Fuller Seminary President Mark Labberton joined Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and other community leaders for the unveiling of a new "donation station" Wednesday morning, August 13, in front of the School of Psychology at the seminary’s Pasadena campus.
The unveiling of a repurposed bright orange parking meter helped launch a creative Pasadena-wide effort called Real Change Pasadena, which will install several similar donation stations throughout the city. The goal of this City of Pasadena outreach and education campaign is to enable interested people to easily contribute—via the repurposed meters—their spare change or credit card donations to be used in productive ways. Funds raised will be administered by the nonprofit Flintridge Center to help support several homeless service and prevention programs in the community.
President Labberton offered remarks at the launch event, saying that the meter will serve as a visible reminder as we “unveil a new season in the life of Pasadena's homeless." It will bring hope, he said, "both for the community of Pasadena and the individuals whose lives will be affected by this.” Mayor Bogaard and Pasadena Housing Director Bill Huang also spoke at the event, which was attended by many from the local community as well as a number of media representatives.
The donation meter launch was covered by local television station KCAL-TV, KPCC-FM radio, and numerous other outlets including the Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Los Angeles Daily News, Press-Telegram, Whittier Daily News, and others.
For more information about Real Change, visit the website or read this article by Pasadena Now.
To read more about Art Center’s design process as they helped develop the campaign, visit Designmatters.