Time was tight. Sign or don’t sign? The organization that would soon become the Community Purchasing Alliance (CPA) had just emailed a draft contract that would save twelve religious institutions over $100,000 on their annual energy bills. The congregations had two hours to review and sign.
CPA helps 21 community institutions (mostly schools) procure $2.5 million per year in security staffing. Hourly rates range from $30-50 per hour for armed guards & off-duty police offers. More consistent scheduling (i.e. 20hrs/week), helps secure lower rates.
When I was growing up, acts of mass violence and hate felt far away and infrequent. This week's violence, with the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, hits closer to home.