Etcetera - 07/29/10

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The summer edition of the Link to Helpline newsletter reported that the social service agency's Soupport fundraiser was a resounding success. Sponsorships went up by 50 percent and ticket sales were up by $2,000, said Sandi Madsen, Helpline Board member, and Daniel Willms, executive director.

Net revenue in 2010 was $15,496; compared with $11,591 in 2009 and $13,247 in 2008.

Excellent representation from the community in the creation and donation of soup bowls included: Assumption School fourth graders; Girl Scout troops, Walla Walla Sweets Rollergirls, 4-H clubs, Bunco groups, Pottery Painting Studio; Coffey Communications, Walla Walla High School and Lincoln Alternative School students; Soroptimist International of Walla Walla Valley, and members of area church youth groups.

Walla Walla Community College culinary students prepared the soups and bread came from Walla Walla Bread Co.

"We are thankful to our many community and political leaders for serving this year and to the many generous individuals, churches and businesses of our community who have supported the work of Helpline in its mission to serve the poor and indigent in Walla Walla County."

Helpline's Shelter for Freedom project has also received funding. Walla Walla University students, staff and community volunteers raised $18,400 for the project, which will help in establishing a permanent facility for the STEP Women's Shelter. Altogether, the project has realized $22,322.

Those interested in offering assistance to Helpline can donate $15, which will provide a bed for a night at STEP; other options are $30 for two nights, $45 for three nights and $150 for 10 nights. Funding can be set to Helpline at P.O. Box 776, Walla Walla.

Others in the community are working to aid Helpline in its efforts to provide for those in need: City of Walla Walla employees held a drive that brought in 163 pounds of personal hygiene products; the Mom's Network of Walla Walla donated more than 900 diapers gathered in a citywide drive; The Beehive did haircuts for donations during the annual Walla Walla Balloon Stampede and gave $573 to Helpline's emergency service programs; and Substance Winery donated a portion of its January sales, $612, to the Shelter for Freedom.

For more details about the agency, call 529-3377 or online see www.helplineww.org.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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