Afton Park residents spearheading project to support community organizations

The Community Project Club kicks off in February with paczki sale to support Inn of the Good Shepherd

Afton Park Place residents John and Anne are seen here selling tickets for a fundraiser to support the Inn of the Good Shepherd.

Afton Park Place residents are spearheading a newly launched project to support local community organizations each month.

The Community Project Club is being steered and managed by the Sarnia long-term care community’s residents to support Steeves & Rozema’s mission of “creating communities that are good for life.”

“It’s organized by the residents, and we are encouraging them to do all the work,” explains Afton Park Place life enrichment manager Stacy Petrie.

Each month the residents have fundraising projects to support for organizations throughout Sarnia-Lambton.

The project is kicking off this month and will start with a fundraiser for the Inn of the Good Shepherd, a charity providing supports to adults and families facing emergency situations.

Specifically, the money residents raise will buy socks for the Inn of the Good Shepherd to alleviate a shortage the charity is experiencing.

To raise money, residents are selling paczki (pronounced PUUNCH-ki), a Polish jam- or cream-filled doughnut traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday.

Residents are selling tickets each day for $3 to other residents and staff members. The tickets will buy one paczek (the singular form of paczki, pronounced POON-check) and a drink on Shrove Tuesday (Feb. 13).

“We are going to take the money and buy as many pairs of socks as we can and donate them, and then we’re going to have representatives from the Inn of the Good Shepherd come in and do a presentation on what they do in the community,” Petrie says.

In March, residents will be baking homemade dog biscuits that will be sold in support of the Humane Society. Residents are also already in gear to support Bluewater Health in April by knitting items that will be donated to the hospital’s neonatal unit. Some residents have already started their needlework, Petrie says.

To ensure the program’s success, members of the Community Project Club and staff members are meeting biweekly to discuss ideas for upcoming fundraisers.

“And we’re encouraging residents to think outside the box – it’s their project and we’re trying to encourage them to do all the work,” Petrie says.

This story was provided to the Steeves & Rozema Group by Axiom News and originally appeared on the S&R Today website. Republished with permission.

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