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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.

Thrift Shop Grand Opening Success!

Thank you to all who attended our June 20 grand opening of the new thrift store! We had a great crowd, with attendance from many of our board members, volunteers, DeLand Area Chamber members, DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar, DeLand Commissioner Jessica Davis, DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger, and several members of our team.

Guests enjoyed refreshments followed by lots of shopping, of course! Be sure to visit our new Thrift Store Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m – 5 p.m. (note the new schedule). It’s right next door to our main office on S. Woodland Blvd.

Shop happy, shop often!

 

 

Wine to Water Success!

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 FeastRotary 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 ShoppeJordan 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.

Backpack Give-Away Success

Another successful backpack giveaway is in the books for the City of DeLand, and The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia is thrilled to have been a part of it. We collected scissors to give away, provided volunteers, and organized healthcare providers to set up as vendors during the event.

The City gave away about 1,000 backpacks on August 5, and YOU and the Neighborhood Center helped!

We wish everyone a productive and happy school year.

(Photo courtesy of City of DeLand/Chris Graham)

Tickets on Sale Now for July 31 “Wine to Water” Fundraiser

Tickets are on sale now at The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia (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, organized by DeLand-area Rotary Clubs and hosted by The Elusive Grape.

Proceeds from each ticket sold will go to The Neighborhood Center 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, July 31, 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.

Wine to Water sponsors are Mainstreet Community Bank; Morgan Stanley/Derek S. Mears; LightWork Managed Services; Ann Colwell; Dade Service Corporation; Anne H. Stevenson, CPA, PA; Cohen, Smith & Company, P.A.; Cool Pools by Larry; Terry R. Soule, D.D.S.; Dreggors, Rigsby & Teal, P.A.; Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand; The Elusive Grape; Hill & Hollis; First Congregational UCC Lake Helen; Total Comfort; Rick Broward; Bondesen Automotive; Ed Lacey; Rotary Club of DeLand.

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Thrift Store Grand Opening Tuesday, June 20

Who: The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Board of Directors and staff, City of DeLand officials, donors and contractors.

What: Grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Thrift Store at 428 S. Woodland Blvd. The purpose of the thrift store is to create a sustainable, optimized revenue source for the agency while offering low-cost, quality clothing, furniture and household items to the community. The thrift store is 3,000 square feet and includes offices and a conference room. The project was completed by Marshall B. Bone, Inc., State Certified General Contractor.

When: 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Where: The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Thrift Store, 428 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand More about The Neighborhood Center’s thrift store conversion: The thrift store’s former location, behind the main agency building at 434 S. Woodland Blvd., is being converted to a 20-bed “bridge housing” (transitional housing) facility. It’s scheduled to open in fall 2017. The new beds will offer residential shelter for adults and families who need a safe place to stay while issues that forced them into homelessness are resolved. The addition of the 20 beds will make The Neighborhood Center the largest nonprofit housing agency in Volusia County, Florida.