We at Standing Stone Coffee Company extend our deepest thanks to Laura White and Henry Thurston-Griswold, recipients of Standing Stone Coffee Company’s Community Development Award, for their investment in the Huntingdon community, the ingenuity they bring to community projects and their commitment to holistic and long-lasting transformation.
Here are the stories of their contributions to Huntingdon and those who call it home.
Multi-dimensional Sustainability: The Huntingdon Farmers’ Market Bucks Program seeks a holistic response to our need for food
In the spring of 2010, a collective of organizations and individuals launched an initiative called Huntingdon Farmers’ Market Bucks. The goals of the project are:
- To encourage us all to eat more fresh, nutritious, locally-grown food
- To increase access to market produce for folks who otherwise could not afford it
- To support and strengthen the market, its farmers and our local food system
- To boost our local economy, by keeping a larger share of the money we spend on food circulating close to home
- Laura White receives the Standing Stone Coffee Company Community Development Award for initiating and coordinating the Market Bucks Program at the Huntingdon Farmers’ Market
The highlight of the initiative to date was the implementation of an EBT machine this past season. Funded by a USDA grant, this machine allows persons who receive government food assistance to use their EBT cards at the farmers’ market. Customers can now pay with credit and debit cards as well. The USDA grant also provided funding for the Center for Community Action to contract Pat Shope to workon the EBT project, particularly in marketing and promoting.
Many folks have invested time, energy, ideas and resources in this project. One such individual worthy of recognition is Laura White. Committed to this initiative from its infancy, Laura has spearheaded and coordinated various aspects of this project and continues to volunteer her time for its ongoing development.
Laura was initially attracted to this project because of its emphasis on sustainability. Laura’s pursuit of sustainable systems has a long history. As a student of conservation biology and later working with endangered aquatic species, she was increasingly disheartened by how our society’s systems negatively impact environmental habitats. While Laura’s background is environmental, her commitment to sustainability is robust and holistic, taking all systems into consideration. The evidence of this is reflected in her work on the Market Bucks Program and its goals which seek economic, social and environmental sustainability for the Huntingdon community.
Thank you, Laura, for your vision of a community that cares for and knows their neighbor and stewards the environment!
If you are interested in connecting to this project, contact Laura White at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the Huntingdon Farmers’ Market at www.facebook.com/pages/Huntingdon-Farmers-Market
An International Connection: An inspiring partnership between two unlikely communities
Huntingdon is a small, Pennsylvania town, nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, undisturbed by major highways or airports. The occasional train whistle is one of the few reminders of what exists beyond the Juniata River. Home to 7,000 English-speaking Americans one might wonder what this town could have in common with a large Guatemalan city, 2000 miles away.
Thanks to Henry Thurston-Griswold, the small town of Huntingdon and the bustling city of Xelas, Guatemala have a distinct commonality—a group of folks invested in the education and lives of 300 Guatemalan children who attend Miguel Angel Asturias Academy.
- Henry Thurston-Griswold receives the Standing Stone Coffee Company Community Development Award for building and fostering a relationship between the Huntingdon community and Colegio Miguel Angel Asturias in Xela, Guatemala
Since 1990, when he and his wife Joanne visited the country for the first time, Henry dreamed of connecting with Guatemala through a long lasting and mutually beneficial partnership. Henry’s dream was realized in January 1999 through a partnership between Stone Church of the Brethren and Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Xelas, Guatemala. Through this partnership, Henry and Stone Church of the Brethren have coordinated service trips to Xelas, raised $60,000 for a new school and established the Scott Grugran Memorial Guatemala Scholarship for student tuition.
However, the work being done in and for Asturias Academy is only half the story. The impact this partnership has on Huntingdon is equally significant. Approximately 100 members of the Huntingdon and Juniata community have traveled to Xelas, Guatemala and returned with a new understanding of our world, cultures and shared humanity. Children in our community who are adopted from Guatemala have had (or will have) the opportunity to connect with their heritage through this relationship. Those committed to this partnership are inspired on a regular basis as they witness their Guatemalan friends doing much work with little resources because of their tenacious commitment to quality education for their Guatemalan neighbors.
The rich development of both Xelas and Huntingdon run deep through this unique and robust partnership. Thank you, Henry Thurston-Griswold, for your vision of a community that is aware of global issues and participates in the global community!
If you are interested in connecting to this partnership, contact Henry Thurston-Griswold at email@example.com. Learn more about the partnership and school at http://jcsites.juniata.edu/faculty/thurston/ and www.asturiasacademy.org.
For more information about community awards provided by SSCC, check out SSCC’s Community Development Program, or contact Lisa Hershey, Coordinator of Community Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.