Help me

Ceanne is here today. She is our accountant. It is the end of the fiscal year and we have to close the books.

Help me.

I will admit to you that of my many talents book-keeping is not one of them. Yes, I understand that I run a nonprofit that must be totally and transparently accountable. I’m a good girl and keep my Giving Matters profile up to date religiously. But the devil is in the details, isn’t it, and that’s where I sometimes fall down on the job.

“I have a receipt here for two bottles of wine,” says Ceanne. “What’s that for?” I know that one. Robert Craig’s Christmas present for giving us our first temporary warehouse free.

“I need you to go back to before November and get all the transactions for the flood building account,” she says. Oh, dear. The online banking service is not my friend. I try October. Nothing. I try September. Nothing again. Then I realize there were no transactions because we hadn’t started construction yet. Saved.

Credit card bills. I have the receipts. Stacks and stacks of them. But why didn’t I match them up at the time I submitted the bills to Ceanne? Why, oh why. I sit at the open dock door, smoking and matching. Smoking and matching. The alarm at the cement mixing plant across the street goes off, signaling they are about to start pouring. It is like the alarm that goes off in my head when the word “accounting” is mentioned.

Ceanne is patient but firm. No penny will go unaccounted. If there were anything smaller than a penny, she’d count that, too. And while this is agonizing, this is just the beginning. We have to get the books in order because next month comes THE AUDIT.

Help me.

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About CRC Nashville

Who are we? We are literally two chicks - Catherine Mayhew and Betsy Everett, and a warehouse - the Community Resource Center (CRC). In short, CRC is a non-profit organization that provides household goods, furniture, and appliances to people in desperate need. Think of us as Robin Hoods – without the stealing. Catherine is a former journalist and Betsy is a marketing chick. We are both devoted to acquiring stuff – good stuff, no junk – because that’s what our most fragile citizens deserve. If you have metal desks, televisions that don’t work or underwear you don’t want anymore, don’t give it to us. We’ll sneer at you. If you are companies that have excess primo stuff like furniture in good condition, school supplies, personal hygiene items or pretty much anything else, we’ll be your new best friends. For more information: www.crcnashville.org Fan, Follow, and Friend CRC or Join our Cause CRCNashville - Twitter Community Resource Center - Facebook and Myspace Community Resource Center (CRC) - Facebook Cause

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