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Wanting to do something, the neighborhood foundation opts to raise funds for Neighborhood House

PMG PHOTO - The annual Hillsdale Book Sale held in late July is the major fundraiser for the Hillsdale Community Foundation, raising as much as $6,000 annually.The Hillsdale Foundation has launched a fund-raising drive for Neighborhood House.

The campaign, called Stand Up Hillsdale, hopes to raise $25,000 during the month of May.

One of the organizers, David Hawkins, said that without ongoing events to sponsor, members of the Foundation wanted to do something for the community during the COVID-19 lockdown.

"We became aware of Neighborhood House's Neighbor to Neighbor campaign to raise funds to restructure their service delivery for all of the most vulnerable groups, that we were wanting to help too. Neighborhood House already has the infrastructure in place to make a real difference to these groups," he wrote in an email. 

The Foundation hopes to kickstart the campaign by adding $20 to the first 100 donations of $50 or more.

The folks at Neighborhood House said they'd be pleased to be the recipient of any funds raised by Stand Up Hillsdale in May.

"The idea was unanimously approved by the board.  We reached out to Neighborhood House with the idea and they were thrilled we wanted to help. Since then, we've collaborated on the tactics to make the most of our efforts," Hawkins wrote.

A decision hasn't been made yet to cancel the Foundation's main fundraising event of the year — the Hillsdale Used Book Sale — which takes place every July and was actually the initial fundraiser for the foundation in 2006..

"Though we haven't officially canceled the book sale, we have not figured out a way to manage the event in a world of social distancing. We're trying to work out the logistics of a virtual sale, but it's proving to be a challenge," Hawkins wrote.

The book sale is held in conjunction with the annual Hillsdale Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Hillsdale Professional and Business Association. Its fate for July 2020 has not yet been announced.

The Hillsdale Foundation has had to cancel a series of summertime performances scheduled for the new Josh Kadish Stage in the Hillsdale Food Cart Park in front of Wilson High School.

For information on making a donation see: www.Hillsdalecommunityfoundation.org


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