T-Shirt Design Contest for High School and College Students Launches Today!

Design the FIRST Official Neighborhood Center T-shirt!

 

Calling all high school and college students ages 14-22 who enjoy graphic design, art, design and T-shirts! The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia is seeking students who attend school in or live in West Volusia County, Florida, to design one-of-a-kind T-shirts to increase awareness of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia’s mission to serve the homeless, feed the hungry and prevent homelessness in West Volusia County.

The winner will be announced at our October 24 breakfast event as the designer of the official 2019 Neighborhood Center T-shirt and win $100 in Mainstreet Dollars. And, The Neighborhood Center will display the winning design for one year on its property and/or official vehicle(s) and share the news far and wide online and beyond!

HOW TO ENTER AND WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT!

Entering is easy!

Create your design and tell us in 250 words or less how your design helps promotes The Neighborhood Center’s mission of serving the homeless, feeding the hungry and preventing homelessness and submit it by midnight, Friday, September 21.

The T-shirt design must incorporate the following:

• Only three colors: Red, black, gray (white space is permitted, too)
• a house image
• a heart image
• the hashtag #LoveLocal

Design submissions — a PDF graphic and up to 250-word write-up — must be submitted by midnight, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, via this upload link. Please include your name, email address, and school.

Our Community Judges Your Design

  • Judging begins September 25.
  • The shortlisting judging panel will consist of staff, volunteers and donors.
  • Designs will be judged based on quality and relevance
  • The final round of submissions will be placed in the hands of The Neighborhood Center’s Facebook fans for judging October 1 – 5. Be sure to like and follow our Facebook page to stay abreast of the votes!
  • The rulings of the shortlisting panel and Facebook fans are final.

Win Gifts and Fame!

Winner receives:

  • $100 in Mainstreet Dollars to be used at Mainstreet DeLand Association merchants
  • 2 t-shirts of their winning design
  • publicity of the design on our website, social media and e-mail marketing an on The Neighborhood Center’s property and/or official vehicle

Finalist will be notified after a Facebook fan vote for the winning design.

Please note any designs chosen in the contest become the creative property of the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia and will be used for fundraising marketing purposes for the agency.

Good luck and thank you for supporting The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia!

Remember our old thrift shop? It’s been repurposed!

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia cut the ribbon on its newest transitional housing facility this morning! GAP (Growth and Achievement Program) House will bring an additional 12 beds to West Volusia, thus increasing the agency’s total bed capacity (emergency and transition) to 162. The beds are earmarked for men in transition or at risk of homelessness.

Residents of GAP House must have income, pay $100 rent per week, and be in process of transitioning to permanent supportive housing or independent housing.

Rent includes utilities, water and food.

Residents can stay in GAP House for no longer than 12 months. #lovelocal

Neighborhood Center to Cut Ribbon July 18 for 12-Bed Transitional Housing

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia will cut the ribbon on its newest transitional housing facility at 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 18. City of DeLand officials and Neighborhood Center staff, donors and volunteers will be present. The public is invited to attend.

GAP (Growth and Achievement Program) House will bring an additional 12 beds to West Volusia, thus increasing the agency’s total bed capacity (emergency and transition) to 162. The beds, which will be housed in the former thrift shop behind The Neighborhood Center at 434 S. Woodland Blvd., are earmarked for men in transition or at risk of homelessness. Residents of GAP House must have income, pay $100 rent per week, and be in process of transitioning to permanent supportive housing or independent housing. Rent includes utilities, water and food. Residents can stay in GAP House for no longer than 12 months.

GAP House will be an option for residents who successfully progress from The Bridge, too. The Bridge is a planned 20-bed, 5,000-square-foot shelter and day center at 224 S. Florida Avenue. Construction on The Bridge begins next year.

“GAP House is another piece of the puzzle that will help eliminate homelessness in our community,” said Executive Director Susan Clark. “As we plan with the City of DeLand to build and manage The Bridge, we see GAP House as a place for clients to integrate into after their successful experience at The Bridge. The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia remains committed to being the leader in providing the continuum of care necessary to respond to West Volusia’s transitional housing needs.”

GAP House’s lead contractor is JMS Building Corporation; the renovation and remodeling project has cost $225,000. The Lacey Family Foundation donated $40,000 in support of the project and other donors supplied the balance. Construction of GAP House has been supported entirely by private donations.

For more information about The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, visit www.neighborhoodcenterwv.org.

Wine to Water Tickets on Sale Now!

Tickets are on sale now at The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Thrift Shop (434 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand) and at The Elusive Grape (133 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand) for “Wine to Water” – a popular fundraiser for The Neighborhood Center. Proceeds from each ticket sold for “Wine to Water” will go to The Neighborhood Center’s water fund to help prevent homelessness. Each ticket pays water bills for two families for a month.

The Wine to Water fundraiser will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Monday, August 6, at the Elusive Grape. A limited number of tickets to the event are available for $100 each, and include food, wine, entertainment and five raffle tickets.

We thank the sponsors who are making this event possible!

Join us for a great time on August 6. Get your tickets today! For more information about the Wine to Water fundraiser, please contact Gery Walker, volunteer event organizer, at 386-748-2511.

Wiffle ball tournament to benefit The Neighborhood Center May 19

Wiffle ball isn’t for wimps! It’s a leisurely sport that requires speed, agility, and a good sense of humor. And, on May 19, it also requires a heart for helping others.

Families, friends, businesses and communities are invited to form teams and join in the fun of the Third Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament to benefit The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Rinker Field at Stetson University 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All ages are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Each team must have at least five players, and the entry fee is $125 per team. Sponsorships ranging from $600 – $200 also are available.

Proceeds from the event benefit Rapid Rehousing Programs of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia.

Registered players will receive lunch at the event, and spectator lunches will be available for purchase.

To register your team, become a sponsor and/or receive more information, contact Richard Prescott at RichardMPrescott@gmail.com or 386-804-5274.

DOWNLOAD THE FLIER!

DOWNLOAD THE TEAM SIGN-UP FORM!

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About the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia – The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, opened in DeLand in 1969. Its mission is to feed the hungry, house the homeless, and prevent homelessness in DeLand and West Volusia County. It operates a thrift shop (Tuesday through Saturday) and food pantry at 434 S. Woodland Blvd., assists families in crisis with rent and utilities, provides temporary housing for working adults, and secures transitional housing for families. Learn more at www.neighborhoodcenterwv.org.

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Register today for May 19 Wiffle Ball Tourney!

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Wiffle ball isn’t for wimps. It’s a leisurely sport that requires speed, agility, and a good sense of humor. And, on May 19, it also requires a heart for helping others.

Families, friends, neighborhoods and businesses are invited to form teams and join in the fun of the Third Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament to benefit The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Rinker Field at Stetson University 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

Each team must have at least five players, and the entry fee is $125 per team. Sponsorships ranging from $600 – $200 also are available.

Proceeds from the event benefit Rapid Rehousing Programs of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia.

Registered players will receive lunch at the event, and spectator lunches will be available for purchase.

To register your team, become a sponsor and/or receive more information, contact Richard Prescott at RichardMPrescott@gmail.com or 386-804-5274.

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia seeks Wine to Water sponsors

SPONSOR UPDATE: Thank you to the sponsors who have committed to support the Aug. 6 Wine to Water! If you’d like to be part of the amazing success of this fundraiser for The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, contact Gery Walker at gerywalker@aol.com!

Champagne Sponsors
• Lightwork Managed Services
• Mainstreet Bank
• Downtown Rotary
• Ann Colwell
• Elusive Grape

Merlot Sponsors
• Fred Bondesen Automotive
• Rotary Club of DeLand
• Terry Soule, DDS

Rosé Sponsors
• Pool Renovations by Larry
• DeLand Breakfast Rotary
• Total Comfort
• United Church Christ
• Anne Stevenson, CPA
• VP Communications

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia is seeking community sponsors for its Wine to Water fundraiser, scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at The Elusive Grape in downtown DeLand. The popular annual event will feature food, wine and raffle tickets good toward beer, wine and other gift baskets. All proceeds benefit The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia; funds help prevent homelessness by providing resources to pay families’ water bills. (Download the sponsorship flier here.)

Sponsorship levels include:

• Champagne sponsor ($1,500): 10 event tickets, 50 raffle tickets, logo on flier, promotion on Facebook, and recognition at the event
• Merlot sponsor ($1,000): five event tickets, 25 raffle tickets, logo on flier, promotion on Facebook, and recognition at the event
• Rosé sponsor ($500): two event tickets, 10 raffle tickets, logo on flier, promotion on Facebook, and recognition at the event
• Chardonnay sponsor ($300): one event ticket, logo on flier, promotion on Facebook, and recognition at the event

Proceeds will be used to prevent homelessness by paying the water bills of needy families in West Volusia.

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, opened in DeLand in 1969. Its mission is to feed the hungry, house the homeless, and prevent homelessness in DeLand and West Volusia County. It operates a thrift shop and food pantry at 434 S. Woodland Blvd., assists families in crisis with rent and utilities, provides temporary housing for working adults, and secures transitional housing for families.

For more information about The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia or the Wine to Water fundraiser, contact Susan Clark, Executive Director, The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, at 386-734-8120.

As The Neighborhood Center converts former thrift store to housing, local philanthropist offers matching grant of $50,000

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia has begun converting its former thrift shop, located behind the main agency building at 434. S Woodland Blvd., to a 14-bed housing unit. The transitional housing unit for adult men will provide a safe space to stay while issues that forced them into homelessness are resolved.

The addition of the 14 beds will make The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia the largest nonprofit housing agency in Volusia County.

Philanthropist Ed Lacey, DeLand, has pledged $50,000 to the renovation project, contingent upon the agency raising the same amount.

“Mr. Lacey is a longtime supporter of The Neighborhood Center, and truly cares for the people of our communities,” said Executive Director Susan Clark. “We are confident donors will step up to help us match his gift and make another significant dent in homelessness in West Volusia.”

The renovation, led by JMS Contractors, will include the addition of the beds, common living area, back porch, kitchen and bathrooms/showers. Contractors also will add a newly paved, lighted parking lot in the rear of the building.

Residents and businesses interested in supporting The Neighborhood Center’s housing project are encouraged to give online at www.neighborhoodcenter.org,by arranging a gift by calling 386-734-8120, or by mailing a gift of any amount to The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, attn: Thrift Shop Conversion, 434 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL, 32720.

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia’s vision is to be an integral part of the collaborative efforts to serve the homeless, to feed the hungry and to prevent homelessness in DeLand and West Volusia County. The Neighborhood Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Former Thrift Shop to be converted to housing

We are excited to be rolling into the second phase of our Thrift Shop expansion project: Converting the former space into transitional housing. Transitional housing is for adults and families who need a safe place to stay while issues that forced them into homelessness are resolved.

The renovation will include 14 new beds, a living area, back porch area, and kitchen and shower spaces. Contractors also will add a newly paved, lighted parking lot in the rear of the building, too.

The Neighborhood Center has entered an agreement with JMS contractors for the renovation work, which is scheduled to begin in early September.

Want a fun fact? The addition of the 14 beds will make The Neighborhood Center the largest nonprofit housing agency in Volusia County.

Thank you, Wine to Water supporters!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Wine to Water on July 31 at The Elusive Grape. A great (grape!) time was had by all. The event raised $18,000 for our clients, specifically to help pay their water bills and help them stay in their homes.
Special thank you to Bill Budzinski for the amazing service and fabulous wine and gifts in the store’s beautiful space.
Thanks to all of our sponsors who made this year a great success:
Champagne Sponsors:  Mainstreet Community Bank of Florida, Morgan Stanley Derek S Mears, CFP, CIMA, Light Works, Ann Colwell, and  The Elusive Grape.
Merlot Sponsors: Fred Bondesen and  The Rotary Club of Downtown De Land. Rosé Sponsors: Anne H. Stevenson C.P.A., P.A.,  Cool Pools By Larry, Inc.,  Dreggors, Rigsby & Teal, First Congregational United Church of Christ,  Hill & Hollis Enterprises, Dr. Terry Soule,  Total Comfort.
Chardonnay Sponsors:  DeLand Breakfast Rotary – Wild Game Feast,  Rotary Club of DeLand, Rick Broward, Cohen, Smith & Company, P.A., Ed Lacey, and  VP Communications.
In-Kind/Raffle Sponsors: Dade Service Corporation,  Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe,  Jordan Health Clinic & Day Spa, Woodland Towers, Suzy Smith, Gery Walker, and Dorothy Myers.
Thank you to the  The Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand for the fantastic food and amazing service, too! We also appreciate all the volunteers and our friends who supported the event.