Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Weekend on the Highways

Erin and I think weekends are so overrated, so we eschewed time off in exchange for two weekend events in Ohio.

The first was held on Saturday morning in Richwood at the town's First United Methodist Church. The church is one of two Benefit Bank sites in the village and we were invited to their food pantry to help get spread the word. We spoke to a few community members who had questions about health insurance and Medicare subsidies. We also performed some quick checks for people who appeared to be eligible for utility benefits.

We returned from Richwood early enough to enjoy some down time. That was a good thing since we were up and at 'em the next morning for an event in Medina. The city was celebrating the opening of a new park that featured three baseball/softball fields. The event was heavily attended. For obvious reasons, the Benefit Bank Mobile Express didn't have the same panache to it as the free hamburgers and sno-cones. Despite competing with free food, we still had dozens of people stop by the van to see what benefits we offered.

The event in Medina was so much more than free food and benefit eligibility. It also features a home run derby. I took part. The top three won a trophy. I was not in the top three. Although I left Medina empty-handed (save for some burgers), Erin and I felt that the trip was a roaring success.

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