The Junior Welfare League based in Rock Hill, SC hosted the 7th Annual JWL Gobble Wobble 8K/5K Road Race on Saturday, Nov 18th, 2017, A estimated 550 runners/walkers participated in the event held at Legal Remedy Brewing. Talk of the Town Carolinas was there to interview JWL members and participants. JWL Interviews include Emily Harper, Amanda Winters, and Clair Britt.
JWL fundraising goal was $60,000 with proceeds going to 3 separate organizations Pilgrims’ Inn, Rock Hill Parks Foundation, and the York County Council on Aging.
The Pilgrims’ Inn is an organization that assists members of our community that are experiencing challenging times, especially those living pay check to pay check, those on fixed incomes, or those who have an underlying condition such an illness or a physical or mental disability. Pilgrims’ Inn has a mission to move every client into independence. Most of their clients have jobs and, until recently, have been self-sufficient. Many have children. Their clients’ needs go far beyond food and clothing but often include emergency shelter, prescriptions, affordable child care, job training, etc. The current parking lot at the facility has become a hazard to both employees and the clients they serve. With the help of the funding from the Gobble Wobble, they will be able to have the lot paved and continue their dedicated work without the financial burden of a dangerous parking lot.
Rock Hill Parks Foundation is dedicated to preserving, enriching and maintaining cultural, environmental and recreational facilities and programs in our community. Their mission is to enhance our community quality of life above and beyond the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department normal operating budget. The Active Learning and Living Warriors Outdoors (A.L.L. Warriors Outdoors) program is a new program initiated to help provide both wounded and able-bodied veterans with more opportunities to interact with one another while participating in a variety of outdoor recreation activities. The kayak and paddle board program is in need of additional training and equipment for their adaptive paddling program so they can assist wounded veterans with the same opportunities to participate alongside able-bodied veterans.
York County Council on Aging. This organization currently provides in-need home-bound senior citizens with Senior Boxes, which contain nonperishable food items to tide them over on weekends, during inclement weather, or to supplement the home-delivered meals they receive daily. There is currently no program in Rock Hill, but the need for one is great. The funds will be used to implement this program to be immediately begin ensured that the in-need seniors in our community have the supplement food items they are in desperate need of.
The Junior Welfare League, Inc. is an organization of volunteers committed to serving and improving the quality of life for people living in York County. Their purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. We offer support to organizations through service hours, collections at our monthly meetings, and grant funds. Read more at juniorwelfareleague.com.
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