School supply drive
By Katherine Miller
RAYNE – The Acadia Family Resource Center is conducting its annual school supply and used school uniform drive.
This agency, located in Rayne at 1009 West South First Street, is an informational and referral community program that assists Acadia Parish residents by connecting them with needed services.
Christine Miller, who serves as program coordinator, said, “The services we provide are much like the 232 help line found in Lafayette parish. We maintain a current list of resources that residents may need, and partner with others in the community, such as the LSU AgCenter to provide informational workshops on baby-sitting, parenting, and financial management.”
At this time, the center is collecting gently used uniforms of all sizes for those who are in need, as well as school supplies, which include such items as 3 and 5 subject notebooks, book-sacks, loose leaf paper, marble notebooks, pencil bags, erasers, pencil sharpeners, 1/2, 1 and 2 inch binders, dividers, etc.
Additional school supply lists can be found on the Acadia Parish School Board website.
“We have many families who are financially deprived due to unemployment and economic conditions. Any help that the community can provide is greatly appreciated,” added Miller. “Donations are greatly needed, whether it be monetary, time, or any type of clothing and uniforms.”
The Acadia Parish Family Resource Center is partially funded by United Way and relies on the surrounding communities for the remainder of its necessities.
Each year, the agency partners with Wal-Mart to sponsor The Angel Tree, a program that collects and distributes toys to children from impoverished families.
“We encourage volunteerism for these types of projects from people within the community.” Miller invoked.
Miller also extends an invitation to all interested to join in a monthly networking group hosted by the resource center. This meeting is held on the third Tuesday of each month, excluding June and July, at noon at Fezzo’s Seafood and Steakhouse in Crowley.
“This networking group provides the people of Acadia Parish with information on events that may be of use to them,” Miller said. “All are welcome and urged to attend.”
Individuals and families at 250 percent poverty level or below are eligible for services. Proof of income is required, and all services are provided at no cost.
For more information, contact Christine Miller at 334-4357 (HELP). Hours of operation for the resource center are Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.