Women Who Care Kent County, a local philanthropy group, donated $11,900 to North Kent Community Services on June 25. Kathy Florentine and Sharon Stiansen, founders of the group, toured NKCS and presented the generous gift. NKCS was selected as this quarter’s recipient of funding from Women Who Care Kent County, a group of 100+ women who collectively pool their money to make one large donation to a nonprofit group in our community. Three charities were given the opportunity to make a pitch at the June 4 event at Blythefield Country Club; afterword each woman in attendance votes and writes a $100 check to the charity that garnered the most votes. “This gift is significant for North Kent Community Services,” said Executive Director Claire Guisfredi. “The donated money will be a huge help as we gear up for our next round of educational programming this fall. We are trying to move people out of poverty and Women Who Care Kent County is helping us do that.” North Kent Community Services is the largest food pantry in northern Kent County, serving families and individuals from 5 Mile to 22 Mile Roads and east and west to the county lines. They provide food, clothing, Senior Meals on Wheels, tax preparation and more to those in need. The Thrive Empowerment Program, launched in September, equips women in the area to empower themselves by advancing their education, starting a business or finding livable wage employment. Since its founding in 2013, Women Who Care Kent County has raised more than $95,000 for local nonprofit organizations. “It’s amazing to see the impact 100 women can make in just one hour,” said Florentine. “All women in Kent County are invited to join and be a part of this incredible group.” The next gathering is Thursday, September 3 at Blythefield Country Club. For more information, visit their Facebook page by searching Women Who Care Kent County.
A Community Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy a day of food, music and great deals! Don’t miss this great opportunity to sell your own goodies and make some extra cash! The event will be held in the parking lot of Resurrection Life Church of Rockford located at 3233 10 Mile Road. (Just east of US 131 between Meijer and Wolven Ave.) Proceeds from the event will go towards a Christmas outreach program organized by Lean On Me Outreach Center of Rockford. Sellers – Take advantage of this prime location and sell your own items during this one-day event. You keep all that you make! Purchase a 18′ x 18′ spot for only $40 or purchase a double spot for $60. Crafters welcome! Limited space is available therefore spots will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Email email@example.com to sign up or for more information. Donations – We welcome any gently used clothing or household items that you would like to donate. These will be sold during the sale with proceeds going to the Christmas outreach program. Any items left over at the end of the sale will be donated to Lean on Me Outreach Center for distribution to those in need in the community. Tax donation slips are available. Donations can be dropped off in the parking lot behind the church (by the northeast entrance doors) from 9:00 a.m. to noon on April 18, April 26, May 2 and May 9, between Sunday services on April 19 and May 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on May 5 and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on May 7.
A Grand Rapids program operated by the Salvation Army runs a home for young unwed mothers with the goal of supporting them through their pregnancy and helping them to stay in school. One need the program has is for new or gently used books on pregnancy, child care or for reading to young children. Rockford Rotary recently donated $1,000 in Scholastic Books for the program and is collecting donations. Pregnancy books should be published within the last ten years. Drop off locations are at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community on 11 Mike Road (behind Our Lady of Consolation Church) and the Rockford Squire newspaper, 331 Northland Drive.
Do you have gently used and/or new prom dress (es) that you are unsure what to with? Here is your answer; you can donate your gently used prom dress (es) to the Love Laugh Cure Relay For Life team for our second “Dress for Cure” fundraisers to benefit Relay For Life. We will then, in return, resell the dresses at a great discount to the community and beyond on April 17 and 18 at Double Take. This fundraiser was able to collect over 200 dresses and raise over $1700.00 for Relay last year. Dress collection will start on March, 3 2009 at Double Take located at 31 Courtland, and at your very own Rockford Squire office located at 331 Northland Drive during business hours. For more information you can contact the event organizer Jenn Hephner by email firstname.lastname@example.org