Good Works Tour

SLC Mormons by timurian
August 27, 2008, 1:44 am
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Hey GWT followers,

Today we worked at CHOICE Humanitarian. Sometimes it seems like our timing is intentional. Over the weekend a tragedy occurred for this organization; a plane shuttling volunteers to Guatemala crashed and eleven people were killed. Needless to say their small office was full of activity; we were pleased that they let us help in a time where they have so much to do. Zach and James did research on news articles and statistics while I created a flash movie from letters of condolences. See, I did do something with my digital media degree! (bottom of this page)

What CHOICE does is amazing, and we were so happy to lend a hand when they could really use it. This is the first time GWT has worked behind computers, which was something a little bit different for us. It was also one of our longest days at a site, from quarter to ten to seven o’clock, though there were people in the office before we got there and we were not the last to leave. There’s something about doing work that benefits others that makes it easier and more fulfilling. CHOICE also exemplifies something that we’ve noticed makes a huge difference in the success of volunteer orgs – they focus on what the people they serve say they need and set them up for the long term. This sounds like a very basic thing, but it’s very easy to believe you know what someone else need and be totally off the mark. CHOICE judges their success not by the completion of projects, but by the projects the people they trained go on to create.

If anyone from CHOICE is reading this, we would like to offer our condolences for your departed comrades.  We read and heard a lot about them today, and they truly were exemplary people.

Tomorrow we depart for Denver! Maybe we’ll see this big salty lake that’s supposed to be here before then.

Much love,



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You have made yourself available and work hard each day, that will often put you in the right place at the right time. I think this is going to be a significant film you produce.
Stay safe,

Comment by Pop

That’s quite the God-wink that you could be there to help the organization that helps others when they were in their own hour of need.

My thoughts are with you guys,

Comment by Andrew

Thanks you guys for coming and spending the day with us in our ‘hour of need’! I felt like you guys ‘got it’ and that is sometimes not easy for a lot of people. Thanks for sharing in our pain and understanding our heart felt passion for trying to make a difference in this world. Good luck in your travels! Be safe!

Comment by Keith

Hey guys,
I had read about this tragedy and was wondering if this would be difficult for you. I think that it was no accident that you were there supporting these good folks at this time. You truly are doing a wonderful service.
Love, Tia

Comment by Tia

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