Wiffle Ball Tournament Returns July 13

Wiffle ball is a leisurely sport that requires speed, agility, and a good sense of humor. And, on July 13, 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 4th Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament to benefit The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to (approximately) noon, Saturday, July 13, at Stetson University. All ages are welcome and encouraged to participate. (See flyer below.)

Each team must have at least five players, and teams are available through sponsorships, which range from $300 – $600. (See sponsorship options below.) Register and make a sponsorship commitment today: https://tinyurl.com/wiffleball19 Sponsorships involve varying marketing benefits:

  • Triple Play Sponsor: $300 (event-day marketing & one 5-person team)
  • Grand Slam Sponsor: $400 (online and event-day marketing & one 5-person team)
  • World Series Sponsor: $600 (online and event-day marketing & two 5-person teams)

Registered players will receive lunch and refreshments during the event. Winning teams from in the competitive and fun brackets win trophies. The tournament is round-robin format. Here’s an example of the Wiffle Ball Game Rules we will be using.

Proceeds from the event benefit Homeless Youth Program (HYP) of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. The Neighborhood Center’s HYP program provides housing and mentoring to young men ages 18-24, guiding them through positive decision making and into permanent housing. The Neighborhood Center staff walk alongside the youth as they experience difficult times and support, and encourage and strengthen them as they find opportunities to belong and become productive members of society.

To become a sponsor and have a team in the tournament, contact Richard Prescott at RichardMPrescott@gmail.com or 386-804-5274.

Wine To Water Returns August 5

Join us for a wonderful evening of camaraderie, wine and delicious appetizers as we raise funds for The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia! The 7th Annual Wine To Water fundraiser will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at The Elusive Grape in Downtown DeLand.

Each donation supports the water fund of The Neighborhood Center, which helps families remain in their homes by funding safe, clean water. Tickets are available for a $100 donation each, and sponsorships are available as well. Contact event chair Gery Walker for details at gerywalker@aol.com or 386-748-2511.

Empty Bowls of West Volusia: Tickets on sale now!

Thursday, March 28 | 5-8 p.m.VENUE 142, Downtown DeLand


Though this event is sold out, we still need and welcome your support. Give a one-time or recurring gift at http://www.lovelocalnhc.org. Thank you!

Enjoy an inspiring meal and silent auction with friends and family while helping eradicate hunger in West Volusia by raising funds for The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia’s emergency food bank and daily food pantry.

Tickets include: Handmade Bowl | Soup | Bread | Dessert | Water/Tea | Silent Auction

$20 adult (12 and up); Child: 1 free with 1 paid adult
($10 for additional children under 12)

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia to open more beds for West Volusia’s homeless on December 15

Housing for the homeless will continue its unstoppable expansion in West Volusia County on Saturday, Dec. 15. The morning will be marked by a 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting for Home Grant House, 417 S. Palmetto Ave., DeLand. The public is welcome to attend.

Join us on Saturday as we expand housing for the homeless in West Volusia with the Home Grant House.

Home Grant House will provide housing for five adults who are transitioning from emergency housing with the goal of permanent housing and independence. The home has five bedrooms and baths with a communal cooking and eating area.

Home Grant House was purchased and renovated by Volusia County Council funds. The renovation was completed this fall by the City of DeLand. Renovations included interior and exterior repairs, complete reconstruction of walls, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, kitchen and finishes. Work also included a fire suppression and alarm system and lead paint abatement.

The City of DeLand also constructed a new water main on Palmetto Avenue to serve Home Grant House, The Neighborhood Center Thrift Store conversion, and the proposed “Bridge” project: a 20-bed, 5,000-square-foot shelter and day center. The Bridge will be constructed by the City of DeLand and managed by The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. Construction will begin in early 2019.

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, 434 S. Woodland Blvd., is the area’s leader in housing the formerly homeless, and thus far in 2018 has provided transitional and emergency housing services to 583 residents. The new 5-bed Home Grant House brings the number of West Volusia beds available for emergency and transitional housing to 167. Further, thus far in 2018, 92 formerly homeless households found homes through The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia’s programs. These include 20 housed in Community Housing Development Organization units, 15 housed in Neighborhood Stabilization unites and 57 housed in Housing and Urban Development units.

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

Empty Bowls Project raises awareness, funds to fight hunger 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.)