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11.3.2020

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on September 15, 2020 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

With a few weeks until 11.3.2020, I thought it appropriate to frame the issues and what is at stake against one of my go-to bedrock quotes.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort w...

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Will we do more?

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on August 16, 2020 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

My daughter takes about CV19 in terms of the “before” time, the “now” time, and the “after” time. The “now” time has all of our attention, frustration, and hope. At ECS, we are working to deliver essential services at our shelter and emergency housing, and getting ready to staff our Out of School Time program in the Fall to support the City and School District as Philadelphia children go back to school virtually. Plans are underway to provide po...

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On the Water

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on July 7, 2020 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I am up to my wader belt in sixty-degree water. The sun is dancing on the surface, and the ripples are in and out of shade from the overhanging trees. A short waterfall is on my left, and a deep pool is in front of me and runs along the far bank on my right. I am casting a six weight rod and line with a caddis and sinking grees nymph set up. For me, this is about as good as it gets.

 

I get a rise in front of me at about 35 feet. Then a second. I cast and lay the fly about a ...

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"There is no try, only do or do not"

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on July 5, 2020 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I have not posted for a while.

Like many, I find myself caught in the arc of history and the times.

Our plans and preparation for the future now requiring a redrafting.

We are not a “remote” culture, but Teams and Zoom are our new office.

In my current work in nonprofit social services, the rules are changing. Some because they have too and some because they can. I know it is not just our sector.

None of us can sit and watch. We must do. Moreover,...

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It is Time

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 29, 2020 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been thinking hard about recent events and how to respond as both as an agency focused on the issues of poverty in our community and as a father and citizen.

I have long held the belief that our values frame us. Not just what we say they are, but how we live them.

Our values at ECS, as I have written about before, are dignity, justice, community, and impact. I recently wrote about how CV-19 has ripped off the covers on the issues of equity in our communities and wide gaps ...

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Week 10

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 17, 2020 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

So today starts week ten of stay at home for Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. At this point, we are all beginning to realize that we are never going back to pre-March 13th.

We have some choices. We can move into our darkest places and shut down, or we make our new future state work—some choices.

1. Leadership, we have an election coming up. I suggest you vote. Think about the proper role of government in our lives.

2. Health, I appreciate the thought behind ...

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A Time to Rise, Again

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 15, 2020 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

“You can’t solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.” –Albert Einstein

 

Poverty is pervasive, persistent, and painful. It is complex and cruel in its scope. It impacts society on many levels. Both the individuals and families experiencing hardship directly, and the opportunity costs to all of us. In my tradition, the gospel calls us to acknowledge poverty and to meet it with intention and resou...

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In Memory of a Coach

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 15, 2020 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

When I was a young man in boarding school, my Latin teacher was Mr. Hopley who, while proficient with the language of ancient Rome, also had a sense for the English language that he would use from time to time to turn a phrase such that many remain in my memory forty years later. He believed that words can inspire, that the spoken word, well turned, could stiffen a backbone, instill character, provoke thought, and become a touchstone for one’s values. His great gift was the lesson that ...

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Muddy Boots 101

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on April 16, 2020 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to an assembled group of leaders of family businesses sponsored by the Delaware Valley Family Business Center. They asked me to share my perspective, aka scar tissue, on the attributes of leadership observed over my years in business and my service as a board chair with privately held for-profit organizations.

 

 

 

I shared five core attributes.

 

 

 

Muddy Boots. Leaders wh...

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Poverty, Race, and Privilige

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 16, 2018 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I was recently invited to speakat Westminster where I am an Alumnus. Given our work they asked me to talk about Poverty, Privilege, and Race. The following are my prepared remarks.

 

Good Morning. My name is Dave Griffith, and I graduated in 1972 and served as a trustee from 2004 to 2012. Our 2 children are among the 12 Griffith’s who have graduated from here since 1953. While here I played hockey with Peter Briggs, I was a goalie, and this was when there was no roof o...

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