GAWDA Gives Back

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GAWDA President Brad Peterson and his wife, Gaby, have selected Community Lodgings and Our Military Kids as recipients of donations from the 2019 GAWDA Gives Back Program.  Donations from the Gives Back campaign will fund specific projects at both charities.

Community Lodgings – This group was founded in 1987 by a group of eight churches.  At the time, the need was to provide shelter for the homeless, so the churches came together to buy three properties.  They continue to own those properties to this day, but the mission of the organization has greatly expanded.  In addition to providing below-market housing on a rental basis, the group provides for the greater family and community need in helping to educate and lift people out of the cycle of poverty.

On the day that Brad and Gaby visited, they watched the younger kids arrive, and then later, the middle-schoolers arrived for their time with the program.  They all clearly enjoyed their after-school snacks and activities and had an affectionate bond for their leaders and the program director, Miss Lynn.  Miss Lynn told Brad and Gaby about how they did field trips and had to contract with the local school district for busing needs.  She mentioned that she could REALLY use a 15-passenger van and save money, time and stress by transporting the kids with a nice van themselves.

For more details please watch this video

Our Military Kids – This organization provides scholarships to children of military members who are deployed or hospitalized, for extra-curricular activities.  These activities help the children focus on something other than their parents’ absence or disability and keep them connected to “regular” kids and activities.  These scholarships might provide the opportunity for a camp, for karate lessons, or for some other “normal” activity.

On the day that Brad and Gaby visited they saw two volunteers and 4 staff members stuffing the mailings that go out to the kids announcing that they’ve received a scholarship.  On this particular week, they were mailing about 100 kids, with an average $400 scholarship.  The mailing is made to look like a classified official order packet, which is always a big hit with the kids.  The checks are made out to the organization providing the activity, and the group is audited once a year to make sure everything is in order.

For more details please watch this video.

Thank you GAWDA members, for making a difference in the lives of these children and families. We hope you join us in giving back to these very special charities.

Click here to download the 2019 Donation Form