SHARE Project Kicks Off in Grand Island

By: Morgan Demmel Email
By: Morgan Demmel Email

Wondering why it's called the SHARE Project? SHARE stands for Sharing Has A Radiant Effect.

Volunteers in Grand Island are launching a new project they say can make a big difference for children and families who are barely getting by.

There are already several service agencies across Grand Island providing food, shelter and other essentials to people in need.

Stephanie Kissler with the United Way says their partner agencies served more than 70,000 people in the community in 2011.

But a group of local volunteers has noticed gap in that service. They say there is a hidden group of people that isn't getting the help they need.

"Underemployed families that just don't know where the services are or where they can get the resources," Kissler says.

Kissler says there are also a number of people who can provide the basics for their family, but don't have enough to spend on things like new clothes, baby wipes or sunscreen. Those are the types of things that generally aren't available at most donation sites, and that the SHARE Project is hoping to make more easily available.

"Many agencies do have funding for a lot of the things that families need, but there are items that they cannot afford to provide for their families," SHARE Project Coordinator Dori Bush says.

Bush says that's why she and the volunteers are launching the SHARE Project.

"It's basically asking community members to contribute items to our project and then at the end of the month, we will be distributing those through the helping agencies that are already in existence in Grand Island," Bush says.

The project officially kicked off Wednesday. For the rest of May, they're asking for donations of toddler-sized clothing and diapers.

You can drop off donations for the SHARE Project at any Five Points Bank location in Grand Island.

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