June, 2019
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Pop-Up Farmers Market

On a hot spring Saturday on Towhee Drive in Apex, Isabella rode her new pink bike for the first time. Her brother and sister cheered her on as she passed by, streamers fluttering. Isabella's bike was just one of many given out by The Peak Church's Bike Ministry at the first
Pop-up Farmers Market by Western Wake Crisis Ministry in collaboration with the Fiesta Cristiana's Family Resource Center. VIDEO

As Isabella rode, 20 or so neighborhood residents milled about a shady area nearby, checking out other resources.
 The market had a bit of a carnival feel as balloons bobbed in the breeze,  children enjoyed ice cream, and friendly people called o ut to attendees from beneath tents - but they were offering information on resources, not a chance to win gigantic stuffed bears.

The goal of the pop-up was to increase outreach to the community. "We wanted to let folks know what services we provide and learn more about what needs the community has," said Beth Bordeaux, WWCM Executive Director.  "We realize the best way to provide assistance or support is through relationships," she said. "Going to their neighborhood was a way of building relationship."


While children checked out the line of bicycles from   The Peak Church Bike Ministry and ate treats from Fresh Local Ice Cream, their parents worked with Citizens Assisting Police in Apex to print ID cards, picked up information from other tables, and filled bags with fresh produce. WWCM's table up front was loaded with pineapples, tomatoes, bags of rice, baked goods, canned goods, cereal, and more.

One mom who showed up cradling a weeks-old infant was asked what she liked most about the pop-up. "Everything!" she exclaimed, looking around with a smile. She had received an ID card for her older son and learned more about Apex United Methodist Church's Immigration Services.

Ines Freile, Coordinator of Fiesta Cristiana's Family Resource Center, helped choose the neighborhood for the pop-up. "This is a very good thing for the community," she said. Many of them might be familiar with some of the resources, but this was a chance to get information all at once.

Bordeaux said about half of the attendees probably already knew about WWCM, but she was excited about the new connections made. The idea for the pop-up came as WWCM's outreach team, which is made up of volunteers, brainstormed ways to directly connect with folks in their neighborhoods. It was a great success, Bordeaux said.

"We are already planning another one in August and possibly another in September or October. Locations are still in the planning phase, but we will work to identify neighborhoods where we have a relationship or some of our community partners have relationships that we can help grow."

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2019 ANNUAL 
NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS 
GOLF TOURNAMENT

WWCM is excited to announce our 2019 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Golf Tournament held at MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary, NC on September 16, 2019. In its 8th year, the tournament serves as our largest benefit fundraiser and last year raised almost $75,000. With the increased community need for financial assistance, WWCM has set an ambitious goal of $90,000 for 2019.  

WWCM is currently seeking donations and sponsorships from both businesses and community members:
  • Corporate sponsorship information can be found HERE or by contacting Sherry Presnall at sherry.presnall@wwcm.org
     
  • Individuals can support the tournament through the purchase of a "Family Sign" for $300 HERE
Donations and sponsorships are tax-deductible and will help the WWCM support the needs of our neighbors in crisis.

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39,554 lbs of food raised so far . . . 
We need your help to make our goal of 50,000 lbs 

THANK YOU to the churches, civic groups and businesses who have contributed
Apex UMC
Blue Ridge Family Dental
Golden Agers
Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Apex
Olive Chapel Baptist Church
Peak UMC
St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church
Westwood Baptist Church
Christopher's Gifts
Cornerstone Presbyterian
Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary
Laurel Park Elementary Garden Club
Oasis Church at Holly Springs
Peak City Church
Resurrection Lutheran Church
St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church
White Plains UMC
And many other individuals

When school is out, as many as 2100 children in the Apex area are at risk of going hungry. As schools on the traditional calendar close out their year, we're entering the time when food donations are needed most. That's why our "Summer Stock Up" food drive is so important. 


To learn more about other scheduled food drives, items needed most, and where to make donations, contact tammi.greco@wwcm.org

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VOLUNTEER!

Home Delivery Volunteers
Hours:  2-3 hours per month, typically the second week (flexibility in delivery times but must be within the set week).
What is the Job:  deliver groceries and food boxes to homebound clients in Apex, New Hill, Friendship and Fuquay Varina areas.
Skills/Resources needed: m ust be able to drive own car and have insurance, may  need to lift a cooler or boxes, ability to approach different home situations with respect, set clear personal boundaries, serve independently within agency policies and guidelines.

Other Opportunities: 
Spanish Translators
Resource Assistance Volunteers
Job and Housing Search Volunteers
Landlord Engagement Team Members

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our work. Please take a moment to look at the many ways you can help: 

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