Loaves and Fishes Updates
We enjoyed an outdoor adventure through the gleaning program of the Society of St. Andrew. Early on a Saturday morning, eleven of us braved a rainy day to dig in sweet potato fields, discovering red gold and helping to glean over 6,000 pounds of sweet potatoes in 4 hours! Everyone was able to take some home and we have 30 bags to share with other families!
COVID-19 continues to disrupt all of us, including our program for under-resourced kids! The facility at Mount Peace is not currently available to us, so we have made arrangements with The Wade Edwards Learning Lab (https://www.wade.org/) for use of their space. While kids are engaged in "virtual" classes, we are providing assistance during the school hours, Monday through Thursday. This has been helpful to their families and is allowing us to build stronger relationships with school teachers - but it is EXHAUSTING as many of you know! Hopefully we will be able to return to after school activities when the world returns to "normal" - whatever that is!
LAF conducted a mini-summer camp, gathering a few of our kids to get out of the apartment, see each other wearing masks, and do some fun thing as the pandemic continues unabated. Hopefully, what we learned about safety procedures, social distancing, and masking will prepare us for the fall when we hope to begin program again!
LAF is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Triangle Capacity-Building Network COVID 19 Nonprofit Stabilization Grant from the Triangle Community Foundation! The grant will assist us in our transition to more extensive use of technology in working with our kids and families, and support preparation for an earlier start of program once schools are back in session.
LAF was pleased to celebrate our annual Lifting Minds and Hearts fundraising event virtually on May 19, 2020. Please click the button on the right to enjoy a recording of the event. If you have not yet made a financial contribution, you may do so online or by mail - see the Donate page and thank you!
Given all the turmoil caused by COVID-19, we have not decided how to celebrate with our annual Lifting Minds and Hearts breakfast and fundraising event. As we review our options and determine the most responsible approach, we will notify our supporters through this website and other means, including our Facebook page.
In the meantime, we continue to support our youth and their families by collecting and delivering food, connecting via internet to assist on homework and provide activities. Several organizations and individuals have supported this effort - if you'd like to assist, please contact us - thanks for your continued interest and support!