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Call for BACN Bee Spelling Teams

Man your dictionaries, get out your study lists, stock up on all your favorite brain foods (beets, sardines, etc.) and get ready for the BACN Bee spelling contest 7:30 p.m. October 30 at Stormcloud Brewery, 303 Main Street in Frankfort. Up to 20 two person teams are needed. $25 per team to register; proceeds to Benzie Area Christian Neighbors.

Teams can pre-register by calling BACN at 231-882-9544, ask for Carly Allen or David Abeel. Walk-ins on the night of the event are also welcome but pre-registering guarantees a spot for your team.

All teams will participate in the first two rounds of the contest accumulating points for correctly spelled words. In round two correct answers are worth double points. The 4 highest scores will advance to the final round where those teams will go head to head to determine who gets the “Best of Benzie Spellers” award with prizes for the top three finishers.

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A critical opportunity for the mission of BACN and you will be here Oct 8-12. The Fall Food Drive is one of two held each year (October and February) where volunteers wearing BACN red pass out flyers and greet the public at all local grocery stores.  For that moment in time when you say “hello, food drive today, hope you can help us out” you will be the face and voice for kids and adults, our Neighbors, who are living in poverty and need help putting food on the table.   Please join us in this critical outreach.  This is very important to the BACN food pantry during a very busy Fall and holiday season. For more please information please call 231.882.9544

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We believe that we receive by giving and give by receiving. Will you help us give to those who are in need? Together we make a community.

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BACN Summer Match Meets and Exceeds Expectations

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN) a very grateful Thank You is extended to the Benzie and Manistee Communities for their wonderful support of the 2014 “Summer Match Challenge”.

This year’s goal of $110,000 was met and exceeded thanks to the inspiration of our three challengers:  The John L. Mulvaney Foundation, The Father Lovett Foundation and one local couple who wished to remain anonymous and the response of over 500 matching gifts.

The Match inspires our volunteers and truly creates “a caring community of Neighbors helping Neighbors.” Proceeds will provide critical support this winter for Adult Education programs, the BACN food pantry, and heat/utility and critical assistance services.

Hundreds of children, seniors and working families still living below the poverty guideline will be impacted.  Oh behalf of those families, thank you, and also, appreciation for your continued support during the busy months ahead.

With a grateful heart,

Gerri VanAntwerp

Executive Director

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Summer guests out of the house now?  Time to bring some meaningful hours into your life?  Join Us!  BACN asks you to consider donating 4 hours per week, you choose the day.  Especially needed are volunteers to talk with families in crisis.  Your smile—your encouragement can make all the difference in the world.  Call Michelle (Carly) at 882-9544.

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Vision: “Benzie Area Christian Neighbors strives to minimize and alleviate the effects of poverty and promote self-sufficiency in the lives of the people within our communities.”

Volunteers 80 strong gathered during the week of June 23 at St. Andrews Presbyterian church forming work teams and getting work assignments before heading out to 21 dwellings across Benzie and Northern Manistee Counties with a goal to make each home “safer, warmer, drier.”

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Vision: “Benzie Area Christian Neighbors strives to minimize and alleviate the effects of poverty and promote self-sufficiency in the lives of the people within our communities.”

Vision: “Benzie Area Christian Neighbors strives to minimize and alleviate the effects of poverty and promote self-sufficiency in the lives of the people within our communities.”

Vision: “Benzie Area Christian Neighbors strives to minimize and alleviate the effects of poverty and promote self-sufficiency in the lives of the people within our communities.”

Vision: “Benzie Area Christian Neighbors strives to minimize and alleviate the effects of poverty and promote self-sufficiency in the lives of the people within our communities.”

Vision: “Benzie Area Christian Neighbors strives to minimize and alleviate the effects of poverty and promote self-sufficiency in the lives of the people within our communities.”

Vision: “Benzie Area Christian Neighbors strives to minimize and alleviate the effects of poverty and promote self-sufficiency in the lives of the people within our communities.”

Vision: “Benzie Area Christian Neighbors strives to minimize and alleviate the effects of poverty and promote self-sufficiency in the lives of the people within our communities.”

Carly

BACN Bits Welcomes new AmeriCorps VISTA

Hello and thank you for welcoming me to your community!

My name is Carly and I have come from Vermont to serve a year at BACN as an AmeriCorps VISTA.  My goal for the year is to strengthen the volunteer base, learn about grant writing, and the Non-profit services of BACN. Over the next few months I will be visiting churches in the area and look forward to meeting you!  Please introduce yourself and share a bit of your story with me!  I would enjoy talking with you about my love for skiing and hiking and fit you for a red BACN apron!  I may reached at 882-9544 ext. 226 or VISTACarly@gmail.com

BENZIE AREA CHRISTIAN NEIGHBORS

“A caring community of Neighbors helping Neighbors”

NeighborsThroughout 2014 the Board of Directors is reviewing our current and future facility needs, asking we can better support critical services like food and clothing while also encouraging support to Neighbors moving toward self-sufficiency.  The vision that is developing: collaboration with regional service partners within the social services realm provide programing and services locally to our neighbors, and to expand and fortify opportunities in adult education, job readiness and basic life skills.

In support of this the Board of Directors has begun a facility planning process to review options for use of the unoccupied portion of our building.  A facility renovation plan is expected in 2014 that will allow for more training and educational offerings and better efficiency in our pantry, clothing center and computer lab and will address safety issues with our parking area.

We are awed by the potential before us and by the realization that none of our past success or future plans will be possible without your continued support.  Please come visit us this season and see firsthand the impact your gift is making.  Help us strengthen this caring community of Neighbors helping Neighbors. 

Mission: “It is the mission of Benzie Area Christian Neighbors to improve the quality of life in the people in need I our communities by providing food, clothing, financial assistance, education and social support in collaboration with other area resources.”

Benzie Area Christian Neighbors

2804 Benzie Highway, PO Box 93

Benzonia, Michigan 49616

231-882-9544

Benzie Area Christian Neighbors is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization