From the Publisher’s Desk: We all can do a ‘little bit of good’

Teresa Wippel

On Wednesday, I attended the YWCA’s 20th anniversary Snohomish County luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Naomi Tutu. The speech was amazing on many levels, coming from a Tutu, the daugher of South African religious leader Desmond Tutu. As a black woman who grew up under apartheid rule in South Africa, Naomi Tutu spoke passionately about supporting the YWCA’s commitment to empowering women and girls, and to ending racism.

“Part of my passion is to stop women from selling themselves short,” she said.

Another speaker with an important message to share was Edmonds resident Mindy Woods. The YWCA helped Woods and her son after they became homeless several years ago. Woods, who is also active in the Edmonds Neighborhood Action Coalition, now serves as an advocate for affordable housing and homelessness issues. You can see more from the YWCA on Woods’ work at this link.

Earlier this year, Edmonds Police Sgt. Shane Hawley and I were proud to present a check to the YWCA’s Pathways for Women, an outreach program that provides housing and services for domestic violence victims. I donated the money after Hawley won the Ugly Sweater competition between the three police officers who do “Ask the Cop” video shows with me. I asked him to choose where the money should go, and he selected Pathways.

I remember thinking, as we stood there with that check, that it seemed like such a small amount. I also knew that it was all my shoestring budget could afford. Then came this amazing comment on the story that I posted about the donation, written by reader Betty Jimerson:

As Homelessness continues to be a major issue across our cities it always blesses my Soul, when any type of donation is given for the cause, and it does not have to be a Million dollars to be appreciated. It’s just as simple as your time, a Hotdog, a umbrella or even the coat off your back.
I thank you!!

There are many ways to give back to your community. Money is important of course, but it doesn’t have to be a lot to make a difference, especially if each of us gives a little.

In fact, Naomi Tutu said the same thing Wednesday, repeating a favorite quote from her famous father:

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

Until next time,

Teresa Wippel, publisher


3 Replies to “From the Publisher’s Desk: We all can do a ‘little bit of good’”

  1. Thank you so much for attending the luncheon and supporting the YWCA, Theresa! Pathways for Women was our home for 4 months, and they’re doing so many amazing things for the women and children in our community!


  2. Thank you for sharing this! Martin Luther King said that if you can’t do something great, do something small in a great way. Mindy works very hard on the Edmonds Neighborhood Action Coalition, trying to make our world a kinder and more compassionate place, starting right here in Edmonds.


  3. And inspiring article, thanks Theresa. S peaking of doing a little good… I drove by the Teriyaki Plus establishment last weekend, to check and see how she’s faring after the deluge of volunteer help and increased business . A helper keeps the area out front cleaned and power-washed each week. I was pleased to see she had plenty of her customers in her restaurant that day. I’ve heard from Stephen, at Ono Poke about a planned intervention / work party in the near future. Those concerned feel a reduction of menu items, and a better plan for managing a helper, once hired, will keep our struggling restaurateur Sarah on the right path.


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