My aunt referenced the title of this post in a phone message she left for me about how glad she was that we were able to connect on a recent visit, even though it was only for a few hours. Her message couldn’t have come at a better time. I was grateful for it for three reasons; for one, it made me laugh. I’m not sure whether she realized it or not, but it was quite a unique spin on the old “glass half-full” adage. Two, of course it was great to hear from her. And three, I really needed to hear such sage advice at that moment.
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s worth repeating: With the current state of the economy our rescue has really been struggling. Donations have been, and continue to be, far below what we need. Until recently I’ve been pretty immune–not that I haven’t realized where we are, but I’ve been able to keep a pretty level head and maintain my focus on the here and now. Although my job title at People Helping Horses is “Volunteer Coordinator,” I support the organization in many different capacities. For the last several months I’ve been working on grant proposals. And for some strange reason, I actually kind of like doing it too. This is a good thing. Maintaining my focus on procuring grants has been great for me, the simple act of imagining how much each one could help our organization keeps me from fretting over the decline in donations.
The general grant processing time is about six months from submission of your application to notification. I began writing grants in February, so the results are trickling in. Honestly, the news hasn’t been what I had been dreaming up in my head. The main message has been not that our organization isn’t worth funding, but that’s there’s just not enough money–and, in many cases, no money. I got one of those letters yesterday from a group I was really counting on a few hours before my aunt called.
We’ve got a cup. Despite the disappointment of not receiving all of the grants I’ve been dreaming of, we still have a cup. The Tulalip Indian Tribe gave us a grant that came when we really needed the money. The Stillaguamish Indian Tribe donated the use of a pasture, which is saving us thousands of dollars on hay, shavings, electricity, water, and labor. And of course, even though donations are significantly down, we’re still getting donations! And of course, we have our phenomenal volunteers. Their time and effort is not only saving money, but inspiring everyone at the barn as well.
So, there you go. When you think of it from that perspective, at least we have a cup. At least we have a safe barn for our rescued horses. At least we have a place where kids living with disabilities can grow and learn. We have a cup, and in good intentions, great people, and the desire to make this world a better place for all horses, ours is overflowing.
Thanks for the cup, Aunt Terrie.