Village Project announces plans to serve Westlake

Village Project has announced plans to serve Westlake, in addition to Bay Village, Avon Lake and Rocky River. According to Executive Director Barb Harrell, "The decision to expand was driven by frequent requests to assist Westlake families struggling with the often overwhelming cancer challenges. Thanks to our over 500 volunteers and generous donors, we are now able to offer much needed services to our Westlake neighbors."

The evolution of Village Project has been swift and steady. With a mission to provide nourishment and care to individuals and their families who have been touched by cancer, the Village Food Project (as it was originally named) began in February 2011 by cooking three nutritious and delicious meals a week for three Bay Village families in the basement of Bay Presbyterian Church.

Due to the overwhelming response to this organization, demonstrated by both the tremendous support of its volunteers and the awareness of need in surrounding communities, the organization expanded to serve Avon Lake in 2012. 

Realizing that even more supportive services could be offered for cancer patients and their families, in 2013 the organization changed its name to Village Project and refined its mission statement: “To come together as a community of all ages to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to our neighbors experiencing cancer.”

Later that year, Village Project moved to a larger facility to be able to prepare more meals and organize increased services to provide a bigger outreach. Rocky River was then added to the communities served by the organization. Now, at the beginning of 2015, Village Project is able to begin serving Westlake, as well.

More than 9,000 meals have been served to over 75 families since the inception of Village Project. Each family member receives three full meals, including side dishes and desserts, delivered to their homes every Wednesday. In addition, volunteers offer additional assistance, such as shopping, yard clean-up, laundry, tutoring and more.

The Village Project is very proud of the fact that it is a multi-generational organization. Its 500 volunteers include high school students, as well as working adults, stay-at-home parents and senior retirees from the local community. All meals are prepared and packaged by high school students under the supervision of adults.

Village Project is funded entirely by donations. Anyone interested in donating to or finding out more about the organization can visit their website at www.ourvillageproject.com.

If you or someone you know is in need of Village Project services, please call 440-348-9401 or email info@ourvillageproject.com.

If you are interested in getting involved, the next new volunteer information meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 7–8 p.m. at the Village Project headquarters building at 27378 West Oviatt Road in Bay Village. The next new student cooking workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 6-7 p.m., also at the Village Project building. Please call or email to register for these meetings.

Diane Frye

I am a Bay Village resident and a volunteer for Village Project. 

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:50 AM, 01.20.2015