Masonic Lodge planning dinner to support Covid Crisis Fund at Community Action

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 14 September 2020 at 7:44 am

ALBION – Albion’s Renovation Masonic Lodge has teamed up with Community Action to sponsor a fundraiser to help Community Action with increased expenses due to Covid-19.

Jeff Holler with the Masons wanted to do something to give back to the community, and came up with the idea of a barbecued pulled pork dinner, said Michelle Figueroa, case manager at Community Action. The dinner is scheduled Sept. 27 at Community Action’s Main Street Store. Dinner will be drive-thru only from noon to 3 p.m. or until gone.

“This is the first time we’ve done a barbecue fundraiser,” Figueroa said. “Jeff ran the idea by Annette (Finch), our emergency services manager, and she agreed and suggested we do it to support our Covid Crisis Fund. The money helps with rent, utilities, emergency shelter, medications and any other emergencies that have increased due to Covid-19.”

Figueroa added that Covid has impacted the way Community Action provides emergency services. Clients need an appointment. When they come in they must be wearing a mask, have their temperature taken, sign in, sanitize their hands and maintain social distance.

“We are seeing more and more families who have never been to Community Action or never needed our services before,” Figueroa said. “The area most impacted would be food and personal care needs. Hunger insecurities in Orleans County have partially been relieved by the food distributions and local food pantries.

“We have also seen an increase in requests for utilities and rent assistance,” Figueroa  said. “We here at Community Action are working hard to provide basic and necessary services to families throughout the county in order for them to have that little bit of hope that things will get better.”

Tickets for the pulled pork fundraiser are $8 presale and $9 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at Community Action. The meal will include barbecued pulled pork sandwich, cole slaw and baked beans. The Main Street Store is located at 131 South Main St.

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