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B'ville: PEACE works for the community

Have some old clothes you want to get rid of? Need to get a couch off your hands? PEACE Inc., located in Nobles Plaza in Baldwinsville, would love your donation.

PEACE Inc., which stands for People's Equal Action Community Effort, is a not-for-profit organization that helps the local community with families in need. The center provides services and opportunities to help people in the community realize their potential for becoming self-sufficient.

There are many different services that the organization provides. They have a "Kidz Rule" group that meets twice a week after school and during the summer. The kids get help with their homework along with some structured activities including movie nights once a month along with snacks.

During the summer, they go on different field trips, which in the past have included the zoo, the MOST, Seabreeze and a trip to Niagara Falls. This year the plans are to make a return trip to the falls and go on the Maid of the Mist.

"When a child is able to grow up with self esteem, they have the ability to dream," said coordinator Elaine Sartwell. "That is so important."

During the summer there is a reading group that has each child read at least 10 age appropriate books, which they get to keep, in the four weeks. At the end of the four weeks the group has lunch at Applebees, which provides free meals and drinks to the kids and facilitators.

In the beginning of the school year, the Baldwinsville Methodist Church donates pennies that they have raised throughout the year. This money goes to the center so they can buy sneakers. Last year they received $600 to $800 for the new shoes. PEACE also gets donations from local business to help around 400 families get school supplies.

"There are so many different businesses that help out," Sartwell said. "You just can't name one."

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