Monday, November 12, 2012
Collected food will help local families this holiday season
Getting a head start on Thanksgiving grocery shopping? You can help local families in need by picking up a few extra items this week. The Westlake Assistance Program is holding a city-wide food drive through Nov. 16 to help fill the food cupboard so everyone in need in Westlake can have good holiday meals. Items needed include canned fruit and vegetables, canned or jarred gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, yams/sweet potatoes, chicken, turkey, canned meat, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, jelly, soup, pasta, cake mix and any other non-perishable food item. You can drop off donations at Westlake Recreation Center, Westlake Police Department, Westlake Porter Public Library and the Westlake Center for Community Services. Receipts are …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Every claimed listing in April means $5 of free advertising for the program.
If you own a business or manage an organization in Westlake, we've got a webpage for you in our Directory! And although we've got all of the basic information, if you 'claim' your page, you can upload photos, advertise sales and interact with customers. Plus, if you claim your page during the month of April, we'll donate $5 of advertising to the Westlake Assistance Program to support their mission of providing basic staples to city residents. One hundred percent of all donations to the Westlake Assistance Program goes right back into the community. Whether it's a little extra food to help make ends meet, a warm coat or new school supplies, the donations go a long way to improve the lives of your neighbors. And in a down economy, the …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Westlake Assistance Program is in need of Easter basket donations.
The Westlake Assistance Program is teaming up with the Easter Bunny to make this spring a little brighter for hundreds of Westlake residents. On April 5, the program will hand out laundry baskets with all of the essentials to help make ends meet, plus some holiday treats. Westlake families and individuals in low-income homes qualify for the baskets, as well as those who have recently lost their jobs. According to Westlake Communtiy Services Director Joyce Able Scroth, over 70 families will receieve a basket this year. "The folks that qualify are all ages from infants to older adults," she said. "Recently, we've had more families with children and older adults struggling. Social services needs to be there to fill in the gaps." For the …
Friday, December 2, 2011
Help those in need by donating Dec. 12 through 16.
Donations have been pouring in to the Westlake Assistance Program this holiday season, helping to meet the growing needs of hungry families. Last month, the program provided 96 families (nearly 300 individuals) with a three-day supply of food and all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. There are already 105 families signed up to receive food baskets this month, said Sue Venick, assistant director of the city Community Services Department, but volunteers are keeping up with the demand. "[Demand] is a little bit higher this year, but I've been surprised," she said. "I can't tell you how many volunteers I have. The donations are wonderful this year, and this program relies only on donations. Only by the generosity of the …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The White Team service committee collected cans for a week before loading them up for delivery Monday afternoon.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Students at Lee Burneson Middle School were doing some heavy lifting Monday afternoon, loading about 1,500 canned goods for delivery. "We've been doing this all week, but service committee is all the time," said Sam Vecchio. The White Team Service Committee, which works all school year on projects to help the less fortunate, took them to the Westlake Assistance Program for distribution. "At Burneson, we want to set an example for our kids to give back to the community, so when we do a fundraiser, we give a portion of the proceeds to Westlake Assistance," said Principal Paul Wilson.