Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services Newsletter
November, 2020
Volunteer to be a Bell Ringer!
It's that time of year...we are looking for volunteers to be Salvation Army Bell Ringers at the Giant Eagle in Avon Lake. Please consider volunteering for a two-hour shift!

*Due to COVID-19 there will be additional safety precautions and protocols.  All information will be provided to you upon signing up.  Thank you!
Thank you to Element LABS Bath & Body Boutique, located at 33467 Lake Rd. in Avon Lake, for hosting a gift card collection event in support of CRS.  Guests were treated to wine and desserts at a private shopping event where the cost of admission was a gift card from a local establishment that will be used in the silent auction for the Charity Ball!    
The Charity Ball committee will be hosting lots of these types of events in homes and businesses.  We will be encouraging guests to support locally owned establishments by purchasing gift cards to be donated to CRS.  We believe these procurement parties are a great way to support the Charity Ball while also supporting our local businesses that may have struggled this year due to COVID-19. For more information about the Charity Ball or the procurement parties, please contact Sheila at sroth@aalcrs.org.

Meijer Simply Give Campaign

Meijer will once again be inviting their customers to join a combined effort to fight hunger by purchasing the $10 Simply Give donation cards through in-store displays located at each check-out register.  All donations will directly benefit our food pantry! The campaign goes through Saturday, January 2, 2021.
DOUBLE MATCH DAYS! All donation cards purchased on Tuesday, December 1 and Saturday, December 12 will be double matched by Meijer!!
Meijer's 2019 Simply Give Campaign resulted in a donation to CRS of $5,070 in food only gift cards that we used to purchase items for our food pantry! Meijer is a family company focused on enriching the lives in the communities they serve, especially during these challenging times. We are grateful for the support that we receive! 

The Charity Ball committee has begun the planning for a truly special virtual event. While we will miss gathering with you in person to celebrate CRS and all of the good things we do in our community, we need to make the health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers our top priority.  So mark your calendar for Saturday, January 30, 2021 and watch for exciting details to follow!

Don't forget to log in through the AmazonSmile website when you make your purchases from Amazon! AmazonSmile will donate .5% of your eligible Amazon purchases when you choose Avon Lake Community Resource Services as the charity of your choice. 

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. 

Please login to smile.amazon.com today to  begin shopping and start supporting CRS!

Our food pantry exists thanks to so many who generously donate.  We currently are in need of cleaning supplies, especially all-purpose cleaners. laundry detergent and Clorox wipes.

Thank you for your generous support in helping to keep our pantry stocked!

Holiday Assistance Programs 
This is a busy time of year at CRS and we have many different Holiday Assistance Programs!  Please go to the "What We Do/Seasonal Programs" tab at www.aalcrs.org for more information about donating to:
  • Santa's Workshop
  • Be Santa to a Senior
  • Family Baskets
  • Holiday Food Baskets
This is a really great way to support our families! 
Meijer's Super Shopper!

Special thanks to our volunteer, Amy Schmidt, who goes shopping for us once a week at the Avon Meijer store.  Armed with gift cards that we received through the Meijer Simply Give program, Amy buys perishables like fruit, cheese, eggs, lunch meat, ground beef and more.  Our families are so happy to receive some of the items that we normally aren't able to offer them! Thank you Amy, for making it possible!

In these crazy days of COVID-19, social media is more important than ever for organizations to share their news. CRS posts information on both Facebook and Instagram.

Our Facebook name is Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services and you can find us on Instagram by searching @communityresourceservices.  Please consider following us!

We currently have 1,712 followers on Facebook and 61 followers on Instagram. Our goal is to reach 2,000 Facebook followers and 200 Instagram followers by the end of 2020!!  This is a big goal so we really need your help to achieve them!  Thank you!

Cleveland Magazine is all about doing good. Buy a subscription, and they'll donate the cost of that subscription ($20) to  Community Resource Services!

CRS has truly been blessed with many donations of non-perishable items for our food pantry.

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations:  

Avon Lake Girl Scouts, Avon Lake Boy Scouts, Barry's Bagels - Avon,  Christ Church Westshore, Church of the Open Door, Giant Eagle - Avon Lake, Holy Trinity Parish, Mosquito Joe, 1-888-OHIOCOMP Ohio Managed Care Organization and Redwood Daisy Troop.  

We are so very grateful for all of the donations! Thank you for making a difference, right here at home!

Fundraising that Rocks is a wonderfully simple year-round program that donates back to local organizations like Community Resource Services. When customers mention a participating organization at the time of their purchase, The Rock Pile donates 3% of the total to their chosen organization! It's that simple! When shopping at The Rock Pile, please consider choosing CRS as your organization of choice. Thanks!

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Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services


Our Mission: Community Resource Services is a responsive, community-based organization whose mission is to diminish the effects of poverty in Avon and Avon Lake. We provide basic needs assistance and individualized resource and referral services in a compassionate and confidential manner.