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Aaron Podell's Fundraiser:

Hunger to Hope - A New Home for Manna

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THE STORY:

Friends, Family & Colleagues,

I've been supporting Manna for over ten years.  I'm a Past President, Past Treasurer, committee member and volunteer.  I'm passionate about Manna and the wonderful service it provides to our community.  Manna is truly an amazing place, born out of a desire to help neighbors.  40+ years later, we feed 1200-1500 people a month out of a tiny 700 sqft home in Thousand Oaks.  We've just, FINALLY, purchased a beautiful 3000+ sqft church.  We now need to convert it to a food pantry.  I'm asking you  to help make this dream a reality.  Please help me by making a donation to rebuild Manna so we can feed more neighbors, more often, with dignity & compassion.  

KEEP READING..........

This is actually a competition among Manna supporters, so here is a little extra to sweeten the deal and put me ahead of the pack.  Everyone who donates to MY page/goal can request to be entered into a drawing.  I will randomly draw 8 people for a private BBQ PARTY and 6 people for a private SUSHI PARTY to be hosted by yours truly.

*To be entered just indicate "(BBQ)" or "(Sushi)" immediately after your name i.e. Aaron Podell (sushi) if you're interested in either of the drawings.  Or you could also put it in the comment section.  


Thank you in advance for helping me kick the other supports b_ _ts in this worthy contest to raise needed funds for my beloved Manna! :)  



More Information about Manna's move and Capital Campaign:

After a thoughtful strategic planning process to consider how best to meet the growing demand for Manna’s services, the Board of Directors announced its exciting decision to move Manna’s operations to a larger facility. Manna has purchased the Church property at 95 Oakview Drive, just off Thousand Oaks Boulevard, about one mile from Manna’s current home. It is a 3,056 square-foot building on a 13,000 square-foot lot that, after remodel, will allow Manna to create: 

• A comfortable and inviting client intake and waiting area. 

• On-site storage and inventory management for highly variable food stock and selections. 

• Pantry shelving that allows for efficient client flow. 

• Covered, secure food delivery area. 

• Commercial cold storage. 

• Staff office space. 

• Classroom/conference space for volunteer trainings, client cooking classes and safe and board meetings. 

Manna’s new home will significantly broaden and strengthen the food insecurity safety net for the vulnerable in our community. With a facility that is four times larger than our current space and offers vastly improved access, we will be able to: 

• Double the frequency of food distribution to pantry clients from once to twice per month. 

• Extend pantry distribution days and hours to accommodate clients who work. 

• Serve more clients in the pantry at any given time. 

• Reduce stress and support the dignity of our clients with shorter waiting times and an environment that is sensitive to their emotional as well as basic needs. 

• Reach out to those who are unable to access the food pantry through mobile food distribution. 

• Attract more volunteers and partners like the National Charity League and the Girl Scouts to support our vital work.

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To This Fundraiser

$6,208

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $50

  • My Kiwanis Club

    $50

  • Don and Marcy Shewmon

     

  • A "Most Excellent" Colleague

    $25

  • Martha Dowden - (sushi)

    $100

  • Jana Baggett

    $100

  • Sharon Skibiski

    $200

  • Cinda and Burt Roffman

     

  • Sue Thomas

    $100

  • Arthur Larson

    $50

  • Brenda Woeckener

    $100

  • Noushine Zandi (Sushi)

    $100

  • Rudy Guevara (sushi)

    $50

  • NumberCrunchers

    $108

  • Pacific Western Bank

    $5,000

  • Doug Williams

    $50

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62% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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The Team: $10,438 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Aaron Podell

Amount Raised

$6,208

 

62% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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Charity Karaoke

Amount Raised

$1,505

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Manna Poker Tournament

Amount Raised

$1,350

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Veronica Ellias

Amount Raised

$800

 

16% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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Jean Staley

Amount Raised

$150

 

6% Raised of$2,500 Goal

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Jennifer Schwabauer

Amount Raised

$100

 

4% Raised of$2,500 Goal

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Robert Engler

Amount Raised

$100

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Katy Porter

Amount Raised

$100

Donor Comments

Doug Williams

Doug Williams

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Pacific Western Bank

Pacific Western Bank

DONATION: $5,000

2 years ago

NumberCrunchers

NumberCrunchers

DONATION: $108

Always happy to help feed people. Thanks for what you do. 2 years ago

Rudy Guevara (sushi)

Rudy Guevara (sushi)

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Noushine Zandi (Sushi)

Noushine Zandi (Sushi)

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Brenda Woeckener

Brenda Woeckener

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Arthur Larson

Arthur Larson

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Cinda and Burt Roffman

Cinda and Burt Roffman

2 years ago

Sharon Skibiski

Sharon Skibiski

DONATION: $200

2 years ago