Reach Out Lakota also has added a “Whiskey, Wine and Cigar Wheel,” premium raffle and silent auction baskets and a fund drive with colored boas depicting various donation levels.
The event serves as Reach Out Lakota’s largest annual monetary fundraiser and premier event. This year, the organization has a goal of $30,000, which will directly benefit its newest initiative: a Mobile Food Distribution program.
The new program, which is in the planning stages, is designed to help ensure those living in West Chester and Liberty Township struggling with transportation do not go hungry.
“Once we receive the funding, we will purchase an oversized Sprinter cargo van and outfit it with shelving, mobile refrigeration and freezing units and non-perishable food items,” Gravely said.
The program came about based on the most recent Community Needs Assessment conducted by the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, which stated that transportation was the greatest of three main issues in the West Chester, Liberty Township and Lakota communities, Gravely said.
Albeit in the planning stages, Reach Out Lakota has had discussions to work alongside Lakota Schools in identifying the areas and families with the greatest need, he said.
“We would set up alternating weekends, once per month each, in Liberty Township and West Chester Township to distribute full food orders, approximately 10 to 12 days worth of perishable and non-perishable food items for each individual living in the household,” Gravely said.
Once the program is established, Reach Out Lakota hopes to partner with other local organizations and enable local individuals and families in need to gather and obtain additional information or services during its regular mobile outreaches, he said.
Tickets for "Reach Out Rocks" may be purchased by visiting reachoutrocks.eventbrite.com. Individuals and businesses wanting to learn more about the Mobile Food Distribution program should email firstname.lastname@example.org.