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Special Message from ALF President, Daniel W. Snare, regarding Hurricane Harvey Support Efforts
Our thoughts are with our Senior Fellows and the entire Houston/Gulf Coast region as you all take steps to respond to the most pressing needs in your lives after Hurricane Harvey - for you personally as well as for your families, friends and neighbors and for your businesses and organizations.
As we all create plans to move forward, I am writing to offer the American Leadership Forum as a resource to share and link needs and opportunities in our community. The ALF website (Hurricane Harvey Resource List) has proven to be valuable forums for sharing such information. Please continue to send us updates from your organization (click here).
To share needs in our community - Please clearly identify:
The organization or entity name and needs (i.e. specific items and estimated number needed, etc. Be as specific as possible so that others will know exactly how they might be able to help.)
For volunteer opportunities be specific about tasks that need to be performed.
Contact name, e-mail, phone number and website – please provide all that are available.
To share resources available – please indicate:
Organizations, groups or individuals available to help and what you are able to offer.
Contact name, e-mail, phone number and website – please provide all that are available
Please try to help us keep these identified needs and resources current so that we can all stay informed about the most pressing needs and those that have been met.
There are, of course, many ways Senior Fellows can support one another in the coming days, including providing direct financial support for recovery efforts. Each of our Senior Fellows has organizations that are near and dear to your hearts that will undoubtedly need and appreciate donations of any kind. Some organizations that are collecting funds for institutions across the region include Mayor Turner’s Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, United Way, and Red Cross.
Over the past week it has been heartening to see literally hundreds of e-mail messages of caring and support among so many ALF classes and across our entire ALF network.
- We know that several Fellows in our ALF family suffered flooding of their homes and businesses and our thoughts are with each of them and their families. It was humbling to see the responses, support and direct assistance that their ALF classmates provided to them in so many cases.
- We are deeply grateful to so many of you, your organizations and your businesses that have done simply incredible things to serve and support your neighbors and our communities. These countless examples of selfless servant leadership, large and small, inspire us all.
Our office did not sustain any damage during the storm and thankfully all of ALF’s staff and their families are safe and dry.
We know that there is a long road ahead, however, we also know that our powerful network can come together as we know best—across disciplines to brainstorm ideas, share resources and lend each other a hand. We send strength and support to you all.
In solidarity and with resolve to join and strengthen diverse leaders to serve during this time of incredible need.
Daniel W. Snare, Medical Class 5 and President, American Leadership Forum
American Leadership Forum
For three and a half decades ALF has worked very intentionally to bring together a mix of diverse leaders from virtually every sector of the Houston community -- not to debate, but to co-create new possibilities. Characterized by a strong belief in the human capacity for collective intelligence, the ALF program focuses on the principles of a different kind of leadership to empower Fellows to envision effective solutions and take coordinated action to address the community’s pressing issues.
The fundamental principles of the American Leadership Forum (ALF) assert that when individuals suspend judgment and allow themselves to truly hear meaning and context from others without the interference of cultural and ideological filters – this potential is unlocked to serve the common good.
It’s no coincidence that Houston’s growing recognition as one of America’s great multicultural cities for more than 30 years parallels the growth of the American Leadership Forum. Since 1980, ALF has worked very intentionally to bring together a multicultural mix of extremely diverse leaders from virtually every sector of Houston’s community not to debate, but to co-create new possibilities. Characterized by a strong belief in the human capacity for collective intelligence, the ALF program focuses on the principles of a different kind of leadership that empowers Fellows to envision effective solutions and take coordinated action to address the community’s pressing issues.
This commitment to community and cooperative spirit is nurtured through a yearlong program in which ALF Fellows engage in dialogue, learn to value their differences and unique perspectives, find common ground and build lasting relationships.