Generous Community Members Contribute Over $5,600 to Provide Basic Needs Items to Community Action Participants
Community Action (www.communityactionatwork.org) teamed up with Russ’s Market and Super Saver for their “Back to the Basics” campaign from July 22 to August 31. Back-to-school season can be an especially difficult time for hardworking families who struggle financially. Expenses often pile up and basic necessities like soap, laundry detergent, and diapers can get pushed aside in order to obtain other needed items like backpacks and school supplies. That’s why Community Action asked for the community’s help in raising funds to provide basic needs items to the Lincoln area’s most vulnerable residents, and the community, once again, stepped up and donated a total of over $5,600.
“Access to basic needs items like personal hygiene supplies is critical to an individual’s ability to reach economic stability,” said Vi See, Community Action executive director. “We are so thankful to the Lincoln community, who generously gave to support their neighbors during a financially stressful time of year.”
Dollars raised through the Back to the Basics campaign allowed Community Action to purchase basic needs items like soap, cleaning supplies, and baby care items from Russ’s Market and Super Saver at a discounted rate. This meant donor dollars could be stretched further to assist more people. Supplies were distributed at Community Action’s store where current program participants are able to obtain basic needs items in exchange for points they’ve earned for achieving self-sufficiency goals and to guests of the agency’s soup kitchen, the Gathering Place.
Community Action serves over 19,000 individuals in Lancaster and Saunders Counties each year with a mission to empower people living in poverty to reach economic stability. To learn more or to donate, visit www.communityactionatwork.org.