Most of my regular readers know, I think, that by day, I do IT consulting for Eugene-area nonprofits. I don't write about work much, both because it's a dangerous habit to be in if you don't enjoy your job and because I deal with some confidential data and other things that I'm sure my clients would rather didn't get out. But this being the holiday season, I've got to say something. Because so much is made about "giving" this time of year, and yet I know that there's organizations right here in Eugene that do much for the community and for the commons, and so few people know about them.
I know organizations where computer equipment is bought out of someone's pocket - because the organization doesn't receive enough donations to be able to fund computer replacements. I know organizations where staff are or will be working 4-day weeks come the start of the year to save money in this economy, which all of the experts say will get much worse before it gets better.
So please, support your local non-profit organizations, whether that means making a donation, whether it means volunteering a few hours of your time, whether that means simply reading about what they do and passing their website around to your friends and family.