Post authored by Carolyn Bellinson, a Hebrew Free Loan Board Member
Earth Day 2013 got me thinking about the ways in which we (the collective “we”) have taken care, not only of our physical environment, but also the human environment in which we live.
Hopefully all of us are in the habit of recycling as much of our refuse as possible, so as to free up space in the landfills that dot our landscape. Recycling our trash also helps alleviate the tearing down of more trees or the production of more rubber, by allowing new goods to be produced using old materials that have been discarded.
Recycling can also occur in our human environment. In fact, Hebrew Free Loan has been promoting such “recycling” for over 100 years now. In our long tradition of providing interest free loans to our Jewish community, recycling has been a crucial factor of our continued ability to provide loans to our community. As loans are paid back, those same dollars go out the door to another loan recipient. In this manner, HFL is one of the original recyclers aiding the human environment.
HFL’s Evergreen Legacy Fund (ELF) highlights just how much recycling impacts our community. In just one ELF the power of recycling has made possible the following loans for our community:
*security deposit and rent for a woman to leave an abusive marriage
*used car for a woman to get her paralegal certificate from a community college
*home repairs to fix up a house purchased by a recently divorced father
*car repair for a woman to drive her disabled brother to his appointments
So, just as we teach our children the great importance of taking care of our planet, we must also teach our children how crucial it is to take care of our community. HFL has been playing its part in helping our community. Have you?
Please visit our website (www.hfldetroit.org) and see how you can get involved in the human recycling movement. In addition, you can call us at 248-723-8184.Tags: board member, carolyn bellinson, earth day, ELF, hebrew free loan, home repair, loans, recycle