Thanks to a successful Spring Auction and several generous individual donations, the MVWC Service Project Board has recently awarded three large grants, totaling $17,200, to Sunnyslope Elementary School, Moon Mountain Elementary School and the DeColores Shelter. Because of the additional funds, we were able to increase the number of organizations we support, and are now funding additional new projects.
This holiday season we are expanding our sponsorship to serve forty (40) underprivileged elementary school families from two economic deprived schools in the Washington Elementary School District. These families are chosen by school social workers, and ALL family members receive clothing or gifts. There are many opportunities to become involved: shopping for needed items, wrapping and packing gifts, and making the final delivery to the schools. It is a large project, requiring many volunteers to complete, and is A LOT OF FUN! If you haven’t witnessed it, Sandi Kogan’s living room turns into Santa’s workshop in November and it’s truly a sight to see! Please consider volunteering or supporting this project and contact Sandi if you can assist in any way.
This month, we will undertake a new elementary school related project, providing ten (10) families with a Thanksgiving dinner they may not otherwise have an opportunity to enjoy. Based on the families’ dietary requests, groceries for their favorite traditional meal will be purchased and delivered to the school. Pat Clegg is coordinating this project, please contact her if you can assist.
A long-standing recipient of our support, the DeColores Shelter welcomes women escaping abuse, and their children, providing a safe place to recover and later, assistance to help their return back into the community. Our members’ donations, which Nancy Palmquist manages and stores in her home garage, include household items such as kitchenware, beds, linens and cleaning supplies, and allow the women an opportunity to make a fresh start as they transition out of the shelter. When the shelter contacts Nancy with a request, she “shops” in her garage and, if necessary, purchases additional or missing items, and delivers everything to the shelter. MVWC also made a cash donation to DeColores in support of an “underwear closet” for those clients unable to bring clothing when escaping their difficult situations.
Thanks to everyone who has been involved or contributed to our philanthropic activities and ongoing efforts in support of our community.
Chair, MVWC Service