Monday, September 05, 2005

Another way to help Katrina survivors...

A great idea (shared by

How better to celebrate Labor Day than to find a creative way to help the people in the devastated areas?

Chicago classical radio station WFMT announced this morning that the Elgin, IL symphony orchestra will be giving a concert to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims this week. Click here for more information.

Officials of the Elgin Symphony told WFMT host Lisa Flynn that symphony orchestras across the nation have “adopted” Louisiana classical musicians, brought them to the town where the symphony is located, and given them jobs so that they can support themselves and their families for the eight months to a year it will take to get back to their jobs in Louisiana. Check it out at Adaptistration blog of Drew McManus. IT’S A WONDERFUL IDEA!

The thought struck me that other professions could do something similar—teachers’ unions could work with teachers, law firms could give lawyers temporary jobs, accounting firms could give jobs to accountants, and so on. EVERY PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION OF ANY KIND COULD HELP.

To help those who don’t have a profession, churches could adopt families, which I understand they are in the process of doing, though I don’t have any examples at the moment.

I hope you will find a way to publicize these efforts and pass the ideas on to as many people as possible.


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