From the curbside, you know you will be engaging with Jamaicans whose hearts are far away, and at home. Don & Rubi Morgan have set up home in Washington DC, but their hearts and efforts find activity in places like Tivoli Gardens.
The details of this model of Jamaica is exquisite.What is more compelling is their love for their home land and their fierce determination to do everything in their capability to uplift and enhance the lives of fellow Jamaicans who find themselves squeezed by the circumstances of life.
They have tirelessly led a volunteer group for the past 27 years in delivering hope and healing to a broad cross section of Jamaica.
Don stays away from the web so I take liberty in boasting about Jamaica Volunteers Association, Inc.
This Association is a charitable non-profit tax exempt (501) (c3) organization that has been assisting needy educational, healthcare, and community outreach projects.
A profile of the history of JVA can be found at this link.
Since the incidence in Tivoli this past Spring, the Morgans have been restless, looking for a way of helping. They found their way to Jamaica this Summer and is putting in place plans to work with a inner city organization .
Here in a nutshell is the project:
Raise US$25K to help those harmed by the recent violence and the heavy flood rains .
As we enter the holiday season, our hearts are filled with gratitude even with the challenging circumstance we find ourselves in.
Let us pitch in and support this worthy effort with a generous contribution. Give, uplift and cheer should be our watchword.
Share the word with your friends and remit some share.
He would be happy to hear from you – 202726-8292.
It has been my privilege to know and witness the modeling of this couple. May their spirit of giving as captured in this poem become viral.
Stout-Hearted Men (and Women)
Give me some men who are stout-hearted men
Who will fight for the right they adore.
Start me with ten, who are stout-hearted men
And I’ll soon give you ten thousand more.
Oh! Shoulder to shoulder and bolder and bolder
They grow as they go to the fore!
Then there’s nothing in the world can halt or mar a plan,
When stout-hearted men can stick together man to man!
You who have dreams,
If you act, they will come true.
To turn your dream to a fact
It’s up to you.
If you have the soul and the spirit,
Never fear it, you’ll see it through.
Hearts can inspire other hearts with their fire,
For the strong obey when a strong man
Shows them the way.
Sigmund Romberg/Oscar Hammerstein II