Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Helping Others

All-Member Philanthropic Opportunity

The People's Resource Center (PRC) in Wheaton has welcomed low-income residents by offering them complimentary services to meet their basic needs. Most visitors first come to utilize the PRC food pantry, and from there are connected to other services. After a short meeting with a trained volunteer, they are greeted by a food pantry volunteer and given a grocery cart. The PRC food pantry is full-choice and there is an abundance of food to choose from. Clients select the types of food their family eats, depending on health issues, culture and taste. By the time they fill their cart, they've received approximately $100 of fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen meat, bakery items, canned goods and non-perishable food items.

Bill and Liz Werth have been volunteering once a week in the food pantry. They have noticed a void in what is available for the clients. Often there are few or no personal hygiene items in the "take one" bin. Items in this bin are full size toiletries: shampoo, hairspray, deodorant, hand cream, razor, etc.

The CTCC Board voted to ask members to bring, to CTCC membership meetings, items to help fill this bin. All donations will be appreciated and delivered to PRC for distribution to those who are less fortunate. Visit to learn more.

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