Donation Drive Success

It was an exciting morning at the Sheridan Hollow Drop-In Center last week, as boxes of donations arrived to restock the center’s clothing pantry and other supplies.

“The Sheridan Hollow Drop-In Center sees nearly 80 individuals per day,” explained Joy Landas, Community Connections Coordinator who oversees the clothing pantry’s operations.  “Last month we gave out 2,247 for 377 people.  Basic essentials like soap, deodorant, socks, and underwear go very fast.”

When the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) learned about the shortage of basic need items, they knew they had to help.  Members of their CARES Committee came together to organize a donation drive to benefit IPH.

“The goals of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) CARES Committee are advancing agency volunteerism and providing a sense of community in the workplace.  Over the years, CARES has participated in many donations drives for various causes,” said Sheila Carollo, Development Specialist for the Resource & Reimbursement Program.  “When we heard about the drive to collect socks, deodorant and other necessary toiletries for people right here in our community, the CARES Committee was eager to offer our support.”

The drive saw a great response from employees who purchased items and filled donation boxes that were kept in the office.

“This is an example of how our community can come together to quickly respond to a need.  We’re fortunate for partnerships with community-minded organizations like OPWDD that are really making a difference for the people that we serve,” said Executive Director of IPH, Janine Robitaille.

“We are very proud of our OPWDD employees for participating in this drive and are so happy to be able to contribute to the good work that [IPH] does every day,” said Carollo.  “Thank you for the opportunity to help put smiles on people’s faces.”

There are so many ways that you can help us help others.