by Lisa Cadigan
I am a believer that all of our choices – big and small – have an impact beyond our wildest imaginings. A kind word you share today can change the tenor of a stranger’s day; holding a door open for someone can restore his faith in humanity, even if only for a moment. Grocery shopping at 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. can be the difference between bumping into an old friend or getting the last of the fresh strawberries. Each tiny decision (and there are thousands of them we make each day) has the potential for a ripple effect into the future.
When I was in high school, my dad took me on a road trip to tour colleges. I was pretty sure I wanted to go to the University of Maryland at College Park – it was my dad’s alma mater, and the charm of the “south” with its beautiful campuses appealed to me (I am from NJ, so Maryland is “south”). From College Park, we headed further south to check out the University of Richmond and the University of Virginia. Our plan was to head home from Charlottesville, but when we found ourselves on a two-lane highway in the lovely rolling hills of Virginia, we realized we had missed an exit or made a wrong turn somewhere. Looking at the map, taking I-81 home made more sense than trying to work our way back to the I-95 corridor, so we re-routed our trip. When we started seeing signs for James Madison University, we detoured to stretch our legs and check it out. I had never heard of JMU, and was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon the beautiful campus and talk to some folks in the theatre department. We picked up an application on a whim and continued home.
I applied to three of the four schools we visited that weekend, including JMU, but I was still fairly set on going to College Park. However, when the acceptance letter came from JMU, my trajectory changed in a split second. I am not sure why. Maybe the pretty bluestone buildings appealed to my aesthetic sensibilities. Maybe it was the appeal of a theatre department that boasted several student-produced productions each year. Whatever it was, I decided to go to JMU instead of U of MD. My life changed because my dad and I turned left when we were supposed to turn right. (Side note: I met my husband at JMU. There are also two children who exist in the world because my dad and I got lost.)
We aren’t always conscious of the impact small choices make in our lives or the lives of others, but there are times when we have an opportunity to make those choices knowingly.
Today is a day like that.
Today, you have an opportunity to click a few buttons and change lives. Today you can share this post with your friends and family and donate a small amount towards an art-scholarship for a child. The children who receive these scholarships would not otherwise be able to participate in the summer camps and classes offered by the Adams County Arts Council.
Where would that dollar, or five dollars, or ten dollars burning a hole in your pocket go if you didn’t send it to ACAC? Maybe it would go toward an extra cup of coffee late in the afternoon, which would in turn, keep you up at night and make you grumpy tomorrow and more likely to yell at your kids. Maybe it would go towards a pack of gum that somehow ends up chewed and stuck to the rug in your car.
You can send it the Adams County Arts Council, and know that your pocket change can make our community better by strengthening and enriching its youngest citizens. Your few dollars and clicks could be the turning point that determines where a child in our community decides to go to college later. It could be the miniscule thing that makes it possible for the next Ansel Adams or Georgia O’Keefe to discover his or her talent. At the very least it could be the opportunity for two siblings to find something in common that they like to do together, building family connections. Your pocket change has infinite possibility today.
How can you get involved? It’s as easy as A-B-C:
A. Click here: http://adamsarts.org/sponsorship
Donate $10. Don’t have $10 to spare? Donate $5. Or $1. Every dollar counts – a click and a dollar or two makes a difference with unlimited potential.
B. Share this story with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by email, and encourage them to play along and donate, too.
C. Watch our progress on the blog and social media over the next 48 hours as we strive to meet our goal of $4,800 in 48 hours. We’re hoping to reach 480 people who will donate $10 each.