RAK Louisville has teamed up with Emily Duffy (@emilytduffy) to raise money for sleeping bags called Duffily Bags for the homeless in Ireland. Emily invented this sleeping bag design to come up with a solution that is lightweight and weather resistant. Mendicity Institution in Dublin now make the bags and they are staffed by folks who have experienced homelessness. Watch video below for information about Emily and the sleeping bag.
I met Emily a few weeks ago and I was so impressed not only with her project but her heart to change the world. I knew that we had to Step Up and help. How awesome is this? RAK Louisville stepping up to make an impact in Ireland! Truly, if we work together, we can change the world!!!
Our RAK Louisville challenge is for you to use your gifts and talents to raise just $54.
The sleeping bags cost US$54 to make. The money you donate has the power to change 2 lives – the person making it and the person receiving the sleeping bag.
As you kick off summer vacation, join us and be a World Changer. In between your vacation plans, days at the lake, video game marathons and trips to the mall, think about how you can help impact 2 lives in Ireland. Share your ideas on social media with the hashtag #54for2
HOW TO DONATE: RAK Louisville is a registered non-profit. You can make checks out to RAK or RAK Louisville. Please email us for the address. You can also Donate Online on our website. If you have any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our September RAK Louisville challenge was to ask people to pledge a batch of burritos for the Burrito Riders. How much more fun can a service projects be – it involves burritos and bicycles!!!
The outreach is not complicated – they ride their bikes every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, deliver breakfast burritos to anyone who is hungry and build relationships over a period of time. How can you help? We thought you would never ask! Easiest thing ever – just make a batch of breakfast burritos (more assembling than cooking) and get it to them before their ride. You can message them on Facebook or via email and they will pick up or you can drop off. You can make them pretty much anytime and just freeze them.
This has to be the easiest way to serve!
Here is the recipe:
2 packages large (at least 10″) flour tortillas
1 dozen eggs
3 cans of black beans (15 oz)
20oz of mild salsa
12oz shredded cheddar cheese
4 cups cooked rice
Aluminum foil to wrap the burritos
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp garlic powder
Warm the black beans over medium heat. Add the cumin and garlic. Drain the excess liquid.
Scramble the eggs. Salt and Pepper to taste
Prepare the rice according to package directions
Combine rice, beans, salsa and eggs in a large contained. Stir it in gently until it is all mixed.
FOLDING THE BURRITO
On a large tortilla, place 1 cup mixture in the middle. Fold each end and roll the burrito to close.
Wrap the burrito with aluminum foil.
Here is a link to a video that shows the best way to assemble and fold the burrito:
We have an exciting new project that everyone can be involved in. It is called RAK Louisville Food Boxes.
There are many people in our city who are in need of food boxes – especially when they transition from the street to housing. This project is to help them out for a few months by helping them with some food needs. The boxes are distributed through other street outreach groups we work with. They cannot request it directly – just to make sure it is going to the right person.
This is a perfect project for team, a family or a small group.
This is just a guide to give you an idea of what to include. Please feel free to personalize and be creative and change it up if you need to. A card or anything else to personalize would be much appreciated as well.
What is in the Food Box?
Suggested non-perishable food:
1 bag of potatoes
1 bag of rice
1 jar of peanut butter
1 jar of jam, jelly or honey
1 box of crackers
Package of thin spaghetti
2 cans of green beans, peas & corn
2 cans of peaches & pineapple
4 cans ravioli
4 cans of hearty soup
Packages of ramen noodles
2 cans of tuna
1 jar of Mayo
6 boxes of Mac and Cheese
Pudding or Jell-O cups
We would appreciate you including a $25 Kroger gift card with the box so we can purchase some fresh items for them when we are ready to deliver the box. Fresh items such as bread, milk, eggs, fruit and frozen meals.
Please comment below or email us at email@example.com. Or, you can connect with us on Facebook.
This year, we are doing to issue monthly Epic RAKLouisville challenges to give everyone an opportunity to plan and do something really amazing. Our January challenge is to do something with The Burrito Riders. They ride every other Saturday and really do need our support in providing them Breakfast burritos to pass our to the needy in our city. They can easily pass out up to 300++ breakfast burritos.
One of our friends, Ms. Kim had an AWESOME RAKLouisville today!!!!! She made goody bags – with water and goodies and gave it away to TARC drivers. They were all very surprised to receive them – something so unexpected from a stranger. One of the drivers did not believe her, he had never received anything for free before! This is amazing.