Making a Difference One Step at a Time

Mediaon April 2nd, 2013Comments Off on Making a Difference One Step at a Time

$20,000 can buy a lot of things, and for Churches Active in Northside, or CAIN, it’s a figure that means making sure our neighbors in need, like Wes, don’t go to bed hungry at night. Wes wasn’t able to pay the bills after unexpectedly losing his job.

“It was nice to be able to come to a place in my neighborhood and to have someone listen and help with some of my basic needs,” he tells us. “I was constantly worried about tomorrow. CAIN took that worry away from me.”

Community partners further the reach of the Freestore Foodbank.

CAIN is one of more than 275 nonprofit member agencies working with the Freestore Foodbank to help our friends, like Wes, who are facing hard times. The organization, located at 4230 Hamilton Avenue in Northside, offers an array of services to give hope to those who need it most. A choice food pantry, health and hygiene products, clothing, medical supplies, rent assistance, utility assistance, prescription assistance and complete funeral/burial packages through a partnership with Gwen Mooney Funeral Home are just some of the ways it is able to help. Each month, CAIN helps connect nearly 400 people with life’s basic necessities.

“We meet with each person individually and sit down to talk to them and see what their situation is,” says MiMi Chamberlin, Executive Director of CAIN. “It is very common to hear laughter and to see hugs. To a person in a challenging situation, this support often means the difference between despair and hope.”

Together we can help our neighbors.

The Freestore Foodbank’s Hunger Walk is one way CAIN is able to raise money to support our neighbors in need in Northside. This Memorial Day (Monday, May 27), thousands of walkers and runners will lace up their sneakers and hit the pavement in the fight against hunger, supporting Freestore Foodbank partner agencies like CAIN, and making a difference one step at a time. All of the money raised by CAIN and other agencies through Hunger Walk goes toward food distribution costs. This is the 10th year CAIN has taken part in the event, setting a goal of $20,000 to support its operations.

“CAIN could not operate our rainbow Choice Food Pantry without the items we obtain through the Freestore Foodbank,” MiMi says. “From basic food essentials and ever increasing quantities of fresh produce to personal hygiene necessities like feminine hygiene products, razors, toothbrushes, and toilet paper and diapers for children and adults, the Freestore Foodbank helps CAIN meet people in their time of need.”

Hunger Walk needs you.

By registering to walk, donating to CAIN or an agency in the neighborhood where you live, you are giving the gift of hope to those who need it most.

“It means we can focus our time, energy or more easily and efficiently raising resources to feed our neighbors rather than exerting a lot of effort and expense just to create a fundraising event. Since all the details are covered – including an easy to use online registration – our volunteers and donors can give directly in a way that they know has a tremendous impact.”