Locally, this year’s Month of Giving at Jersey Mike’s raised $34,099 for the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities and the dozens of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia nonprofit child and youth service organizations SCC supports.
In on the giving were eight Jersey Mike's locations in the Tri-Cities area, where donations for SCC were collected throughout the month. Also, on March 27, every dollar spent by customers was handed over to help local kids in need.
On the national level, this year’s $7.3 million in donations topped last year’s Month of Giving contributions by more than $1 million. Weighing in on that success, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO Peter Cancro said, “Our mission statement has always been focused on making a difference in people’s lives and the record-setting amount raised this March will go a long way toward supporting the good work of our local partner charities.”
Appalachian Sustainable Development, the Abingdon, Va.-based nonprofit committed to fortifying the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia economy and health by supporting local farmers and connecting people with healthy foods, has launched its annual Good Food for All Challenge.
Through May 31, all donations to ASD will receive a 30 percent match from Healthy Families-Family Farms, a grassroots food access program that over the past 15 years has purchased more than 1.2 million pounds of locally grown fruits and vegetables that do not meet the aesthetic guidelines for retail sales for donation to the region’s food banks and pantries.
Donations to this year’s Good Food For All Challenge will add to that number and to the amount of fresh, locally grown produce the region’s food banks and pantries have to pass along to local people at risk going hungry during the coming season of bounty.
Donations to ASD earmarked for the “challenge” may be made online at www.asdevelop.org or by mail to ASD/Healthy Families-Family Farms, 1096 Ole Berry Road, Suite 100, Abingdon, VA 24210.
Keystone Dental Care is signing up golfers for its 13th annual benefit tournament coming up Monday, April 29, at the Blackthorn Club at The Ridges.
Lisa Eggers, executive director of the nonprofit clinic that provides dental care to folks without insurance or access, said the amateur golf competition is a a great way for golfers of all levels to enjoy a day of play for a great cause, “helping provide our low-income neighbors with quality dental care.”
Check-in will start 11:45 a.m. and the tournament will tee off at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $150 per golfer or $500 for four. Reservations are limited, so advance registration is strongly encouraged and can be completed by contacting Eggers at the clinic at 423-557-4860 or by email to [email protected]
If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, [email protected] or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.