SAVE THE DATE – MAY 4, 2018
CREATING CONNECTIONS GALA FUNDRAISER
Waukee Area Christian Services (WACS) is eight Waukee churches working together to feed hungry neighbors in Dallas County and to provide medical services, rent and utility assistance and other help to the less fortunate in our community. Join us on May 4, as we Create Connections for you to be a part of this faith-based effort. Save the date!
On a daily basis, nearly one out of 10 families in Dallas County is food insecure. Those families aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from. WACS works year ’round to help meet this and other needs of our less fortunate neighbors.
TICKETS ON SALE SOON! More info here.
Due to the weather the Food Pantry & Free Clinic will be CLOSED Monday, Feb 5.
As a reminder, we follow the Waukee School District weather closings… if Waukee schools close, cancel evening activities or has a late start on a Thursday, WACS will be closed too.
Did you hear the news? Waukee Area Christian Services recently took possession of a new 2017 Ford Transit Cargo Van from Stivers Ford Lincoln. A grant from the City of Waukee covered half of the purchase price while Scott Politte, president of Stivers, donated the balance.
The cargo van will be used to pick up food pantry donations and orders, as well as pick up weekly food rescue donations from our local partners at Fareway, Kum & Go, Walmart, and HyVee.
Up next...graphics!! Schneider Graphics has graciously agreed to provide the graphics. After much thought, we’ve come up with two different tag lines and we’d love your help to choose. The tag line will be displayed on both sides of the new van, along with our logo and other info. You can “vote” using the poll on our Facebook page.
1- Feeding the Hungry, Right Here at Home
2 – Helping Feed Local Families
Volunteers Needed for weekly or occasional food pick up. and YES – you get to drive the new van! If you are interested in helping out please Sign Up HERE or call us at 515-987-5523.
2017 Back-to-School Health Fair is now a Family Resource Fair!
This year we are excited to partner with the Waukee School District for the annual Back-to-School Health Fair – now being referred to as the Back-to-School Family Resource Fair being held at Timberline School, August 1, 5-7 PM. This FREE event is open to all students in the Waukee School District.
Volunteers and staff will be available to help families complete registrations for the 2017-18 school year, as well as connect families with resources available in Dallas County.
Dec 4, 6:30-8pm, Sort/Stock
Dec 5, 6:30-8pm, Sort/Stock
Dec 6, 1-4pm, Corporate/Business Serving Opportunity
Dec 7, 2-4pm, Sort/Stock
Dec 8, 1-4pm, Corporate/Business Serving Opportunity
Dec 13, 1-4pm, Corporate/Business Serving Opportunity
Dec 14, 12-2pm, Christmas Food Box Assembly
Dec 16, 8:30am-5pm, Christmas Distribution (4 shifts available)
Dec 18, 6:30-8pm, Sort/Stock
If you, your family, small group or work group are interested in serving SIGN UP HERE.
Join Waukee Area Christian Services in a summer food drive celebrating United Way of Central Iowa’s 100th year.
In the heat of the summer, when pantry shelves are running low, central Iowa businesses, nonprofits and faith-based groups will join together to collect donations for food-insecure kids and families in Polk, Dallas and Warren counties. With your food donation, we can help support the 65,000 central Iowans who are food insecure.
United Way and WACS are asking for your help. Host a food drive in your neighborhood, office, small group, or community group anytime July 7 – 21. Then gather up your donations and deliver them to the food pantry on July 21, where we will have volunteers waiting in the parking lot to help you unload from 7am-2pm.
Westview Church, 1155 SE Boone Dr, Waukee
If you fill out the commitment form, and find out more about how you can help United Way and WACS “Pack a Protein Picnic”. Make sure to select “Dallas County”.
If you have questions about the food drive, please contact Melissa Stimple at 515-987-5523 or [email protected].
What should you donate?
Because less than 20 percent of donated items are protein, pantries especially need:
Although protein is our preference, we’ll accept any quality nonperishable items you can give.
When school cafeterias are closed, kids lose a regular source of meals. Families who rely on free and reduced-price lunch suddenly have much higher grocery bills. Pantries, shelters and food kitchens face a summer shortage as donations drop off after the holidays. With more families coming in for food assistance, pantries need to replenish their shelves.
Our Goal: 65,000 items
That’s one protein serving for each of the 65,000 food-insecure central Iowans who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
Your food donations will go to partner agencies in Dallas (including Waukee Area Christian Services Food Pantry) and Warren counties or Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC).
From there, they will end up in the hands of kids and families in your community who are hurting during the summer months. Thanks to you, kids missing the school cafeteria will have protein for power when their tummies rumble.
We’ve updated our SignUp Genius link to include family friendly, all ages volunteer opportunities in both our Garden and ReStock team.
Garden volunteers help plant, weed and harvest under supervision of our lead/master gardeners. The ReStock teams serves after the food pantry closes and focuses on restocking shelves, sorting inventory, and recycling.
Do you have a large group that would like to serve together? Please contact Melissa to schedule a mutually convenient date & time.
The dates and times can be found on our SignUp link HERE.
It’s time for the annual Easter “Baskets of Love” collection! Since Waukee Area Christian Services (WACS) started the program eight years ago, 947 baskets have been given to children through the food pantry. What makes these baskets unique is that that each child will receive not just the traditional Easter goodies, but they also receive essentials – new socks and underwear.
Please help us continue to share the love with children in need by donating an item or two to help fill our baskets. Items needed include: new socks and underwear (all sizes, toddler to teen, girls and boys), healthy Easter treats, and small toys (bubbles, sidewalk chalk, cards, coloring books, jump ropes, etc.). Note: the baskets have been provided.
Monetary donations can be made on-line here.
Donations can be dropped off at the Waukee Family YMCA, the WACS Food Pantry, or any one of our partner churches which can be found here.
Donations needed by March 16.