WUFT News

Community Organization Will Host Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway, Resource Festival

By on November 24th, 2013
The South West Advocacy Group (SWAG) Family Resource Center will host the second annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway and Resource Festival.

The South West Advocacy Group (SWAG) Family Resource Center will host the second annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway and Resource Festival.

Thanksgiving is a time when people give thanks to those around them, unite as family and friends, and enjoy a traditional turkey dinner.

The Thanksgiving dreams of 250 Gainesville families in need of assistance will become a reality with the second annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway and Resource Festival at the South West Advocacy Group Family Resource Center.

SWAG is a grassroots, community organization that strives to improve the living conditions, educational opportunities and quality of life for residents in the Tower Road area west of I-75. Monetary support for SWAG is provided by the Partnership for Strong Families.

The SWAG Family Resource Center aims to provide programs, services and activities for the community that connects residents with resources and opportunities otherwise inaccessible to them because of income or transportation limitations.

Katie Fields, a SWAG family resource center manager, said that families who preregistered would be able to pick up Thanksgiving baskets beginning at 4 p.m. Monday at 807 SW 64 Terrace.

Fields said the Family Resource Center received about 1,200 visits  and provided 1,300 services in October.  Each service offered is tied to one of five protective factors, which, when present in families, are shown to reduce the likelihood of abuse and neglect.

Thanksgiving baskets will include traditional sides such as cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, canned vegetables, rice and pasta.  Turkeys will be provided by the Veterans Advisory Board.

Jenn Petion, director of community and government relations for Partnership for Strong Families, said that there will be more than 15 organizations available at the festival to provide families with information on education, employment and healthcare opportunities.

“While it’s great that we can help families with a short-term need, but our goal is to connect families to resources that can provide long-term stability,” Petion said.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Gainesville City Commission Approves Vehicle-For-Hire Ordinance

The Gainesville City Commission passed a vehicle-for-hire ordinance for Uber, a ride sharing service, on Thursday. Commissioner Todd Chase said the new ordinance balances the demand for public safety while encouraging innovation and modernizing outdated requirements on traditional vehicles for hire.


New Program Offers Transportation to Gainesville Seniors

The City of Gainesville partnered with ElderCare and Uber to create a new transportation program for seniors ages 60 and up.


Gainesville Job Fair Attracts Hundreds Of Hopefuls

Hundreds of job seekers made their their way around the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center Tuesday morning for the annual Gainesville job fair. Gainesville’s unemployment rate increased from 4.3 percent in April to 5 percent in July, so the job fair was just what many people needed.


Preserving History Through Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Recipe

The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park exists as a way to remember Florida history… But the workers there are doing something extra to “preserve” memories. WUFT’s Marie Edinger reports.


CMT’s “Gainesville” docu-series will premiere Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. This “coming of age” show will focus on a group of 20-something year old’s as they try to make it on their own. Photo courtesy of CMT

Gainesville Reality Show Set To Air Aug. 20

Country Music Television’s new docu-series “Gainesville” is set to air back-to-back episodes on Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. Some residents are worried that the show will not accurately portray Gainesville.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments