My colleague and friend, Debra, and I listened as he talked about our plans for work in the Delta. He gave us a tip on a book we needed to read!
The predicted throngs did materialize. We went out there today with little more than the sign announcing the name of the project and a sign up sheet. By the end of the fair, we had a sheet full of names, mostly people who are from the Delta themselves and excited to see someone beginning work there. I made 4 new professional contacts--3 from the university--and discussed ways to partner with 3 of the programs who are interested in our plans.
What a great day--and all without benefit of fancy posters, lap tops with power points and slide shows and movies. We had a little 8x10 sign that said "Want to work on a service project in the Delta?" We have a variety of majors from journalism to sociology, from 5 different towns in the Delta who signed up, along with some social work majors. The work is ON!