The Community Outreach committee is working on multiple projects to give back to our community.
So far for 2024 they have plans for:
Snacks for Students Drive - North Carolina has one of the highest percentages of childhood hunger in the country. Teachers across the state are using their own funds to help provide snacks for their students, so the Committee decided to help. We will be collecting single serving snacks during the month of March to be distributed to elementary schools in Cherokee, Clay, Graham counties along with Nantahala School. Please consider making a donation to any of the drop off locations. We have also created an Amazon Wish List where you can purchase items and they will be delivered to the Board office.
Community Garden - This is a project will be a collaboration between Mountain Lakes Board of Realtors, Hiwassee Dam School and the Hiwassee Dam Senior Center. We have received support and approval from Cherokee County Commissioners & Hiwassee Dam Volunteer Fire Department to place this new garden in front of the fire station. While we were waiting on some further paperwork from the county, we went ahead and applied for a Level 2 Placemaking Grant from the National Association of REALTORS®. On February 21, 2024 we were notified that we have been approved for this grant in the total amount of $7,499! The committee is currently waiting on the paperwork to be completed with the county and have started the planning on getting this project built. If you are interested in volunteering, we use our sign-up sheet to give us an idea on where you would be willing to help. We will need volunteers of all kinds so please don't be shy.
Senior Needs Drive - Dates have not been finalized yet but we are in planning stages for this to take place during the summer of 2024. After speaking with senior centers and Meals on Wheels distribution sites, we became aware that homebound seniors sometimes don't have everything they need. This includes basic essentials and without transportation they are unable to get them. We should have more details about this drive in the coming months.
4th Annual Sock Drive - This will be our 4th year and hopefully our best yet. We collect new, unworn socks for different organizations in our 3 county area. This drive is held in the fall so that we can get socks delivered to the organizations before Thanksgiving. We hope that you will support this worthy cause with lots of socks!
Gala of Giving - The event last year was a great success and we learned a lot. We have plans for a bigger, better event with some ugrades. This event is the main fundraiser for both our Community Outreach committee and Scholarship Fund. If you have some items that can be auctioned to raise money, we would love to have you reach out to us.
Please feel free to reach out to any of the committee members or the staff of Mountain Lakes for more information.
Community Outreach Committee - Donna Srabian, Chairperson
Christy Moore, Kristine Flaig, Chrissy Sidler, Deanna Robertson, Paige McKnight, Jessica Godsey, Michele Schaack
Association Executive - Kate Simmons | Office Administrator - Gracy DaSilva