In response to feedback from our friends in rural Chatham-Kent, Bushels of Hope will now be a program of United Way Chatham-Kent. This means donations designated to Bushels of Hope will now be distributed by a committee of volunteers to address service gaps within the rural community. 

For example, BOH volunteers could decide to fund academic scholarships for rural-living secondary school graduates who are going off to college or university; start-up fees for rural residents initiating community supported agriculture (CSA’s); or to become active in a local farmer’s market. Additionally, the funds could provide one-time emergency assistance for members of the rural community who do not have the financial means to purchase new eyeglasses, walkers, hearing aids or other health-related equipment. 

Bushels of Hope volunteer Chair, Caress Lee Carpenter says “the opportunities for Bushels of Hope to give back to the rural communities are endless as long as we can continue to rally support for the program and we have engaged, active volunteers who are willing to jump on board and move this program forward.” 

If you would like to assist in raising fund for Bushels of Hope and helping to distribute those funds to the rural community, please contact Caress caresslc@chatham-kent.ca or David at 519-354-0430 or david@uwock.ca. Request for funding applications will be available in 2015.