Philip Dail, known to people around the world simply as “PDail”, has been traveling around the world for more than thirty years and has visited more than fifty countries. While in these countries, PDail has been intentional in meeting the people where they live in their communities. This has resulted in relationships that have been key to connections making serving his friends in these countries more meaningful and relevant.
His recent emphasis on Haiti has resulted in trips to provide medical services to areas with limited access as well as assisting with sustainable community development in Montrouis which is a small town of about 25,000 located north of Port au Prince. In September of 2009, PDail and Randy Wiersma recognized a need to form a nonprofit to facilitate the service they wanted to provide locally and internationally. At this time, Together We Can, Inc. was formed.
Before this, PDail and his wife, Sara, had been serving families and small coops in about twenty countries working with them in a fair trade relationship by selling their products in Beleza, their fair trade store located in Cameron Village in Raleigh, NC. This store operated from November 2005 to January 2015. Now Philip and Sara are continuing this work with their online store, Crafted by Friends. Philip was featured by WRAL-TV for their work.
PDail is an avid gardener with almost 100 rose bushes with about 85 different colors. He has a vegetable garden and cans the produce for their home use as well as gives away more than they can. He enjoys photography and fishing and does some writing as well.
Sara and PDail are members of Edenton Street United Methodist Church also in Raleigh where they are active in the missions outreach. He serves as the chair of the Haiti Missions Committee and as a member of the church wide missions committee. Sara serves on the Adult Council. Before he retired, he taught for more than forty years; first in high school and then at North Carolina State University, where he served as the Director of Advising and Admissions in the College of Textiles for over fifteen years. In 1985, he was selected as the Teacher of the Year (K-12) for the state of North Carolina. In 2010 he was chosen as one of three Distinguished Professors by the student body at NC State University. He retired from NC State in January of 2012. In February 2015, he was honored to receive the Tarheel of the Week Award sponsored by the News and Observer.
He has led teams of college students on service trips during their spring breaks with the Center for Leadership, Ethics and Public Service, served as chair of the Advisory Committee for the University Scholars Program, and countless other such positions.