Giving Thanks by Giving Back

North Ridgeville Mayor Dave Gillock, June Yost and Bud Hagy.

A great way to give thanks this holiday season is by giving back – especially if the causes they benefit go to those in our communities.

North Ridgeville Community Care is one of those organizations that takes care of those in the community when need arises.

Operating with the help of outside support, grants and over 80 dedicated volunteers, 100 per cent of donations their Client Fund go directly to helping those in need.

Last week, Bistro 83 launched its new Roundabout Room – the latest addition to the upscale restaurant at Mills and Route 83 at the Avon-North Ridgeville line – with an afterhours fundraiser to support North Ridgeville Community Care.

Founded in 1989 by June Yost, NRCC has helped thousands of individuals and families.

“The mission of North Ridgeville Community Care is to care for the less fortunate of North Ridgeville to the best of our ability with the funds available to us. We will always strive to preserve human dignity while offering assistance and referrals in whatever areas of concern our clients bring to us,” says June.

The new Bistro 83 Roundabout Room – perfect for parties.

Assistance offered includes clothes, food, financial assistance, an essentials program, crisis counseling, children’s programs, school supplies, summer lunches, Thanksgiving and Easter baskets, and Christmas wish lists, adopt-a-child and a free Christmas store to their clients.

“We want to give back, and we want to support those in our own community who are in need,” said Bistro 83 owner Bud Hagy as he welcomed guests and Chamber of Commerce members to the event. Bistro 83 got the ball rolling with a $2000 gift, emblematic of the generosity of Hagy, a long-time community advocate and founder of Celebrate Westlake, the annual Labor Day road races that have raised $1.9 million for Westlake causes through the years.

“Community Care is the very real, hands-on, shared belief that ‘we are one’” said June. “Every true need is met in confidence to preserve a person’s and family’s dignity.”

NRCC meets the needs of about 2000 people a month, and their client base continues to increase. Families facing medical crisis, job loss, seniors who must choose between food and medicine, and more are all addressed.

Their motto: “Give a Little, Help a Lot!”

NRCC is located at 34015 Center Ridge Road. Phone (440) 353-9716. www.nrcommcare.org.

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