Most of our residents have been offering their financial support to charities all of their adult lives, as well as making gifts of their time and talents, and so, as a team members, we know how important it is for our residents to keep giving back to those who are less fortunate.
We work to create opportunities that allow our residents to continue to play a role in supporting the greater community. At Glenmeadow, we all have a vision to make the world a better place and join together to make a difference.
There is no shortage of people who can benefit from our help, and so, each year we focus on supporting one nonprofit in the region—as a community.
Over the past 18 years, we have sold daffodils for the American Cancer Society. We’ve walked in the Rays of Hope Walk & Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer, and we’ve raised money for Alzheimer’s research.
This January, I wondered where Glenmeadow’s residents would want to focus their fundraising efforts next. I asked team members and residents to write down suggestions for organizations to support, and they sent in many ideas.
One recommendation that came up more than once was to support the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, operated out of Hatfield. Since the Food Bank actively serves a broad range of people across four counties—of all different ages—I thought it was a good fit for us to focus on.
The Food Bank is fighting to end hunger by supporting more than 15,000 of our neighbors in need each week.
In 2015 alone, the Food Bank distributed nearly 10 million pounds of food to more than 200 food providers. After hearing from Andrew Morehouse, the Food Bank’s executive director, who came to speak with Glenmeadow residents about the organization, it became clear that there is an alarming number of hungry individuals, families, seniors and children in the area, and that the organization would welcome our support.
In March, a committee of Glenmeadow team members and residents began planning this year’s fundraising events, which will include three picnics, a bake sale near Halloween, and an arts and crafts vendor show in December. We already held one picnic on June 15 and were able to raise more than $900 to support the Food Bank.
Our next two picnics are scheduled for July 13 and August 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the August 10 picnic will be the largest, and we’ll raffle off a large-screen television set, $250 in lottery tickets and other great items. You’ll also have the chance to win various gift cards to local businesses through a teacup raffle.
Please join us at any of our upcoming events. A $5 donation is requested at each, and all proceeds will go directly to the Food Bank as Glenmeadow will cover all expenses.
If you can’t join us, please consider sending us a check made out to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, and we’ll enter your name in the raffle.
Our wonderful team members and residents at Glenmeadow are bound to make these events fun for the whole family, but mostly, you’ll feel good about supporting a great area organization that is doing important work to make the region a healthier, more secure place.