May 2024 Newsletter

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May 2024 Newsletter

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THANK YOU GROVE FRIENDS & FAMILY!!

April was quite the month for us at the Outreach Center!

Our Prom Boutique event was a great success thanks to the many donations of beautiful gowns and suits and the many volunteers who helped us collect, sort, and "shop" with the teens who came by. We were able to serve over 30 teens. Huge thanks to our community partners, JCC Parks and Recreation for donating Legacy Hall and the dressing rooms! Thanks also to WJCC Guidance, teachers, and PTSA leaders from Jamestown, Lafayette, Warhill, and York County's Bruton for all the support. We also have to thank FISH and Williamsburg House of Mercy for collecting items for us and loaning us some clothing racks - Busch Gardens Entertainment department did too! We are so grateful for the many hands who make these programs so special!

We also celebrated National Volunteer Week during April with brand new t-shirts and a gift, a small token of our appreciation for all of you who so graciously give your time and effort to help us serve our neighbors! We truly could not do what we do without you! (If you haven't received your t-shirt or gift yet, be sure to pick them up next time you're here. See Allyson for yours!)

And of course our week of celebrations for our 20th Anniversary was a fantastic success!

Thank you to all who gave to our Give Local 757 campaign! We raised over $10,000 in one day. Thank you for your part in helping to end hunger in Greater Williamsburg. All the monies collected will go to purchasing food for our Food Ministries including our Fresh Food Room and Food Pantry.

We also saw so very many friends "old" and new during the week and especially for our Open House on Wednesday. We are grateful for the many who took time to stop by and learn more about our programs and services. Even though the week is over, we always welcome anyone to come and get a tour of the facility and learn more about opportunities to volunteer or donate to programs coming up!

On Friday of our anniversary week, our new Grove Gallery opened with a lovely evening with our Grove community. We are so excited to introduce talented Grove residents who shared their art with us. You can come by any time our offices are open to view the gallery located in the Service Room. Artists are all local to Grove or longtime friends of the Outreach Center. We were blessed especially with longtime Grove family Lisa Reid-Wiliamson who shared her family's history. Be sure to come and see all the artwork in person.

We also announced our first annual GALA! We're excited to host you at a special celebration for our 20th anniversary and fundraiser to help us continue to serve for (at least) 20 more years! Be sure to mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info and tickets when they are available. See the announcement at the bottom for more info on this Nov 2, 2024 event held at Colonial Heritage Club!

Thank you for all you do and for reading our updates! We hope to see you soon! God's richest blessings to you and yours.

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