Joining hands to fight hunger among our neighbors.
Helen Keller once said that “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
“Our Lady’s Pantry has survived all these many years because of our community working together in ways we could never have imagined in the beginning,” says director Tom Bullaro.
“A perfect example of this collaboration is a recent donation from the residents of Valencia Lakes,” he says. “Their original donation, in fact, amounted to $5,800.
“But then Karen Corbin, who founded this group in April 2021, applied for a grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation for 50 percent matching funds. This grant was recently awarded to us as well. This award was for $2,900.
“That’s a stunning $8,700,” says Bullaro. “$8,700 will purchase lots of nutritious food for our neighbors.”
According to Corbin, the mission of 100 Who Care Valencia Lakes is simply to use the power of the many to make a difference through significant quarterly donations to local non-profit organizations in the surrounding Wimauma Community. Their group in Valencia Lakes meets for just one-hour quarterly to listen to presentations by three member-nominated organizations. They then vote.
Sally Clark, a member of 100 Who Care Valencia Lakes, nominated Our Lady’s Pantry as the recipient of a recent quarterly donation. And the group voted “yes.” With more than 55 members in their group, both men and women, each donating $100, the donation added up quickly.
Corbin says she had previously been a member of 100 Women Who Care Southshore, before she founded the Valencia Lakes group a few years ago.