Community Kitchen is an outreach of Rivers' Edge Community Church.
Since 2009, the Community Kitchen has provided meals, community and comfort as an outreach to the less fortunate in NdG. With servings twice a week at dinner time, of salad - soup - and main course, with dessert, many guests come to spend time with friends, reconnect, and recharge in the company of an accepting and welcoming group of volunteers.
When a mechanical failure resulted in a pipe flooding the facilities, a 1-800 helpline and community Facebook page was immediately setup to communicate with the population of guests who were served by the Community Kitchen.
This has allowed clients to remain in contact, and to receive updates on a regular basis, despite having very little interaction with the hosting church during renovations and refit. Many clients have little material means, and can only access a toll free number from public payphones.
This essential lifeline makes them feel connected to each other and the outreach ministry while the facilities are being repaired.
Often times, we are asked to consult on fundraising projects - usually on short notice, and sometimes in dire circumstances.
In this case, we were in discussion with WOMEN ON THE RISE, and were able to uncover an asset that the organization had created many years earlier -- a community cookbook of tried and true recipes from previous group attendees. The last printed copy was discovered on a bookshelf in the office, a legacy of tastes and community passed forward to the present day. The challenge was to reformat the book from 8x11 and spiral bound (quite costly to reproduce) to a friendlier and more versatile format that the organization could use in ongoing fundraising efforts.
We were able to revise, update, and reissue the cookbook in an easier to use eZINE format, just in time for Valentines' Day 2015. Portable, legible, and readily available -- I would encourage you to contact WOMEN ON THE RISE for your copy today!