Q&A: Earl Stafford and The People’s Inaugural Project

other charities to identify individuals that they feel are most deserving.

Will participants receive tickets for the swearing-in ceremony?

No … But from our viewpoint [at the hotel] for the parade, we are only several blocks from the [site] of the swearing-in. [From the hotel] we looked directly down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol.

Why is it important to offer such an experience for the underserved?

This is what this country is about—the people. Somehow this country has become distracted and the power is no longer with the people … the underserved … Maybe it’s time we start looking to help each other. For a lot of the people who are economically disadvantaged, and even those who are not, it could be difficult for them to afford to be here [for the inauguration]. But this is what it’s about—the people. And they shouldn’t be excluded because they can’t afford to [participate.]

For more information about volunteering, nominating participants, or getting involved in The People’s Inauguration Project, call 703-476-1000, e-mail inauguration@thestaffordfoundation.org, or visit The Stafford Foundation’s Website (which will be updated more frequently in coming days.)

Pages: 1 2
ACROSS THE WEB
  • Robin Caldwell

    Janell, I’m so grateful that you and BlackEnterprise.com thought this story newsworthy. In this day and age it can seem almost too good to be true to hear about someone doing something so magnanimous, especially in this economy. I thank you for asking the questions I’d ask Mr. Stafford.

  • STEFANIA OLIVETTI

    PLEASE PLEASE TO ATTENTION TO MR EARL STAFFORD
    VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE. THANK YOU
    sono l’impiegata di una ditta italiana. lavoro 8 ore al giorno e guadagno 850 euro al mese. io e i miei fratelli abbiamo creato questa azienda dal niente, costruiamo cilindri oleodinamici e morse per le macchine per perforazione. ora il lavoro e’ calato veramente tanto e i debiti ci stanno soffocando. io lo so’ che forse mi credera’ pazza, ma le scrivo per chiederle un’aiuto. ho sentito che lei ascolta i problemi delle persone. puo’ aiutare la mia azienda a non morire? abbiamo anche 13 dipendenti. la ringrazio qualsiasi sia la sua risposta. mi scuso anche per il fatto che scrivo in italiano ma non conosco bene l’inglese.
    che dio la benedica. STEFANIA OLIVETTI
    VIA APOLLONIO 6
    25012 CALVISANO (BS) ITALY
    E-MAIL stefi.blanche@libero.it

  • STEFANIA OLIVETTI

    please

  • J.OLIVETTI

    You are very kind and I’m so happy for those people.THANKS

  • http://none margery tanquary

    Do you only help the black community? Iunderstand truely but my husband and I are dire straights,we’re both disabled we decide over money for meds or food.