The event featured the sharing of food, Covid-19 supplies, and clothing to over five hundred members of our community.
On Saturday, June 12th, Time for Change Foundation, and our community partners held a Community Action Fair.
An opportunity to do our part, and help those in need, we gave away $100 dollar bills to the first two hundred and fifty people in line when a utility bill was provided. Additionally, $50 dollar Food for Less gift cards were handed out to over five hundred people. Together that is over $50,000 in aid to the community, with half being direct cash assistance.
Vendors from a variety of local organizations were on hand with groceries, hot meals, clothing, and Covid-19 supplies for anyone who came out.
Since late August 2020, the Household Pulse Survey has provided data on the overall number of adults struggling to cover usual household expenses such as food, car payments, utilities, medical expenses, or student loans. Some 61 million adults—26 percent of all adults in the country—reported it was somewhat or very difficult for their household to cover usual expenses in the past seven days, according to data collected May 12–24.
For many, this event was the rope needed to pull themselves up from a cliff. One attendee expressed her gratitude for the event. “Especially right now… a lot of people are having hard times, so every little thing helps.”
Another, spoke on his observations and the importance of this event, “for those who are down on and out…with the pandemic, loss of wages, homelessness. There were a lot of kids here early with their parents, so things for some seem to dire.”
We wish to thank our partners in this event, Young Visionaries, Catholic Charities, and St. John’s Episcopal Church. They continue to outdo themselves in their efforts to service those in need.
We are extremely grateful for all whom donated and volunteered. Community becomes powerful when all members pull together for a united cause. The change, or transformation, that occurs when we act together is something we all must continue to strive for.
Time for Change Foundation’s mission is to empower disenfranchised low-income individuals and families by building leadership through evidence-based programs and housing to create self-sufficiency and thriving communities. For more info visit timeforchangefoundation.org.