Top 10 of 2015, #3
L'Arche USA and Greater Washington D.C.
One of my favorite critical design essays (which I read with my students every semester) is Stefan Sagmeister's "How Good is Good," in which he states that sometimes the best way a person can help a cause they believe in is to apply their particular special skills and talents to it.
L'Arche's mission; "To make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships" is both near and dear to me. As the parent of a child with cognitive disabilities, I see the challenges but I also see the great gifts and the potential that exists for everyone in a more inclusive world.
To quote L'Arche's founder, Jean Vanier:
"Every human activity can be put at the service of the divine and of love. We should all exercise our gift to build community.”
Using my gifts to help build this very special community is something I am privileged to do.