Thirst Quencher Profile: Rick Crawford
1. To start off, tell us a little about yourself. Where you live, what you do, etc.
My name is Rick Crawford. I was born in Salem, OR where I lived for the first 18 years of life before attending Oregon State University where I studied history and political science. Following graduation I spent a year living in Baltimore, MD as part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Throughout the year I worked as a case manager in a homeless day shelter called the Beans and Bread Center. I also lived with five other volunteers in an intentional community that focused on simple living, community, spirituality, and social justice. Once finished I moved to Portland where I worked for Neighborhood House Inc, doing energy assistance for low income families, and also doing finance on the reelection campaign of Secretary of State Kate Brown. I am currently living in Cochabamba, Bolivia studying spanish at the Maryknoll Institute. This fall I will be attending the University of Washington where I will be working towards my masters in Public Administration - Non-Profit Management.
2. What are some of your favorites:
Vacation Spot: Tough to pick, I’d say either camping somewhere in the Oregon wilderness or spending time with my family in Philadelphia.
Song/Artist: Another tough one, right now my favorite bands are Muse and the Flobots. Favorite song though is Soul Meets Body by Death Cab
Food: Chicken parm and Reese’s…not at the same time.
Hobby: Wow lots to pick! Reading, watching movies, biking, playing sports, and talking with friends are things I do every day.
ThirstTee Design: I’m partial to the blue shirt.
3. What is a goal that you have in the next three years?
I do have a pretty good sense of what I want to have accomplished in the next three. The first goal of mine is to obviously successfully earn my masters degree in Public Administration and to have the skills necessary to effectively run not-for-profits. I also want to gain experience in this field which I will accomplish through an internship between my two years of school. Upon graduation, I plan on working for a not-for-profit or for a government agency in either the Portland or Seattle area to gain experience while I continue to develop plans for not-for-profits of my own.
4. Who or what inspires you?
There has been a lot that has inspired me in my work in the last couple years. I am continually inspired by those who spend their whole career in the not-for-profit field. It is an incredibly selfless thing that is usually not accompanied by any sort of award. Their passion for their client and for the cause make the world a better place everyday. But even this inspiration is dwarfed in comparison to the inspiration I draw from the clients I worked with everyday in Baltimore and Portland. The strength of their faith and their willingness to only look at the bright side of things no matter the hand they are dealt is staggering. I’m continually humbled by how much I have learned from my clients and I truly cherish the relationships I’ve been able to build.
5. What impact do you want to make on the world (or city, neighborhood, etc.)?
My favorite part about this question is how in parenthesis it mentions the impact you want to have on your city, neighborhood, etc. I want to leave an impact on my community, that much I know. The problem is that I’m a part of a lot of communities. Globally, nationally, state wide, city wide, in my neighborhood, at my job, in my house, at my church, I am part of that community. And while I may want to impact all of my communities, that may not be realistic. As of right now, I’m not entirely sure what kind of impact I want to have in my communities, as long as its a positive one. By continuing to gain experience and knowledge in my field I will be prepared to find a niche in which I can make a lasting, positive impact.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to share your story and impact on the world.
Be a little selfish and start giving
By Nick Morrow
Earlier this year I attended The Justice Conference and got to hear Francis Chan give a powerful lecture on the act of giving. He didn’t come right out and say it, but it sure sounded like he had the key to a happy life figured out. Like he’d found the secret of life in the simple act of giving.
All the money he’d gained from his bestselling books, he just gave away. Giving, giving, and more giving. By the end, I think the whole crowd of 4,000 was ready to go out and give everything they had in their pockets.
In such a consumeristic society though, how can giving lead to happiness?
Chan argued that when you give, you actually get.
Think about all those times at Christmas when you’re waiting for your gift to be opened. That present you spent hours racking your brain over and wandering the mall trying to find the perfect gift for that special someone.
There is so much anticipation and build up it’s almost unbearable. You can already see the excitement on their face. You just know they are going to be so happy once they’ve ripped the paper off. Fighting the crowds, standing in line, dealing with cranky cashiers, it all was worth it for this moment.
Hook both of you up to some imaginary happiness monitor and you would probably be higher on the scale.
It seems to go against logic. Why would you be happier than the person who actually gets to keep the gift?
To answer that, we have to look at our reasons behind giving.
The Secret Behind Giving
We give gifts because we want the other person to know how much we care about them. While they’re opening that present, you’re excited because this person will now have a reminder of just how much you love them.
Now some of you may not be the biggest fans of giving presents (I’m one of them), but that doesn’t mean you’re not giving in other ways.
There is a book, The 5 Love Languages, which lays out how people show love in different ways: Gifts, acts of service, quality time, affection, words. One person may fall into a couple different categories, but overall this covers the various ways people show their affection. If you notice, they all require giving something.
Gifts: obvious one.
Acts of Service: You’re giving your strengths and abilities to do something for another person.
Quality Time: Those precious minutes that we can never regain are being given to another person, spending time with them and doing what they want or need.
Affection: Giving your full attention and energy to showing your love for another.
Words: Lending your voice, giving words of endearment. Writing a poem for someone is a pretty special gift if you ask me.
So in order to love, we must give. In order to be loved, someone must give to us.
It doesn’t matter if you know who you’re giving to or not. The act itself is showing a sign of love, telling someone else that even though you don’t know them, they are important.
It’s that happiness you get from showing someone that you love them. You’ve experienced that feeling of love before and the thought of making someone else feel that way can’t help but make you happy.
So start being selfish, make yourself happy and give a little bit.
Do you find happiness in giving?
Water Project Update
Uganda Filter Project:
We are happy to repot that the Uganda Filter Project we have been supporting has been fully funded. Several bio-sand filters are now being built to serve members of the community in Bondo Nyamonye Mijingo Island at the mouth of Lake Victoria. Thank you so much for the support. Here are some pictures of the project:
Tanzania Filter Project:
We are now transitioning into a new project in Tanzania. We wanted to share with you some more information about Tanzania and the project.
The modern East African country of Tanzania was formed in 1961, bringing together the Island of Zanzibar and the territory of Tanganyika. Eighty percent of Tanzanians work in the agricultural sector, which is the basis of the national economy. A large and diverse country about twice the size of California, Tanzania lays claim to some of Africa’s most beautiful and famous scenery. It is home to the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, beautiful beaches along the Indian Ocean, and Gombe National Park where Jane Goodall conducted her chimpanzee research.
Thirst Relief’s ground partners in Tanzania operate through SON International in Dar Es Salaam. The primary areas that will be served are: Morogoro Region/Mvomero District/Turniani/Mhonda/Kichangani - Morogoro Region/Morogoro District/Kihonda - Pwani Region/Rufiji District/Ryaluke/Rungungu
Water sources in each of these communities come from a variety of sources and will vary slightly from family to family and even from day to day in some locations. Few have access to piped water, which becomes severely contaminated during the distribution process. Others use shallow wells, river water and rain water when they have a way to store it.
Tanzania and the United States:
The goal for this project is $4,800 which will change the lives of 960 people. Lets make it happen!!!!
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Thank You to All Our Pinners!
The big news came in this afternoon and we won a power session with Daymond John thanks to all your hard work on Pinterest!
We wanted to say thank you to all our pinners out there who helped us to win what will be a milestone meeting with the founder of FUBU and investor on Shark Tank.
Check out the blog post as well as all the other finalist in the competition.
This is usually what goes here on the streets of Portland…
Walking For Water
By Nick Morrow
Over the weekend, ThirstTees headed south for the Walk 4 Water: Ethiopia event in Corvallis, OR.
The group reached out to us after seeing our booth at the Justice Conference a few months back and we were more than happy to join in the event.
Sponsored by the Corvallis-Gondar Sister Cities Association, the goal of the event was to raise $10k to build some wells in Ethiopia.
It was such a great event with tremendous support for the water crisis.
Because of our booth, we weren’t actually able to participate in the 5k walk, but the day didn’t end once the walk was over.
Families stayed around all morning and into the afternoon wandering the booths, listening to music, and eating traditional Ethiopian food.
A coffee ceremony was performed in the center of the marketplace as kids got their faces painted and challenged each other to gunny sack races.
These events rock and we love being a part of them! We have a great time going out and talking with people about the Wear Water movement.
You can check out more photos from the event here.
A big thanks to the coordinators of Walk 4 Water and to all those who stopped by our booth!
Thank you Mom!
Wonders can happen…