Cardboard Box City to be held Sept. 24
Family Promise will be hosting its 4th Annual Cardboard Box City event at South Florence High School, beginning on Saturday, Sept. 24. Cardboard Box City is open to all ages and affiliations. Karen Olson, national founder and president emeritus of Family Promise, will be a guest speaker at this year’s event. Service organizations, school service clubs and youth groups are encouraged to use this event as a community service and service-learning project.
Sponsors supporting this event are Nucor-Vulcraft of Florence, QVC Inc., First Reliance Bank and Rita’s Italian Ice. The activities and entertainment will be geared for families, and participants will sleep outdoors in a secure area. This one-night event to raise money and awareness for the life-changing program that transforms the lives of homeless children and families will feature a special guest and speaker this year by way of the program’s originator.
Olson, president emeritus of the national interfaith nonprofit organization started in Union County, NJ, is committed to helping homeless families nationwide achieve lasting independence. Today, Family Promise has 202 affiliates in 42 states and has served more than 700,000 individuals in need by mobilizing 180,000 volunteers in 6,000 congregations who provide shelter, meals and support services to families.
A former manager at Warner Lambert, Karen has been working on behalf of the poor and homeless since the mid-1980s. She has received numerous awards for her work, among them the 1992 Annual Points of Light Award from former President George H.W. Bush, the New Jersey Governor’s Pride Award in Social Services, the Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service and the 2013 New Jersey Woman of Achievement Award sponsored by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC and Douglass Residential College.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appointed Karen to serve on the Interagency Council on Homelessness. Registration is now available through the website: www.familypromiseofflorence.com. Early registration fee is $25 and will continue through Labor Day weekend. After that date, it will be $30 per person. All information on how to participate with your group, frequently asked questions and even a video about the event are available online.
Please contact Family Promise of Florence with additional questions at 843-407-5745. Family Promise provides a broad range of programs towards our vision of ending family homelessness. The name refers to the promise, in the sense of commitment, which communities make to families in need. But it also refers to the promise, the potential, inherent in every family. Family Promise has come to represent a national movement that believes we can address family homelessness—right here in our own communities. To learn more visit www.familypromiseofflorence.com, or call us at 843-407-5745.