Winter Newsletter Decemberr 2008 Decembe 2008 2 0 5 W . W e a v e r S t r e e t , C a r r b o r o , N C 2 7 5 1 0 ( 9 1 9 ) 6 3 6 - 4 8 6 0 (www.tablenc.org) “We’re Making GAK! Wanna to Help?” By Joy MacVane, Executive Director That’s what I heard last week at one of TABLE’s local after-school program affiliates. It was a TABLE “Play Date” – UNC student volunteers had planned fun activities with all the children attending after-school that day, not just the youngsters receiving our Weekend Backpacks of food. Play Dates are nothing new for TABLE - but GAK? What was that? TABLE’s UNC student leaders, Callan Blough and Diana Dubick, added water, Elmer’s Glue, and 20 Mule Team Borax into each child’s tall plastic zip-loc bag. Making GAK! “We’d use food coloring, but it stains clothes,” Diana whispered. I nodded as I watched excess water seep into the newspapers covering the kids’ table and in some places, dribble onto the floor. I was mystified. What WERE they making? After getting their ingredients from the 4 TABLE student This holiday season give the gift that helps volunteers, the children plunged their hands into feed a local child in need and honors someone their baggies and vigorously kneaded the glop in your life! within. Finally, GAK was ready for action. Out from Donate any amount in someone’s honor and each baggie, emerged a soft white ball. It sure they will receive this card – handmade by one looked like plain old dough, but when they pulled of TABLE’s children from our weekend on it, it S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D like nothing you could backpack program. Inside the card, the imagine. The delighted children yanked their GAK recipient will be informed that you’ve donated into long, droopy elastic strings that got more and in their name. You will receive a tax-deductible more thin, but never broke. Then they easily receipt and a local child smushed the stuff right back into a compact little benefits from your generosity! ball and began again. I wondered if it’s like Silly It’s a win-win for everyone! Putty. Naw, way more stretchy – way more juicy – way more fun! Gak! When I quizzed a student volunteer about Gak’s composition and properties, she lost me at “polymers,” but I did get this part: the glue makes the gunk stretchy, while the Borax keeps it bonded together. Without glue, you’d just have a clammy ball of gunk. Without Borax, it would stretch, but it would break. Stretchy, but cohesive; those are fun qualities for children’s play material - and maybe essential qualities for non-profit organizations? Many people, from our college and community volunteers, to the children we serve, and the after- school programs’ staff, keep TABLE cohesive, unified and solid. But to S-T-R-E-T-C-H, we need YOU. As a fledgling nonprofit, serving young children, TABLE faces big risks in these tough economic times. Your contributions allow us to continue to serve the children in our program and stretch out to more hungry children in Chapel Hill & Carrboro. Your support enables us to expand our program to include more fresh food and some instruction on healthy food choices. Your generous donations Please send us your donation with your contact help us span the tough economic times facing us information and the name and address at present. Please consider making a financial of the person being honored. contribution. Yes, we’re making GAK. Will you help? Page 2 Table is more than food donations. By Sierra Carter UNC Chapel Hill, Class of 2010 TABLE Volunteer Student Leader; Member, TABLE Board of Directors After volunteering for over a year and a half at I was really Chapel Hill’s Airport Gardens Apartments after- pleased this fall school program, I realize that I have learned so when TABLE much more from the decided to begin children than they could serving children “We are have ever learned from me! at Airport able to The children helped me to Garden’s after- understand how important school because I serve as listening, giving respect, already knew the children and staff there. My examples” and being perceptive to past experience with these children convinces me another person’s needs are that TABLE offers more than food. in order to become a better When the college student volunteers show up person and leader. to drop off backpacks filled with food for I also have discovered that one of the most participating children, or to spend an afternoon important things children can have in their lives is doing a “play date” with all the kids at an after- someone who has high expectations of them. school program, I think it makes a difference. This When I first started working as a tutor there, I contact with the children is an important noticed that certain children were not lacking component. As college students who care, we are intellectually, but were missing the drive to able to serve as examples of someone who may achieve beyond their own expectations. One of have been through similar struggles, but are now my greatest joys is watching a child I tutor come achieving beyond our former expectations to understand a concept that they once said was because there was once someone in our lives who impossible to understand. I’ve come to realize never let us think less of ourselves. having high expectations leads to high results. TABLE held a FALL HARVEST OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, October 12. Volunteers and community members gathered to say hello, share information about how TABLE is helping to feed local youngsters, and enjoy some great refreshments. The food was generously donated by Durham’s popular Piedmont Restaurant and by P.J.’s in Chapel Hill. A clothesline full of “Peace Flags,” made by TABLE’s participating children, flew in the fall breeze - thanks to Paula Gilland! Local blue grass/folk band, The Water Callers, donated their time and their front-porch performance turned the day into a real celebration. The day also marked the opening of TABLE’s first art exhibit, a collection of vibrant, expressive paintings by two local children, Guthrie and Harper Slavick Richardson. P ea c e Fla gs m a de b y pa rt ic ip at in g c hildren volunteers greet guests at open house Page 3 Our Pag e of App r eciation this Ho liday Season … On Wednesday, November 19, The Crunkleton, a Chapel Hill bar, hosted a successful fundraiser for TABLE, featuring guest bartender, David Hartzell, a UNC Professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. The evening was a great success – raising $750 for TABLE’s efforts in feeding local hungry children. Many thanks to bar owner Gary Crunkleton and David Hartzell who partnered for this TABLE fundraiser! Thank you, TROSA, for the refrigerator to Thanks also to everyone who came to this event! keep our fruits fresh! FRIENDS of TABLE* Sue & Ron Baker Donna Parker Anne & Jerry Benson Cindy and Jeff Riebling Adriano Betton Richard Richardson Frederick Bowman Susan Romaine James Bryan Elin Slavick Linda Clayton & Michael Young Katrina Staneck Gary Crunkleton Russell & Caroline Stott Jessie Curcio James Tanner Betty Dennis Aldersgate United Methodist Church Robert Epting Altrusa International Club Diane Evia-Lanevi Carlson Family Foundation Patricia Gardner Carrboro United Methodist Church Bryan Gaston, in honor of his Church of the Advocate, Chapel Hill birthday from his family & friends Durham Academy, Paula Gilland Betsy Brown Advisory Megan Goins Grace Church Harry Gooder & Sally Couch Vilas Mary Duke Biddle Foundation Geraldine Guess Morris Grove Elementary School, Roxane Gwyn Ms.Fitzgerald’s 3rd Grade Leonard & Sarah Hampton Piedmont Restaurant, Durham Randee & David Hartzell P.J.’s Restaurant, Chapel Hill Alison Hilton Starbucks, Franklin St, Chapel Hill Bill Houck Chris & Isabel Simmons & the Lois Jean Houpe Saponi Indian Princess Tribe Lisa Jeffs The Crunkleton, Chapel Hill Laura Jensen The Red Hen, Carrboro Karen & Bill Kelce The Water Callers: Bart Matthews Haig Khachatoorian and Jason Fagg Petro Kulynych UNC-CH Hill,Blue & White Joe & Ann Lamb UNC-CH Good Neighbor Program Wendy & Mike Maxwell UNC-CH Eshelman School of Ginny McBride Pharmacy, Graduate Student Kevin McDonald & TROSA Organization Adelia Odom Weaver Street Market *The names listed above indicate donors since our last newsletter. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. Please notify us immediately if we have made an omission or misspelling. TABLE’s Student Leaders Fall 2008 Leighann Breeze Kathy Herrington Callan Blough Katherine Liapis Sierra Carter Brandon Montana Diana Dubick Danielle Tavilla* Kavita Koppa Martin Wall Katie Lefevre Elizabeth Weaver Jessica Hewitt Leslie Willis *Congratulations to graduating senior, Danielle Tavilla, and best wishes on her upcoming marriage! Page 4 J oin us for …Fu nny Bird Ma ma Ga rde n, an exhibition of work by UNC Chapel Hill undergraduate and graduate students; curated by elin o’Hara slavick. A significant portion of the sales will be donated to TABLE! Wo r ks o n d is pla y b y: Taj Forer, photography; Gretchen Huffman, printmaking; Hanna Simons, mixed media; and Angela Grisales, fiber. O pe ni ng re ce pt io n: Friday, December 5 from 7 – 9 p.m. S how ru ns from December 5 – January 31, 2009 at TABLE, 205 West Weaver Street, Carrboro. Call for hours: 919/636-4860. Joy MacVane, Exec. Director Board of Directors: Trish Gardner, Chair Debbie McDermott, Leighann Breeze Edward Calamai Sierra Carter Diane Evia-Lanevi Molly Shivers Help us keep our food shelves filled in order to feed local children in need. This Holiday Season, take time to care and share! F o r c o m m e n ts o r Here is your holiday homework from TABLE: suggestions, 2 + 1 = 22 o n t h i s n e w s l e t te r , $22 provides 2 weekends of nutritious food for 1 hungry child in our area. p l e a s e e ma i l Joy MacVane, j o y . m a c v a n e @ t a b le n c .o r g Name: I f y o u w o u ld l i k e t o b e r e m o v e d f r o m o u r e ma i l list, please let us know. If Email: Telephone: y o u l i k e wh a t y o u s e e , f e e l f r e e t o f o r wa r d t o f a m i l y & friends. Address: Please include this form with your check for $22 to: TABLE, 2 0 5 W . 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