A community potluck on Menemsha Beach on Sunday, September 23, from noon to 8 pm, was an unusual mix. It combined an opportunity to redistribute working electronic gadgets to help those less fortunate in Costa Rica, household waste awareness presentations, and live music with Adam Lipsky and friends. It was organized by The Realized Dream Project-Vineyard Branch.
“We have received such a positive response from the community and an overflow of love and support,” said Micah Forgione-Meir, one of the event organizers. After Sunday’s success the group plans to hold more drives in different towns each Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm until Thanksgiving.
This Sunday, September 30, they will be in the parking lot next to Fella’s by the West Tisbury Post Office, the following Sunday, October 7, at Vineyard Medical Services across from Cronig’s in Vineyard Haven, and on October 14 in the field next to Our Market in Oak Bluffs.
The group is collecting computers and monitors, laptops, microwaves, dishwashers, washers and dryers, printers, fax machines and cell phones and good-condition mattresses and bicycles, a priority.
They are a loose organization of individuals and some local businesses that want to help reduce waste and help those in need in many parts of the world, according to Mr. Meir.
“A good bit of this stuff will go to kids and families who don’t have anything,” he said.
Mr. Meir said the effort is in need of more volunteers and the use of vacant down-Island commercial space that could be used for storage in exchange for a tax deduction.
The group will arrange for the pick up of large item donations. The collected donations will be sent to Costa Rica in containers.
For more information on The Realized Dream Project go to www.realizeddream.org or call Vineyard Branch 1, 508-560-9037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.