On November 10th and 11th, the Leadership Intensive Omega Class had their third session together.  What began as a traditional session of learning and sharing

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Omega Class Donates 600 Meals!

posted on December 1st, 2016

On November 10th and 11th, the Leadership Intensive Omega Class had their third session together.  What began as a traditional session of learning and sharing ended with an exciting outcome. Part of the agenda for the day was the infamous “Money Game”–an activity presented to the class which, at the risk of giving away TOO much about the game–challenges the group to work collectively to determine what to do with a small pot of money. The class, with an endless list of options before them, began with $60 on the table. Sherri Stevens, Omega class member, shares what happened next:

“It started out as a simple exercise for the Leadership Intensive Omega class. . . The timer was activated.  At first it was a bit quiet as the group absorbed the idea, but the energy in the room quickly escalated. . . Different leadership styles caused angst, with some individuals needing a clear process to follow and others feeling the pressure of the time limit and pushing to make a decision quickly.  It was becoming clear that this simple exercise was not going to be easy at all.

The minutes ticked away as the group struggled to make progress.  With very little time left, MaryBeth Luce, who was sitting outside the circle, offered a solution. She had an idea.  If the rest of the Omega class contributed, and the money was used to purchase Hannaford Helping Hands boxes, then neighbors in our communities who struggle with food insecurity could benefit in a big way – especially if Hannaford would be willing to match the donation.  Marybeth suggested that the donation be split between Preble Street and Congolese Community of Maine.” 

The group had reached their final decision, and the following day the total funds collected were counted.  The Omegas raised $500.00,  and Hannaford matched with another $500.00, making a total donation of 100 Helping Hands boxes; totaling 600 meals!  Both Preble Street and CoCo Maine received 50 boxes, which were distributed in the following week.

Photo 1: The Omega class deliberates!
Photo 2: Box donation to Preble Street. Pictured from L to Right:  Kate Wallace, Preble Street; John Reed, Asst. Store Manager, Scarborough Hannaford; and Sam Cohen, Preble Street.
Photo 3: Jeanne Matchuli, Treasurer, Congolese Community of Maine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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