B'ville Volunteer Center launches new HELP program

Families in need of assistance generally turn to PEACE County West Family Resource Center (located in Noble's Plaza on Syracuse Street). PEACE assesses eligibility and makes referrals to agencies in Onondaga County to address needs such as help with housing, medical care, utility payment plans, job placement and training, applying for food stamps and using local food pantries. HELP will add another resource available to assist struggling families.

How can you HELP?

Groups and churches can hold drives or fundraisers; businesses can become collection points or perhaps initiate a matching donation program with their employees and individuals can take advantage of those "buy one, get one free" offers when they're shopping and donate the extra item. Students and youth groups looking for a community service project can get involved, too. For example, four Girl Scouts will be organizing the HELP project at Baldwinsville schools beginning in the fall as their Gold Award project.

All kinds of personal care items, paper products, cleaning products and baby supplies can be donated either directly to any of the above pantries or brought to the Volunteer Center. If you would prefer to make a cash contribution, please note "HELP Project" on the memo line of your check and the Volunteer Center will purchase the items that are needed the most. Baby items should be brought to PEACE only.

How to donate

The Baldwinsville Community Pantry is located at the First Methodist Church (corner of Charlotte and W. Genesee streets) and is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The PEACE County West Family Resource Center is located in Noble's Plaza at 93 Syracuse St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please call Ellen Stevens, coordinator of the Seton Food Pantry at 391-9753 for information about best times for donation drop-off. The Baldwinsville Volunteer Center is located at 44 Oswego Street and is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Nancy Conley, the executive director at the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center, shows a basket full of donations for the center's new program Household Essentials for Living Pantry (HELP).

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