Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Financial Lessons


We will have a workshop on how to improve your financial situation at our Life Skills Training, Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.  

Learn how to work toward your financial goals with a budget, find out what businesses are out there to take advantage of you, and see what changes you can make in your lifestyle that can save you money. 

Support Works
Job Readiness Training - Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
GED Prep and ESL Classes - Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Life Skills Training - Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

9820 Dino Drive, Suite 140
Elk Grove, CA  95624

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Friday at Davis Ranch

We have been offered an opportunity we cannot let get away from us!  Davis Ranch, in the Sloughhouse area, has offered Elk Grove Food Bank Services the chance to glean what is left in their fields.  We can get some fresh, healthy produce to our clients, if we can get some volunteers to the Ranch this Friday, June 1, 2012.   

If you can help us, please contact Deb at 916-685-8453 or Travis at 916-690-8866. 

We need to be at the Ranch at 8:00 a.m.  Please wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, covered shoes and hats for sun protection.  Also bring gloves to protect your hands and/or manicure.  Bring water and expect to do alot of bending and lifting. 

Davis Ranch, LLC
13211 Jackson Road
Sloughhouse, CA  95683
Just 15 minutes north of Elk Grove. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

All Signed Up For the Run

I am not quite sure if all of my kids will be in town on Saturday, June 30th.  I signed them all up for the 5K anyway.  So its my Hub in the 10K, and the three kids and me in the 5K.  I'll be walking (slowly). 

If you are able, please come out to support Elk Grove Food Bank Services by walking or running in our Run 4 Independence.  This event is our biggest fundraiser of the year and has an event for all ages:  Kids' 1/4 and 1/2 mile fun run, 5K run/walk, and a 10K.

Check out the details at the beautiful website made just for the Run or the Run's facebook.

Run 4 Independence
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Elk Grove Regional Park

Friday, May 18, 2012

References, Interviews and Nutrition

Tuesday, May 22, at 10:00 a.m. we will be working on References and Interviews. Learn what kind of references make potential employers sit up and pay attention.  Practice and prepare for your interview; be prepared for the difficult questions interviewers use.

Thursday, May 24 at 10:00 a.m. we will have a speaker on Nutrition. Eating well on a small budget is critical now days.  Learn to make healthy and satisfying meals with inexpensive ingredients. 

Support Works
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.
9820 Dino Drive, Suite 140
Elk Grove, CA  95624

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Holiday Closing

We will be closed Monday, May 28, 2012, in observance of Memorial Day. 

Elk Grove Stamps Out Hunger

Our Postal Carriers must have had to creatively pack the donated food and the mail in their trucks.  They transported the mail out and the food back to us, so much food!  We so appreciate their effort.  Some of your customers and neighbors will directly benefit from your effort.  Thank you!

The results have not been officially weighed, but by the "calibrated eye" of our volunteers, we estimate we received three times more food this year! 

Thank you US Postal Service and all others in our community that participated in this incredible effort!

FreeBirds World Burrito @ EGFBS

Remember the Preview Party FreeBirds had that benefited EG Food Bank last weekend?  After that party, they came and worked in our warehouse.  Fifteen volunteers from FreeBirds helped us pack food boxes for our food distribution programs and sort clothes in our clothes closet.  

Thank you, thank you, FreeBirds World Burrito!  You have made a huge impact on our community.  We appreciate your support. 

FreeBirds World Burrito
8235 Laguna Boulevard
Elk Grove, CA  95758

Boy Scout Food Drive

Our volunteers help unload the food the Scouts collected in their food drive.

Keith McConnell, Deana McConnell and Ken Oneto brought the food over to the Food Bank. 

The Falcon Patrol of Boy Scout Troop 118 organized this very successful food drive.  They set out  bags at 1,400 houses in Elk Grove, and then collected the food on April 28th.  These kind-hearted young men collected a total of 1,505 pounds of food.  The bags were donated by Raley's.  

Thank you to Boy Scout Troop 118 for collecting the food.   The growing number of neighbors who need help will benefit from your hard work.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Resumes, References, and Stress

Tuesday, May 15, at 10:00 a.m. our Employment Specialist will be working on resumes and references.  Glean the insight of her past work in Human Resources.  Learn how to adjust your resume to what employers are looking for.

Thursday, May 17, at 10:00 a.m.we will have a speaker on Stress and Depression.  How to recognize the signs and what to do about it. 

"I am glad I took the time to tear myself away from the daily grind to attend Support Works!" a recent client stated. 

Have the courage and recognition to take action and improve your current situation. 

Support Works
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.
9820 Dino Drive, Suite 140
Elk Grove, CA  95624

Thursday, May 10, 2012

GiveLocalNow's 5 Grand Giveaway

If you Facebook, please take the time to go to GiveLocalNow's giveaway for local non-profits. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Another Support Works Success!

It is off to work today for our latest success story.  "D" has been coming to Support Works for a few sessions, honing her resume, practicing her interview skills, and researching local companies. 

"D" stopped by yesterday to tell us about her new job.  We knew she would land a wonderful job soon, it was only a matter of time.  She thanked us for the support.  It was inspiring to watch "D" work diligently toward her goal. 

"D" worked closely with our Employment Specialist and made changes to her resume and her approach in her job hunt.  Having the insight of our Employment Specialist's experience in Human Resources - learning what the person doing the hiring is looking for - was key to "D's" success. 

Our Employment Specialist is available to help you work towards employment:  Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.

Support Works
Job Readiness Training
Tuesdays, 10:00  a.m.
9820 Dino Drive, Suite 140
Elk Grove, CA  95624

FreeBirds World Burrito Preview Party

There is a new restaurant opening up in Elk Grove.  FreeBirds World Burrito is having a Preview Party on Saturday, May 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  They are located at 8235 Laguna Boulevard, Elk Grove, CA  95758; at Big Horn and Laguna Boulevard in the Sports Authority Shopping Center. 

Here is the amazing part:  the first 250 guests who donate $5 or more to Elk Grove Food Bank Services will receive a free entree and drink. 

What a good way to try out a new restaurant and donate to your favorite local food bank!

Our wonderful volunteers will be at the restaurant to answer your questions and thank you for your support.  See you there!

FreeBirds World Burrito
8235 Laguna Boulevard
Elk Grove, CA  95758

20th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Postal Food Drive

During this recession, providing food can be extremely difficult, especially among seniors and children.  According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 49 million Americans were facing hunger in 2011.

 On Saturday, May 12, the Elk Grove Food Bank Services will participate in the largest food drive in the nation, the 20th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Postal Food Drive.  Over 10,000 communities all over the U. S. will join forces to help put an end to hunger, and you can participate too. Every food donation helps in the fight against hunger no matter how small or large. 

 Simply leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, or fruit, pasta, tuna or cereal next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12.

Elk Grove area letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take the distribution to the Elk Grove Food Bank.

Last year the Food Bank distributed almost 3 million pounds of food to local individuals and families living right here in our local community.

Thanks to Cotton Plus Printing

Our Executive Director's well-connected Assistant, Deb, asked her friends at Cotton Plus Printing to print up some thank you note cards.  They did a great job and gave us huge discount on 250 cards and envelopes. 

Aren't they beautiful?
I like how the return address on the envelopes match the card. 

We now can express our appreciation for the generosity of our supporters with these wonderful thank you notes.  Thank you for the new stationery, we will put them to good use!

Cotton Plus Printing
9080 Elkmont Drive
Elk Grove, CA  95624

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Resumes, Cover Letters and Choices

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., our Employment Specialist will explain the all important cover letter.  She will explain ways to get your resume from the "rejection stack" to the "definitely call stack". 

Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., we will have speaker on "Making Good Choices".  All of us have tightened our budgets lately, and/or have significant changes in our households.  We have to alter the way we do things and have different choices to consider.  Come and learn ways to weigh your options and select the best one for you and your family. 

Support Works
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.
9820 Dino Drive, Suite 140
Elk Grove, CA  95624