United Way has three focus areas that the groups they fund must work towards: moving people from poverty to possibility, healthy people in strong communities and helping kids be all that they can be.
The Family Place program at Enderby and District Community Resource Centre works in these focus areas.
For the past four-and-a-half years, Angela Casey has been coming to Family Place with her kids.
“Some of the moms and I put our heads together to come up with why we like coming to Enderby Family Place,” said Casey.
“We came up with a long list of reasons; anything from the kids getting together and learning to share and play; to visiting and having coffee with other moms where we can relax and not think about the dishes, laundry and making meals. The kids enjoy crafts, colouring, songs, stories, snacks and playdough. There is a clothing exchange, and Family Place provides information on other community programs and brings the health nurse and other professionals in for us and our children.
“During the warm summer months, we enjoy the playground and activities and lunch at the park” said Casey.
“The tables are always full at lunch time with homemade soup and chili. The most delicious biscuits are served. Every Wednesday, I look forward to the relaxation, many laughs and the carefree playing for the kids and social interaction with other moms. It takes a whole community to raise a child, it’s really true and it really does take a community.”
United Way invests in programs like Enderby Family Place to give kids the best start in life possible.
For more information and to donate to United Way, go to www.unitedwaynocs.com or call 250-549-1346.