Children at Heidi’s House Day Care Center, 500 Enterprise Park in Scarborough, will be selling lemonade at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, to benefit Project G.R.A.C.E.
At 10 a.m., Executive Director Hope Taggart from Project G.R.A.C.E. will be speaking to the children about those in need in their community and how everyone, young and old can help out in many different ways. She will thank the children for doing the lemonade stand, and tell them how the money they raise will benefit the charity.
Project G.R.A.C.E. is in the process of raising money for one of two big fundraisers they do each year. The business park in which Heidi’s House is located has been very involved in sponsorship of Project G.R.A.C.E.
Next door neighbor Stormwater 360’s David Miley pays a large portion of the only paid salary at Project G.R.A.C.E. Thanks to Miley’s contribution, fundraising efforts, such as the upcoming Race for G.R.A.C.E. taking place at Scarborough’s SummerFest, 100 percent of the sponsorship dollars raised benefit a neighbor in need in Scarborough or the five surrounding towns that the organization serves. Other members of the business park have also stepped up to sponsor the event.
Project G.R.A.C.E. has seen an increase in recipient request for assistance for Summer Camp programs. For their recipients, who typically work multiple jobs, summer months when kids are out of school are especially challenging financially. Additionally, back-to-school expenses cause setbacks for families as well.
In addition to the lemonade stand proceeds, Heidi’s House has come forward with a major sponsorship to the summer fundraiser, and will also provide workers at the event. All of the money Heidi’s House contributes will be earmarked for next summer’s summer camp fund to help families in need during the costly activity months when school isn’t in session and parents still must work. This is something Taggart believes the children will be able to connect with.