TCP or The Cultured Professional is a network that has everything from blogs to podcasts and even a cooking show. It’s a one stop shop for all things information that continues to expand and grow. With information comes responsibility. The responsibility to be aware of not just ourselves but those around us. That’s where the concept of Spread Love comes in.
Three years ago the concept was born in providing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and care packages to the less fortunate. With that in mind, members of TCP came together along with community leaders and volunteers to “Spread Love.” Just in making these sandwiches the thought process of what it means to make someone a sandwich is bigger than simply making sure each corner is filled with peanut butter. The concept of making sure to feed someone as you would yourself and to keep in mind the basic needs we take for granted was on the minds of all who came out to support. Volunteers of all ages came together to make today’s 402 care packages and sandwiches a huge success.
One of the biggest initiatives was to find out as a community the needs that exist and how to resolve them. Being present with intent is what drove the discussion towards ideas that could be put into an action plan. Ideas such as a community garden, cleaning up the neighborhood, teaching financial literacy, programs to increase mentorship and life skills support just to name a few are all great ways to think towards sustaining the very lives of those around us. Speaking of intent, 3 of those ideas will be backed as those winners’ ideas will be backed by a check for $500 a piece.
One of the biggest issues with speaking on how to bring the community together is usually the lack of having community leaders who will support the very initiatives. However today wasn’t that day. Today Spread Love had the elite privilege of having the backing as well as help from Lancaster Mayor, Danene Sorace as well as the Lancaster Community Foundation. Today with the help of Mayor Sorace and her family, TCP was able to be intentional on future plans. Sorace not only listened to the ideas, she also gave a lot of great input on resources already in place. She made sure she too assisted in making care packages.
Lancaster City Mayor Danene Sorace And husband, Christian And family
Often times we tend to complain about ways to make things better but we rarely do the things necessary to assist. When community initiatives are being set often those who ideas don’t step up to let their voices heard! Here’s how you can help in future initiatives:
- Show up and be present even when you don’t agree with an idea
- Come with a plan and don’t be afraid to speak up
- If you feel you weren’t heard the first time, keep talking
The next time there is a community event, attend. You would be surprised of the wealth of knowledge you may learn just from being at the right place at the right time. Today we were able to see free flow of love and support. It crossed all barriers! We have the power to unite on issues that are bigger than us if we take the time to speak with intentions.
Marquis and Whitney Lupton
There was fun, food, activities for the kids and raffles and prizes all while jamming out to the awesome sounds of DJ Biz!
On behalf of TCP we would like to thank the following:
Lancaster Mayor, Danene Sorace
Lancaster Community Foundation
Brightside Community Center
Chef Oliver Saye, For providing the best food to nurture our volunteers
Derrick “DJ Biz” Wright
All news outlets for the coverage
Every volunteer who without your help we wouldn’t have been able to be a blessing without your diligence of accepting the call and making it happen!
To all who donated toiletries, bread, peanut butter and jelly and all necessary supplies
Shout out to the whole TCP crew! “We working over here!”
Meet the Johnsons: Jamar and Kizzy
Chef Oliver and Zuma
The Queens of Raw Royalty: Hollywood Bonnie, Honey, Jassy, And Siren
William Way, Brandon Way, Lancaster City Mayor, Danene Sorace, Marquis Lupton