The following was written by President Dick Hanson following Day 1.
Why are we here?
After our first day of volunteering at a Phoenix food bank and work at one of the Habitat for Humanity facilities, we ate a good meal and then stopped to reflect. For many of us, the lesson gained from our work today was one of understanding more about who we are as individuals - people in a different place working to help other people. For others, there was at the top of their mind, a sense of appreciation for the human spirit, in all of its stunning complexity.
From deep inside we are bound to experience the grace of giving - from our advantage, from our privilege. And from all of this we see a profound truth: we are here to make a difference. Let it be so.