SIDNEY — Alpha Community Center is a busy place. It supports the community in four main ways; daily meals, an emergency pantry, programming for children through adults and rent and utility assistance. When you support Alpha Community Center on Match Day, your gifts will help them provide the basic critical needs to those in our community who struggle with food insecurity, housing, and those living on a fixed or disability income.
“We try to give assistance and relief where we can,” said Jan Geuy, Alpha’s executive director. “Our pantry has served 350 households so far this year and that includes the homes of 42 seniors and 250 kids in our community. Last year’s Match Day gifts supported a range of programming we offered this year.”
Geuy noted that they involved 20 kids in their Summer Program where they had nutrition education, fitness classes and went to summer camp. They also assist during the Christmas season with a Holidays Festival of Trees, a gift giveaway and Christmas Eve gift boxes of food.
One of the programs funded by Match Day, the Getting Ahead program, hit a bump in the road with a lack of participants. Alpha is taking the innovative approach to forming a partnership with another local organization to offer those classes at their site, connecting with individuals who need assistance in managing within their limited incomes.
To support Alpha Community Center of Shelby County on Match Day, gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County with: Match/Alpha Community Center noted on the memo or in an accompanying note or form. Details and forms are available at the Community Foundation website at commfoun.com and at Alpha Community Center, 330 E. Court St, PO Box 300, Sidney. Gifts must be received on or before Dec. 3 to be eligible for up to $5,000 in matching money. Credit card gifts may be made on Dec. 3 only on the Community Foundation site.