Help Give Poverty the Boot

Under construction! Credit: Pocono Alliance

Under construction!
Credit: Pocono Alliance

Have you heard of Pocono Alliance?  If you don’t know who they are, you should find out.  These folks know how to make things happen in our community!

And they’ve got something big in the works- Monroe County’s first all-inclusive playground, Crossing Abilities.  It’s located in Mountainview Park in Tannersville, and is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Or how about their “Bridges Out of Poverty” program?  It’s a local implementation of a national program, aimed at helping impoverished individuals and families to become self sufficient, through a program of training, support, and mentoring.  While participants go through the program, Pocono Alliance provides a weekly meal and activities for the children.  They are in need of supplies to make it all happen.  If you can help with anything on the list below, you can bet it will be much appreciated!  Supplies can be dropped off at Pocono Alliance, 912 Main Street, Stroudsburg, or at our office at 742 Ann Street.

Do you like art?  Come to Desaki Restaurant on October 24 for a special Bridges Out of Poverty fundraiser.  Plenty of artwork will be on display and every person purchasing a ticket will go home with a piece.  Tickets are limited, so reserve your place now by calling 570-517-3953 or emailing [email protected]

If you want to be involved in a more hands on way, volunteers are needed for the Bridges program to donate and serve meals (great group or church outreach project!), mentor participants, provide child care during sessions, and sponsoring families to go through the program.  Call Pocono Alliance at 570-517-3953 or send an email to [email protected] for more info.

Supplies Needed

Styrofoam or Paper plates, salad bowls and take home containers
Heavy duty plastic utensils
Napkins and paper towels
Cleaning wipes and hand wipes
Children’s snacks (no nuts)
Small juice boxes (all juice)
Magazines for children’s craft projects,(toy magazines for Xmas project)
Colored tissue paper
Small red and black pompoms
Bag of rice or beans
Small jingle bells
Toilet paper holders
Single plastic soda bottles with bottoms that resemble a molar tooth
Toothbrushes and small toothpaste
Play dough
Regular Lego’s (can be used)

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