With a goal of uniting the community, Tiffany Capparelli came up with the idea for Unite the Triad.
“That is the ultimate goal, to unite us as a community and as a people,” she said. “I’ve just had a heart to want to help people and reach out.”
Capparelli explained that in the beginning her thoughts were more focused on one avenue for helping people, but now she feels it should be limitless.
“It can be environment, animals, children or the elderly, and it doesn’t matter the person’s background,” she said. “I know in the religious community there is a lot of outreach, but there are probably some people that feel intimidated to seek help. I am hoping for this to be a lasting solution.”
Capparelli said she was in a dark place about 10 months ago.
“If not for a really strong support system, I’m not sure where I would be right now and that’s another area where people might need help; people battling depression,” she shared.
Capparelli noted that the group is all encompassing and anyone is welcome.
“I’m a firm believer that in your life, if you step out of your comfort zone to help others, you are happier and whatever chaos you are dealing with, you will find a solution in helping others,” she said.
As for the people they will be helping, Capparelli said there are numerous people in the community who need help, whether it’s that they need help paying a light bill or something else.
“If we help people, I want to make it so they will be required, also, to give back and be a part of this,” she said. “I also want to look at the long-term solution as to why they might be struggling to pay their light bill and help them with that as well.”
Capparelli said while the group is all encompassing, the first two projects she wants to focus on are food waste and music therapy.
“The former CEO of Trader Joe’s opened a store called Daily Table. Whatever community they are in, they purchase food that is considered expired from the grocery store, but isn’t actually expired, usually perishable food and sell it,” she said. “I thought the concept was amazing. I had a friend who worked for (a grocery store) and she told me that even if they break one egg in a carton, they have to throw away the entire carton.”
What Capparelli wants to figure out is how to redistribute that often wasted food, and give it to people who might need it.
“There are so many people who are hungry in the world and we are wasting so much food, just in our hometown,” she remarked.
As for music therapy, Capparelli said she has heard of nursing homes using music therapy to help patients, such as those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
“We have a really strong local music scene. I know a good amount of the artists, and I want to gather some of those people and get them into some nursing homes and let these people relive their happy days. I know music will bring them alive again,” she said, noting that she would hope the artists would play some music from the residents’ past.
Capparelli explained when there are other organizations that are already doing things in the community, she would like the group to work through those organizations instead of starting over on their own.
“We’ll just connect and go, and be the hands and feet for some of these organizations,” she said.
Capparelli hopes others will bring their interests and then facilitate a cause that is important to them.
“I think everyone has considered doing for others, stepping outside of themselves and lending a hand and for one reason or another over thought the entire process or weren’t sure where to start, but this will be a place where you can come and there will be a place for your particular interest and skill set,” she said. “I hope to see all forms of skills sets including artists, construction foreman, or anything. I want it to be quite broad and just invite people with compassion and willingness to step outside of themselves.”
The meeting for Unite the Triad will be held on March 8 from 6 – 7 p.m. at Eclection, located at 221 North Main Street in downtown Kernersville.