Proud to Care: APWA connects with the
Proud to follow your
Dana Priddy, Director of Meetings
Forbes, Meetings Coordinator
In every community,
there are those who are less fortunate, who have no shelter and are
hungry. Did you know that Americans waste 27 percent of their food? If we
could reclaim only five percent of that amount, we could feed four million
people per year.*
It has long been apparent that public works
employees give to their communities in many ways, through everyday efforts
as well as charitable contributions. In 2000, APWA National is proud to
follow your example by launching Proud to Carea humanitarian effort that
will provide food for the hungry. The Proud to Care tradition will begin
in Louisville, Kentucky, at The Best Show in Public WorksAPWAs
International Public Works Congress and Exposition, September
It seemed appropriate to announce this program in
conjunction with National Public Works Week 2000, a week of public
recognition honoring you, the public works employees who strive to improve
the day-to-day conditions of your communities.
In that tradition,
APWA is pleased to begin this important and highly visible program of
community support. It is designed to go one step beyond your daily
contributions by giving to the communities that host our annual Congress
Kentucky Harvest is a non-profit organization that
rescues surplus food in the Kentuckiana area and distributes it to over
130 shelters, missions, and agencies that feed hungry people. Kentucky
Harvest was founded in 1987 in Louisville, Kentucky. It is the original
chapter of USA Harvest, which now has 118 chapters throughout the U.S. and
three overseas. Since that time, it has supplied community centers in
Louisville and Southern Indiana with over 23 million pounds of
In addition to feeding hundreds on a daily basis, there have
been expansive non-perishable food drives that raised thousands of pounds
of food for Hurricane Andrew victims and other crisis-related events.
Kentucky Harvest, along with its chapters, is the largest volunteer corps
in the country working on poverty-level hunger.
Heres your chance
to help! We are asking Congress attendees to participate by bringing a
nonperishable food item to donate to Kentucky Harvest. Additionally, all
surplus perishable food from Congress events will be donated to Kentucky
Harvest. They will ensure that it gets to those in need. We are planning
to extend the effort of feeding the hungry to all of APWAs conferences,
meetings, and workshops.
Wont you help? Start encouraging your
public works employees now to participate.
You can help
1. Including information on the Proud to Care humanitarian
effort in your National Public Works Week promotions.
those attending Congress in Louisville to participate by bringing items to
3. Adopting the Proud to Care theme for all your charitable
If you have questions about this program or ideas on how to
increase its visibility, call APWA at 816-472-6100 and ask for Dana Priddy
or Diana Forbes.
Lets truly make this humanitarian effort a huge
success by showing that public works employees are indeed Proud to
*As stated in a recent article in Louisvilles