2012 Apr  Newsletter

Hickory County Cares

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As we look at the future and consider our needs to continue to serve our clients, the board of Hickory County CARES voted to amend our bylaws to increase the number of board members to eleven.. Norman Shaddox and Warren Olinger were elected to fill the two new board positions. It has already been announced in the Index that we were awarded a $5000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development of the Diocese of Jefferson City and we just received $500 from the Lion’s club. This money comes at a very good time as the inventory at Ozarks Food Harvest is very low and consequently we have had to buy more food locally at a higher cost.

The annual meeting of all the food pantries served by the Ozarks Food Harvest will be June 18 in Springfield. We have been asked to make a presentation about how we have come so far so fast and how we have been able to involve over 13 churches in support of Hickory County CARES... How do you explain a miracle? The generosity of our community both monetarily and volunteering to work at the pantry has been beyond explanation. Every time the shelves become empty we receive food donations and when our money was short we received more money. Hickory County CARES is a community based nonprofit; but, we are supported by over 13 churches of all denominations from our faith community... I believe we are witnessing a miracle in Hickory County...

            Hickory County CARES food pantry served 341 households in April.
            We had over 300 volunteer hours again this month.  Thank you to all of our volunteers.
            The can collection at the Rendezvous netted the pantry 486 cans of food...   
           The annual Postal carrier’s food collection on May 12 netted over 600 pounds of food for Hickory County CARES. Thank you to everyone who contributed to these two events.
 Business Expo:
         We participated in the Lucas oil Speedway business Expo on Saturday, May 12. Thank you to Norm Shaddox, Wanda Cable, Sandy Rash, and Ginger Hammond for donating the items we sold and raffled.
            Our application for the 501(c)3 was finally approved by the IRS and we received our certificate letter last week. A big thank you to our treasurer, Ginger Hammond, who worked with Congresswoman Hartzler and Janna Worsham, one of her staff members, to get the IRS to fast track our application..
          Our open house was quite successful and we were able to meet approximately 100 of our supporters.
         Our board meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at Pomme De Terre United Methodist Church at Carson’s Corner and they are open to the public.
Dick Rose
HC CARES President

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