Life is Like a Pinball Game

Forest Gump’s life might be like a box of chocolates, but mine would better be described as a pinball game.

I have clear goals and know where I want to go; yet, there are bumps in the road, distractions, and surprises along the way. The pinball rarely takes a clear path to the top. Read more

Project Pedal 2016: A Community Connected

Happy Fourth of July weekend!

For me, the Fourth of July resonates summer memories: fun, family, food, community, and celebration. Over the past three years, I have experienced similar emotions during Village Project’s largest fundraiser, Project Pedal. Read more

Board Members – Advisors – Staff – Volunteers – Event Updates

As I gaze out the window, it is hard to believe the snow is finally melting.  Yahoo!  Spring brings a time of new energy and excitement.  This is certainly the case at VP.  Our volunteers are hard at work.

One of our focuses for 2015 is improved communications.  Jim Erlandson, has graciously volunteered to head up our Communications Team.  For the past two years, Jim has served as a VP photographer, writer, event volunteer.. ., basically he helps wherever and whenever needed.  What better person to serve as our Communications Leader; he has been involved in almost every aspects of the Project.

Jim has been developing an entire communications plan based on print, video, social media, and other marketing tools.  Members of Jim’s team are:  Diane Frye – news writer,  Michelle Kowalski – brochures and signage, Jesse Lunoe – Facebook, Mark Mutch – Technology Advisor, Beth See – graphic design, Todd Thibo – video, Paul Warren – website, and Sam Warren – Twitter.  Jim manages Instagram as well.

The Communications Team is going to be especially busy over the next few months sharing VP stories, event details, and spreading awareness.

Paul Warren has been hard at work updating our website.  Check out our “About Us” tab to learn more about our Board of Directors, Advisors, Staff, and Volunteers. Many have been with us since the founding of VP other  faces are  new blessings.  Thanks to photographer Tess Smith for taking fantastic pics!.

In the next month Paul will be adding video stories and testimonies from clients, volunteers, and staff.   Todd Thibo did a phenomenal job capturing the heart of each speaker.  Paul has also added riveting articles written by Diane Frye, creative and informative fliers created by Beth See, live TV news coverage, and links to our social media vehicles.

Watch communications for information on the following upcoming events:

* April 24th – Spring Fling – Vosh Lounge

* May 2nd – Cancer Car Smash

* May 13th – New Student Cook Knife/Sanitation Safety Workshop

* May 13th – 7:00 – 8:00pm – New Volunteer Information Meeting

* June 13th – 2nd Annual Project Pedal

* July – Iron Chef Competition

* July – 2nd Annual VP Garage Sale

Please join me in thanking the Communications Team for all of their hard work and support.  They do a tremendous job of communicating to our clients, volunteers, supporters, and entire community.  Thanks all!








Change In Kitchen Leadership

Today I am sharing a big change for VP. Colleen Alletto will be stepping down as “Kitchen Leader” and filling the new volunteer role of “Event Coordinator”.

The VP Kitchen Leader’s consistent weekly hours do not meet Colleen’s current needs. She has missed the flexibility necessary to help, support, spend time, and enjoy her large family.

However, Colleen has no desire to leave the Project.

Over the years I have seen the excitement, creativity, and organizational skills Colleen brings to event planning, both inside and outside VP. This is an area where God has truly gifted Colleen and where her energy soars.

I applaud Colleen’s willingness to seek and follow God’s priorities for her life. While I will miss having Colleen in the Kitchen Leader position, I am excited to have her serve in this new role.

Colleen has graciously agreed to stay on as Kitchen Leader until we fill the position.

The Kitchen Leader Position will be posted on our website, Facebook, and in local newspapers within the next week. In the mean time, if you have questions or interest in this position, please
contact me.



Beautification of VP Grounds

The Village Project would like to thank Byron and Julia Shutt at Maple Leaf Landscaping for the wonderful work they are doing to beatify the grounds around the office.  They have done great work all over Bay Village and we are lucky to have their services.  Work is in-progress and more pictures will be coming nearer to completion.

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Congratulations To Harper Tindall

Congratulations to Harper Tindall and Rachel Boggess who earned thier Green Aprons this month.  Volunteers earn their prestigious green aprons after volunteering 12 times in the Village Project kitchen.

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1 Year/4 Year Anniversaries

Today marks 1 year that the new kitchen opened and 4 years since the inception of the Village (Food) Project. Time to remark on how far the Village Project has come from its humble beginnings. Congratulations to everyone involved, from volunteers to donors and partners.