Red Door re­ceives sup­port from women’s group

100 Women Who Care do­nate to youth ser­vices or­ga­ni­za­tion

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS -

Spread­ing the word among youth of safe, sup­port­ive health and life­style ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tion will be the re­sult of the lat­est gath­er­ing of 100 Women Who Care An­napo­lis Val­ley.

The gath­er­ing re­cently chose the Red Door as the most re­cent char­ity to sup­port.

The women’s char­i­ta­ble group met for its quar­terly event at Kings River­side Court in Kentville, tak­ing in three five-minute pre­sen­ta­tions be­fore se­lect­ing the Red Door as its fund re­cip­i­ent.

The health and sup­port ser­vices cen­tre of­fers a range of pro­grams, care and ser­vices to young peo­ple in the Val­ley. The cen­tre strives to pro­vide a safe space for in­di­vid­u­als who need in­for­ma­tion, op­tions, time and choices. A vol­un­teer board of di­rec­tors leads the pro­gram, which serves more than 1,000 clients an­nu­ally and part­ners with health providers, Aca­dia Univer­sity and the Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

Pre­sen­ters Kaileigh Skin­ner, out­reach ed­u­ca­tor, and Meaghan Marsters de­scribed plans to strengthen youth en­gage­ment through ed­u­ca­tion and pre­sen­ta­tions about pro­grams – al­ways a chal­lenge, as the Red Door works through fluc­tu­at­ing an­nual fund­ing and fi­nan­cial sup­port.

Two other groups pre­sented at the meet­ing: Hard­wood Lake Girl Guide Camp and VON An­napo­lis Val­ley. The Girl Guide camp rep­re­sen­ta­tives de­scribed the 65-year-old fa­cil­ity’s on­go­ing “home” for out­door ex­pe­ri­ences and in­de­pen­dence build­ing in Girl Guides through­out Nova Sco­tia, but also for non-Guid­ing youth and com­mu­nity groups who rent the Lake Paul site.

The VON asked for sup­port for a week’s worth of free ac­cess as an in­tro­duc­tion to its Meals on Wheels pro­gram for Kings and An­napo­lis county res­i­dents in need of nu­tri­tious, af­ford­able food dur­ing pe­ri­ods of ill health, re­cu­per­a­tion and ef­forts to re­main in­de­pen­dent and in their own home. Both groups re­ceived $1,000 ad­ver­tis­ing sup­port cred­its with K-Rock.

The 100 Women Who Care An­napo­lis Val­ley meet quar­terly, with mem­bers pledg­ing to give $100 dona­tions to each event’s voted re­cip­i­ent. Non­profit groups are nom­i­nated for the op­por­tu­nity to present to the 100 Women. Find out more at 100wom­en­val­ley.ca.

SUB­MIT­TED

Cate Smith, left, rep­re­sented the 100 Women Who Care An­napo­lis Val­ley, when the group re­cently met to hear from three com­mu­nity pro­grams. Meaghan Marsters, se­cond from left, and Kaileigh Skin­ner, third from left; rep­re­sented the even­ing’s suc­cess­ful pre­sent­ing group, the Red Door. The VON An­napo­lis Val­ley, rep­re­sented by Alice Morse, cen­tre; and Hard­wood Lake Girl Guide Camp, rep­re­sented by Emily and Kim Vaughan, right; were pre­sented $1,000 vouch­ers for K-Rock pro­mo­tional sup­port of their pro­grams.

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