at our house for more than 20 years. Scouting for Food was two standout Saturdays for us because it was a time of togetherness for our family after my limited time at home in September and October as I worked on the United Way Campaign. Passing out bags and picking them up became a time to celebrate the end of the campaign and to catch up with each other and friends in the community.
But more importantly, Scouting for Food was a chance to teach and learn life lessons. In our house, Scouting for Food was used to teach our sons about helping others and about the appropriate use of the blessings they enjoyed. We no longer have Scouts in our home, but we do have two caring and compassionate young men in the world who partly learned the value of helping others through Scouting for Food.
Working for United Way, I get to see the wonderful ways numerous organizations collaborate to address community problems. By working together and using the various resources we each possess we are able to effectively and efficiently respond to the need in our community. Scouting for Food and the agencies that distribute the food help address one of those needs — this year, we know the demand for food is higher than it has been in a great while and we know that families who have never needed help before need it now. By joining together as a community and each of us doing our part, we can help families and individuals in our community learn another lesson – they are not alone in their time of need. This is the power of community.