7/24/19 – Wednesday
Today went pretty well. I was able to realize how to be more efficient in my approach towards outreach. For many of the franchises and fast food businesses, it is of no use to spend a lot of time with the staff. It is not worth holding a long conversation the same way one would with a small business owner. In these big cooporate franchine stores, it’s important to be direct. Be clear with who you are, why you’re talking to them, and what you need from them. Typically my conversations with these types of stores lasted no longer than 10-15 minutes – at the most.
Contrary to this approach, I was able to meet a manager from the Chinatown Association – Anthony. Anthony is in charge of the entire Chinatown square, and runs contracts with a majority of the businesses there. Ideally we will be able to with this association and plan events in Chinatown square in order to raise awareness about avoiding substance abuse. We had a good conversation – here are two of the facts that I was able to inform him about that maybe you don’t know.
- McKUDOS is run off of a federal grant call the Drug Free Communities grant (DFC). To learn more, click here. To summarize, the grant works with many nonprofits in the nation that work together to promote the mission of lowering drug use in their community.
- McKUDOS has several politicians and elected officials are currently supporting our mission, including Theresa Mah – a state rep from the second district, and Dick Durbin, a federal senator.