We have 5 more days left of our Holiday Zone! Check out the toy lists and drop off locations.
We had a wonderful Zoom meeting on September 17, 2021 with 23 members attending. We were proud to host our charitable partner Durham Children's Initiative. We enjoyed learning how they serve children within our community. Their vision is to prepare each student to graduate from high school ready for college or career. We will be partnering with them on Holiday Zone 2021. Providing holiday gifts for kids in our community is such a joyful thing to do.
Please consider signing up to participate as a volunteer in our Veterans Day Event. We also have some opportunities to deliver Backpack Buddy boxes to W.G. Pearson Elementary. If you are interested in that opportunity click here.
We hosted our first build day with Habitat for Humanity. Our volunteers learned a lot and enjoyed the work. We hope to schedule our next one in October. Watch our SignUp Genius for details. Thanks to all our volunteers. You are bringing affordable housing to our community.
We coordinated the collection of used furniture, appliances and other home goods on Friday, August 27, 2021. It was a huge success! Thanks to our volunteers and donors. Creekside filled 4 truckloads of items to be sold at the Habitat for Humanity Briercreek ReStore. We appreciate your generosity. You stuff helps builds homes in our durham community. Giving families a chance to obtain affordable housing is a wonderful thing. Thanks again. We hope to host this event again next year.
We are sending out a gigantic thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated! We collected $1,680 in cash and over 6,000 individual back-to-school items for local students. This is our first year partnering with Durham Children's Initiative on this event. We are excited to broaden our community reach and DCI build pathways to equity. Our event was co-chaired this year by board members, Hope Smith and Sherry Wanner-Dolan. We had an extraordinary team of volunteers who served on our collection box, sorting and delivery teams.
All Creekside residents are welcome to join us. Please visit ClubExpress to learn more.
Don't forget our other project to benefit Habitat for Humanity is ongoing. We are coordinating the collection of your used furniture, appliances and other home goods on Friday, August 27, 2021. Don't forget to have your items at the curb as Habitat For Humanity Crews come through to pickup. Smaller items may be donated the even before on August 26 from 3-7 p.m. at Hemingway Hall.
Please register now! It will help the Habitat for Humanity team schedule resources. What a great way to clean out unwanted household items in good condition, and help our local Habitat for Humanity build homes.
For registration and additional details on the items that will be accepted please click here. Thank you for your support.
We received a lovely note from Julianne Reas, Gardens for Everyone Project Coordinator. How wonderful to see the tools that were purchased with funds we raised here in Creekside. The Gardens for Everyone project helps residents in the Triangle build raised-bed garden boxes. They provide support from seed to harvest. They have built over 110 boxes. This program enables families to have healthy food all year long. Thanks to everyone who donated.
On May 24, seven Creekside Cares volunteers joined forces with four Fayetteville Street Elementary staff members to set up the school’s new outdoor education area. Thanks to the generosity of the Durham Public Schools Foundation, the school had received a $19,500 grant to purchase 18 steel picnic tables and 10 freestanding benches. After assembling one table and one bench, the staff realized that the remaining work was going to be more than they could manage. They reached out to Triangle Grace Church, which has had a long relationship with the school. Sue Bradley, a member of both Triangle Grace and Creekside Cares, offered to find Creekside volunteers to do the work. One email later, six men had stepped up to help. Work that would have taken the staff several days of hard labor was completed in three hours. Now, the students can enjoy having some of their classes outdoors in the shaded area alongside the school.
We are excited to share another opportunity to grow something special in our community. We have recently learned about a wonderful program through the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (IFFS) called Gardens for Everyone (GFE). This dynamic program falls within their mission to feed, teach and grow. GFE is designed to provide fresh food to local homes and communities by building raised garden boxes on site and providing support from seed to harvest. Most boxes are 4' x 8' x 20', and are built by IFFS staff and volunteers.
Our Vice President, Paul Leifer was a volunteer at a recent build at the Whitted School in Durham. Though volunteer turnout was terrific and the energy level high, the tools available were old and malfunctioning. It was easy to identify a need and an opportunity to show #CreeksideCares!
Our goal is to raise about $1,000 to purchase items including new drills, shovels, shears, hammers, battery packs and pick axes. Creekside Cares will set up a table down at Hemingway Hall on Thursday, May 27 from 5-7 p.m. Come on down, there will be a food truck! Feel free to drop by and make a donation. We are accepting cash and checks made payable to Creekside Cares, Inc. No amount is too small.
Beginning May 28, we will be accepting donations in our secure donation box at 1038 Carraway Lane until June 4th. Thanks in advance for your support.
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