Spring Make A Difference Day

April 9 is the date for our Spring Make a Difference Day
(formerly known as 3 Hours to Make a Difference).

This event will begin at 8:30 am and end at 12:00 pm.

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Projects include washing windows, painting, raking leaves or making minor home repairs.

There are many projects limited only by the number of volunteers.

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Join us and make a difference.

Sign up forms are available outside the church office.

Know of someone who needs help? Contact the church office at 626-2762.

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Monthly Community Meal

The Community Meal at the North Liberty Living Center is Saturday, October 17. Volunteers are needed to serve and/or donate food and to visit with the seniors. Meat dishes, vegetable dishes, and dessert dishes are needed for this meal.

To volunteer or donate contact Laura Bibby at 319-331-3866 or email her at laurahawkeye@hotmail.com. When contacting Laura by email, please include the type of food dish you can donate or which type of volunteering suits you better.

Thank you so much in advance for your willingness to make a difference in the lives of our seniors!

Feeding our Community

First United Methodist Church North Liberty is responsible for The Community Meal on June 27 at noon. The meal will be served at Meal at North Liberty Living Center. Volunteers are needed to serve the meal.  Donations of food dishes are needed. Contact Laura Bibby at laurahawkeye@hotmail.com or use the info stub in the Sunday bulletin to volunteer.

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Pantry Happenings

Save the Date!

The Third Annual Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot Run and Walk will be Saturday, July 11, at 8:00 am. A new route is being planned for a 1-Mile Family Run/ Walk, 5K-Run and 10-K Run. This event is a fund-raiser for the Pantry, is well attended and a lot of fun. Mark your calendar.

Golf Tournament

The 5th Annual 4-Person Best-Shot Golf Tournament, presented by Scheels, was May 15 at Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville. It was a beautiful day and 24 teams turned out for a great day of golf.

Growing Together Garden

The garden is growing! Trees and vegetables have been planted – potatoes, rhubarb, asparagus, brassica and lettuce are in the ground. If you don’t know what ‘brassica’ is, you should come to one of our classes and find out. The first container gardening classes were held May 21, and a butterflies and bees class will be Saturday, June 13, from 1:00-3:00 pm. Open volunteer days have started, and groups from Verizon and U.S. Cellular have taken advantage of volunteer opportunities.
Summer Lunch & Fun

The dates for this program are coming up quickly: June 8 to August 14, Monday through Friday. Volunteers are asked to commit to 10:45 am—1:30 pm. The meal is from 11:30 am—12:15 pm, and the activity time is 12:00—1:00 pm. The Pantry will provide lunch and activities for children on Tuesdays. To help serve, go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044baaae2ea75-summer1. To help the Pantry with food preparation, sign up at brandy.smith@northlibertycommunitypantry.org.

Summer is a great time to add some volunteer hours to your schedule. How do you put your faith into actions? At the Pantry, you have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus by helping those in need in our community. No matter what your schedule is or what your interests or gifts are, there is a place for you at the Pantry. Check our website at http://www.northlibertycommunitypantry.org, or Facebook at www.facebook.com/NorthLibertyCommunityPantry), or contact Tina at 319-626-2711 or at nlpantry@gmail.com for more information about the Pantry.

Make a Difference

Join us as we act as God’s hands and feet in our community  Make A Difference Day is on Saturday, April 18. This is a great way for the whole family to serve the community.  One volunteer stated, “I worked with a wonderful, caring, and dedicated group of people. Can’t wait to do it again next year.”

Make a Difference
Make a Difference

What type of work will we be doing?
Projects include yard work, small construction jobs, window washing, and many more.  These projects improve the lives of the North Liberty community and are provided at no cost.

How long will it take?
The day is divided into morning (8:30—noon) and afternoon (12:30—4:00) shifts.  Volunteers may sign-up for either one or both shifts.

Who would I work with?
A team (no more than 8 people) may sign-up together.  Individuals can sign-up and be assigned to a team.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Make a DifferenceWhat do we do the day of the event?
Teams gather (at 8:30 or 12:30) at the First United Methodist Church (85 North Jones Blvd). A short instruction session will be given, materials gathered, and teams will depart to their assigned homes.

How do I sign up?
Sign-up is available online at M.A.D. sign-up or on paper at the church.  Sign-ups should be done before Monday, April 13.  This allows for team-to- home assignments.
Teams and individuals registered by Monday, April 13 will receive their assigned homes by Thursday, April 16.  We allow registrations the day of the event, but encourage pre-registration to ensure maximum team-to-home matches.

Make a Difference
Make a Difference

Questions?
Contact Bev Byram-Howe at 319-626-2762 or nlmadmin@southslope.net or Judy McRoberts at judy.mcroberts@gmail.com
“This is our chance – as churches – to give back in the community and make a difference in someone’s life through our love of God,” said Bev Byram-Howe, the originator of the project.

Serving our Community

The Community Meal is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at noon.  The meal will be held at North Liberty’s Liberty Center on Ashley Court.

Do you feel a calling to help serve our community?  Are you skilled in the kitchen?  Volunteers are needed to serve the meal and to provide meat or vegetable dishes and desserts.

Laura Bibby coordinates the volunteers and donations.  Contact her at laurahawkeye@hotmail.com or call 319-331-3866  or sign up on Sunday Morning using the info stub found in the program.

North Liberty Community Pantry Gardens

Our new Garden Coordinator, Ilsa DeWald, was born and raised in central Iowa.

She attended the University of Iowa where she studied Environmental Science and  Sustainability. Ilsa became very invested in the UI Student Garden during her time at the U of I. The UI Student Garden is operated by students and volunteers to increase UI campus community awareness about local food including community health, the local economy, and the care of the environment.  Ilsa was also an intern at the UI Office of Sustainability for 3 years promoting student leadership and community emphasis on environmental education. Ilsa has met many passionate and motivated people dedicated to improving their community, and she can’t wait to expand her horizons to the community of North Liberty.

Meet the AmeriCorps Project Assistant: Becca Vasquez

Becca Vasquez is the Pantry’s Full-time AmeriCorps Member helping with the Gardening for Health Project. She attended the University of Iowa where she studied International Studies: Global Resources & the Environment and Sustainability.  Before starting at the Pantry, Becca was a CSA Sustainable Farming employee, intern, and volunteer at the Farming Institute: Wild Woods Farm and Bountiful Harvest CSA.  The Farming Institute is a hands on immersion program teaching participants organic sustainable vegetable production and the business of community supported agriculture. She also mentored under Susan Jutz at Local Harvest CSA as part of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network: Harvesting our Potential Program.

Volunteer Opportunities

Anyone is welcome to come visit and volunteer at the garden on the designated volunteer days (coming soon!). No garden experience necessary as we will have experienced volunteers helping direct activity.

If you would like to get more involved and volunteer on a regular basis with garden maintenance and educational events, please come to the North Liberty Community Pantry for one of the following garden volunteer orientations.

Tuesday March 31st, 6-8PM

Wednesday April 15th, 1-3PM

Sign up by emailing your name and the date you will be attending to garden@northlibertycommunitypantry.org.

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Ribbon Cutting & Tree Planting Celebration!
Saturday, April 25th
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Join us for our community garden kick-off celebration
with tree planting and soil preparation!
The winners of the Garden Naming Competition will be honored by cutting the ribbon and being recognized for their valuable community participation.

For more information contact us

Ilsa DeWald, Garden Coordinator

ilsa.dewald@northlibertycommunitypantry.org

Becca Vasquez, Americorps Member

becca.vasquez@northlibertycommunitypantry.org

89 North Jones Blvd.

North Liberty, Iowa 52317

Phone: (319) 626-2711

www.northlibertycommunitypantry.org

Tina DuBois, Executive Director

tina.dubois@northlibertycommunitypantry.org


Make a Difference

Join us as we act as God’s hands and feet in our community  Make A Difference Day is on Saturday, April 18. This is a great way for the whole family to serve the community.  One volunteer stated, “I worked with a wonderful, caring, and dedicated group of people. Can’t wait to do it again next year.”

Make a Difference
Make a Difference

What type of work will we be doing?
Projects include yard work, small construction jobs, window washing, and many more.  These projects improve the lives of the North Liberty community and are provided at no cost.

How long will it take?
The day is divided into morning (8:30—noon) and afternoon (12:30—4:00) shifts.  Volunteers may sign-up for either one or both shifts.

Who would I work with?
A team (no more than 8 people) may sign-up together.  Individuals can sign-up and be assigned to a team.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Make a DifferenceWhat do we do the day of the event?
Teams gather (at 8:30 or 12:30) at the First United Methodist Church (85 North Jones Blvd). A short instruction session will be given, materials gathered, and teams will depart to their assigned homes.

How do I sign up?
Sign-up is available online at M.A.D. sign-up or on paper at the church.  Sign-ups should be done before Monday, April 13.  This allows for team-to- home assignments.
Teams and individuals registered by Monday, April 13 will receive their assigned homes by Thursday, April 16.  We allow registrations the day of the event, but encourage pre-registration to ensure maximum team-to-home matches.

Make a Difference
Make a Difference

Questions?
Contact Bev Byram-Howe at 319-626-2762 or nlmadmin@southslope.net or Judy McRoberts at judy.mcroberts@gmail.com
“This is our chance – as churches – to give back in the community and make a difference in someone’s life through our love of God,” said Bev Byram-Howe, the originator of the project.