Newark Area Welfare Committee clears lunch debt for 850 Christina students
Joe Brady, treasurer for the Newark Area Welfare Committee, had a pretty simple reason for why the organization donated nearly $6,000 to clear student lunch debt at several Christina School District schools.
Their donation assisted more than 850 students at Downes Elementary, West Park Place Elementary, Shue-Medill Middle School, Maclary Elementary, McVey Elementary, Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, Kirk Middle School, Delaware School for the Deaf, Marshall Elementary and Newark High School.
“I just feel good that these kids just go back to zero and life is good. They don’t need the stress,” said Ande Solge, supervisor for Child Nutrition Services in the district. “They’re not truly responsible for the cash flow in the in the household, yet they’re the messenger.”
On Tuesday, March 19, the Newark Area Welfare Committee and four other Delaware organizations benefited from the generosity of Delawareans thanks to WDEL's Feed-A-Friend food drive which raised thousands of dollars for those most in need for the 13th year in a row.
Newark students win NAWC essay contest
Approximately 40 local kids weighed in on the topic of kindness and its impact on the community as part of an essay contest sponsored by the Newark Area Welfare Committee. The contest was part of NAWC’s annual Good Neighbor Day celebration Oct. 28, which also included the group’s well-known bean soup mix sale.
NAWC donates $2000 to City of Newark for Scholarship Program
The Newark Area Welfare Committee (NAWC) recently approved a donation to the City of Newark Parks and Recreation Department in the amount of $2,000 to assist in supporting the Fee Assistance program. The program is available on a limited basis for qualifying individuals, both youth and adults, and is primarily funded through the Federal Community Development Block Grant. Last year, 20 families applied and received assistance.
"The City of Newark is committed to providing recreational opportunities to everyone regardless of their economic circumstances," said city manager Carol Houck. "We are grateful for the support of community organizations like the Newark Area Welfare Committee to ensure we fulfill that commitment."
In addition to the Fee Assistance program, the City also administers the James Hall Scholarship program. Named after long-time Parks and Recreation Department director James F. Hall, the fund provides tuition assistance to youth who would otherwise be unable to participate in camps and programs. Last year, 14 families qualified to receive tuition assistance.
Families who wish to apply for either the James Hall Scholarship program or the Fee Assistance program should contact the Parks and Recreation Department. Eligibility is based on the desired program and the applicant's household income, and all inquiries and application materials are kept strictly confidential. Families who qualify are eligible to receive 20%, 50% or 70% of assistance towards the total program or camp fee.