Thursday, May 24, 2007

Staples: corporate dud

The M-4, the four churches of Montecito (All Saints by the Sea Episcopal, Mt Carmel Roman Catholic, El Montecito Presbyterian and Montecito Covenant) along with Peoples Self-Help Housing (a Santa Barabara 501C-3 not-for-profit) and World Vision are teaming up for a really cool project: to fill 800 back-packs for under-privileged children in the Santa Barbara area, all clients of Peoples Self-Help Housing.
One of our great ideas was to get a corporate sponsor to come alongside us with some product donation. We realized that all ofour churches and agencies use Stapels. Duh! No-brainer right? Wrong!! Staples will not let us talk with any store managers and can only contact corporate through their web-site 6-9 weeks out. What a stiff-arm! It makes all of us think we need to re-evaluate neighbor-friendly relationships with vendors. This could have been such a gimme to Staples. The Montecito community would have seen corporate sensitivity to community needs. But they blew it!


At 8:00 PM , Blogger Chris Brooks said...

If there are at-risk / high need youth in the SB, then the poor truly will always be with us. How did this deal come together? It sounds very interesting!!!

At 9:17 PM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

The 4 cooperating churches felt moved that we need to do something as an investment in the lives of our at-risk youth and this came out first.


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