Whether you were sitting “By the Beach,” watching “The Price is Right;” placing your bets at the “Kentucky Derby,” enjoying some “April Showers” or at one of the other amazing tables Monday night, you know that a great time was had by all. We had good food, warm friendships and fun games that all came together to make the evening a memorable one.
Congratulations to the winning table whose theme was the Kentucky Derby. Thanks to Sheri Berry for her creative talent in decorating the table and Kempf Funeral Homes for sponsoring the table. The creativity at each table was top notch.
I want to express my appreciation to the many individuals, companies and organizations who contributed to the success for our Decorated Table Event on April 15 at Schuler’s Restaurant and Pub. A huge thank you to all the sponsors who shared their resources to bring the event to us; thanks to all the board, staff and volunteers who helped to make the evening a success and thank you to all of you who came to show your support and care for Charitable Union. Truly, you are all amazing and because of you the work of our mission continues. Help that Brings Hope!
Charitable Union received a wonderful gift recently from Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. The above stained glass art piece now hangs in the window in front of the building on 85 Calhoun street. It depicts the charitable works that our agency has been a part of for the past 132 years here in the Battle Creek and surrounding Calhoun County area. On behalf of the board, staff and clients at Charitable Union, thank you Chapel Hill Methodist Church!
Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as saying, "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself... Serve and thou shall be served."
Charitable Union is a gem in our community that lives up to this mantra. It is a place that serves---in its support of families with their clothing needs, securing jobs, and advocating for other services. Have you ever heard of a student at the start of the school year in need of school clothing, or during winter without a coat and boots?
These are just two examples of the many programs that Charitable Union undertakes to assist our children in this community. Equally, if not more important is "how" Charitable Union goes about its work. They take great care to show dignity and respect, and to create a feeling of "family." Whether you are receiving the services offered, dropping off a donation, or shopping in the gift shop, there is a feeling you are among friends. Those who work and volunteer at Charitable Union embody the spirit of their mission and purpose: "To contribute to human dignity by providing resources at no charge to help lead people out of poverty."
Charitable Union is only able to accomplish this mission through your generosity! The need is so great and the time is now to invest in our children so that they can be positioned for a successful future. I hope you will join me and many others in supporting the wonderful work of the Charitable Union by continuing your commitment…. If you have not given in the past, please consider becoming a 'giving' friend and touch the lives of others!