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Pausing to serve.

Pausing to Serve

Within the bustling time frame of their annual meetings, two associations made the time this year to help others. The National Association of College Stores, Oberlin, Ohio, and the Washington Chapter of Meeting Planners International (MPI), Seattle, each involved attendees in a public service project at their 1991 annual meetings.

NACS has a history of donating textbooks from college stores across the nation through its book donation program. This year the group hit on the idea of a "Bring a Bag o' Books" promotion, encouraging attendees of the annual meeting in Indianapolis this April to bring along books for donation. Because there are so many colleges in Indiana, the convention was within driving distance for many NACS members, and they poured in with loads of books--more than 35,000 pounds of them. Even members who were unable to attend the meeting sent books.

What will happen to all those books? NACS made an arrangement with the International Book Bank, Baltimore, to ship all donations from this year's meeting to Eastern European and developing nations that sorely need them.

On the West Coast, Washington's MPI used its annual meeting in late April as the venue for a gala dinner and auction, then donated the proceeds to Seattle's Table, a food distribution service that gathers prepared foods left over from local restaurants and convention sites and distributes them to the needy in King County. Seattle's Kitchen services 20 local meal programs and 51 food banks. More than 90,000 people in the Seattle area gain their sustenance through these providers, according to Washington MPI spokesperson Heidi Pullar. So Seattle's Kitchen's distribution resources are an important part of providing for the needy in the region. Washington MPI's event raised nearly $30,000, surpassing last year's total by several thousand dollars.
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Title Annotation:charity drives between meetings of National Association of College Stores, Oberlin, Ohio, and the Washington Chapter of the Meeting Planners International, Seattle
Publication:Association Management
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Aug 1, 1991
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