Friday, September 28, 2012
I like Sunnyside's Promise.
I like the concept. I like what they've been doing. I thought the plan Nate Bridges put together to save the organization was brilliant.
But I know the plan won't work. Sunnyside's city council will not agree to the funding. The money is simply not there.
And even if the city could squeeze blood from a stone and get those funds, it would be very hard for the city to justify spending more money after the problems the organization experienced this year.
I don't see any way the council vote on Oct. 8 will be in favor of Sunnyside's Promise.
But that doesn't mean I've given up on the organization. On the contrary, I believe that Sunnyside's Promise has made a difference in the community and can continue to make a difference if given the opportunity.
I donate $10 a month to the United Way through my paycheck. I'm not rich, far from it, but I can spare that small sum of money to help other people. I can spare another $10 for Sunnyside's Promise.
And so I have pledged that as long as I'm employed and living in Sunnyside, I'll donate $10 a month to Sunnyside's Promise. I made the pledge over two weeks ago to Mark Baysinger, the executive director of Sunnyside's Promise.
I don't know that it will do any good. I don't know if the organization will be shutting down or will somehow find the funding it needs to remain in operation.
What I'm certain of is that this city will be far poorer without Sunnyside's Promise. I think the work they've already done proves the value of their continued existence, despite mistakes they've made along the way.
Councilman Nick Paulakis spoke about passing the hat at Monday's city council meeting. I've already thrown my meager dollars in. If another 1,200 residents do the same, the organization will have the guarantee of survival that they need to pursue more grants and continue to provide benefits to our community.
Nate Bridges wants to take us "back to Mayberry" and thinks if Sunnyside's Promise has $140,000 a year, he can do it. I think $10 a month is a small price to pay to be part of that dream.