I know, I know, Christmas in August is one of the farthest things from your minds, but-t-t, now is the time to begin planning for the NNEMAP Children’s Christmas Store gifting in December.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church has sponsored this program over the past three years. Gifts of toys from St. Andrew members, along with generous donations from other churches, groups, and individuals, have made Christmas happy for many children 1-15 years of age. St. Andrew, along with several other churches, has done a great job, but more help is needed. Last year we served over 700 kids and the need continues to grow.
This is why we are asking everyone interested to help provide gifts for NNEMAP kids. For those who don’t like to shop, a monetary gift is also much appreciated. We are giving this “Heads Up” to you so that you can get an early start for fall planning.
For more information on how you can help, please contact Susi Blackford via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To provide a monetary donation in support of NNEMAP’s Christmas Gift drive, please send a check payable to
NNEMAP, Inc. c/o Jim Brown, Board Treasurer
PO Box 10614
Columbus, OH 43201
Please indicate “Christmas” in the memo so that we may apply your donation according to your wishes.
On behalf of the hundreds of kids looking forward to a happy holiday, NNEMAP says THANK YOU and
NNEMAP Wants YOU to Help Spruce up the Pantry!
NNEMAP will be closed during the Ohio State Fair dates of Wednesday, July 27 through Sunday, August 7. That doesn’t mean we’re taking a vacation. While volunteers help fair patrons park their cars outside (for a modest fee), a flurry of activity will be taking place on the inside.
Before we re-open on Monday, August 8, we want to….
*Clean and disinfect all refrigeration equipment
*Thoroughly clean all floors
*Clean and disinfect all equipment
*Reposition some shelving and storage units
*Whatever else we can squeeze into our available time
If you enjoy cleaning and painting–and come on, who doesn’t?–NNEMAP will be your little slice of heaven on earth for a solid week and a half. Projects will start most mornings at 9:00. We want our pantry to be spic-and-span with a shiny new-car smell when we welcome shoppers back for service–we need YOUR HELP to do it!
*Wear clothing that you can get dirty or get paint on
Sound like fun? Call Sean Becker at 405-850-1688 or e-mail email@example.com to schedule your date today!
For every dollar donated through the Backpack Buddies website between June 6 and 17, the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation pledged to match 75 percent. We were hoping to rope in about 10 grand. A tidy sum when coupled with a $7,500 match.
Well, we failed in our bid to secure $10,ooo in donations…but we far exceeded our goal. Howzawha?!? Yep–it’s true. Nationwide, donations through the fund drive came in at about $700,000. True to their word, the good people at the Clarke M. Williams Foundation distributed matching funds totaling a cool million.
A total of 28 donors gave NNEMAP $5,507 through the website. Forget the 75 percent matching funds. CenturyLink nearly quadrupled that total. As a result of this spectacular display of philanthropic largesse, NNEMAP got a whopping $20,358.77!
NNEMAP was far and away the leading recipient among Ohio charities and cracked the top 20 nationwide. We could not have done it without YOUR support. So THANK YOU to all of our generous donors for leading the way. Your exemplary response to this unique fund drive will put food on thousands of plates in the months to come!
Communications giant CenturyLink and the Clarke M. Williams Foundation have generously supported NNEMAP’s operations over the years. This year, CenturyLink is hosting an online virtual food drive. One website is set up to process all monetary donations.
If you’re not a details person, you can click here to skip right to that page and make your donation (please and thank you!).
If you are a details person, we’re pretty sure you’re going to be glad you stuck around for the fine print. In past years, CenturyLink has solicited for food and cash donations. While food donations are still welcome, you can get the most bang–or ‘bank’–for your buck by donating cash.
Because the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation will match all financial donations made between now and June 17th. For every dollar you donate, the foundation will kick in 3 quarters. If you donate $100, NNEMAP gets $175. If you donate $500, NNEMAP gets $875, etc.
You can see how this works–it’s a great way for you to get the most out of your donation to NNEMAP! All you have to do is click here and have your credit card handy. It’s that easy!
Thank you to the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation for this generous program–and thank you for helping NNEMAP take advantage of this tremendous fundraising opportunity!
NNEMAP recently welcomed Chef Jim Warner to the pantry for an afternoon of kitchen fun and instruction. Warner, who is Program Director, Food and Nutrition at the nearby Wexner Medical Center, spent a couple of hours teaching a knife skills training course to NNEMAP customers and staff.
Warner demonstrated how to chop, slice and prepare mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, yellow squash, onions, cilantro and more for a sumptuous and super-quick stir-fry recipe. We weren’t getting a few tips from a local prep cook here. Warner received his training at New York’s prestigious Culinary Institute of America, the premiere culinary school in the country. Among professionals, this guy is a professional!
After furiously chopping a pile of produce, Chef Warner demonstrated his take on the classic stir-fry. He fired up a couple of propane burners and quickly seared off the fruits (and vegetables) of the class’s labor. We plated up samples of the dish as a light afternoon snack and sent students home with their own chopped goodies to make for dinner that night.
The NNEMAP class enjoyed Warner’s hands-on approach and thorough instruction. The feeling was mutual. “This is a great group,” Warner said. “Everyone is really engaged!” Some students in the class had experience in the foodservice industry, others just cook at home. Regardless of experience or skill level, everyone in attendance (including this staff member!) gained an abundance of practical knowledge about knife skills and safety.
“I really enjoyed myself,” said one student as she made her way out after class. “We have to do this more often.” We couldn’t agree more!
NNEMAP Food Pantry extends a special thanks to Chef Jim Warner for sharing his time and talent with us!