Spotlight: 826 Valencia

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I first heard of 826 Valencia on a plane ride to Reno, listening to the above TED video by Dave Eggers. While not a Christian organization, it’s a really creative model to serve their community.

Dave is an author, and when he moved to San Francisco, he and some other writers rented some space and thought it would be great to utilize their skills and space to offer tutoring to kids in their community. The space in front was zoned for retail, so they would have to sell products if it was open to the public. Sooooooo, they opened a pirate supply store!

It took some time and further networking for it to establish itself, and there are those who have emulated this model in their community, making it their own. What I really like about it is how they managed to mix their way of making a living with community service, and doing so in the same space. Business and service is often an either/of proposition. Writers like Dave certainly have a lot to offer students in need of tutoring. And now, there are all sorts of volunteers involved.

Watch the video or visit the website to learn more about 826 Valencia.

Also check out the idea site he mentions,
Once Upon a School