"As America becomes reduced to stories about Trump - for or against, we must remember that the US is much more than Trump. Countries are so much more than their leaders - countries are the heartbeat of the people, in all their essence and flows. We should not reduce ourselves to the stories of our leaders." -Darlene Miller, PhD
"Say it with your work." -Pierre Bennu
Philanthropy and service have always been a part of my life. During the last 20 years, I've led, literally, thousands of yoga classes at yoga studios, rehab centers, in community and corporate settings. I devote time, energy and resources to connect with others. It's a remedy for the hopelessness I feel when contemplating the world's complex problems.
In the last decade, my interests and passions have grown me into a Producer, Curator and Coordinator of all-ages arts + culture events and out of necessity, I've learned the art of Graphic Design.
At the beginning of this year, I answered a call from my neighborhood email list-serve for Arabic translators by passing on a couple of referrals and offered Graphic Design services as a way to contribute to a group who was assisting newly settled refugee families. This offer found its way to Miry Whitehill of Miry's List.
Miry's List helps families by crowd-sourcing household items with one of my favorite things: LISTS! From Mara Shalhoup at LA Weekly:
Miry's List, has a team of 30 people working to keep the machine running. Most families comes to Miry's List as a lead from a caseworker or a motel manager, or a text in Arabic from a number Whitehill doesn't recognize.
The list-making begins promptly. A team member who speaks the family's language calls to get the vital stats: names, ages, genders, clothing and shoe sizes. They visit the home to get a better sense of what the family needs. All of that info is passed to a volunteer personal shopper, who crafts an Amazon wish list of 100 or so items, from socks to dish drainers to boxes of crayons.
Whitehill herself reviews each list, then posts it to MirysList.org/lists with a photo of the family and their bio. Within days, the family opens their door and there's a pile of boxes from Amazon.
"Each package represents a family who picked those items out for them," she says, "and decided to send a gift to a stranger." -Miry Whitehill
The lists provide the type of comfort that goes beyond a fluffy towel or a set of pajamas. They show these families, who've had so much ripped from them, that they can start to put their lives back together, piece by piece. In seven months, Miry Whitehill's on-the-fly organization, Miry's List, has helped nearly 100 families create a semblance of home."
They have been featured in the NBC Nightly News, Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly, to name a few. I am humbled and grateful to have had the opportunity to create the Miry's List logo and to be their go-to Graphic Designer.