Whitehill '51, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, has received $25,000 for his project, "Bread for the Journey." Whitehill, a public health physician who was born and reared in Marshalltown, Iowa, and who now lives and works in Santa Fe, is using the award to expand the 10-year-old nonprofit organization known as "Bread for the Journey" in a new directions, establishing a national organization with local chapters.
Bread for the Journey was founded in 1988 to serve the needs of people and communities throughout northern New Mexico. It is a voluntary organization with an 6-member board of active volunteers, with no paid staff. It is based on a belief that a small, quiet network of dedicated people can serve with simplicity, minimal administrative costs, and with dignity and effectiveness. Since 1988, BFJ chapters have micro-granted over three million dollars to community-based projects.
As a nonprofit charity, BFJ supports ideas, talents, and the commitment of local people through projects that are simple, quick, and helpful. The task is clear: to find people who are excited about helping their community and help them make it happen.
As a result of the Wall Service Award, Bread For The Journey has now expanded to 20 chapters throughout the USA, located in the following places:
Ashland, OR; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Bloomington, IN; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Denver, CO; Flagstaff, AZ; Indianapolis, IN; Kauai, HI; Oakland, CA; Orange County, CA; Portland, ME; San Diego, CA; Santa Clara County, CA; Santa Fe, NM; Seattle, WA; Sebastopol, CA; Southwest Michigan (Kalamazoo), MI; Wilmington, DE.
Visit Bread for the Journey's website at: www.breadforthejourney.org