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Between the Lines
Do you remember where you were 37 years ago today? Most
people old enough to remember anything from 1963 will remember
22. For some of the followers of John F. Kennedy, it was the death
of Camelot — they moved on and did something else. For others
the flame never totally went out. Talk to enough people of a certain
age and you will hear faint memories come back about their days in
the 1960s. And of those a surprising number still have some cause
they pursue — fueled in part by the nation’s youngest president
Every year at about this time we begin looking for the Helping Hands
of U.S. 1 — people who work in the greater Princeton business
community and take personal time to work on behalf of some good cause
or in the interest of creating a better community.
Each year we get nominations from some hard-charging public relations
people: Consider the director of community affairs at this company
— he or she has channeled small fortunes to those less fortunate.
We usually say that such a person is just doing their job. We are
looking for the man or woman in the trenches — someone who takes
their own time (or their own company resources if they are a business
owner) and gives it back to the community in some way.
U.S. 1 began this annual feature way back in 1986, and since then
we have profiled almost 100 people who have worked on behalf of dozens
of different causes: Girl Scouts, Womanspace, Habitat for Humanity,
the Children’s Home Society, the Hyacinth Foundation, the Red Cross,
and Recording for the Blind are a few of the organizations that have
benefited from our Helping Hands.
But you don’t have to be a volunteer at a high powered, charitable
organization to gain our attention. We also profiled an accountant
who helped out nonprofits and others in need; a store clerk who tutors
adults who cannot yet read; an office worker who counsels inmates
at a maximum security prison; and a shopkeeper who organized a
of food, clothing, and medicine to the people of Nicaragua in the
wake of Hurricane Mitch.
Now we are about to salute another round of Helping Hands. It’s not
always easy to find them because the most committed ones usually don’t
go circulating press releases about their efforts. So once again we
seek your input. Maybe you know someone working behind the scenes
in a role that rarely gets noticed. Or maybe you are that person —
don’t be shy, because putting yourself in this spotlight will also
put your cause in the same light.
And who knows: Maybe someone now contemplating early retirement or
comfortable enough to consider giving back some time or money, will
remember that flame from the early 1960s and join your effort. Or
maybe some young person — inspired by the ideals of the Gush-Bore
campaign (or was it Bush-Gore?) — will step up to the plate.
or maybe not.
Please send your nominations by the most convenient method: U.S. 1
Helping Hands, 12 Roszel Road, Princeton 08540;
or by fax to 609-452-0033. Our salute will be published in our issue
of Wednesday, December 20. Our deadline for suggestions: Wednesday,
December 6. In the meantime, we wish you a festive Thanksgiving.
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