A unique way of giving
Village Project has so much to be thankful for as we approach the holiday season. Thanks to over 400 volunteers, generous donors, supportive community organizations and corporations, we are caring for families experiencing cancer in Avon Lake, Bay Village and Rocky River in a newly renovated building.
Our facility reflects the labor and love of those that made the dream come true: mismatched donated furniture, vibrant assorted floor tiles, refurbished technological equipment and a volunteer wall that gratefully displays the handprints of those who give their time and talent.
Due to so much generosity, we are truly blessed to have paid off our renovation costs. To have done so in less than three months time reflects how much the community values and needs the services of VP. The support of so many gives light to the sustainability of Village Project for many years to come.
However, publicly rejoicing in the retirement of renovations can be dangerous, giving the false illusion that all financial needs have been met. Although we have surpassed the renovation hurdle, we must still provide for ongoing operating expenses.
Some members in our community are generously and creatively developing ways to provide funding for VP during this holiday season. Below are just a few examples that keep with our unique theme of involving people of all ages:
- A first grade teacher is asking families to place Village Project donations beneath the class’ "Helping Hands" Christmas tree instead of purchasing gifts for her.
- The staff at a physician’s office is purchasing gift cards for VP in lieu of a holiday party. In addition, they are providing the opportunity for their patients to contribute.
- In place of their annual ornament exchange, one group of friends is planning to gather for fun and festivities and fill a donation basket to be presented to Village Project.
Ideas for giving are endless, and Village Project is so blessed to be the recipient.
I am a Bay Village resident and a volunteer for Village Project.