Good Neighbors in the Village
by Holly Harman Fackler, chair Dear partners in service,
School has begun and that means the After School Program sponsored by Good Neighbors in the Village and hosted at Faith Lutheran Church is underway. And it means that you will see monthly nudges in this space offering you the chance to get involved in a program that is changing lives. During 2016-17, 24 adults and 16 high school students helped provide a supportive, interesting, and helpful learning (and play) environment to some 35 Liberty Union students who may otherwise have gone home to an empty house. Quite a few of those volunteers will return, but more are needed as we become better equipped to meet the academic challenges of our students and respond to their curiosity and interests. In particular, we need volunteers who can help our students explore their interest in music and singing. We need nature lovers, gardeners, bird watchers, woodworkers, scientists, mechanics, artists, crafters, etc. If you have a hobby that fascinates you, chances are that it might inspire one of “our” kids, especially if it can be introduced to them in a hands-on way. Volunteers don’t have to commit to being at the After School Program every day. You can come once and do a project. Or you can come once a week, or once a month, or everyday for a week. For more information, contact Kay Williamson (ASP administrator) at 740-407-7554, or Deb Fisher (ASP board chair) at 740-407-2245.
The Summer Lunch Program experienced lower attendance this year than last, causing us to question whether our model for getting food to children and families in need is the right one for our community. We have formed a working group to try to better understand the local need and consider options for 2018. Does our program need to look beyond delivering calories to examining ways in which we can help build the capacity of families to stretch food dollars and simultaneously get better nutrition? If you have an interest in being part of this working group, please contact me (see number below). All that said, we appreciate the efforts of kitchen leads, cooks, servers, cleaner uppers, door and restroom monitors, craft wizards, bakers, and all those who contributed time and talent toward this summer’s lunch program, or who provided
Our ramp builders have been pretty busy this year, but if you or someone you know has a legitimate need for a wheelchair ramp, please call us. We can help.
We’ve set Dec. 10 as our annual date for caroling. We’ll soon contact the music/choir directors at partner churches and invite them to contribute some voices. We also will need names and addresses of households that could use a visit from these bearers of Christmas cheer.
Good Neighbors’ weekly activities
* Bible study: 2 p.m. Mondays at Walnut Creek Village Apartments, led by Worth Harman
* Chair volleyball: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at CUMC Family Life Center, followed by a hot lunch at 11.
* After School Program: 2:30 to 6 p.m. every day that school’s in session.
Save the dates
- ASP board meeting, 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at Faith Lutheran Church
2. Good Neighbors quarterly board meeting, 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at New Zion UM Church
3. Caroling, Dec. 10
REMINDER: During the next few weeks, Meijer’s Simply Give program will benefit the Baltimore Food Pantry, a ministry that serves everyone in this community in one way or another. Between now and Sept. 16, Meijer will give $10 in food purchases to the pantry for every $10 you donate to the pantry when you visit the Lancaster store. And on the “double match days” of Sept. 1 and 2, Meijer will match each $10 donation with $20. Use the Simply Give cards being distributed among area churches or that are available near the checkouts at Meijer (be sure the bar code on the card is 0882002527). You can make your donation when you purchase your groceries.
Is God calling you
to be a Good Neighbor?
There is work to be done.