The Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM) is holding its annual Spring Fling at the Franco American Club, 116 Club Road, North Windham on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Enjoy an evening of dancing with music by Bruce John & the Eagleville Band and John Hinckley & the Outriggers. Legendary OOBAHS snacks will be provided and a cash bar available. Unique gifts and services will go to the highest bidders during the silent and live auctions. Tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door. All proceeds from this event will support the Partners in Independence Program which matches highly trained volunteer mentors with clients to work on their financial, educational or employment goals, and achieve greater stability in their lives.
Tickets are available at the Willimantic Food Coop, City Side Deli, Cafémantic, and WAIM. If you would like additional information, visit www.waimct.org or contact Victoria Nimirowski at WAIM 860-456-7270 ext. 11.
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The goal of the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM) is to uplift and unite our community by providing caring service and resources to meet our neighbors’ needs with dignity and respect. In addition to providing emergency financial assistance for things like heat, car repair and housing, WAIM redistributes donated clothing, furniture and appliances, free of charge, to those who need them. During the growing season, WAIM runs a thriving community garden at Lauter Park in Willimantic, and the year-round volunteer program benefits from the time and efforts of over 75 volunteers and community service workers each month. Partners in Independence is the latest addition to WAIM’s array of services.
About Partners in Independence:
Partners in Independence is an adult mentoring program that was created out of a desire by WAIM staff and volunteers to provide a deeper, long-term connection with their clients. Recognizing that the issues people living in poverty face cannot be remedied with short-term solutions, WAIM staff looked for an effective means of providing long-term support that would be feasible given the organization’s resources. One thing they were good at getting was highly skilled volunteers who wanted to make a difference in their community, and perhaps, in someone’s life. PIP trains and matches these volunteer mentors with learning partners who are ready to take the next steps needed for increased financial, housing and/or employment stability. They meet on a regular basis and commit to working together for a minimum of one year. PIP is currently training their second group of mentors.