Many writers argue that on the individualism vs. community continuum, American society has swung too far to the side of individualism. This post includes quotes from Parker Palmer's The Promise of Paradox.
Often, charitable giving is like a sprint. In response to a disaster, people with a rush of emotion and giving, but it doesn't last long. The CROP planning, all of whom are volunteers, act like marathon runners. They are in it for the long haul.