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.
Creekside at Bethpage is full of caring residents and neighbors. Our community is beautiful on the inside and the out. We wanted to shine a spotlight on a dedicated group of volunteers who are working to beautify and enhance our community. The garden and bulb planters are an off-shoot of the disbanded landscaping committee. With seed money from the HOA, the group planted bulbs at our front entrance including daffodils, hyacinths, and day lilies.
Members of the group include Terry Billie, Joanne Cella, Eileen Waszkiewicz, Andrew Pettigrew, Jan Jarrett, Kathleen Boyd, Maryann Smith, Karen Finnegan Meyers, Patricia Muldowney, Marie Serrine, Jennifer Srivastava, JoAnn Atwater, Amy Chambless, Rosana Hartley Lisa Leifer, Paul Leifer, Alice Bayne and Anita Mendat Cabacar.
The group has plans to purchase and plant pollinators that will bloom through the summer. The group hopes the plantings will attract pollinators including butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. The group welcomes more volunteers. Watch for additional information on ClubExpress and on the Creekside Talk and Creekside Neighbors Facebook Groups that are open to Creekside residents.
Creekside is a very caring community and we couldn't let this kindness go unnoticed.
Creekside Cares and the Creekside Motor Club are joining forces to raise funds to purchase items for 19 local fire station houses and our first responders. We will have a table and punch bowl at the Muscle Car and Motor Cycle show at Hemingway Hall from 12-2 p.m. on March 27, 2021. Each fire station has asked for an item valued at $50 or less. We will accept cash or checks made payable to Creekside Cares. If you can't make the show, but would like to donate, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange to pick up your donation.
Would you like to easily support Creekside Cares? We are now officially part of the Amazon Smile Program. This charitable program allows you to shop as you normally would and automatically designate Creekside Cares as the beneficiary agency. A small portion of the sale will be donated on your behalf. You order like you normally would, only be sure to use our unique link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/85-2417642
Once you designate our Organization, you can shop through the Amazon Smile portal and we will remain listed on your purchases in the future. These small amounts may add up over time, so we hope you will share this information with friends and family!
We were very excited to be contacted by Dress for Success. They had heard about our good works with the Durham Children's Initiative and wanted to explore a partnership. We shared our current mask-making project with them and they were excited to learn about our efforts. After discussion, it was determined this project would be very beneficial to their clients.
Women have been hit very hard by the pandemic and the economic downturn. Dress for Success (DFS) helps their clients obtain employment and economic independence through empowerment, training and free professional attire. Each DFS client will now receive a set of 2 Olson style masks created by Creekside Cares volunteers. The sets will include 1 Black and 1 Navy adjustable contour mask, 4 washable, removable filters, and 2 aluminum nose strips to help her stay safe.
Women served by DFS are often the sole breadwinners in their families. By keeping them protected, we will be helping to keep their families, our community, and our economy protected. We hope these brave women will be going places, going strong, and going safe! Learn more about DFS Triangle at their website. We hope to conduct a clothing drive for them in the near future. Stay tuned!
Thanks to our caring volunteers who braved cold weather to help distribute school supplies, food and clothing to our families at W.G. Pearson Elementary. It was a rare treat to see (behind masks) our favorite scholars, their families and staff at our adopted school W.G. Pearson. Lots of families participated and went home with supplies and well wishes for learning during these challenging times.
We hope things will return to normal very soon. We received this nice note from the school:
We just wanted to say "thank you" to Creekside Cares for assisting us with the remote learning kit and food distribution on yesterday! It was a big success as we had a lot of parents to drive up, and your volunteers were tremendous!! Your help in setting up a SignUp Genius on short notice made all the difference.
We look forward to getting back to somewhat of a normalcy as soon as allowed. Community support and schools go hand in hand, and we appreciate everything you all do to assist us at WG! We have attached a few pictures for you to share and your records. Thank you again, we will talk soon.
Delbert Jarmon, W.G. Pearson Elementary
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