A reflection by Rachel Hemmerstein, Acting Executive Director of FeelGood, in the wake of recent events in Charlottesville.
Events like the terrorism that occurred in Charlottesville call into question all we know and all we hold dear. They should – because they’re terrifying. They show us the worst part of being a human, and they leave us feeling many things – shell shocked, angry, in despair. They leave me wanting to dismiss the people involved as inhuman, as cruel, as evil. But…it also feels like that’s the easy way out.
It is with great excitement, enthusiasm, and pride that we share the roster of FeelGood’s Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 term and the new alumni joining our already incredible team of Changemaker Ignitors.
After receiving a number of nominations of impressive FeelGood students and alumni – who were willing to dedicate their time, energy, and hearts to the movement that means so much to us – a group of current FeelGood board members and staff came together to select those who would serve as this year’s slate of directors. Simultaneously, alumni from all walks of FeelGood past and present applied to be Changemaker Ignitors, and eight have been selected to join the team of CIs for next year.
How come two Swedish business students from Lund University ended up interning for The Hunger Project at the global headquarters in New York? We are Sara and Henrik, and during the spring of 2017, we are doing an internship in the fundraising department as part of our university degrees. As fellow young people, we wanted to
Tom Lemons is a philanthropist and activist. He has a foundation committed to the end of hunger & poverty and has been an investor in The Hunger Project for 29 years. Tom was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently lives with his partner, Julie, in Topanga Canyon, in the mountains between Santa Monica and Malibu.
DATE OF MEETING: January 8, 2017
BOARD MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Becky Bond, Amanda Carr, Justin Donahue, Erin East, Sarah Ganassa, Prarthana Kotagiri, Kate Mitchell, Earl Pearson, Aubrey Redd, Amanda Salguero, Kristin Walter
STAFF MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Nick Collins, Rachel Hemmerstein, Connor Spahn
ABSENT: Aisha White
On March 29, 2017 we held our bi-monthly board meeting, our second meeting held live. Prior to going live, the board voted to extend Rachel Hemmerstein’s role as Acting Executive Director through December 2017 or until a new Executive Director is identified. In the coming months, a recruitment plan will be identified for this role. A team of staff and board members will together recruit FeelGood’s next Executive Director, which will then be confirmed by a vote of the whole board (per our newly revised Bylaws, below!). Because of the importance of this transition, the board and staff felt that extending the time allotted for making this transition was strategic.
Water– a resource easily taken for granted by so many– is a critical necessity of all life. Humans, animals, and plants all need water to survive. In the United States and many other parts of the world, we can access water by turning a tap, however, that isn’t the case everywhere else. In many parts of the world, people will walk miles to collect water taking valuable time from other activities, like school or a job.