Family Resource Centre thankful for support at One-stop Shop

The One-stop Shop at the Hall is the number one fundraiser for the Carman Family Resource Centre. (supplied photo)

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The Carman Family Resource Centre partnered with the Carman Kinettes for the One-stop Shop in The Hall event that happened this month and the money raised will continue to keep the Resource Centre’s programming free for families in the Carman/RM of Dufferin area.

“We had a maximum of 64 tables in the hall and the Kinettes get three of them for their silent auction giving us 61 tables at $30 each, and as it happened this year we had 62 because we had a cancellation and I was able to fill that right before the event,” says Resource Centre Executive Director, Michelle Bergsma. “We raised $1,860 from that, and with our half of the silver collection our income was $2,425, minus expensive we raised just over $2,100.”

The One-stop Shop in the Hall is the Resource Centre’s largest fundraiser of the year and helps keep the programming free for those taking in any of the classes or events offered.

“All of the programs we offer are free to the public, and we’re a non-profit, so we rely on grants, fundraising and donations from the community,” said Bergsma. “We make sure to give back to the community by way of resources. We do all kinds of things with the money but we also cover out operating costs too and that’s hard to find grants for, that makes the One-stop Shop a very important fundraiser.”

The Carman Family Resource Centre has the support of both the RM of Dufferin and the Town of Carman, which is a huge help to the organizations. That allows the Centre to use grant funds to run programs free of charge, give out books on literacy and numeracy to children, and other great programs/events.

“We’re in the public health building thanks to space donated from Southern Health,” she said. “Some of our programs are run off-site because we need more space. We don’t have enough room for our gym programs or cooking program so we do get space from the Friends Church and   Carman Mennonite Church, who both let us use their kitchen. We also do family gym nights Thursday nights in the Carman Elementary School gym.”

The Carman Family Resource Centre sold cookbooks to help raise funds for their 25 year anniversary. The organization doesn’t want the books to go to waste and are blowing them out at $5 a book to raise a few more dollars toward the Centre.

It’s approaching the holiday season and the Family Resource Centre will be closing its doors for a few weeks over the Christmas Holidays as Bergsma finds most people are busy with family events and it is a good time to take a break.

“There are a lot of good things happening at the Resource Centre but winter can be tough,” she added.  “We like to bring things out to people but it’s always tough when the weather can be awful. Our Family Gym Night goes until December 13 as well. Most of the other programs finish then too and we’re back in mid-January.”

The Centre will reopen in January with Shake Rattle and Roll classes that will run for 10 weeks through the winter.

The Centre has been operating since 1996 and will continue to offer free programming to local families.