Community Services Agency and Hope’s Corner joined forces over the holidays to host a weekend of activities for low-income families Dec. 15 and 16.
Parents who are clients of CSA selected toys and other gifts for their children and picked up a holiday grocery bag. Children from low-income families throughout the community did holiday crafts and shared refreshments and a visit with Santa at Hope’s Corner.
Leadership Mountain View also organized a gift drive so that children could select presents for their parents as part of the offerings at Hope’s Corner.
According to representatives of both groups, 317 families selected gifts for 688 children at CSA, while more than 100 children participated in the activities at Hope’s Corner.
“When it comes to the holidays, there are many groups organizing gift drives for people in need,” said Nicole Fargo Nosich, CSA associate director. “While this is lovely, it does create a great deal of duplication of services and confusion among clients and donors alike, especially since many of the people who go to Hope’s Corner are already CSA clients. In an effort to reduce the competition for resources and create stronger partnerships, this collaboration seemed like a natural fit and highlights how two programs can work together to better support the populations we serve.”
Both agencies reported a surge in volunteer interest.
“Everyone we spoke with had a very positive reaction to the two groups working together on this project rather than running parallel campaigns,” said Leslie Carmichael, co-founder of Hope’s Corner. “Since we did not have to actively solicit toys and other gifts, we were able to focus on creating a wonderful experience for the children and connect community members with volunteer opportunities that they really enjoyed.”
Initial planning for the 2019 joint holiday program is already underway.