Project SHARE the News Summer 2016
Summer is growing and the fields wait for gleaning! Join us!
SHARE Expands Message and Mission
Education, Mentoring, Community Resources
& Most Importantly Food for our Neighbors
A number of exciting initiatives are moving Project SHARE into an expanding future of solutions and collaborations. Programs and opportunities engaging all ages from our kids to our seniors. Programs that will benefit and empower many of our Recipients and Volunteers while we attract and collaborate with our extended community. Project SHARE is moving boldly with initiatives that engage our whole community.
LETTER from ELAINE
Paging Dr. Livas Doctor who?
I recently received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Dickinson, I was honored and humbled. No, I can’t fix your hangnail or your foot fungus, and although I am fascinated with why your arm bends that way, I can’t fix that either. And if your leg hurts when you do that, well, don’t do that anymore! That will be $75 bucks please. I am great at dispensing advice, but I am pretty sure you don’t want me doing any sort of medical care. I do offer great rates, and I will even wash my hands (my momma taught me right), but I get my left and right mixed up occasionally and get antsy if I have to focus on one thing for more than an hour. (so no long surgeries, please)
I began to think of all the names I have been called in my life (queen of the halt and the lame is my favorite). My mother named me Elaine after her best friend and because there was no nickname for it, and then promptly called me Lonnie for many years. I used to dislike being called “baby”, because I was one-but now that I am older, I don’t mind. For a long time, I was the “college kid”; some people called me “Molly Pitcher”! My Dad says, “As long as they don’t call you late for supper”.
I call little kids “sweetheart” and bigger kids “young man” and I have started to wave like the queen mum. And now I am apparently much smarter than I was a few short days ago. This transformation is nothing short of miraculous. I have become an expert on almost everything, and certainly all the aches and pains of the body. (at least my body) It used to be, “Let’s google it!”, but now some smarty-pants in the crowd says, “we have a doctor here, let’s ask her!” Luckily, this new doctor has access to google…
Doctor makes me think of my doctor. Who I liked much better before he lost weight. Surveys show that people trust their nightly news anchor and their doctor more than anyone else. My doctor can joke about just about everything and he has keeps me in stitches – literally and figuratively.
Unfortunately, no prize money or tiara comes with this honorary degree, yet I am thankful to be honored by the College I love and which loves me.
It strikes me that doctors are a lot like the rest of us. They know a lot about one thing. Maybe they know a lot about the body. Or a lot about chemistry or about the brain. They are really smart in their discipline. But about everything else they are just like us; making educated guesses. You don’t call a doctor to fix your garden – or your car. But a mechanic is a lot like a car doctor. We all have something we are good at, but very few people are good at everything. The smartest people really are those folks who know when they don’t know something and then keep their mouth shut instead of pretending to know.
What do you want to be called? What would people call you if you weren’t around that they might not tell you to your face? And remember just because someone calls you something doesn’t mean that’s who you are. A title doesn’t make you smart. If someone says you are dumb, that doesn’t mean you are. God gave people a new name in the Bible when he put promise in them of a transformation and a new purpose. You have a choice to find and fill that purpose, but it is going to take some work on your part. Quit comparing yourself, and start learning everything you can about yourself and the world around you. Come find me if you want help getting started.
Save the Dates
Yoga at the Farm Stand
(all are Welcome)
Every Sunday 4-5pm
Summer Read & Feed
Kitchen Classes (healthy recipes and creative preparations)
Canning July 26th 12-4pm
This special class, aren't they all, will prepare you to
preserve foods for the winter and beyond.
Kids in the Kitchen
Wednesdays the week after Distribution from 4:30-6pm.
Always a gaggle of children learning and enjoying.
A Biblical activity of harvesting after the harvest. Join us as we venture to local farms and orchards to accept the generosity of farmers and growers in the region allowing us to pick and return with the treasures of nature for our neighbors. Details on our website and at TimeToSignUp.
Boiling Springs Triathlon
August 6th starting at 7am. Volunteers are encouraged to go to volunteer by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Other details are on the weblink above.
Fall and Winter Reminders
Our Holiday Dinner for Recipients December 01st celebrates the blessings of the year and we look forward to community and individuals supporting this shared meal. Contact us about how you can help us realize our expenses and lift our voices in praise for a grateful year at Project SHARE and in Carlisle.
Welcome to the new way to SIGN UP for most everything being offered at Project SHARE.
Whether it be joining us in the fields to glean or teach in our Summer Read and Feed program, TIme To Sign Up presents you with the options in both date, times and roles for you to sign up at your convenience 24/7.
We will also be adding our Kitchen Classes and any of our other activities that will require a Sign Up ! So visit the site and have a look around to see how you might join us along the way!
SHOP the COMPANY STORE
Shelves stocked, designer wear in place, canning looking for a place on your shelves. Currently we invite you to see our selections at Project SHARE's HQ on North Orange and soon to be able to make selections online for pick up here. Shop with a friend in mind or for yourself. Polos, Ts and more.
HONEY SPICED PEACHES !
$5.00 for 32 ounces but only 4 left!
$5.00 for 24 ounces
DICED TOMATOES $5.00 for 32 ounces
Summer Read Feed for Kids
Every summer the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers a program to provide summer feeding to the many children who are out of school and could benefit by supplemental summer feeding. Project SHARE has also teamed up with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the local schools, churches and army of qualified and dedicated volunteers to add the element of learning and reading together with the USDA's feeding goals.
This summer Project SHARE is operating 5 sites: Letort Elementary, Middlesex Elementary, Church of God, New Life Community Church in Mt. Holly and our own Farm Stand to provide all of these elements in one exciting program. Over a period of 8 weeks, from June 20th to August 11th teachers, assistants, site supervisors and outside community participants are presenting lessons and activities based on the National Library Association's sports related theme of On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!
In addition to the schools and sites that are active partners both Bosler and Amelia Givin Libraries are an active participant in Project SHARE's summer read and feed initiative.
Highlights this summer have included our reading to dogs Mondays at Mt. Holly, Create-a-Palooza and Library crafts and reading events at all sites. The program will celebrate with an end of term picnic for all the 163 kids who are part of the program this summer.
Contact Joe Kloza, Education Coordinator to participate in the planning and implementation for 2017 or to provide needed and appreciated support for future education initiatives both for our children and adults year round.
Help Us Reach Out - Donate
EVERYONE's SUPPORT NEEDED
to MOVE FORWARD
We have all been blessed. Project SHARE has been and each day we give thanks for the many blessings we have. We believe that more good things are continuing in the lives of our community and that Project SHARE can provide that hand up to make great dreams realities.
In order to realize our continued belief in solutions we ask you to consider partnering with your treasure to support these needs:
High Tunnel Growth
Life Skill Workshops
Employment Training & Mentoring
Hospitality to Returning
Financial Literacy Classes
Hitching a Ride for a Truck
Thanks to a grant from the USDOA, a plane ride from and an adventurous volunteer a needed truck was purchased and returned from Massachusetts, appropriately named "Jack". Greg Morris drove the vehicle back to Carlisle and Mike provided the breathtaking ride up. It takes a fleet of trucks, 8 to be exact, to move produce in and out of our warehouse at Dickinson and we were in need of this latest acquisition. Thanks to all who have put the 350 into service for our community.
Glenn Morris and Mike Marra
SHIPPENSBURG FFA & 4H LIVESTOCK
AUCTION BENEFITS PROJECT SHARE THANKS TO OUR DONORS
On July 30th, at the Shippensburg Junior Livestock auction, thanks to our donors, we were able to purchase over $2,500 worth of animals that were prepared for our freezers thanks to the Peg Sheaffer Memorial Fund. Many thanks to F&M Trust and donors...................................... ..........................
Century Link Matching Fund
CenturyLink hosts an annual food drive to help fight hunger in our markets and raise awareness of backpack programs that provide meals to children over weekends and school breaks.The Foundation matches employee and community donations with a $1,000,000 donation to local food banks.Since the program began in 1999, this annual drive has resulted in more than 47 million pounds of food being donated nationwide.
Project SHARE's generous donors raised $19,289 in this 9 day campaign. The result was that you were 7th overall in the nation and were rewarded more than a double match by Century Link for a total of $48,599. You were able to mobilize a force of donors in a short window which paid off large dividends. Many thanks to those of you who made this amazing opportunity a reality and thanks to the Clarke M. Williams Foundation.
The Green Growing House
"Farmer" Todd has been growing, mentoring and preparing for a bumper crop at our Carlisle H.S. facility. We have 520 Mountain Fresh tomato plants with 175 Banana and 175 Bell Peppers.
Harvest is coming in daily now and we will be selling to local restaurants with the funds going towards Project SHARE. Contact "Farmer" Todd for details. This is the first year for a non-chemical approach to organic horticulture techniques in our garden. Todd says that this method does not kill the beneficial bacteria in the ground. " It is natural, the way the land should be and the results speak for themselves." Farmer Todd added that weed control is accomplished by pulling the weeds. He also added that "Weeds do not like a rich pH so organic fertile farming is adverse to weed growth."
Our current needs are to prepare for winter gardening so that we can grow year round. Todd is also looking into vermiculture composting with worms. Funds are needed to make these added improvements so we can reap the benefits of "black gold" from the vermiculture. Contact Project SHARE if this is a project that you would like to help support.
Skip Over present a Defibrillator to Steve Kuhn at Farmstand on behalf of the Nicholas Ryan Over Foundation.
Project SHARE of Carlisle on Facebook
If you have not frequented Facebook lately or ever you may not be aware that Project SHARE posts pictures and special announcements regularly on our Facebook page. We think that you will find a number of interesting posts from our pictures showing our activities to announcements about special events and even various Stories to Share linked from our review of the BBC, NPR and other news sources providing us with stories that I feel are relative to our mission and the lives of all of us. Please feel free to Like or not, comment or not. Just know that we love the conversation and the thought that it provokes in all of us.
GLEANING CONTINUES THROUGH SUMMER & FALL
The new 2016 gleaning season is underway with amazing results thus far. Lots of enthusiastic volunteers have joined the Project SHARE team of gleaning participants as we have visited Peter’s Orchard to pick strawberries, Spiral Path to harvest leaf lettuce and cucumbers, Burkholder’s Farm to pick corn and Weaver’s farm to pick tomatoes and cantaloupe. Toiga Tomato Green House has graciously come onboard to glean lots of tomatoes every two weeks for Project SHARE beginning in March until the end of November. The team of gleaning volunteers is well on its way to break the 57,000-pound total from the 2015 growing season. As we enter the biggest harvest months of the entire year, we need your help. Please spread the word to any group, family or individuals that would like to volunteer to visit our gleaning page to find the link to sign up for an upcoming trip? Big sweet corn fields, amazing melon patches, delicious peach groves and hundreds of acres of succulent apples await us as we team up to bring produce back to our community. You can help make a difference in our community by helping to harvest thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables that would be plowed under in our local farm fields. Please feel free to contact Meagan Smith at email@example.com or Steve Kuhn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about upcoming gleaning opportunities.