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Christine Bouley, executive director of the Community Cupboard, said the new 11-by-25-foot freezer now offers more space, makes the facility more energy effiFienW DnG hDs Whe DEiOiWy WR hROG more turkeys and hams during the holidays. The boutique has also expanded to 480 square feet with a dressing area offering more room for clients to shop and for the Community Cupboard to display more items neatly.
She said the Community Cupboard can now expand in its outreach to serve other areas of the community, make larger donations and can coordinate with local grocery stores. Additionally, it can also receive larger amounts of clothing to offer in the boutique.
Bouley said there are close to 400 clients served every week and the
numbers continue to grow.
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Before the expansion, the entire boutique consisted of one small room, she said. The room was fillHG wLWh nRW Rnly FlRWhing for adults but babies and children as well. ft also included things like shoes, blankets and pocketbooks, which took up a tremendous amount of space.
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MacDonald, a four-anda-half-year volunteer, said the new system will allow for more time to browse and the larger space offers greater organization.
She thanked Closetworks fnc. of Montgomeryville for its help in installing shelving for the expanded portion of the boutique.
Rich Myers, president of the Community Cupboard board, said he loves the new expansion. ee said while it was a lot of work, the organization got everything done in this phase of the project.
The last phase of the project will be construction of a 14-by-20-foot shed, he said, so the Community Cupboard can have a designated space to put donated furniture. This phase will begin as soon as the $8,500 fundraising goal is reached.
Bouley said the organization’s new website launches next week, which will include a wish list and volunteer opportunities for those interested in getting involved.
For more information ,visit www.communitycupboard.org.
Leslie MacDonald, boutique volunteer coordinator, stands in the cupboard’s newly expanded boutique.
Community Cupboard Executive Director Christine Bouley, right, presents an award to Paul Salotto, of Item Media in Plymouth Meeting, for his contributions.