Two nonprofit organizations will have a brighter holiday season thanks to the Case Western Reserve University community.
Staff Advisory Council's Community Service Committee raised thousands of dollars for two local charities. The committee's Ninth Annual Basket Raffle fundraiser benefitted the Bellflower Center for Prevention of Child Abuse and the MetroHealth Friends of Mothers & Infants.
"Everyone on the committee came up with ideas," said Bonnie Copes, who works in the Case School of Engineering. She is a Community Service Committee co-chair, along with Mary Lou Smith, who works in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Every year, different organizations are selected to receive the funds from the Basket Raffle.
Campus departments donated 32 baskets, and the university community had an opportunity to enter the raffle drawings during the benefits fair last month. Go online to learn more about the basket raffle and to view the list of winners.
The raffle netted $3,752, and the Office of the President generously donated funds to round the balance to an even $4,000. During a check presentation at SAC's general body meeting, a $3,000 check was presented to representatives from the Bellflower Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, and a $1,000 check was presented to a representative of MetroHealth Friends of Mothers & Infants.
"We're very appreciative of the support. It helps us meet our mission," said William Eyman, executive director of the Bellflower Center. He said the center, which has been in existence for almost 35 years, aims to break the cycle of abuse by assisting families who have been affected by child abuse and other issues. The center helps children cope with trauma, offers parenting classes and resources to help people become better parents, and provides other services, including clinical treatment and education. "We thank you for everything that you are doing for us," Eyman added.
Margaret Roudebush, from the MetroHealth Friends of Mothers & Infants program and director of the Center for Research and Scholarship at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, echoed those sentiments. "This is a huge help," she told SAC members. Her group, founded in 1972, is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping under-served mothers and infants. Their mission is to promote the health and well-being of families by providing essential items for mothers and infants who are clients of the MetroHealth Center for Community Health. Roudebush said that diapers are an essential need for parents in the program, and the $1,000 from SAC will help start up a new diaper drive.
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