Empty Bowls Project raises awareness, funds to fight hunger Oct. 20

JOIN US ON OCT. 20!

Raise funds, awareness and combat hunger in West Volusia, with The Empty Bowls Project in DeLand!

Ticket holders come to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church from 5 – 7 p.m., Oct. 20, to choose from clay pottery bowls made by local professionals and amateurs, enjoy a soup dinner and take their bowl home as a reminder of those whose bowls are empty.

Funds benefit Faith At Work and The Neighborhood Center. Click to reserve your space.

 

Robed in Love breakfast tribute to honor Ed and Pauline Lacey Oct. 24

Put on your robe and join the fun!

Robed in Love — 8 – 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24

Wayne G. Sanborn Center, DeLand

This inaugural breakfast tribute will honor 2018 “Love Local Award” recipients Ed and Pauline Lacey for their incredible support of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, thank the community, build awareness of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia and its mission, and earn revenue for the organization with an annual tribute breakfast.

Registration is available online at www.lovelocalnhc.org and will be open until 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

And of course, we welcome you to invite any friends, family and colleagues who’d hate to miss it, too!

We hope you can attend Robed in Love on Oct. 24 and help us honor the Laceys for all their support of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. We certainly would enjoy a wonderful morning together.

TICKETS: lovelocalnhc.org

SPONSORSHIPS: Are available, too, from $500 – $5,000. (Email susan.clark@nhcwv.org for sponsorship details.)

“Empty Bowls Project” to benefit The Neighborhood Center

ANOTHER FUN WAY TO SUPPORT THE NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER! DONATE ON THE LINK BELOW….

Cheri Haring and her crew are raising funds and awareness to combat hunger in West Volusia, with an ‘Empty Bowls Project’ on Oct. 20. All ticket holders will come to the Harwood Center at St. Barnabas Church from 5 – 7 p.m. to choose from pottery bowls made from clay by local professionals and amateurs, have a hearty soup dinner donated by local restaurants and community members, and take their bowl home as a reminder of those whose bowls are Empty.

All proceeds will be shared between Faith at Work of St. Barnabas Church and The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia.

Click and join the fun fundraiser!

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

Design the FIRST Official Neighborhood Center T-shirt!

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT, OCT. 7!

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, Sunday, Oct. 7.

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, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2018, via this upload link. Please include your name, email address, and school.

Our Community Judges Your Design

  • Judging begins Oct. 8.
  • 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 Oct. 12-16. 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.

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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.