• Beth Wagner

Dining for a good cause!

Last night, I attended my first "Dining for Women" event.

The concept is simple: A bunch of women friends/colleagues get together monthly for a potluck dinner. Then each makes a donation (a personal check or online donation) to Dining for Women in the amount she would have spent for her meal had they gone out to dinner. With more than 400 chapters nationally, the dollars add up.

During the potluck, one attendee makes a presentation about the nonprofit/project being funded that month. For September, the money goes to the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance "to fund 20 nurses (10 per year) in the fourth and final year of nursing school and to help their transition to careers as nurses." These nurses, in turn, must work in Malawi for a time equal to that for which they received the funding - sort of like Teach for America does for education.

1 in 6 people in Malawi are HIV positive. The country has 3 nurses for every 10,000 people, most of whom live in rural areas in abject poverty. The math speaks for itself.

Sometimes you can go days without feeling you make a difference in the world. Personally, I want to leave it a better place for my having been here. Next month, I am hosting the potluck.

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