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Maple Lane Apartments, in Elkhart, IN, has made a tradition out of hosting an annual holiday food drive, to collect donations from its residents for the food bank at Church Community Services.
The largest food pantry in Elkhart County, Church Community Services food bank provides food and personal care items to an average of 1,500 families, per month. Residents with incomes below 185% of the Federal poverty line are eligible to shop for free groceries at the pantry, once every 30 days. Items are donated by churches, schools, businesses, individuals and the United States Department of Agriculture. Food is also obtained through the Food Bank of Elkhart County, Seed to Feed, and food wholesalers.
Though the individuals and families who visit the Church Community Services pantry are in need, year-round, the staff of Maple Lane host their food drive during the holiday season, to help ease the extra burden that occurs at this time of year.
On average, Maple Lane Apartments collects between 400-700 lbs of groceries and personal care items for the Church Community Services food pantry, during their annual food drive. Last year, through the generosity of its residents, the staff of Maple Lane delivered over 600 lbs.
Maple Lane’s 2017 food drive began on November 1st and will end on December 21st. Preferred items for donation, include:
- Low sodium, hearty soups and stews
- Low sodium canned vegetables
- Low sugar canned fruit
- Whole grain pasta and rice
- Whole grain cereal
- Peanut butter
- Personal care items: soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes
- Baby items: diapers, baby food
To drop off a donation at Maple Lane, visit the main office during normal business hours: Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM, or Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM. Maple Lane is located at:
2001 Sugar Maple Lane
Elkhart, IN 46514
To learn more about the Church Community Services food bank, or donate directly, visit http://churchcommunityservices.org/services/client-choice-food-pantry/ .
(Plantation, Fla.) – Matt Poncy, Leasing/Marketing Agent for our MOB Satellite Office in Plantation, Fla. is actively involved with a group called Share our Strength, or No Kid Hungry. Find out about this great charity below.
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength.
Today, too many kids know what it’s like to open their textbooks with an empty stomach. Studies confirm that when a hungry child eats breakfast, they have better attendance, improve in math, and are more likely to graduate from high school. No Kid Hungry works with schools across the country to make sure every child starts the day with a healthy breakfast. No Kid Hungry also works to expand the availability of meals for kids who need them in the summertime and after the school day is over.
No Kid Hungry’s Cooking Matters program has been featured by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign and recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for excellence in nutrition education. Cooking Matters courses and grocery store tours provide families with the skills they need to maximize their food budgets and put healthy meals on their tables, every day.
Learn more about this program at https://www.nokidhungry.org/.
The George T. Goodwin Community Center offers a wide variety of social services for the community as well as a range of other services specifically designed for children and senior citizens. The Goodwin Center’s programs and services include: food pantry, clothing bank, lending library, Silver Eagles, Head Start, Benefit Bank, and several educational classes.
The Food Pantry, Clothing Bank, and Lending Library make food, clothing, and books, music and movies available to families in the area. These services are made possible by donations from the community, local businesses and community groups. Clothing and media donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Goodwin Center. For questions about the Food Pantry or to donate, contact email@example.com.
The Silver Eagles Club offers daily activities to help seniors stay healthy and active. Each weekend between 9 AM and 4 PM, seniors can participate in an array of activities, including education programming, socialization activities, field trips, a lunch program, and volunteer opportunities. The Goodwin Center also offers resources including access to social workers, food, health insurance, transportation, and emergency housing assistance. Wellness activities include exercise classes, nutrition and healthy meal preparation classes, and Wii games and tournaments, which all take place at the Goodwin Center.
, and computer classes. For more information about the Exceptional Learners Program, please contact Linda Watkins, Director of Exceptional Learners for the MSD of Decatur Township. Office: 317.856.5265 ext. 11108. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Lafayette, La.) – Patricia (Patty) Guckeen is the Property Manager for Holladay Properties’ Lafayette, La. satellite MOB-management office. Patty is actively involved in the Vermilion Post 29 of The American Legion.
The American Legion is the world’s largest veteran’s organization. Patty and her office are currently helping with the group’s Veteran’s Holiday Food Drive. In addition, Patty was recently awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for Contributing Participation in the Citizenship Training Program, Boys State that is sponsored annually by The American Legion.
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government, Boys State was founded in 1935.
At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.
Legion posts select high school juniors to attend the program. In most cases, individual expenses are paid by a sponsoring post, a local business or another community-based organization. Patty sponsored Oliver Link Hebert of Vermilion Catholic High School for this year’s Boy State.
After Holladay sent out its December newsletter, Patty shared this article with the Post 29 officers, who shared it with the entire post; and they even took a photo with the newsletter!
To donate to the American Legion or to learn more about the group or the Boys State program, visit https://www.legion.org/.
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By Cassandra Sprigg
Administrative Assistant, South Bend
For 30+ years, Holladay Properties’ South Bend office has been a strong supporter of the United Way of St. Joseph County (UWSJC). Each Fall, our staff kicks off its Holladay Lives United Campaign by touring a community agency and witnessing the impact the organization has had on their programs. While these tours have given us great insight into the agencies and their practices, our knowledge of the UWSJC itself, however, has been limited.
As we discovered during our 2016 Holladay Lives United Campaign Kickoff on September 7th, the UWSJC has recently redeveloped its vision of lifting people in our community out of poverty, by focusing especially on three areas of impact: Early Learning, Youth Success, and Stable Families.
UWSJC’s Early Learning initiative aims to ensure that children from ages 0-12 surpass key readiness and early grade reading benchmarks. Working with Impact Partners such as La Casa de Amistad and Camp Fire River Bend, UWSJC seeks to encourage a love of learning in a community in which 83% of low-income children are unable to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.
In continuing their emphasis on education, UWSJC’s Youth Success initiative focuses on instilling in older children the skills necessary to complete high school and pursue post-secondary education or advanced training. An alarming 7,000 students drop out of school every day, and 80% of first time drug abuse happens between ages 10-14. The funding that programs such as Five Star Life – an organization which focuses on “coaching” middle school students to achieve academic success – receives, helps them to create after-school tutoring programs that deter students from making poor choices, and encourages them to graduate high school.
Recognizing that many families, regardless of their educational background, struggle financially and emotionally due to unforeseen circumstances, UWSJC has created the Stable Families initiative. The goal of this initiative is to ensure that adults achieve long-term financial stability by developing the skills and opportunities to obtain and sustain employment. In support of this, UWSJC funds “Impact Partners” such as Bridges out of Poverty, an organization that teaches people how to better manage their finances, repair their credit, and handle non-work related problems (medical, emotional, etc) that could result in absenteeism and untimely job loss.
Not only has the United Way of St. Joseph County revitalized its mission, with the Early Learning, Youth Success and Stable Families initiatives, but the organization is also building a new framework which will allow collaborative teams of organizations to work together toward common goals. During the grant proposal process, should two impact partners seek funding for mutual intentions, they will be given the opportunity to join together, and use the funding to help each other in reducing poverty in the community. This new collaborative team effort has already proven itself successful with pairings such as Hope Ministries and the Center for the Homeless. It is UWSJC’s hope to have 40% of its funded programs delivered by collaborative teams instead of individual agencies by 2017.
With 40% of households in St. Joseph County struggling to afford the basic cost of living, it is extremely important that we understand and support the vision of our local United Way. The organization’s new focus on Early Learning, Youth Success, and Stable Families lays out a clear path for the struggling in our community to build their way out of poverty, no matter their stage of life. As United Way of St. Joseph County’s 2016 Company of the Year, it is an honor and a privilege for Holladay Properties to be a part of the organization’s mission: to defeat poverty in St. Joseph County!