100 Women back Red Door’s youth services
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, as the Red Door was the chosen charity September 27.
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 over 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 this evening’s meeting: Hardwood Lake Girl Guide Camp and VON Annapolis Valley. The Girl Guide camp representatives described the 65-year-old facility’s on-going “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. Non-profit groups are nominated for the opportunity to present to the 100 Women. Find out more or join us now at 100womenvalley.ca/register.
Written by Sara White, Secretary