In our previous BLOG, we told you what Relay is all about, and what to expect. Today, we're going to BREAK DOWN all the events of the day so you're prepared!
"In 2016, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 595,690 people will die from the disease."
According to area demographics listed on the Conejo Valley Chamber's page... we have roughly $150,000 residents of the Conejo Valley.
What are the odds that when the event leadership team for Relay For Life Conejo Valley sat down to determine a fundraising goal this year, we settled on aiming for $150,000 funds raised for the American Cancer Society?? WHEW. That's a big undertaking for a team comprised mostly of new volunteers with some very valuable veterans guiding us through the process.
Have you heard about Conejo Community Outreach's Community Closet?
Our Community Closet was officially launched in September 2016 as a free resource that provides basic necessities for local individuals and families in need. We stock in our Closet items such as gently used baby and toddler clothing, maternity wear, work attire, coats and jackets, and baby items such as bottles, blankets, diapers, wipes and beyond, thanks to the generous donations from our community.
As we come to a close on 2016, we are taking a moment to reflect on passing our one-year milestone and all of the lessons we've learned as a non-profit along the way, and all of the things we're excited to accomplish together with our community in 2017!
Conejo Community Outreach (CCO for short) is a local non-profit organization comprised of six local moms.
These days, we're all on-the-go! If we're not juggling multiple kids, or multiple jobs, we're staring at that stacked pile of laundry that no one wants to fold, or dreading the "what's for dinner" dilemma.
Our treasurer, Lauren, has quite a bit of experience juggling life as a working mom (she's a great hair stylist!) and three kiddos! We asked her for some of her fave go-to meals that she keeps around to make in a pinch!
We all love to splurge for a feast to top all feasts each Thanksgiving, but that means tighter wallets and tighter jeans! We believe everyone should have the opportunity to prepare and enjoy a home-cooked meal with family and friends on Thanksgiving, while recognizing that the cost can be burdensome for many. We've compiled some tips to help you make the most of your Thanksgiving while saving where you can.
Conejo Community Outreach is ready to start preparing for our second annual Conejo Community Thanksgiving, and once again, we're hoping the community will support us in providing Thanksgiving Day meal packages to local families in the Conejo Valley.
Many families in our community live paycheck-to-paycheck and purchasing the ingredients for a holiday meal can be a burden, using a huge part of their monthly food budget. Each Thanksgiving, we will be sourcing ingredient and monetary donations in order to provide several local families with the full ingredients to cook a complete meal for their families, in their own home.
Holiday memories often center around a meal – the warmth coming from the oven as the smells mingle in the air, culminating in sitting as a family and enjoying the time together. We would like to provide that experience for as many families as we can, for whom it would ordinarily be out of reach or strain finances.
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1) Donate non-perishables, canned goods, and turkeys! November 19-21, 2016 will be our designated food drop-off weekend. For those who would like to donate non-perishable items and canned goods, this is the weekend to be aware of. We will have host locations in your city that you may drop of your donations to. These host locations will be updated on our Conejo Community Thanksgiving page as we secure them.
2) Donate a monetary contribution to help us with our supplemental market run. Last year due to monetary donations we were able to buy ingredients in bulk to save on costs, and fill in ingredients that weren't donated for each meal package. A $50 donation covers an entire food package for one family.
3) Nominate a family. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the size of the family, location of family, name of the head of the household, and a phone number and/or email address the family can be reached at. We will respond to each request and do our best to accommodate based on donations received.
4) VOLUNTEER! We will need volunteers for a variety of event related needs. Volunteer as a host for your city, where people can drop off food donations, volunteer to help us on organize and put together meal packages on the evening of November 23rd, or volunteer to help with meal package distribution on November 24th! Email us at volunteer@conejocommunityoutreach to express your interest in volunteering, and we will be in touch to discuss further details.
We thank the community for helping us to make our second annual Conejo Community Thanksgiving a success!
The other day, after receiving a message from a local mom of three boys in need of food, we reached out to one of our local mom groups, Moms of Conejo Valley, for assistance in collecting donations. In addition to the amazing and supportive response from women in our community who were quick to offer diapers, food, and grocery store gift cards, we walked away with handful of resources that everyone should know about.
CCO President Andrea has created a week meal plan complete with dinner recipes, and lunch and breakfast considerations. This meal plan is portioned to accommodate a family of four. The prices are good at Sprouts through Wednesday! We hope you enjoy!
Please CLICK HERE to download the PDF of the shopping list, broken down by item, price, & meal genre & recipes!