Many thanks to all who participated in and attended this year’s Strawberry
Festival! It was held on Saturday, May 4 th , and had something for every age group. Inside Slater Hall, there was dancing by the Irish Dancers from the West End, a theatrical presentation by the Travelers Theatre, rousing music by Authenticity, mind-blowing magic by The Magic Man, improv by
Adliberation, and karate at its best, performed by Living Water Martial Arts. On our outside stage, we opened the festival with the Slater-Marietta Green Wave Chorus, led by Ms. Brenda Lee, and enjoyed an afternoon of timeless music by Main Street, one of our local favorites.
We were excited to host over 50 arts and crafts vendors, with everything
from jewelry to pottery, and caricatures to face painting. Top that off with a
host of twelve food trucks and vendors, serving a variety of foods to satisfy
everyone’s taste buds, including STRAWBERRIES!
One of our highlights for this year, given the date of the festival being May
the 4th , was our “May the 4th Be With You” Dog Costume contest. With the help of PetSmart and Blue Buffalo, our Star Wars-themed contest allowed us to get photos of dogs dressed in a Star Wars costumes, and our panel of judges picked the winner, who won a large gift basket put together by PetSmart and Blue Buffalo. Our winner was “Lazarus” who was a very convincing Yoda!
We love hosting this event for our community, and hope that everyone will
plan to join us again next year. The festival is always held on the first
Saturday in May, and we hope you’ll join us next year!
We’re Here for You: Being part of an ‘Abundant Communmity’
In the book “The Abundant Community,” authors Peter Block and John McKnight present the argument that the community is better suited to meet the needs of its neighbors than the systems currently in place to meet those needs. At Foothills Family Resources we are taking this concept of how much a community can do all by itself to heart and we ask you to join us while supporting the Center for Working Families (CWF).
This support of CWF does not necessarily have to be financial as Foothills Family Resources’ goal is to essentially create a database of the skills in our abundant community which we are all proud to live and/or work in. Whether you make a mean lasagna, have serious plumbing skills or would like to serve as a mentor, every skill is welcome to assist those working to move from crisis to self-sufficiency.
Do you want to serve on a board of directors which has a direct impact on your neighbors in need? We always need members dedicated to the cause. Are you good with woodworking? You can donate some time to help a young child learn how to make a birdhouse. Do you make paper-mâché? Let’s gather the CWF families for a crafts session on making piñatas and use them for birthday parties for our students’ children. The beauty of this program is we can think outside the box and effect our students in ways most programs don’t. Remember, we are serving the entire family unit, and I’m sure that you have a talent to share which can have an impact!
When we create programming it’s important to identify goals which will indicate success and, in the case of the Center for Working Families, those goals will revolve around the financial success of the students. This includes improvements in employment status, decrease in debt and an increase in savings. But there’s another angle we will focus on which will revolves around our community that’s a bit more abstract, but just as important. Our goal is to hear graduates speak of missing Ms. Smith’s lasagna at monthly meetings or to hear them tell stories of how Mr. Jones was always there when there was a plumbing issue at their house.
We are just as excited to hear about the times when mentors went above and beyond as we are to learn that a student is working in a job that will change the course of their families’ future. Helping people find a successful career is a primary goal, but helping them establish positive relationships skills is just as important in the long run for that person and our community. If students graduate, change their lives and talk about lasagna, plumbing, mentors and piñatas we’ll know that it’s the community helping the community. That’s when we’ll know this is a sustainable way to empower those in need. That’s when we’ll know that we have a program that will not only change the lives of its students, but will have an impact on our entire abundant community.
If you would like to be part of this abundant community please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-836-1100. Remember, there’s no skill or talent we don’t want to hear about.