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From the Desk of the Executive Director
Thanks for reading this newsletter. When most people hear the words “soup kitchen”, they generally don’t usually think of a place that also provides a school, computer learning center, social worker, arts programs, birthday celebrations, etc. At TASK, we strive to feed minds and spirits as well as provide nourishing meals. We are able to accomplish all that we do because of the support of the community. Thank you.
Keep reading to find out more about how we are putting your donations to work!
Dennis C. Micai
Six GED recipients in Six Months--A Fabulous Start to 2011.
TASK’s Adult Education Program (AEP) is already on pace to have another great year. Our AEP provides one-on-one tutoring in literacy, math, GED preparation and a computer skills course. In addition to the tutoring sessions we also provide a creative writing workshop and a book group for beginning and advanced readers to further develop literary skills.
Since January, six students from the program have already passed and earned their GED with another twelve students just a few points away from acquiring their own. “Our program has had a fantastic year and our students have been working hard and experiencing excellent results,” stated AEP Coordinator Kelly Hansen. “In 2010, we had ten students earn their GED through our program, but our success has continued into the new year. This year, we’ve already had six students pass with many students one or two sections away from passing. In the upcoming months, we have another eight students scheduled to take the exam. So far it’s been great and the students have been responding well, we expect our success to continue.”
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer tutor for the Adult Education Program please contact Kelly Hansen at email@example.com or (609) 695-5456 x 107.
These gentlemen all passed the GED test in 2011. Pictured from top: Sidney, Martise, Michael, Massey, James, and Keith.
The RED Wins 2nd Place in the Artist Visions Film Festival
The SHARE Project's short video, THE RED, won second place in the Artist Visions Film Festival! This film and music extravaganza takes place the first Friday and second Saturday in June, July, and August in Lambertville, NJ. As a winning entry, our 3-minute film will not only be showing outdoors at Cavallo Park on the corner of S. Union Street & Canal Street, but it will also be screened in September 2011 before the films at ACME Screening Room.
There will be an awards ceremony on August 13 at the video installation site, on the corner of Bridge and Union St., Lambertville, NJ. It will be held around sundown, before the films are screened for the last time. For more information about the festival, please visit the Acme Screening Room website.
To view The RED, click here.
TASK Endowment Campaign Surpasses Halfway Mark
On March 12, TASK held its annual Volunteer Brunch, to honor and give back to all those who have helped and given our organization so much over the years.
In April of 2010, TASK’s Board of Trustees launched “Keeping the Bowl Full”, the Endowment Campaign for TASK to raise $2,000,000 by December 2012, which will mark TASK’s 30th anniversary. To date, TASK has raised $1,072,984, or 53% of its Keeping the Bowl Full Endowment Campaign goal. The latest contribution was $250,000 raised by the Board of Trustees through years of prudent fiscal management.
The Keeping the Bowl Full Endowment Campaign will serve as a permanent savings account for the organization. The funds will provide critical income for TASK beyond regular fundraising efforts, while also providing security for the future of the organization, and, most importantly, the people it serves.
For more information or to make a donation, please click here.