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Sail Through Summer 2019

Bradenton Yacht Club’s Great Mates Host Giveaway Benefiting HOPE Family Services

The Great Mates, a 501(c)3 of the Bradenton Yacht Club (BYC) partnered with HOPE Family Services for their Sail Through Summer giveaway. The prizes for this giveaway were a 12-ft. Zuma sailboat and a two-week sailing camp session for a child, aged 8-13 at The Bishop Sailing Center at BYC (either July 15-26th or July 29-August 9th). 

Manatee County residents were able to enter for both giveaway prizes at HOPE Chest Thrift Store from June 10 - July 10, 2019. The HOPE Chest Thrift Store, located in downtown Bradenton, is open to the community and operated by HOPE Family Services to benefit survivors of domestic violence. One drawing entry was provided free per family visiting the store, but in exchange for a donated item from  HOPE’s “Wish List,” (such as non-perishable foods, diapers, toilet paper, formula, etc.) for HOPE’s safe shelter residents, the donor received five drawing entries. 

During the month of the “Sail Through Summer” giveaway, HOPE Chest saw an increase in donations as well as traffic to the store. There were over 100 entries to the “Sail Through Summer” giveaway, which directly will benefit the resources HOPE Family Services provides to survivors of domestic violence in Manatee County. 

On July 11, 2019, board members and staff from HOPE Family Services, members from The Great Mates, and the public joined together at HOPE Chest for the announcement of the 2019 Sail Through Summer winners. The giveaway drawing at HOPE Chest also included light refreshments, bites, and, of course, shopping. City of Bradenton Mayor, Wayne Poston attended the event and drew the two winning tickets. 

Congratulations to both Olivia Zapata, winning the Zuma Sailboat & Landon Sinphay, winning a two-week Sailing Camp at BYC’s  Bishop Sailing Center!

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Pictured: Front, Left to Right: Detective Yolanda Cox, Gail Henderson, Mayor Wayne Poston, Mary Ann Gamrot, Beverly Beaucage, Mirinda Hill, HOPE Chest Manager Dawn Simpson. Rear, Left to Right: HOPE Family Services President & CEO Laurel Lynch, Sharon Goslee, Katie Williams.

Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2019 Sail Through Summer giveaway and a special thanks to The Great Mates for selecting HOPE Family Services as their annual charity. We are so excited for the year to come!

HOPE Hero - Dawn

 

June HOPE Hero: Dawn - HOPE Chest Manager  💜

 

About our HOPE Hero:                                     dawn2

Dawn is originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has a long history working in the customer service industry; starting at the age of 10 pouring root beer at her family’s drive-in diner. She is the Manager at the HOPE Chest Thrift Store (HOPE Chest) which is open to the public and serves as a resource for survivors of domestic violence to receive items they need to be successful. Dawn describes HOPE Chest as, “A wonderful place to find awesome treasures, while supporting survivors of domestic violence.”

What motivates you to work with HOPE?

I’m one of the lucky ones and I truly can’t wait to get to work in the morning! Just knowing that what we do every day helps change lives for the better is the biggest motivating factor for me. Just think, together with donors and shoppers, we are making a difference in our community.

Describe the most incredible view you’ve ever seen.

Seeing Lake Michigan from 3,500 feet up while skydiving. It was amazing how quiet it was up there and just so beautiful. 

What advice would you give to a future volunteer?

Our motto at the HOPE Chest is, “We get serious about having fun.” So, my advice would be, have fun and always remember by volunteering for HOPE you are saving lives. It doesn’t get better than that!

Describe yourself using only film titles.

Let's see... Beaches, Airplane, and some days it can feel like One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest. But those are some of my most favorite days!

What have you learned on the job? 

I've learned to never judge a book by its cover, and just how far a healthy dose of patience, kindness, and respect can go. Another big one for me is how much I still have to learn and grow.

 

We truly appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to our mission!

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Reasons You Should Be Thrifting

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Donating and shopping at HOPE Chest helps to support survivors of domestic violence.

However, there are many other reasons to thrift this summer!  

Here's our list of the top reasons why you should be thrifting: 

  1. Stretch your budget 

If you’re looking for a good reason to shop at thrift stores, look no further than your own wallet. It’s no secret that thrift stores, like HOPE Chest, sell items for a fraction of the full price for new items. The idea of frugal living isn’t just good for people with limited financial resources - everyone can benefit. Looking for bargains can help you save money to put toward a financial goal, splurge on that item you want, or pay your expenses. 

Many thrift stores go a step further and offer greater savings on certain days. At HOPE Chest, we offer specials on the first Thursday of every month, including everyone’s favorite, all items over $1 are 50% off. 

Caution: After shopping at a thrift store, you might not want to purchase anything at full retail price - again. Thrift store shopping will save you some serious cash!

  1. You can create your own style 

If you’re in the market for new summer looks and you head straight to a department store to pay full price, you’re bound to run into other people wearing the same outfits. Discovering a new look means finding your next staple piece. Thrift shops also have a diverse assortment of clothing, meaning you’re less likely to find yourself wearing the same top or as a friend or co-worker. Thrift shopping is a way to try a new look, trend, brand or style without sacrificing our savings account. 

After all, we’re all unique — shouldn’t our wardrobes reflect us? 

  1. It’s fun to treasure hunt

Just like auctions, yard sales, or flea markets, you never know what you’ll find at a thrift store. With donations coming in daily, there are always hidden treasures to find. Avid thrifters call it the thrill of the hunt and it can get competitive; searching through racks for your own personal treasure can be exciting, suspenseful, and addictive. 

Pro tip:  If you like it, hold onto it, because you may lose the opportunity to grab it later!

  1. Thrift stores help the community

Most thrift shops, like HOPE Chest, are run by charitable or non-profit organizations that use their retail platform to provide much-needed services to the community. At the time survivors need it most; participants of HOPE Family Services (HOPE) are able to shop free of charge at HOPE Chest, from socks to home furnishings. By shopping at HOPE Chest your proceeds help to pay for utilities and repairs at HOPE’s Emergency Safe Shelter. Whether you donate to HOPE Chest or shop at HOPE Chest you are saving lives and supporting survivors of domestic violence in Manatee County, FL. 

  1. There is SO much more than just clothes

Whether you’re looking for a handbag, kitchenware, clothing, or anything in between, thrift stores have it all. At most stores, you can find sections with kitchen appliances, artwork, toys, furniture, jewelry, shoes, books and much more. For many, thrift stores a go-to place for their sizeable furniture selections, including quality items and great discounts. HOPE Chest offers an array of items and even has rotating seasonal decorations in the Holiday Room! 

  1. It’s environmentally friendly 

Donating and buying from a thrift shop is an excellent way to reuse and recycle. The reuse of items such as clothes, electronics, furniture, etc. decreases the waste going to landfills and the number of new items that need to be created. Thrift shopping is also an eco-friendly alternative to fast fashion, which is the process of getting new and trendy items to consumers as quickly and cheaply as possible. Buying second-hand means you don’t have to sacrifice your style to be kind to Mother Earth. 

Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club Donates to HOPE’s Children’s Reading Library

On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club (LWRWC) hosted its annual Speakers Series Fundraiser Luncheon that raised over $2,000 and 825 books to benefit HOPE Family Services Children’s Reading Library, “The Book Nook.” The luncheon featured internationally acclaimed author, Lucetta Zaytoun.

The event was held at the LWR Golf & Country Club with more than 80 women in attendance, opened with beautiful music by gifted violinist, Margot Zarzycka, who plays with the Sarasota Orchestra. After a warm welcome from LWRWC President, Kathleen Cleveland, and Event Chairs: Cheryl Breining and Eileen Buzzard, HOPE Family Services CEO, Laurel Lynch, expressed her gratitude to LWRWC for the donation and for bringing the joy of reading to children and their mothers at HOPE’s Domestic Violence Shelter. Laurel explained that inspiring children to read will positively impact their futures. The original idea of the LWRWC was for mothers in the shelter to read to their children, but it is just as valuable (if not more so) for children to read to their mothers.

Keynote speaker, Lucetta Zaytoun, was deeply moved by the mission of HOPE Family Services because she is a courageous survivor of domestic violence. Lucetta shared her own horrific story of her escape with two toddlers from a physically abusive husband, with only two trash bags filled with clothing and toys. After finding the strength to overcome her trauma, she married a man with four children and became a devoted mother to all six kids. When the children were grown, she discovered that her husband was in love with another woman. Finding herself with no career, Lucetta turned tragedy into triumph with a remarkable global journey, backpacking through third world countries, and learning to overcome her fears and find her true identity. When she returned to the US, she became a certified life coach, a bestselling author and an international speaker.  Lucetta wrote a best-selling memoir of her incredible solo journey around the world entitled “It’s Already Tomorrow Here: Never Underestimate the Power of Running Away.” By conquering fear, Lucetta gained remarkable success in her personal and professional life.

The giving women of Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club consistently raise awareness and drive community support for organizations like HOPE Family Services. We cannot thank them enough for their donation of 825 books and $2,000 for HOPE's children's library in our shelter. The donation could not have come at a better time because they will help enhance our summer reading program, which helps children in our shelter overcome the summer learning slide, who are at an even higher risk of the summer slide. Our new Children’s “Book Nook” will help decrease the summer slide by providing the tools needed to achieve their academic goals. We are so grateful for HOPE Heroes like the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club.

Below are some photos from the book drive fundraiser and the finished Book Nook in our safe shelter!

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