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Fig Tree seeks special donations for directories

The Fig Tree’s 2012-13 Resource Directory: Guide to Congregations and Community Resources has been published and mailed.  Bulk deliveries are in process and The Fig Tree seeks volunteers to assist with those deliveries.

Again, 10,000 copies were published of this tool to enhance collaboration, service and action.  It is especially in demand because of the need for congregations and agencies to know about resources for people in need.  Advertising support was down about $4,500, so The Fig Tree hopes people will donate for the copies they receive to help cover the costs.  While copies are available at no charge, many directory users donate to support the resource, said directory editor Malcolm Haworth.

The Fig Tree also has been working with World Relief, Refugee Connections Spokane, and Aging and Long Term Care to publish a 2012-13 Elder Refugee Resource Directory in five languages—Russian, Arabic, Chin, Karen and Nepali.

“We embarked on the project expecting we would just transfer translated text into the directory copy, but preparation technicalities took many more hours and months than any of the partners anticipated,” said Mary Stamp, Fig Tree editor.

“Each put in many as yet unreimbursed hours of work out of our commitment to this pilot project for the state and nation to help refugees be more self-sufficient in accessing resources,” she said.  “So we invite special donations to The Fig Tree to help cover our part of the project’s costs—more than $5,000, so we won’t have to absorb all that amount as in kind.”

Other partners will also welcome donations for their costs.

For information, call 535-1813 or send to The Fig Tree, 1323 S. Perry St., Spokane WA 99202. You may also use the donation button available on this website.