One Sandwich at a Time is a nonprofit organization with a mission to combat hunger and homelessness through volunteerism, kindness, compassion, and our two hands! It is the simple action of making a sandwich that creates a ripple effect of change.
Erin Dinan is from Chicago and went to college at Auburn University and graduate school at Harvard University. She moved to NYC to pursue photography and one night, while going through a personal struggle, said a prayer for guidance, to make a change in this world that can help those in need.
Shortly after, while running through Grand Central Station to catch the last train, she shared her sandwich with a man who was hungry. This eventually led to One Sandwich at a Time!
Tommy DiMisa introduces Erin Dinan, Founding Executive Director of One Sandwich at a Time. Tommy goes through the creation and origin of One Sandwich at a Time and how it creates a ripple effect with its mission of fighting hunger and homelessness. Erin tells what inspired her to make a change in the world. The two dive deep into how humanity plays into how we treat each other.
Erin gives detail about the connections that she has made through the community of volunteers, companies, schools, and organizations she works with. She even admits that she did not plan on One Sandwich at a Time becoming a nonprofit organization. One Sandwich at a Time has provided over half a million meals to those in need. Tommy and Erin talk about collaboration and partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and how important they are.
Erin talks about the impact of school events and how students learn that they can create a difference no matter how old you are. Erin tells multiple stories about how One Sandwich at a Time has reached so many different groups of people who face hunger and how the ripple effect of the organization has changed so many lives. Not only has One Sandwich at a time supplied food for the homeless and hungry, but it also provides hope and inspires others.
With the corona virus being a large obstacle for much of the world, Erin and her organization had to figure out how to help with food insecurity. Erin created a challenge to reach out to more families and individuals to make 100 sandwiches, they have reached around 20,000 sandwiches just from reaching out in times of need. Tommy voices his interest about getting involved and encourages others to truly get connected with One Sandwich at a Time. Erin shares that they strive for One Sandwich at a Time to grow and she encourages others to get involved and volunteer because it takes two hands to create one world.
00:00:25.470 --> 00:00:31.890 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: it's not every episode, I have my guest dancing and singing in the virtual add a foot today that's happened it's your boy.
00:00:32.370 --> 00:00:37.800 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'm extra fired up today the nonprofit sector connector top of the roof, you know below the roof.
00:00:38.280 --> 00:00:48.030 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Under the roof in the attic above the second floor you know we're coming at you from my attic or 1516 months in the attic I guess 23 episodes of the show here super fired up.
00:00:48.690 --> 00:00:57.900 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Extra caffeine, maybe that's what it is, but i'm also just excited because Aaron diamonds joining me in the attic I don't even usually mentioned against that early but i'm just fired up Aaron and i've been texting and.
00:00:58.380 --> 00:01:10.560 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And kind of emailing and social media in if that's actually a verb and i'm just fired up about today's show i'm fired up about this program i'm fired about fired up about what nonprofits do you know this.
00:01:11.010 --> 00:01:16.560 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'm passionate about this sector, I call myself the nonprofit sector connected each and every day.
00:01:17.370 --> 00:01:25.350 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: nonprofits impact our world in ways we can't even imagine, and I always say if it wasn't for these nonprofits and their incredible leadership and teams.
00:01:25.590 --> 00:01:33.840 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Who does this work right who does the work I say it probably doesn't get done so my answer to the question or the problem of the challenge.
00:01:34.110 --> 00:01:39.090 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Is philanthropy and focus, what is the question problem challenge Tommy you might say, I would say to me.
00:01:39.570 --> 00:01:46.650 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And I talked to me like that, so let me ask him Tommy what is the problem well here, it is good nonprofits go overlooked.
00:01:47.040 --> 00:01:58.290 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Often underfunded and unrecognized for the incredible work the incredible impact that they're making, and that makes me a little cranky so here's what the answer philanthropy and focus each and every Friday.
00:01:58.800 --> 00:02:03.420 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: At 10am Eastern time I bring another executive leader of a nonprofit organization.
00:02:03.720 --> 00:02:09.840 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I also bring the long island railroad because it's right next to the attic and it likes to pop in every so often for a meeting with us.
00:02:10.140 --> 00:02:21.120 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But I bring an executive leader, sometimes it's the CEO sometimes it's the executive director sometimes it's the founder and executive director and today we have the founding executive director of one sandwich out of time.
00:02:21.390 --> 00:02:27.750 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Erin diane will be talking to me this morning and telling me about her story, the story of this organization, we always talk about.
00:02:28.110 --> 00:02:33.540 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The history of the organization right, well, we talked about the background of the individual of the leader.
00:02:33.840 --> 00:02:39.000 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Why are they involved in advocacy, why are they involved in nonprofit what drew them to this point.
00:02:39.270 --> 00:02:47.880 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And their story I love that so about stories, for me, I was thinking on my way up to the attic it is two flights of stairs so I can do some thinking, while I do it, but on the walk up to the attic this morning I was thinking.
00:02:48.300 --> 00:02:57.570 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know I people say i'm a visual person like I like to see things like this, well, I am certainly I love to see things, but I also love stories, because I think stories.
00:02:57.810 --> 00:03:05.460 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Or what tells us how things work stories of what makes an impact and it's where we can connect and last week after the show.
00:03:06.270 --> 00:03:16.470 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I read a story about one sandwich at a time and Aaron and if you didn't see the video yet texts me on Kennedy 95 degrees in the attic and I put on a red velvet coat so.
00:03:16.920 --> 00:03:23.400 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: fashionista not my thing i'm more of a maxim needs to shout out tj maxx I don't think they're going to sponsor the show but.
00:03:23.940 --> 00:03:28.230 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I had the red velvet jacket on and I read the story of one sandwich out of time, I think.
00:03:29.100 --> 00:03:37.860 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Because I read, most of it, I think I hit on most of the points, but today Aaron is going to really tell us the story about how she came to founding this organization.
00:03:38.220 --> 00:03:45.360 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What impact this organization makes and then really what the future of the organization is going to be so i'm going to read something even before it comes into the conversation.
00:03:45.570 --> 00:03:53.610 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: One sandwich out of time is a nonprofit organization with a mission to combat hunger and homelessness through what volunteerism.
00:03:54.150 --> 00:04:05.190 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: kindness compassion and our two heads, it is a simple action of making a sandwich that creates a ripple effect of change, I talked about the ripple effect in my everyday life, I talked about.
00:04:05.610 --> 00:04:14.820 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I feel like I go around the world, with a bucket of pebbles and just keep flicking them into the palms and what is a ripple effect and that's it that's not about me it's.
00:04:15.060 --> 00:04:18.240 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What is the ripple effect of the connections that are made through my world.
00:04:18.510 --> 00:04:25.050 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What is the ripple effect of a nonprofit connecting with another nonprofit because their missions are complementary and they might be able to help.
00:04:25.350 --> 00:04:33.030 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: help each other out so it's about that ripple effect here to go on from what they talked about we organize and run sandwich making events.
00:04:33.300 --> 00:04:40.680 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Were volunteers join together to make anywhere from 100 to 10,000 sandwiches for local shelters soup kitchens food pantries.
00:04:41.220 --> 00:04:47.160 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And those who are living on the street look I don't understand some some things I don't know say most things, to be honest with you there's like a.
00:04:47.670 --> 00:04:54.720 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: small thing group of things I actually do get but what I what I think about sometimes and our tech Center and.
00:04:55.230 --> 00:05:04.980 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: In the chat room here on the zoom saying I just watched a video that she had done a number of years back with Anderson Cooper and a comment that she made really stuck with me because.
00:05:05.460 --> 00:05:15.150 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I just happened to be a guy who was born on long island to a middle class family private high school, the whole thing both my parents work blue collar the whole deal right but they grinded it out.
00:05:15.930 --> 00:05:25.860 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But why was I born here and not born somewhere else, or why was I born in the situation that I was born into and the opportunity where somebody else just wasn't you know we see a lot of pictures on TV photographs of.
00:05:26.220 --> 00:05:33.810 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The other side of the world Third World countries where people don't have anything they don't have clean water, so I never really understood much of that you know why i'm where I am.
00:05:34.260 --> 00:05:41.490 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: don't get me wrong, I feel blessed and appreciative and grateful for it, but I don't know what why that sort of happens I think he's kind of just a lottery right so so.
00:05:42.000 --> 00:05:48.810 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know middle aged white guy living on long island that's who I am that's the story, I know and i'm trying to learn about other stories so Aaron.
00:05:49.110 --> 00:06:03.450 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Why don't you come off mute let me get out of my own way and and let you say hello, and then I want to tell people who you are but Aaron died in founding executive director one sandwich out of time, welcome to the show, welcome to my attic man.
00:06:04.740 --> 00:06:07.410 Erin : At povey i'm excited to be here.
00:06:08.010 --> 00:06:15.540 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'm excited to have you here i'm excited to have you here, you know I noticed, you know I know you're in New York, but I noticed, as I was listening to some interviews this morning.
00:06:15.900 --> 00:06:23.850 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: That you don't really have like a brooklyn accent or a long island city New York City accent, so let me give Let me give everybody to get a frame of reference.
00:06:24.360 --> 00:06:32.370 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: errands from Chicago she was auburn University College graduate school at Harvard University and moved to New York City to pursue photography.
00:06:33.450 --> 00:06:41.520 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And sort of had an Epiphany and all that you, you know as however you're comfortable and telling that story today, but had an Epiphany that you wanted to you know.
00:06:41.850 --> 00:06:46.620 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You just were looking for an answer on how to really serve and how to make the biggest impact.
00:06:47.070 --> 00:06:55.500 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And then there's this story about grand Central Station and you're running late and hadn't had breakfast why don't we why don't you tell me first advocacy wise.
00:06:56.490 --> 00:07:10.170 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Humanitarian what what drew you to social services work what drew you to care and make an impact and then let's go to grand Central Station at some point not not really physically I don't leave the attic but.
00:07:13.590 --> 00:07:19.560 Erin : Thank you so much for for that description and it's it's, thank you for your support and.
00:07:20.730 --> 00:07:27.030 Erin : I am excited to share my story I usually sum it up by saying I was running through grand central to catch a train.
00:07:28.140 --> 00:07:44.100 Erin : But I will give you a little more background of the story, so I moved to New York i'm not from New York and a lot of people when I speak like Where are you from because we moved I say i'm from Chicago into short answer, but my father is in the navy and he was a pilot so we moved around.
00:07:45.120 --> 00:07:54.390 Erin : Quite often, growing up so Florida Colorado Georgia Chicago and now my family comes out, so I moved to New York and I.
00:07:55.320 --> 00:08:06.270 Erin : I was pursuing photography and I was pursuing the arts and I was working and any job that I couldn't to survive in New York, I was a nanny which was actually really great and.
00:08:06.930 --> 00:08:16.200 Erin : Any any job that I could end I love to the art world, and I was very lucky to be able to exhibit some of my works from my travels abroad.
00:08:16.650 --> 00:08:25.560 Erin : And one day I had a conversation with my sister, and I said I was telling her about the the high rates of homelessness that I.
00:08:26.040 --> 00:08:34.230 Erin : passed on the streets in New York and and a few conversations that I had with people who were living on the streets and how powerful those conversations were and.
00:08:34.890 --> 00:08:45.750 Erin : I just felt something in my heart that I wanted to do something that could address the misconceptions that surround homelessness because I think there's a lot of misunderstanding and misconceptions and I.
00:08:46.110 --> 00:09:01.050 Erin : I think it triggers a lot in us also and I think a lot of times people want to help, but they don't quite know how to and at the same time, we were going through a personal, family crisis my mother's um.
00:09:02.190 --> 00:09:11.430 Erin : her health, she was having health issues which she's okay Now, thankfully, and it was it was a challenging time and I was here in New York and.
00:09:11.940 --> 00:09:24.720 Erin : I said a prayer one night, and I said okay God I, how can I, with my sisters advice he said why don't you use your camera as a tool for change, because I was sort of tired of the art world, and so I sort of.
00:09:25.620 --> 00:09:36.930 Erin : Seven open ended a prayer and I asked for guidance of how I could use my camera and my short time here on earth to make a difference to help to help create a positive impact, and also do.
00:09:37.500 --> 00:09:46.590 Erin : can take my mind off of everything that was happening in my personal life and really just realizing how precious our life is so shortly after.
00:09:47.040 --> 00:09:54.300 Erin : I was coming home from an art show, so I was living up in westchester and I had to catch the metro North train the last ones at one in the morning.
00:09:54.810 --> 00:10:00.330 Erin : And I was really hungry, so I purchased a sandwich and i'm running to catch the train I had to catch it also be sleeping.
00:10:01.260 --> 00:10:12.090 Erin : train station and it dies I make eye contact with a man who um he was hungry I presumed to was homeless and it was such a powerful moment because we actually.
00:10:12.540 --> 00:10:24.960 Erin : didn't even speak to one another, my sandwich was cut in half, and I gave him half my sandwich and the look in his eyes, and this was nearly 10 years ago, I can still picture it to this day and I always say I think that that man is.
00:10:25.470 --> 00:10:35.820 Erin : The answer to my prayers because I recognize that okay here I am struggling myself to try to survive in New York, but at least I can help someone make it to his or her next meal.
00:10:36.090 --> 00:10:43.020 Erin : With my own two hands with I could use what I have so I began packing sandwiches with me and giving them to people on the street so.
00:10:43.020 --> 00:10:44.400 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: that's what it.
00:10:44.460 --> 00:10:47.070 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What does that mean you began packing sandwiches like.
00:10:47.100 --> 00:10:52.320 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What first of all i'm touched, I have a million different questions we'll try to get at least 900,000 of them.
00:10:52.320 --> 00:10:53.760 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: In the next hour, but like.
00:10:54.840 --> 00:11:06.360 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: First of all, thank you honestly like let's not get all mushy will probably cry before the show's over let's kind of hold off on that, but thank you for the impact you're making because it is a ripple effect.
00:11:06.840 --> 00:11:11.130 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And while you change that one individual, but I was watching a video last night.
00:11:12.030 --> 00:11:24.330 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: It was I don't know how this is the universe right i'm messing around on YouTube or instagram or something and video popped up with this gentleman is is homeless and he's having a conversation with somebody who's who's taking just a video conversation right.
00:11:25.560 --> 00:11:32.850 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And he's just kind of had some bad luck like made a mistake or two, and you know came out of prison and.
00:11:33.270 --> 00:11:40.800 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I mean, made a mistake or two like possession of some drugs like a little bit of drugs like for personal use like whoa sorry if that offends you guys, but people use drugs and you shouldn't.
00:11:41.160 --> 00:11:56.040 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know your life shouldn't end because of that, but i'm sorry I love you all, thank you for listening I didn't mean to be rude to my people, but the point is is man is he he's he's out of prison, and he can't get a job and he can't get housing so.
00:11:57.630 --> 00:12:09.960 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'm going to now and i'm going to get angry and stuff and where's the humanity like what are we talking about like, how do you, you know I walked through New York City and I don't know I don't have all the answers but it's not right that.
00:12:11.220 --> 00:12:14.610 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Somebody should be eating in a fancy restaurant having $150 steak.
00:12:15.510 --> 00:12:23.370 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And another man, the same age who looks just like him, except maybe hasn't had a shame and a few days, and you know his dress differently is enough of a garbage pail what.
00:12:23.640 --> 00:12:29.940 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What are we doing I almost sort of bed reading my shelf like what are we doing gang like what exactly we doing on this planet.
00:12:30.420 --> 00:12:35.610 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Aaron you looked at this man's face and you saw the humanity and you made an impact, but.
00:12:36.510 --> 00:12:41.760 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Maybe you say that the impact was even deeper on what was the impact on you, because you took that.
00:12:42.420 --> 00:12:51.630 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And created this movement right and and you start carrying the sandwiches around with you, what does that mean like a bunch of peanut butter and jelly in your bag like what's that look like logistically.
00:12:52.170 --> 00:12:56.610 Erin : I mean and that's actually the sandwich sort of represented that not only was a.
00:12:57.540 --> 00:13:09.000 Erin : meal and providing nourishment, but it was humanity, it was saying hey you know what I realized that we are all connected, we are we've just had different trials we've just had different.
00:13:09.750 --> 00:13:15.930 Erin : challenges in life but we're all I say we're all here to help one another we're all brothers and sisters in this life so.
00:13:16.230 --> 00:13:27.720 Erin : I started packing pb&j sandwiches and wrapping them individually and bringing them out onto the street, and I would give them to whenever I had a sandwich i'd give it to anyone who wanted a sandwich who was hungry.
00:13:28.230 --> 00:13:42.930 Erin : And just a recognition to let them know that they're seeing and cared for and I think we say the sandwich provides hope for, for that to exit that cycle and to let them know that they're cared about and seeing.
00:13:44.130 --> 00:13:45.840 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: um i'll take that story.
00:13:47.250 --> 00:13:55.260 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: we're going to go to a quick break in a second, but right before we go to break i'll tell you a quick story couple weeks ago I don't talk about my kids all that much in the show, certainly not by name but one of my boys.
00:13:56.520 --> 00:14:00.060 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: had done an incredible act for a schoolmate.
00:14:01.380 --> 00:14:02.430 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And I said to him.
00:14:03.690 --> 00:14:13.140 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Thank you, Nice, thank you for doing that it's incredible I love you for that I said why'd you do, that he goes, because you know that I see you're doing all this stuff to help people I thought that's what we're supposed to do.
00:14:14.850 --> 00:14:24.150 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So that's it and that's what we're supposed to do is hope its humanity, it is philanthropy and focus Aaron diamond is women yeah I gotta go cry because i'm a big mush and I will see you.
00:14:24.930 --> 00:14:29.730 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'll see you all in two minutes join us back in the attic theme song coming up we'll be right back in two minutes.
00:16:56.670 --> 00:17:05.100 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: All right now, it is a command, I decided today i'm gonna say it's a command every Friday morning join me in my attic don't come up the stairs join me virtually in the attic check out the show.
00:17:05.430 --> 00:17:14.940 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I don't know if I said this in the first segment Veronica finley the Center for great expectations, I met Veronica i'm the nonprofit sector connector right that's it, so I hang out and connect people.
00:17:15.450 --> 00:17:21.600 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i've never article through a national networking organization that I run with my buddy Michael goldberg called the networking group.
00:17:21.990 --> 00:17:34.530 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I mean Veronica her colleague TIM cummings is coming onto the show on September 17 to talk about their organization, the Center for great expectations, they do incredible work for young women.
00:17:35.220 --> 00:17:44.130 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: are going through different challenges and she says to me Tommy I love what you're doing you need to meet Aaron and get her on the show and.
00:17:44.610 --> 00:17:52.380 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: As they say the rest is history but what's the ripple effect right, what is it what's the ripple effect of that what's the ripple effect of Aaron and I hanging out and where does that all go.
00:17:52.680 --> 00:17:57.450 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And we're going to talk about we're going to talk more about how you might be able to make an impact.
00:17:57.810 --> 00:18:03.090 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'm thinking team building man i'm thinking, if you work for a company like and you're trying to really get your people together.
00:18:03.300 --> 00:18:08.340 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: and get passionate about something I think it makes sense to bring Aaron and her team and and you make I don't know.
00:18:08.580 --> 00:18:16.950 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: 15,000 sandwiches or something like that what a freakin impact that is man all right, we close that last part of the show, I was getting mostly I talked about you know.
00:18:17.790 --> 00:18:26.730 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I inspired my own kid to do this work and this isn't me going out and doing new most of it yeah do some volunteer stuff but it's amplifying the message of nonprofit organizations and that's what we do here.
00:18:27.000 --> 00:18:31.860 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So Aaron let's talk just just jump off me when you're ready come on let's talk about.
00:18:34.020 --> 00:18:43.680 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: We set the stage we talked about what this organization kind of the genesis of the organization, but what does it look like every day like what is talk to me about some stories, you know anecdotal stuff how.
00:18:44.070 --> 00:18:51.030 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: How you've impacted individuals, maybe some collaboration with other organizations just tell me the stories that's what sells man, I want to hear the stories.
00:18:51.720 --> 00:19:11.910 Erin : Thank you, thank you yeah so you know the power of and I always say I I feel like I could speak about this forever that the power power of that ripple effect and taking that first step and to see where it goes and even some days I love just entertaining myself and thinking back.
00:19:13.140 --> 00:19:21.270 Erin : With you know, knowing this person like Veronica meeting Veronica and here and now it's so fascinating to see how it can trace back with.
00:19:21.870 --> 00:19:28.500 Erin : Just this just the word of mouth, the power of word of mouth and that's how we've grown, I mean we're still very grassroots organization.
00:19:29.310 --> 00:19:41.850 Erin : With this amazing community of volunteers and our board members and and the companies and schools that we work with it is it's it's changed my life it's changed the way that I view life and and.
00:19:42.540 --> 00:19:50.790 Erin : The world, and you know so basically when we we started I just started telling people about my my sandwich project, I had no idea.
00:19:51.630 --> 00:20:04.260 Erin : that this would become a nonprofit I did not intend for it to be to be 100% honest it didn't cross my mind i'm more like the dreamer type so i'm going to create a photo journalism project or an art show regarding.
00:20:04.980 --> 00:20:15.390 Erin : homelessness and hunger in in our country and really in the world, and my dear friend, George we were having a beer one night, just like my.
00:20:16.080 --> 00:20:28.110 Erin : professors, is that all good ideas start over a beer so it's telling me about my sandwich project, and he said, you know you should make this nonprofit and he's like let's call it one sandwich at a time, and we always like to.
00:20:29.700 --> 00:20:35.940 Erin : Thank you, doors for naming organization and we just started telling people about it so then we started.
00:20:36.270 --> 00:20:46.110 Erin : One friend said hey i've got a kitchen that we commercial kitchen that we can make sandwiches and we started making these sandwich having the sandwich making events with the music once I asked.
00:20:46.620 --> 00:20:50.340 Erin : This man was playing the saxophone on the subway platform is so great.
00:20:50.790 --> 00:21:01.170 Erin : And I asked him I just went up to him and I said hey would you like to play in our charity event and he was like Okay, so now and we're still friends and he used to keep private band and ambient music and.
00:21:01.560 --> 00:21:13.950 Erin : And we made hundreds of sandwiches and and then what happened was those volunteers, then someone to their companies or their schools or they told their families about it, and all of a sudden, we were getting calls from from.
00:21:14.460 --> 00:21:24.300 Erin : Companies here in Manhattan all around the metro area from schools from churches temples asking if they could host a sandwich making event and just from that.
00:21:24.720 --> 00:21:39.420 Erin : You know, fast forward years later we've been able to provide I Moshe I need to tally it but it's it's over half a million meals and sandwiches to Yorkers need and it's just incredible to see that so.
00:21:39.540 --> 00:21:46.470 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: that's incredible gang listen oh I don't know if you caught that one, let me underscore for a half a million meals to people hungry.
00:21:48.690 --> 00:21:54.870 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know, not to sound silly or try, but it sucks being hungry right like it starts being hungry like I.
00:21:55.770 --> 00:21:59.880 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know, like when people on i'm starving and I know you're not you know.
00:22:00.120 --> 00:22:08.430 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: We don't have any concept to say I am starving, you know, like you, haven't eaten in four hours you're hungry you'd like if you'd like you know, a bowl of pasta, but you know you're not starving.
00:22:08.670 --> 00:22:13.230 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Know like people actually do that, like that's actually people's reality like they don't know.
00:22:13.770 --> 00:22:21.660 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Where their next meal is coming from right and maybe i'm preaching to the choir because you know, the people who pay attention to what we're talking about here keaton already.
00:22:22.200 --> 00:22:30.420 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: know people actually have its food insecurity and it's not just people who live on the street gang it's people who are you know the working poor you know.
00:22:32.940 --> 00:22:43.680 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: It moms who don't know where your moms and dads maybe maybe who go without sort of children can have food, I mean it's look we're not going to solve all these problems, you know, like on a.
00:22:44.340 --> 00:22:52.170 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know 1985 sitcom here, you know, like 30 or 22 minutes we're commercials we're not going to solve all the world's problems here but we're going to make will try to make an impact so.
00:22:52.770 --> 00:23:03.510 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Half a million meals given away, I want to know Aaron when you think about it and I love that this was not supposed to be critical to nonprofit well, it was.
00:23:04.830 --> 00:23:11.370 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: It was it was supposed to be an impact organization you just you didn't know that you were going to be the one to create a kind of deal right like that's.
00:23:11.820 --> 00:23:19.230 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know, we we we and I I didn't know, I was going to host this show, I mean I wonder i'm saying it for two and a half years, but before that I didn't know anything about it but.
00:23:19.560 --> 00:23:25.980 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Now I have to do it like now, I want to do it every day of the week, you know so i'm looking to find ways to actually do this.
00:23:25.980 --> 00:23:33.060 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Because there are other organizations like yours, that are doing great work, and I want on the show and tell their story so.
00:23:34.020 --> 00:23:46.170 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You meant to do this i'm going to be a little bit on the universe side that's my game, the universe like connections and all that, so you were meant to build this thing, what is the what is the big need yeah I know I.
00:23:46.440 --> 00:23:46.620 I.
00:23:48.870 --> 00:23:58.230 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know I don't you know I hear you man and like somebody said to me like yesterday somebody said to me like all tell me, you know you're doing great work you know with the show and whatnot and I was like.
00:23:59.160 --> 00:24:06.240 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Like I don't I I act like I have an ego, and all this kind of stuff right, but the thing is it's.
00:24:07.080 --> 00:24:15.480 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Maybe i'm doing a good thing here because it just tells the story for other organizations, but like and cool and i'll take the kudos that's cool, but I think.
00:24:15.960 --> 00:24:27.750 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You are on the front lines and i'm just going to give you that the props, as they say, like if you're doing this, so just like appreciate like that and and no it's so important what.
00:24:30.060 --> 00:24:36.540 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What are some organizations that like have have reached out where you've been able to do some collaboration or.
00:24:37.080 --> 00:24:48.030 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Are there organizations that you really feel that somebody listening to the show may have a contact with or I might even that would benefit like i'm all about collaboration like what have you done there.
00:24:48.630 --> 00:24:49.290 Erin : yeah I think.
00:24:51.030 --> 00:25:07.650 Erin : I wholeheartedly from my experience, believe in partnerships with other nonprofits and for profits with anyone that wants to join our mission, because you know the end goal is to end hunger and homelessness and for us, not even to be around so.
00:25:08.760 --> 00:25:21.930 Erin : I we've we've you know partner with these on both ends these incredible companies that have like a few you know Morgan Stanley there they're just incredible.
00:25:22.950 --> 00:25:29.460 Erin : Bank of America has has been awesome and you know the the list the list goes on and.
00:25:30.870 --> 00:25:37.230 Erin : We are so grateful for for them and then we've got these incredible schools as well we just worked with.
00:25:38.070 --> 00:25:46.290 Erin : One of my favorite schools to work but nyc autism up in Harlem and we've we've worked with them for the past four years and I.
00:25:46.980 --> 00:26:00.540 Erin : I just adore you know who they are, and what they do and they make sandwiches every year and we we've got you know kindergarteners making sandwiches and and you know we've worked with nyu a few times and it's just.
00:26:01.560 --> 00:26:07.830 Erin : For us any type of partnership is is amazing we love partner pantries as well to get some sandwiches.
00:26:08.220 --> 00:26:22.410 Erin : To the pantries that's sort of how we operate, will take the sandwiches in bulk and deliver them to a shelter, food pantry or soup kitchen and then they'll be able to give those to families in need and there's a few stories about that with coven i'd love to share.
00:26:22.410 --> 00:26:22.770 But.
00:26:23.820 --> 00:26:27.930 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: yeah I want, I want to hear that, but I have a question God, give me your last thought on that piece in.
00:26:29.640 --> 00:26:48.810 Erin : order to reach that next level we're always looking for partnerships support, we would love to collaborate with a peanut butter and jelly company and bread company sandwich bag ziplock type of company and to help us continue our mission to provide those meals to people in.
00:26:49.320 --> 00:26:59.250 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: All right, let's pause there for a second because we got so here's a big ask right we're big in the networking world on what's your specific asked so listen up friends family people listen to my show network and friends.
00:26:59.700 --> 00:27:05.700 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Do you know somebody in the peanut butter business question i've never asked that will put that on list of questions i've never asked my life.
00:27:06.150 --> 00:27:10.050 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Do you know somebody in the peanut butter business, you know somebody in the jelly business the plastic bag business.
00:27:10.350 --> 00:27:20.460 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: shout out to my friend heather edwards who was on the program a couple weeks ago they usually give out the allied foundation out on long island usually gives out 40 or 50,000 diapers each year.
00:27:20.850 --> 00:27:30.000 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: 40 or 50,000 I will be out there at flexible systems on Tuesday morning because there'll be celebrating year 2020 they've given away.
00:27:30.600 --> 00:27:40.080 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: 1 million diapers okay so shout out to heather love your kid love what you're doing out there, but i'm just thinking, I know they have relationships with some of the major.
00:27:41.160 --> 00:27:47.880 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Companies in their space, so you know, this is all collab stuff This is all like we got to talk so Aaron you gotta certainly connect with.
00:27:48.660 --> 00:27:58.950 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: With heather because people in need, have have these different needs um and you know if i'm not mistaken, and I don't think I am what the thing that heather shared with me is.
00:28:00.270 --> 00:28:05.700 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: People on public assistance with food stamps.
00:28:06.660 --> 00:28:15.000 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: They cannot buy diapers with that with those monies those monies are only for food so again the system might be a little screwed up in the way we set these things up.
00:28:15.270 --> 00:28:23.970 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But I think there's probably some sort of collaboration there, but what are we looking for peanut butter jelly peanut butter jelly peanut butter jelly time you don't know the kids given saying.
00:28:24.990 --> 00:28:29.040 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So peanut butter jelly time in the attic before we go for a break.
00:28:29.820 --> 00:28:39.060 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Aaron there's so much to talk about when we come back, I want to talk about my favorite word's strategic alliances collaboration, I want to talk about that because.
00:28:39.510 --> 00:28:44.010 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I want to understand this logistical thing which I think is similar I think you and heather i'm going to get along well to.
00:28:44.580 --> 00:28:50.370 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Allah foundation because they're like the logistics company diapers come in diapers go out sandwiches.
00:28:50.760 --> 00:28:57.630 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: sandwiches go out, so I think there's some cool overlap there when we come back, I want you to give me some of that story about what that looks like and I want to know.
00:28:58.350 --> 00:29:09.000 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: That little kindergartner who's making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich what is the trajectory do you think in his or her life because she at six years old, is making.
00:29:09.450 --> 00:29:13.500 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Like my six year old I will talk to him later today about this so.
00:29:14.370 --> 00:29:22.920 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'm asking like six questions and then we're going to break, so this is welcome photography's world so when we come back let's talk about the logistics of this whole thing how it shakes out.
00:29:23.310 --> 00:29:29.400 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And I want to know the faces of those little kids when they're making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for somebody else alright sounds good.
00:29:30.660 --> 00:29:31.710 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Alright cool we got the thumbs up from.
00:29:32.370 --> 00:29:33.300 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Your boy that.
00:29:34.740 --> 00:29:39.300 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: are coming out you ladies, gentlemen boys and girls children of all ages from my attic i'll see in two months.
00:32:25.470 --> 00:32:30.630 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The lyrics Thank you the goods for the music shout out to the queen's Chamber Brendan levy, the old deal.
00:32:31.620 --> 00:32:36.450 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: nonprofits need connections man to move in the right directions my son seems to me all the time.
00:32:37.170 --> 00:32:46.380 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So cut through all the static join your boy in the attic every single Friday morning 10am it is story time in the attic I got the story jacket, I told you about it earlier in the show.
00:32:46.770 --> 00:32:55.950 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: During the break I got the story jacket because Aaron and I were texting in the chat here are chatting in the text, or we were sending each other little messages words so it's story time.
00:32:56.490 --> 00:33:05.430 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Adding new segment on the show apparently Aaron we were talking about stories right before we went to break join me back in the attic let's do it let's talk story time I.
00:33:05.970 --> 00:33:12.990 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I picture these kids you said, the New York City school for autism I believe up in Harlem right or New York City autism nyc autism, you said.
00:33:14.010 --> 00:33:26.370 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: yeah so I love collab I love bringing people together, I love when there's you know, two plus two is some number much higher than four so, at least in networking and collaboration, I know method still is for.
00:33:27.960 --> 00:33:37.320 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I know that part gang I knew it was for don't correct me so Aaron tell me the story, what is the impact of these young people when they're when you're involved with your organization.
00:33:37.980 --> 00:33:50.880 Erin : yeah thanks Tommy So yes, school events are one of our types of sandwich making events, and they are pretty popular and I think it's because we come to the school it's super fun easy way for the students to make a difference.
00:33:51.300 --> 00:34:02.400 Erin : The school events are my most favorite one of my most favorite because you get to not only can you engage and be a kid again and see the the.
00:34:03.630 --> 00:34:09.150 Erin : Like the creativity you're reminded of our youth and what's ahead of them and.
00:34:09.960 --> 00:34:20.040 Erin : When they make a sandwich for them that moment when they recognize that they can create a difference in in speaking with them about the difference that they're making and how.
00:34:20.340 --> 00:34:28.050 Erin : Maybe there's children, their own age that that sandwich will go to that maybe they they haven't had breakfast that day or.
00:34:28.830 --> 00:34:39.390 Erin : You know lunch at school is their only meal of the day, so when they're able to see that impact, then you know we're completing our mission that's what I say there's a story that I.
00:34:40.290 --> 00:34:49.320 Erin : love to share there's a school we worked with on the upper West side, a few years back, small classroom so we they made about 100 sandwiches and then we took the subway down together to holy.
00:34:50.070 --> 00:34:51.630 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The children went with you.
00:34:52.020 --> 00:35:04.410 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: yeah what is it like, just like the the the impact obvious but, but the than the neurons now i'm not a neuroscientist probably knew that already but i'm not.
00:35:04.650 --> 00:35:13.890 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: sure what the things the pathways are being created when you, with your own little six year old hands, make a sandwich and then you get on the subway and then you actually go through this act.
00:35:14.280 --> 00:35:25.140 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: it's imprinting things i'll again i'm not i'm not a scientist, but I know people, and now that changes in my opinion, the trajectory of that young person's life now there's somebody who will.
00:35:25.620 --> 00:35:31.740 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Who will come back to service, I think, through their life and they realize it so what's that look like you're on the subway where, will you go and you want to the pantry.
00:35:32.220 --> 00:35:41.880 Erin : yep so we were heading to in Chelsea there's this amazing church and soup kitchen called holy apostles soup kitchen they serve hundreds of meals every day hot meals.
00:35:42.180 --> 00:35:52.950 Erin : And they've got social services, I adore them they're awesome so we took the subway down there together and what was cool was the students actually got to stand in the food pantry the soup kitchen line.
00:35:53.280 --> 00:35:59.520 Erin : And handed their sandwiches to someone and shortly after Tommy it was incredible because.
00:35:59.880 --> 00:36:12.780 Erin : One of the Mothers of the students she actually reached out to me, and she said, I want to thank you for giving my daughter this opportunity that night at dinner she told us that her new goal in life is to end hunger and.
00:36:13.530 --> 00:36:17.220 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The children Oh, thank you, too, how old, this is a kindergartner.
00:36:17.670 --> 00:36:21.510 Erin : This was she was um I think first grade so seven.
00:36:22.620 --> 00:36:28.320 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Like where does that kid who becomes a woman, one day, like where is it so you know.
00:36:30.030 --> 00:36:33.030 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I don't usually get trying out too personal, but one of my daughters.
00:36:34.080 --> 00:36:42.690 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: has something on our school and she's playing the role of princess Diana and I didn't know a whole lot about princess Diana, but my other daughter had done this for years ago.
00:36:43.500 --> 00:36:54.450 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: and listening to my daughter, to give the speech practicing yesterday about princess Diana and how the impact that that woman made on this planet, now I you know I wonder.
00:36:55.140 --> 00:37:01.860 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What that does for my daughter, just to see you know this it from a charitable perspective, how it changed it just that.
00:37:02.280 --> 00:37:07.950 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The Royal Family and how, at least from what i'm learning how it, how they impacted the world and how they looked at charity.
00:37:08.520 --> 00:37:15.450 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: um what is this young seven year old who's going to be a 27 and 37 and a 47 year old woman, one day, like what.
00:37:16.020 --> 00:37:23.850 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: How have you changed her life, you have you just know it right, you have to and that's you a grand Central Station splitting a meal.
00:37:24.180 --> 00:37:33.780 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: With some other human being that's all it is this is just the ripple the what's the ripple effect of of you reaching out to the universe of God to whatever it is for somebody and saying.
00:37:34.680 --> 00:37:40.950 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I need to sign, I want to make a change, I want to make an impact and, yes, you made an impact on one man's life that night.
00:37:41.640 --> 00:37:54.060 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But 500,000 meals come on air and dine And what are we talking about here man frickin dig it I friggin day my wife told me not to say freakin on the show anymore I freakin dig it so.
00:37:55.590 --> 00:37:57.630 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Give me another story, can you read another story.
00:37:57.930 --> 00:38:05.490 Erin : So now, this is one of my favorite stories also I actually shared it last week i'm in the group i'm with Veronica and and.
00:38:06.180 --> 00:38:09.060 Erin : I just I endorse sharing the story, so that was on.
00:38:09.720 --> 00:38:18.000 Erin : The so that this story with the young student, this was on the volunteer side so here's another story of someone who's received our sandwiches so.
00:38:18.360 --> 00:38:29.010 Erin : they're years ago we were bringing sandwiches to the bowery mission there another organization i'm sure everyone knows, they are awesome I adore them we brought them probably 10s hundreds, thousands of snow.
00:38:30.630 --> 00:38:34.890 Erin : And we headed to the mission, the men's shelter has a Chapel next door so.
00:38:35.430 --> 00:38:45.150 Erin : I was with my friend, Joe and we we popped into the Chapel which I always love to do, and there was a man standing there and we just started speaking to him and his name was Carl is Carl.
00:38:45.990 --> 00:38:57.180 Erin : And he shared his story he had been homeless, for over 30 years Tommy he had a difficult life a difficult childhood he ended up on the streets and he had.
00:38:58.980 --> 00:39:09.840 Erin : substance abuse issues and he nearly overdosed and doctors revived and they looked at him and they said, you know, Carl you are a miracle it's a miracle that your life.
00:39:10.290 --> 00:39:21.000 Erin : So that moment, because he speaks about what he saw during the time and he realized that he got a second chance at life and i'll never forget the mitchells again.
00:39:21.390 --> 00:39:30.150 Erin : He looked at me and my friend, Joe and he said, you know guys i've got only the clothes on my back, but i'm the richest man alive, he said i've been given a second chance at life.
00:39:30.420 --> 00:39:39.210 Erin : Every day, I feel like i'm walking on clouds and you know Tommy to this day, he is a dear friend, he volunteers with us so he's, on the other, and now.
00:39:39.480 --> 00:39:45.420 Erin : He has a job and apartment he's back with his wife and he is he's grabbed hold of his life.
00:39:45.780 --> 00:39:59.310 Erin : And he is someone that who I admire greatly, and there are girls out there, it just takes someone to believe in them to help them to give them that helping hand, or that first inch of hope, I think that's again the ripple effect so.
00:39:59.610 --> 00:40:09.330 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Why isn't that the right move Aaron like you know, to reach out and help call and now look i'm not being negative and pessimistic, I know there are plenty of us out there, doing the right thing.
00:40:09.720 --> 00:40:14.220 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: philanthropic Lee, but I just don't know if enough of us are doing the right thing you know.
00:40:14.760 --> 00:40:21.990 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know you reach out and you make this connection with Carl and now he's making an incredible impact on other people right.
00:40:22.320 --> 00:40:30.480 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You you don't make this move you don't reach out you don't you know and not to just make this about Aaron because I know you don't want it to be about you earned but but that.
00:40:30.690 --> 00:40:37.410 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But it is it's it's you had this sense, you know you said there's something here for me there's a bigger thing I want to you know, whether it be.
00:40:37.920 --> 00:40:43.230 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: A coffee table book, and this is my words not yours, a coffee table book on pictures of photographs of.
00:40:43.590 --> 00:40:49.290 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Of what the situation looks like and maybe if that hasn't happened yet, maybe there is a thing, and maybe we should talk about it and, like.
00:40:50.100 --> 00:40:59.100 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Make that actually because that sounds like a cool idea that all the money goes to you know one sandwich at a time or other organizations like that so maybe you're already thinking of it, if not.
00:41:00.270 --> 00:41:03.330 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Maybe we should, but the but that's not what you did.
00:41:03.840 --> 00:41:11.640 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You ended up forming a nonprofit organization and we're going to just keep talking ripple effect because, like now it's it's that kind of special I challenge people listening to the show.
00:41:12.330 --> 00:41:17.880 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: just go do something for somebody else like just over the weekend that you wouldn't normally do like about.
00:41:18.900 --> 00:41:19.410 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: um.
00:41:20.850 --> 00:41:31.110 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But a month and a half ago, I took one of my daughters to a pantry and I just had some stuff that something to drop off, so we dropped it off, and my daughter says.
00:41:33.330 --> 00:41:39.210 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I always like whenever you're taking the place like that let's let's look around let's have them take us on a tour, I want to know about everything right.
00:41:39.600 --> 00:41:45.420 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So So what do you guys need here and they said, well, we need really need pasta and we need right, so I told the story in the show before we.
00:41:45.930 --> 00:41:49.920 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: We go to the supermarket was like 80 bucks right no big deal, but a couple box right.
00:41:50.160 --> 00:42:00.510 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But you know you can get a lot of rice and pasta for 80 bucks and when, just like I basically took my arm if you're listening and watching I just kind of drag my arm like a clothesline and wrestling and poured the rice and pasta into the basket.
00:42:01.110 --> 00:42:03.930 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And what my daughter said Aaron she goes she goes Daddy.
00:42:05.070 --> 00:42:06.150 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: That made me feel so good.
00:42:06.510 --> 00:42:16.590 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Eight years old, that made me feel so good so what's the impact of of these little and i'm not doing i'm not telling you guys this because it's about me so what so I did that no i'm telling you to maybe inspire you.
00:42:16.800 --> 00:42:23.250 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Because if everybody went out this weekend and did something similar to that that's the ripple effect that's the whole thing i'm.
00:42:24.120 --> 00:42:35.670 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Aaron it happens me each and every week we go fast on the show, and we, and I want when we come back, I really need to understand your big vision for this organization, because that to me.
00:42:36.720 --> 00:42:39.930 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: As somebody who's a visionary and, as I like to look into the future.
00:42:42.090 --> 00:42:45.390 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: If we know where you want to go perhaps my people can help you get there.
00:42:45.780 --> 00:42:53.370 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: or make an impact or make an introduction, so when we come back, I want to know how big this thing gets what the next steps are for the organization.
00:42:53.760 --> 00:43:02.580 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And anything upcoming that that we can be involved with who you want to meet I know we got peanut butter jelly time, so we need peanut butter, we need jelly we need baggies um.
00:43:03.360 --> 00:43:18.480 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I mean that seems so easy to me that one like honestly, maybe it's a little cocky but that seems easy like maybe just make a couple phone calls, but I want to know where we're going so I have a lot more questions so we're going to let's take a quick break again.
00:43:19.620 --> 00:43:20.370 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Will you come back.
00:43:22.260 --> 00:43:33.240 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Okay, good all right good, well, I want you guys, to come back to Aaron and I will still be here we'll be back in like one or two minutes when we do come back it's going to be about the vision of this organization, where it goes, and then I want to figure out.
00:43:34.320 --> 00:43:42.240 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: How we can hook up with some peanut butter and jelly companies all singing aside alright cool so we'll be right back in the attic with Tommy I might lose the coat it taught me attic.
00:43:43.800 --> 00:43:44.790 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'll see you guys in two minutes.
00:46:01.380 --> 00:46:09.180 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: My job is to talk a lot of funny things and amplify the message of nonprofit organizations your job is to show up and up in the attic every Friday at 10am or.
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00:46:19.800 --> 00:46:34.170 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Talking alternative broadcasting, one of the one quick shout out if you're not if you're only listening, I will mention this, but this is rise life services a client of my firm vanguard insurance agency Charles have those in his team, they were featured in long island press.
00:46:35.220 --> 00:46:41.820 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: trolley couple things first of all, we got to get you on the show, and congratulations on the mentioned they actually did some really cool stuff around.
00:46:42.750 --> 00:46:49.980 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know, food insecurity out of long island in riverhead area, you know, during the pandemic and also during regular times actually so.
00:46:50.580 --> 00:46:57.390 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Charlie hey Hello everybody arise, thank you for all you do, and then I actually you should probably know and but we'll work that all out.
00:46:57.690 --> 00:47:09.780 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Alright, so Aaron come back often you we had more stories, I actually got to tell you the truth, it was landscapers outside, so I had to shut the windows, at the same time, I put a heavy velvet jacket on in June so.
00:47:10.140 --> 00:47:17.250 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The jackets gone guys but it's still storytime with Tommy and Aaron maybe that's a show story time with Tom unary or Aaron and Tommy.
00:47:19.950 --> 00:47:27.030 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Whatever you want your choice alright so let's see what do we got let's go more story, so the story, you want to share, about the pantry and I obviously want to know.
00:47:28.380 --> 00:47:34.140 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What last 15 months, how to be even more challenging than regular times for you, and some of the folks you deal with.
00:47:35.130 --> 00:47:43.170 Erin : Yes, and I will try to sum it all up so yeah last you know 15 months it was incredibly.
00:47:43.830 --> 00:47:53.640 Erin : difficult for the entire world um what we saw on our end so we could not congregate together we're just slowly getting back into in person events.
00:47:54.060 --> 00:48:07.740 Erin : And, but at the same time that we couldn't get together food insecurity increased drastically with it and what's very sad is is when when you see students who are now.
00:48:08.580 --> 00:48:19.560 Erin : Taking classes from home oftentimes their schools where their main source of meals and that and that gets me emotional that you know to to.
00:48:20.160 --> 00:48:26.640 Erin : To meet these families so there's a pet there's a story of the pantry that I love sharing and I adore what they do they're down in brooklyn.
00:48:27.210 --> 00:48:31.650 Erin : called holding hands ministries and this gentleman who runs this pantry.
00:48:32.430 --> 00:48:52.560 Erin : His name is joelle so they serve every Saturday and they've got there in the parking lot of a church and they serve pre coven they were serving up 300 families every Saturday once coven hit Tommy bear they once reach seven close to 1700 families on a Saturday, and when joelle.
00:48:52.680 --> 00:49:05.160 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: let's let let me pause it 300 under normal quote unquote whatever that is normal circumstances, normal typical times on a Saturday and based on colby 1400 additional so let's let's like five X of what they were.
00:49:05.520 --> 00:49:06.060 Erin : were doing.
00:49:06.180 --> 00:49:12.780 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Which means to me now, I have a capacity issue right now I need more stuff I got more i'm more demand I need more supply right.
00:49:14.220 --> 00:49:19.950 Erin : Exactly and so joelle told us the story that he because these numbers were new to him, so there was.
00:49:20.640 --> 00:49:29.070 Erin : One day, they didn't think that they had enough food to end these families were waiting for hours, and I will never forget this, and they're waiting, as if it were their job.
00:49:29.520 --> 00:49:33.750 Erin : And what we did was we put out a call to action to our Community and.
00:49:34.290 --> 00:49:41.760 Erin : A volunteer at our school, we had never met actually it was a sister of another volunteer hours she reached out and she said, you know me and my husband they.
00:49:42.120 --> 00:49:49.140 Erin : operate residential building here in Manhattan they posted signs in this beautiful building saying hey we're we're.
00:49:49.770 --> 00:49:57.390 Erin : Using our lobby as a space for people to donate food so Tommy they have provided we just went last week we've been.
00:49:57.750 --> 00:50:07.770 Erin : Once every few weeks we'll head down there with car loads of non perishable items diapers baby formula sandwiches from our volunteers and then we'll head down to joelle and bring these.
00:50:08.310 --> 00:50:16.650 Erin : This food and to see people that we've never met we don't know these people, I mean we met sherri and Angela once they're amazing but all the other people in the building who.
00:50:16.920 --> 00:50:24.630 Erin : who donate food and they're using the lobby space we've never met, we probably will never meet but they they're huge they're doing what they can to help and so that.
00:50:25.680 --> 00:50:26.730 Erin : ripple effect again.
00:50:26.850 --> 00:50:32.040 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: 100 100% and that's you know what like I got a little cranky and earlier segments to today's show but.
00:50:32.520 --> 00:50:39.090 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But I know there are good people out there and I know there are people that are making an impact and I love that they make an impact that nobody knows about it, you know they put their.
00:50:39.390 --> 00:50:49.350 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Their on the way they're hustling back in in a building and they drop seven cans in the box in the lobby or whatever, and thank you for that, thank you for making that impact, not everybody has the means to do not everybody has the capacity to.
00:50:49.350 --> 00:50:55.500 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Set up something at their at their business where they can make 150 200 or thousand sandwiches not everybody can do that um.
00:50:56.100 --> 00:51:04.380 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: shout out to joelle would look forward to meeting you and love to have you on the attic to tell this story okay so you're welcome here Aaron will make that connection, if she wants to.
00:51:05.130 --> 00:51:17.580 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But I would welcome it i'm trying to figure out how to do this, show 250 times a year, instead of 50 so going to need a lot more guests, but with the amount of the total addressable market and nonprofit organizations.
00:51:19.080 --> 00:51:23.520 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I wouldn't be at the show for a bunch of years, even at 250 a year so.
00:51:24.990 --> 00:51:28.380 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What what was coven was it, you know.
00:51:29.700 --> 00:51:40.710 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: When you think in terms of now i'm going to bring together a whole bunch of people have them make sandwiches right when it's a time when we're not even allowed to be within six feet of each other but that's challenging right.
00:51:42.480 --> 00:51:50.850 Erin : yeah so we last week we didn't we had an outdoor event with high school students, so that was great socially distance, but what was really cool Tommy was.
00:51:51.360 --> 00:52:04.620 Erin : doing our sandwich making events in person, stop or corporate events school events or only public event but a volunteer of our Cynthia, who is the person who connected us to sharing Angela she.
00:52:05.130 --> 00:52:10.230 Erin : she gave me a great idea, she said hey i'm my husband and I are going to make 100 sandwiches.
00:52:10.530 --> 00:52:19.620 Erin : Can you know I picked them up, I brought them to a country that was in need so she she said, why not you create this challenge and social media, so we called it, the 100 PV and a challenge.
00:52:20.040 --> 00:52:27.360 Erin : And just from individuals and families and parents with their kids at home, reaching out to us, half of them i've never met.
00:52:27.540 --> 00:52:31.020 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So we went so they go to like me and my four kids and my wife you just.
00:52:31.350 --> 00:52:40.080 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You just post on social media, so we just make 100 sandwiches right and I like challenge my gang in the neighborhood here and i'm like dude make 100 sandwiches if you're going to be a pain in the neck all by the bread and peanut butter.
00:52:40.620 --> 00:52:46.920 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Whatever right like it, and so what did that turn into that's I wish I knew about it, so let's do it again.
00:52:47.190 --> 00:52:47.550 Erin : But like.
00:52:47.820 --> 00:52:50.220 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What what did that, like what was that how many.
00:52:50.790 --> 00:52:59.340 Erin : It was incredible so they reached out to us, because we have to buy food safety regulations, so we created one pager which detailed everything we paired them with a pantry.
00:52:59.700 --> 00:53:02.190 Erin : And we had a lot of volunteers in long island and.
00:53:02.550 --> 00:53:15.900 Erin : We they these individuals have gosh they have with each family making 100 sandwiches we've been able to provide I would say, close to 20,000 sandwiches and when you do the math on that it's so incredible to see.
00:53:16.230 --> 00:53:24.120 Erin : Because once again and brings you back to why we're all here to help one another, and you know just to touch upon what you said a few minutes ago is.
00:53:24.390 --> 00:53:30.240 Erin : What I myself, you know we get lost in the stress of the world in our own lives and fears and.
00:53:30.660 --> 00:53:48.330 Erin : And you know our own issues but whenever you know we're out there, doing what we do and it, you know I encourage people help someone make a sandwich all of a sudden, like, I always say make sense again of why we're here to help one another and to see that, with the 100 pb&j challenge and.
00:53:48.780 --> 00:53:52.950 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I love that, and you know I get a little arrogant and bold on my show sometimes so.
00:53:53.070 --> 00:53:56.700 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I feel myself about to do it again so let's just call it out so.
00:53:57.570 --> 00:54:06.900 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I want to do that, I want to do one of those with you, I want to figure out a way to do it, where we can you said a lot of people on long island were involved and that's my wheelhouse that's where I am so.
00:54:07.200 --> 00:54:21.060 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'd love to do that and i'd love to maybe do it with my my friend Shannon boyle will be on the show when will shout and be on the show from new ground out here in long island so hey Shannon Shannon is going to be on the show and our teuber.
00:54:22.080 --> 00:54:28.260 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Is that right October 15 shadow will be here in the attic with me i'm so so that is.
00:54:29.220 --> 00:54:38.580 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Maybe we can hook up the three of us and do a thing, where like we make up I get a bunch of people make sandwiches and we hook them up with thought, with new ground if that's something she has a capacity to take on and handle.
00:54:38.940 --> 00:54:48.600 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: let's talk about that before we before we bring this show to a close to a crescendo and we're moving on what's the future tell me the future this organization Aaron and you have to come back to the attic but.
00:54:48.870 --> 00:54:49.380 Erin : hey.
00:54:49.620 --> 00:54:50.280 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Tell me that now.
00:54:50.640 --> 00:55:01.590 Erin : Thank you yeah there's so many more stories to share um so you know looking here in New York, this is mainly where we are the New York metro area that we are always looking for volunteers.
00:55:02.220 --> 00:55:09.480 Erin : We are we need help to grow so we're always we need grant writer, we need a social media expert because I don't always know what i'm doing.
00:55:10.140 --> 00:55:24.930 Erin : We really just need to help spread the word, so we can grow, and you know the long term future, we have a mission that's so easy to replicate around the country because food insecurity is everywhere i'm hoping that we can create one sandwich at a time chapters around the nation.
00:55:25.020 --> 00:55:28.350 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So, again say it again say it loud and proud ever done in what are you gonna do.
00:55:28.920 --> 00:55:32.040 Erin : One time chapters around the country.
00:55:33.870 --> 00:55:38.790 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I love it too, we need a lot of hands two hands create one world is that how it is, am I screwing it up now.
00:55:39.060 --> 00:55:40.380 Erin : Is it right yeah.
00:55:40.830 --> 00:55:48.030 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: To and create one world look chapters across the country I don't think that's a big deal because there's certainly the need for it.
00:55:48.240 --> 00:55:53.670 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And if we get enough people fired up about doing this let's play around with that let's talk about it, what does she need though she needs a grant writer.
00:55:54.030 --> 00:55:59.370 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: social media expert reach out to me reach out to Aaron if you have those resources Aaron every single.
00:56:00.030 --> 00:56:11.820 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Fourth Thursday of the month, I want to say every single Friday because that's the show every single fourth Thursday of the month, I have a nonprofit executive leadership Roundtable if you are a nonprofit executive leader gang plugin, let me tell me D.
00:56:12.330 --> 00:56:23.760 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: At philanthropy and focus focus pH oC us or Tommy D dot nyc on the instagram just get me that way and we'll get you hooked in but Aaron there's so much resources there, so we need to take that conversation offline.
00:56:24.150 --> 00:56:28.830 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: let's talk into next week Erin how do they get in touch with you real quick and then I gotta bring us home.
00:56:29.310 --> 00:56:42.420 Erin : Yes, so we're pretty easy to find it's all spelled out one oh me sandwich of time, so once a month at a time or once I went to bed email hashtag once every time on all our social media and we're pretty easy to find.
00:56:42.690 --> 00:56:50.580 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I have had such a special conversation with you, I thank you for being here, I do need to just kind of get this thing to a close, because my buddy Steve fried comes up.
00:56:50.940 --> 00:57:01.080 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Right after this it's always Friday he's cleaning his sunglasses he's getting ready girlfriend she's antenna kings going to be on the show stay tuned on the network for that Jeremiah fox entrepreneurial Web.
00:57:01.320 --> 00:57:08.130 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Joe so Franklin mcilroy rounds off our for block of great shows here on the network talk ready that I want to see, I want to close with this.
00:57:08.550 --> 00:57:12.720 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What I want to tell you next week, I have to tell you beth bulk heiser will be here in the attic with me.
00:57:13.110 --> 00:57:19.740 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: That founded career day and career days in schools, an incredible organization probably something we should talk about In fact I might put you on the spot there.
00:57:19.980 --> 00:57:27.600 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: and asked you to speak at one of those career days, because I think your story is super impactful so I got a little bold and took advantage of our relationship there, but I.
00:57:28.110 --> 00:57:33.210 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: would love it if you do that for me um here's I did There is one last thing I want to read I didn't read it, when you.
00:57:33.600 --> 00:57:39.840 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: When I introduced you originally here, but this is something words to live by certainly your organization does.
00:57:40.440 --> 00:57:46.320 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Margaret Mead never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.
00:57:47.160 --> 00:57:56.460 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has i'm Tommy coming at you from the article after being focused you every Friday morning Aaron I appreciate you, I appreciate your organization, thank you for being.
00:57:57.150 --> 00:57:58.500 Erin : Thank you so much Tommy.