Monday, November 25, 2013

Salvation Army needs volunteers for manning Red Kettle's during holiday season

Dear Friend,

Since 1897 The Salvation Army has been a tradition during the Christmas Season; bringing out their Red Kettles accompanied by ringing bells to various locations throughout our community and the country.  The Red Kettle Campaign is our primary means of financing a multitude of programs that benefit the less fortunate in Painesville and the Lake County area such as:

• Feed up to 120 people each day  • Provide the homeless a place to shower and keep warm
• Distribute Christmas gifts to over 1500 children  • Tutoring for 30 children per day
• Weekly program for up to 60 teens  • Back to School back-pack program for 2,000+ children

We know there are many individuals and businesses who would like to contribute financially to our worthy cause, but due to the economy, they understandably are not in a position to do so.  However, there is another, very simple way you can have a positive effect on increasing donations to help us continue ‘doing the most good’.

Therefore, we are seeking families, civic organizations, church and school groups or businesses to man a kettle location for 1 day.  Kettles are open from 10-8 from Nov 15 – Dec 24.  If you split that time frame in to 2 hour shifts, it means you only need 5 people to cover ringing the bell for 1 day! Your donation of time can mean increasing donations at a kettle from $500-$700 to approximately $1500.00 in 1 day!  Giving your time for 2 hours/1 day is equivalent to writing us a check for $1500 dollars; monies which will stay and be used right here to benefit those in our own neighborhoods.

There are 22 kettle locations to choose from; one located conveniently near you.  Please call the Painesville Citadel today at 440-354-3774 and ask for Jon or Billie who can provide further details, schedule you/your group and answer any questions you may have.

 Thank you for your consideration.  Your generosity is much appreciated.  God Bless,

Major Robert Bender, Salvation Army Painesville Division and the 2013 Red Kettle Campaign Chairs
Maria Zampini, UpShoot LLC and Tricia Nelligan Ambrose, The News-Herald                        

Join the following groups who’ve generously committed to manning a Salvation Army Red Kettle this Christmas Season! We appreciate all of our guest ringers whether it is for 1 hour, 1 day or 1 week!

Committed to 4 days:
Lake Catholic High School – Staffing 4 kettles after school for 4 days!

Committed to 2 days:
Christ Crusaders
Leadership Lake County

Committed to 1 day:
Fire Chiefs of Lake County
North Coast Lions Club
Nursery Growers of Lake County, Ohio
Painesville Rotary
Salvation Army Advisory Board – Staffing 2 kettles
Willoughby Hills Methodist Church

Committed to a partial day:
Painesville Assembly of God – Teen Group

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Volunteers needed for holiday gift wrapping at Great Lakes Mall

United Way of Lake County is looking for volunteers to help with gift wrapping at the Great Lakes Mall this holiday season!

This is a great way to spend some time helping those in need for the holidays. Proceeds from the gift wrapping go to the many programs in Lake County that benefit people from all walks of life. You can help make a difference in someone's life! There is space for three to four people on each shift and it is a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please either reply to this email, email, or call 440-639-1149 to reserve your shift. If the shift is full, you will be notified and asked to choose another. 

The days and times are: 
Friday - December 13
Shift 2: 7pm - 10 pm

Saturday - December 14
Shift 1: 4 pm - 7 pm (2 spots available)
Shift 2: 7 pm - 10 pm

Sunday - December 15
Shift 1: 11 am - 3 pm (3 spots available)

Tuesday - December 17
Shift 2: 7 pm - 10 pm

Thursday - December 19
Shift 1: 4 pm - 7 pm (2 spots available)
Shift 2: 7 pm - 10 pm

Friday- December 20
Shift 1: 3 pm - 7 pm

Sunday - December 21
Shift 1: 4 pm - 7:30 pm
Shift 2: 7:30 pm - 11 pm (2 spots available)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

United Way's Women's Event is Thursday, Dec. 5. RSVP now!

  "Women's Winterfest: Food for the Holidays" -- an event for women featuring the best holiday foods from the county's various local restaurants, bakeries and hotels. All proceeds from the event go to women's programs in Lake County.  

The event will take place from 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm at Pine Ridge Country Club on Thursday, Dec. 5. Registration starts at 5:30 pm and the program begins at 6:30 pm.
Tickets are $50 at the door which includes three wine tickets. There will be an assortment of food from local vendors, food demonstrations, auction items and holiday décor.
To register visit or contact Kristin Kozar at 440-639-4583 or
Women's Winterfest is the perfect night out to get together with friends and other women to enjoy holiday food samples, music and décor while giving back to the community.

Wells Fargo Advisors last week donated $2,500 to Women's Winterfest: Food for the Holidays. This is a new relationship for United Way of Lake County and the nonprofit organization is extremely thankful for the generous support.
Participating vendors, thus far, include: Great Harvest Bread, Confectionary Cupboard, Tommy's Jerky, Skye, Food for Thought, Melt Bar & Grilled, Pickle Bill's, Dino's, LaMalfa, Tastefully Simple, Sweet Love Cookies, Market Spice, Cold Stone Creamery and many more.
Students from the Brown Aveda Institute will also be offering beauty treatments at no cost and live music will be provided by students from the Fine Arts Association.
Sponsors include: Vanek Plastic Surgery, Wells Fargo Advisors, Huntington Bank and Salida Woods.

Contact Kristin Kozar at 440-639-4583 or for more information.