2017-2018 Care N’ Share Program kicks off,
Benefiting Wyoming Food for Thought Project!
Based on input from our members and friends, Wyoming Food For Thought Project has been chosen as our first quarterly Care N’ Share non-profit for October through December! During the quarter, we will be learning about, celebrating, and supporting this worthy program that is spearheading a grass-roots, local solution to the problem of hunger in our community.
Food for Thought does so much, including providing 670 weekend food bags to school children every week, sponsoring a weekly farmer’s market, growing community gardens, holding workshops on food prep and gardening, managing a seed library, and so much more. You can check out all their projects on their website, wyomingfoodforthoughtproject.org. With so much going on, they have a virtually limitless number of opportunities for volunteers to help out. How does volunteering work? According to director Jamie Purcell, you let them know when you have time, and they find you something to do!
A number of UU Casper Care N Share activities are planned for October through December, including (so far!):
- Every Sunday: bring cans of soup each Sunday to help restock the pantry shelves, share “Fun Facts”
- Sunday, October 22nd: “Care N’ Share Sunday: Food for Thought, a Local Solution to Hunger.” Food for Thought representatives and UU Casper Membership Committee members will lead this service, exploring the problem of hunger in our community, what the staff and volunteers of Food for Thought are doing about it, and how we can help.
- Wednesday, November 8th: Care N Share service opportunity and potluck at Food for Thought, 900 St. John Street, Casper. Come at (or anytime after) 4:00 pm to help pack weekend food bags, or come just for the potluck at 6:00 pm. Meet the FFT staff, help out, tour the FFT facilities, gardens, and the James Reeb Memorial Playground, and enjoy great food and good company. Bring a dish to share, and a can of soup to donate to Food For Thought to help fill weekend food bags distributed to Natrona County school children.
- Dates to be announced: Volunteer opportunities to participate in holiday food drives, stuff the van toy drive, and more!
Stay tuned for details of these and other activities over the next couple months. If you have questions, or if you have other ideas for ways we can support Food for Thought this quarter, talk to any Membership Committee member (Alan Vandeventer, Tammy Dominguez, Laura Gossman), or email email@example.com.
This last few months UU Casper has assisted many local non-profits, like:
- Child Development Center of Natrona County – March and April 2017 donations of craft and learning supplies
- Joshua’s Storehouse – January 2017 donations of soup
- Holy Cross Food Bank – December 2016 donations of holiday foods
- Casper College Goodstein Library and Food for Thought – November 2016 over 125 books donated to children’s book drive
- Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota – October 2017 donations of band-aids, lip balm, and children’s clothing
- Central Wyoming Rescue Mission – September 2016 donations to buy bus tokens for residents
- Casper Humane Society – April 2016 donations of dog and cat food, treats and toys
- Wyoming Food for Thought – March 2016 donations of food for local program to provide weekend meals for children
- Central Wyoming Rescue Mission – February 2016 donations for personal care bags
If you have questions, ideas or would like to get involved, please contact Laura Gossman, Membership Committee chairperson (307-259-4469) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Yard Sale
UU Casper held its first annual yard sale in August 2016, with proceeds benefitting the children’s Religious Exploration program, as well as two local charities, Wyoming Food for Thought and Seton House.