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Vintage Lacey

Sympathy sees and says 'I'm sorry.'
Compassion sees and says 'I'll help.'
When we learn the difference,
We can make a difference."

Author Unknown

Not everyone wants to get involved in the same way.This page offers suggestions on how you might participate.

YOUTH GROUPS

The food bank needs funds and food. For the former we suggest any typical fund raising event from car washes and bake sales to piggy bank penny collections.

The children could hold a food walk targeting one food item to be pledged per mile. One problem we have is collecting enough of one item to give to each client because it takes over 100 of an item to do this. We always need cereal or juice so a juice or Cheerio walk would be helpful.

They could build a pyramid of one type of food, and challenge other classes or groups to beat them.( The Great Peanut Butter Pyramid Challenge?) The picture opportunities for this would be very effective.

In February, the volunteers provided candy kisses as a treat for the clients as they signed up. They also decorated with red valentine hearts. This created a little festivity for an otherwise drab day. This could become a class or troop project with the children adopting a month, decorating and providing an appropriately decorated cookie, cupcake, or greeting card.

If you are artistic, we need some artwork done - logo for a banner, poster of welcome at the food bank, a mural to brighten our new space?

Perhaps a school would like to sponsor a poster contest and ask the library to display the entries from the children. This could be done at all grade levels. The focus of the posters should be on food, (the big blue cans) sharing and caring. We can give ribbons out to the winners in each grade category.The value in promoting public awareness of the plight of the hungry would be significant.

In addition to the above suggestions, advisors might want to look at the ideas offered to clubs and organizations.

We ask that public contact with recipients be limited. Most of them are elderly and proud, not accustomed to accepting charity and public scrutiny would mortify them. Also, physical space is very limited.

We can and will schedule "giftings" to the food bank & take pictures for distribution to the newspapers. We will also publish them on our website newsletter.

Feel free to call the chairman, Guy , at 693-8703 to discuss your plans.

TO MAKE THE XMAS DISTRIBUTION MORE FESTIVE FOR FOOD BANK FAMILIES, FOOD BANK VOLUNTEEERS SOLICITED BUSINESSES IN TOWN FOR DONATIONS OF FOOD CERTIFICATES SO THAT WE COULD HOLD A DRAWING. GIFTS RANGE FROM PIZZAS AND BAKERY GOODS TO DINNER FOR TWO. NON FOOD ORIENTATED BUSINESSES DONATED SHOP RITE FOOD CERTIFICATES. 

 HEARING ABOUT THIS  GIRL SCOUT TROOP # 476 SNEAKED IN AND PRESENTED US WITH TWO GIANT GIFT BASKETS FOR THE XMAS DRAWING, , CHOCK FILLED WITH EDIBLE GOODIES OF ALL KIND AND TOPPED OFF BY SHOP RITE GIFT CERTIFICATES.  

THEY  CERTAINLY EARNED A GOOD DEEDS BADGE FOR THIS GIFT.

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INDIVIDUALS

We are looking forward to working with you on any level.  There are so many possibilities, depending on how much tiime you can give - as you can see below, even once a month can help us . 

Are you a take charge organized person? We need a Volunteer coordinator for the food bank . ...More helpers are needed to staff  the food bank table at public information days at ShopRite oron  Lacey Day - a good role for someone who cannot commit to weekly schedules. You could  deliver food to those who cannot attend distribution day ,  canvas local businesses to find more sponsors or solicit gifts for the clients Xmas drawing in December (gift certificates for pizzas, lunches, bakery goods etc.)  

"Guy"  volunteers are always needed to collect food weekly from the barrels at ShopRite, and to help move the food each month. And if you are in good sound health  are hearty and able to do more, sign up to help Sal, the Food Bank Handyman, by doing small fix- it jobs, raking , mowing and shovelling for the elderly and handicapped clients.

The pay is lousy ( okay, non-existent) but the rewards are high. And you get the chance to rub elbows with elite of Lacey Township, that great bunch of food bank volunteers who welcome all with open arms.

Just call the chairman, Guy, at 693-8703 to discuss your possible involvement and get on our volunteer contact list. Or e-mail him at

LACEYFOODBANK@AOL.COM

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Ralph Lanuto gets involved. A member of several Clubs and Organizations in Lacey, this busy man takes the time to help out the food bank and serves as our liason to clubs and organizations.(No, that's not a football, but a turkey he is hefting - one of many given out as an Easter season treat to the clients)

STILL NOT CONVINCED?AS AN INCENTIVE WE OFFER YOU .....

 

VOLUNTEERS GET T HEIR OWN
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Clubs & Organizations

#1. Gift an annual pledge of $250 to support one client.This enables us to buy a year's worth of food coupons from ShopRite and supplemental food not generally given in quantity during food drives.

#2. Assemble a special one time gift for our clients. Fruit baskets at the holidays comes to mind.Or canned hams at Christmas and Easter. But it could be anything that we can not provide because of limitations in storing fresh or frozen food and given at any time of the year.

#3. Organize a coupon " clipping & shopping "club with friends, neighbors or members of your organization-  Dick Sansone, the "stores master",  has assembled some astounding double\triple coupon examples with a variety of food gotten free or almost free and will be happy to share them with you.

 
Members of the club also benefit by getting non food coupons for personal use by combining and swapping as well as the sociability factor. The cost is insignificant - what you spend you end up saving! The food bank will benefit from all the addtional food, and you will feel good about yourself at the same time.

#4. Hold a one item campaign - assembling a large amount of one item - cereal, juice, canned meats. Perhaps members could be charged "admission" to meetings for the year or during the period of the campaign. The Lacey Woman's Club collects over a 100 cans of tuna at their monthly meetings. The stores master will be happy to tell you what he needs. Call him at 693-6357.

#5. Run a walkathon, a card party, cake sale or car wash. Any type of fundraiser with the proceeds going to the food bank.

#6. Garden Club? A gift of your fresh produce in growing season, or from an organized group gleaning in nearby farm fields would be a welcome change from canned vegetables for our clients.
Select a member of your organization to be a liason with the food bank as a way of keeping in touch with our needs.

And always, be attuned and sensitive to those who might need help and encourage them to sign up for the program.