Sept. 7 was the kick-off for Coins for CAAC, a fundraising campaign sponsored by the Clover and Lake Wylie Rotary clubs. This is the first time the two organizations have joined together in a fundraising effort for the same cause.
Why? Because we recognize there is one important agency that assists those in need throughout Clover and Lake Wylie - Clover Area Assistance Center. Coins for CAAC is a way to involve the entire community in supporting the final renovations for CAAC’s Full Choice Pantry.
Neither club is new to helping CAAC. In November, Lake Wylie Rotarians helped complete Phase One of the pantry by removing old shelving, installing new shelves and constructing a public donations sorting area.
For many years, Clover Rotarians have been providing yard and outdoor care for CAAC’s main building on Highway 55. Clover also was involved in the original renovations of the building in 2003, turning it from a fish camp restaurant into CAAC’s pantry, warehouse and offices.
We have always believed in CAAC’s efforts, but were so impressed with the Full Choice concept and the benefits behind it that we wanted to be a part of its development.
In the spring, Lake Wylie and Clover clubs prepared grant requests to the Rotary Foundation for initial funding to support the pantry renovations.
Each club received a grant from the foundation totaling $6,000. A requirement of the foundation grant is that the two local clubs have to raise matching funds and involve the participation of every Rotarian.
Not only will Clover and Lake Wylie Rotarians raise the money, but they also will supply the manpower to install refrigeration units, more shelving and construct two private intake offices.
The total cost of the pantry renovation project is $25,000. Our goal is to raise the matching $6,000, plus the remaining $10,000 needed to complete the last two phases of renovations (with $3,000 already donated by an anonymous local business to use toward the refrigeration units).
Coins for CAAC is a coin collection drive that will take the support of individuals, families, churches and businesses throughout our community to succeed. Thanks to the marketing and graphic skills of a Lake Wylie Rotarian, we have designed easily identifiable blue and gold cans that can be picked up at CAAC or any participating site. Simply take the collection can home, fill it with coins and return it to a participating site anytime through Oct. 26.
Clover School District also will have a collection can in their classrooms so donations can be made at the schools.
The following locations have been designated as official collection can pick-up and drop-off sites: CAAC, Sifford-Stine Insurance, Bordeaux & Bordeaux CPA, Family Trust Credit Union, and both the Lake Wylie and Clover offices of Clover Community Bank and Rinehart Realty.
You can also look for our blue and gold table at several upcoming community events. We will celebrate the closing of Coins for CAAC at the Clover Rotary Mummy Shuffle on Oct. 26.
Please show your support of our fundraising efforts and help us to help CAAC serve those in need in our community.
Vance Stine is president of Clover Rotary Club and Mary Sieck is president of Lake Wylie Rotary Club.