In a country so rich and powerful, it is hard to believe that anyone could go hungry, but it happens all the time. And after plenty of recent press about Bettie Jones (via Jon Urbana), it’s nice to hear a positive story about our nation’s police.
Recently, police officer Keith Perry was called to the scene of a Massachusetts Walmart store where a woman who had gone without food so long that she passed out in a bathroom from hunger.
Rather than arrest her, or usher her out in to the dangerous winter storm conditions that were prevailing, he showed her kindness. Officer Perry not only bought her some basic groceries to ensure she had enough to eat, but he also got her a hotel room to keep her out of the chilly weather.
The lieutenant of the police department called him a “good guy”, and said that this is common behavior for his fellow officer. The officer’s story made news headlines because it is a great example that though much controversy surrounds some police behavior, there really are still some good guys left in blue.
The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland was started three years ago with a grant for startup money donated by Bruce and Karen Levenson. More donations totaling $5.6 million soon followed, all from the Levensons, said a press release from PR Newswire. Innovative courses and programs are offered by the Center. This includes several classes per semester that pay out $10,000 gifts to worthy nonprofits. A program just completed by the Center sent twelve graduate students to India to work at three nongovernmental organizations. One focused on the disabled, one focused on wildlife preservation, and the last was a youth outreach program. For the fourth year in a row, the Center has sponsored the Do Good Challenge. Thousands of students at the University of Maryland will compete in a challenge to make the greatest social impact on their favorite causes. Winners receive $20,000 in prize money to further their causes. Karen Levenson, an alumnus of University of Maryland, calls it leveraged philanthropy at its best. She also feels that the Center has the potential to make a profound impact in terms of worthy causes. Bruce Levenson of UCG feels that the Center has a dual purpose. First students are being taught the skills needed to work in the nonprofit sector. At the same time, the Center ensures that graduates of the University of Maryland will be informed philanthropists when they graduate.