October 10 2009
Unfortunately, I was sick this past week (like everybody else, it seems) and out of the office for stretches, which prevented me from editing the audio tour I recorded of the ARCW’s downtown facility on Kenilworth. However, to be completely honest with you, it would have been impossible to do their four floors of service justice in a short four minutes of produced audio. They simply do too much. As I passed from doctor’s office to dentist chair to legal services to food pantry to counseling center to library (I’m sure I’m leaving something out too), the importance of having these resources available under roof is to the clients fully hit home for me.
But, as things go, the ARCW found their voice for the Make A Difference Campaign through the moving personal accounts of Maurice and Shirley. Their stories have moments of melancholy, but there is no trace of despair – if you sit down with Shirley, you will immediately hear the warmth in her voice when she speaks of what the ARCW has done for her and her family. Or, if you’re lucky to have a chance to meet Maurice, you will see in his smile exactly what the ARCW makes possible (actually, if you check out the Sheperd Express this week, his shining face is on the cover).
This Sunday, you have a chance to get out and support the ARCW at the AIDS Walk (we’ll be down there!). In addition to the incredibly unique opportunity to see Bon Iver play a short acoustic set, you will be helping this incredible cause.
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This first piece of extra audio is from my audio tour with Bill Keeton in their beautiful and newly remodeled downtown facility. In their third floor hallway, they have a few large posters featuring some of their client’s stories. In this clip, Bill gives an explanation of those pictures:
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In this piece of audio, Maurice talks about how he takes advantage of the downtown ARCW facility, and how appreciative he is to be able to take care of so many of his needs in one trip:
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Finally, Shirley shares a little bit about working at the Make A Promise formal dance and why an event like that makes her volunteering efforts worthwhile:
Get involved this week by participating in the 20th Annual Aids Walk Wisconsin by following this link. And for more information on the ARCW, visit their website. Also, if you're interested in getting involved with the ARCW, contact them for more information on volunteering.
Produced by Adam Carr