The Chester-Andover Family Center provides financial assistance to Chester and Andover residents who are struggling to make ends meet. The money you spend purchasing items in the Thrift Shop is used to support the Food Shelf and Financial Assistance program; there are no paid staff at the Center. During 2014, the Center responded to the following requests for assistance: 36 electric bills totaling of $6,535.89; 25 fuel bills totaling $8,875.29; 8 rent bills totaling $1,175.00; 4 telephone bills totaling $332.38; 40 gas cards ($25 each) totaling $1,000.00; and one bill for $155.67. The total financial assistance paid during 2014 was $18,076.20.

CAFC needs volunteers in both the Thrift Shop and Food Shelf. The Food Shelf needs folks to help with gleaning and processing produce during the summer and fall. Times and places to be determined. You are welcome to help once or several times. For more information, please leave a message and your phone number for Sandy at the Family Center (875-3236) or stop by the Food Shelf on Fridays between 10:30 and 1:00.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Thrift Shop, just stop by when the Shop is open and pick up a Volunteer application. The Center’s mission is to “provide a helping hand to persons and families in need.” Volunteering at the Center is an opportunity to assist residents in Chester and Andover, possibly your neighbor, who are having to struggle to in this economy. Here’s a chance to give back to your community. Who knows when any one of us may have to ask for such assistance for our family.

Attention gardeners! If you find yourself with extra produce, please consider sharing it with the Center’s Food Shelf. Deliveries would be appreciated on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings 10:30-12:30.