100 women sept 26 2019

Sept 26 2019: Harvest House Outreach

Offering support for people in need of some of the most basic of life’s necessities will be the result of the latest gathering of 100+ Women Who Care Annapolis Valley, as Harvest House Windsor was the chosen charity September 26.

The women’s charitable group met for its quarterly event in Kentville’s Main Street Station.

Blaine and Donna Eldridge, representing Harvest House, said it is “rewarding to do things and help people” through their group’s outreach work. Harvest House is a local branch of a larger non-profit organization and, in the Windsor area, volunteers cook four community meals a week, drive people to appointments, offer an Alcoholics Anonymous program, work with Feed Nova Scotia and local donors to send people home with their next meal, support housing, rent and medications challenges – and more.

“Things are awful tight for some people,” Blaine Eldridge said. “Our mission is connecting people of compassion with people in need to make a difference.”

Two other groups presented at this evening’s meeting: the Clean Annapolis River Project (CARP) and the Fundy Dental Community Association.

CARP is working on a storm water management project involving rain gardens and rain water cisterns, with installations already in place outside the Digby Hospital and the NSCC Middleton campus.  Network of community volunteers, school children and others have already been involved in the work, which creates both green spaces and a social environment focussed on the local environment.

The Fundy Dental project, in its first 30 months, has seen local dentistry professionals provide a half million dollars in treatment to 170 people caught between dental insurance and social assistance supports. Those clients have contributed where they can – $69,000, which means the dental community is making a big difference for people with pain, a need for care, and also confidence, relationships and employability. Both groups received $1,000 advertising support credits with K-Rock.

The 100+ Women Who Care Annapolis Valley meet quarterly, with members pledging to give $100 donations to each event’s voted recipient. Non-profit groups are nominated by 100+ Women members for the opportunity to present. The next meeting is 6 p.m. December 5 at Main Street Station, Kentville. Find out more on our event listing.

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