Mark your calendars for a remarkable weekend of musical offerings to celebrate the Holiday Season. This is one of the largest fundraisers for the Geauga Hunger Task Force. You can enjoy the music and share a gift knowing that it is all to the benefit of your neighbors and your community.
If you are considering a way to get involved with the Geauga Hunger Task Force and support the food pantries that operate in Geauga County. There is a beautiful opportunity this summer to be a volunteer that grows something good for our neighbors.
Churches and community organizations around the county have raised beds on their property (like this one at Pilgrim Christian Church) that may welcome volunteers to grow vegetables or flowers for such a purpose. Some apartment complexes have raised beds too. Other apartment complexes may have the space that could be set aside for such a purpose if someone or some group were prepared to build and support a garden. And, of course, if you have a garden in your own backyard and would like to offer contributions to the food pantry closest to you, please contact the local pantry and ask how you can help.
Let's see how much good we can grow for everyone in Geauga County.
The Good Tidings Benefit Choir performed beautifully this past weekend! The concert raised over $3,700 to help fill our food pantries! This is the second highest total for the Spring Concerts!
A special thanks to Kaitlin Emmert for coming from Cleveland with her violin. And to Joy M. Leirer for accompaniment and Bob Boles for his direction. And certainly the Sisters of Notre Dame for their generosity with their home Chapel.
What a compassionate and gifted community!
The Good Tiding Benefit Choir invites you to listen for a cause. This all volunteer ecumenical choir formed 27 years ago to help the local food banks through the work of the Geauga Hunger Task Force (GHTF). The Choir will continue their legacy of raising spirits and funds by performing the Easter sections of GF Handel’s “Messiah.” The two performances of this timeless Oratorio will be March 12th at 7pm and March 13th at 3 pm at Notre Dame Chapel, 13000 Auburn Road in Munson. There is no charge or reservations for the performances but a goodwill offering will be taken.
“We mimic the composer G. F. Handel who used this same music to raise funds for the needy in his lifetime. He built orphanages, hospitals, and helped the poor with concerts in the cities of Europe,” said Sue Juhasz, Project Coordinator. “Although it is sad that we are seeing such large increases in need, it is wonderful that this area continues to produce such a talented and committed group ready to help their community.”
The choir is under the direction of Robert Boles and accompanied by Joy Leirer. The fine soloists this season will be Robert Boles, Laura Christian, Sara Hamrick, Colleen Juhasz, Sylvia Jurcak, Brenda Moosbrugger, Charles Moosbrugger, and Aubrey Woods. The attendees will also be invited to join in the Hallelujah chorus.
We hope you can come and enjoy the blessings of community and the gifts of music.
As Valentine's Day is approaching, you may be searching for the perfect way to tell your friend, family member, or loved one that you care about them. If you are seeking a more creative way this year, please consider making a donation to the Geauga Hunger Task Force in honor of your loved one. It is a perfect way to tell your "special someone" that you love them and all of your neighbors in Geauga County (but in a very platonic way).
With the gracious hospitality from the Sisters of Notre Dame, the gifts of music from the community choirs, and the generosity of all who came to hear such joyous music for this season, over $9,000 was raised to support the mission of the Geauga Hunger Task Force!!!
That is a tremendous gift for any season and at any time!
Our incredible gratitude for the generosity that stirs your hearts to care for our neighbors.
We cannot wait for the weekend of December 5-6 and all of the musical gifts that will be shared with the community. We are also grateful that our neighbors come together every year to support the GHTF with all proceeds from the goodwill offering. Win win!
The auction held at Pilgrim Christian Church to benefit the GHTF was a wonderful success! Together, with the support of the community, we had a wonderful time and raised over $2,000 to support our pantries!
It's but another testament to the way that we care for one another.
Thank you for your continued generosity to see that every resident, every neighbor, every one in Geauga County has enough to eat.
The Geauga Hunger Task Force is holding an auction at the Pilgrim Christian Church this Saturday, November 14 at 5:30pm.
100% of the proceeds will go to the GHTF to supply our seven food pantries across the county. There is a $5 admission at the door and, from there, plenty of games and opportunities to enjoy and support a wonderful cause.
Share the news, invite a friend, and come out to help your neighbors.
If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets, please call Betsy Griffin at 440.226.0227
Saturday, November 14th @ 5:30pm
Pilgrim Christian Church
202 S. Hambden Street
Chardon, OH 44024
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead
It was for this purpose, the Good Tidings Benefit choir was formed 26 years ago. The caring and talented people of this community could see the need of the Hunger Task Force and found a creative way to help. This volunteer group performs this challenging music to raise monies for the area’s people in need. The talented Choir has raised the spirits of so many over the past 26 years either through song or through financial support. You only need a willing spirit to join. Choir members should be High school age and above. HS students receive community service hours for their work. You may bring your own copy of the Messiah or copies will be available at the practices for approx. $8 to purchase. Practices will be at Notre Dame Chapel at 13000 Auburn Center Road in Munson, Ohio on Sundays from 2 – 4 pm starting on October 18th and continue until the performance on December 5th and 6th. Soloists are chosen from the choir members.
This benefit mimics Handel’s efforts to feed the poor, house the homeless and heal the sick of his time. The monies from the performances of his oratorio, Messiah freed people from debtor’s prisons, built orphanages and hospitals. We don’t have debtor’s prisons today but the grip of poverty is agonizing and we work as a community to free people from their shackles. The gift of food becomes more than a meal. What you do today, will make a difference now and in the future.
The Hunger Task force recognizes the increasing need in this community. Five years ago there were 6400 visits to the food banks. In 2013, there were 10,000. In 2015 are up 20% from 2014 with over 480 families visiting the seven foodbanks each month. Those coming for help are the working poor, young families and senior citizens. Seniors have showed the largest increases in need. It is a fact that people cannot heal, rest, learn, or work when they are poorly nourished. The Task Force works on faith, that a community aware will be able to help their neighbors. “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.” ― Abraham Lincoln
The Geauga Hunger Task Force was established in 1977 to serve the emergency food needs of Geauga County. This organization is a coalition of churches and social service agencies and area businesses. It costs the Task Force $3.50 to feed one person per day. Because of the local economy, the Hunger Task Force has lengthened their assistance from 10 days to 14. The need will not decrease during the holidays and January has been the busiest month for the food cupboards. With the redistribution of the Cleveland Food Banks funding, these benefits are even more critical to the needs of this community.