Safe Harbour

An open house will take place at Carlisle’s Safe Harbour on Thursday.

Michael Bupp, The Sentinel

Safe Harbour announced in a news release this week it has launched its 2016-17 annual campaign seeking financial and material support from the community.

The yearly initiative raises dollars and donations to sustain the nonprofit organization’s mission of providing housing and supportive services for homeless and nearly homeless individuals and families in Cumberland County to help them achieve independent living by increasing their basic life skills.

For the eighth consecutive year, F&M Trust is the corporate partner of Safe Harbour’s campaign. Tim Henry, president and CEO of F&M Trust, authored the annual appeal letter that is sent to friends, neighbors, supporters and businesses throughout Cumberland County and beyond.

“The resources received by Safe Harbour during the annual campaign assists in providing housing and supportive services for those children and adults who are among the neediest in our communities,” Henry said in a news release. “The significant support received from the community each year through the annual campaign is essential in balancing the operating budget.”

“The contributions received during our annual campaign are vital to continuing Safe Harbour’s capacity to serve homeless and nearly homeless individuals and families,” said Paul Strizzi, chair of the Safe Harbour board. “Nearly one-third of our annual finances comprise funding from individual donors, local businesses, and foundations. Without the community’s generosity, Safe Harbour would certainly struggle to assist those in need who rely on our services.”

F&M Trust again will provide challenge funding to Safe Harbour based on the number of donations received, as well as for larger donations from individuals and businesses, according to the news release. F&M Trust has pledged $1,000 to the campaign. Additionally, challenge funding will be available when 25 individuals or companies pledge to contribute $1,000 to the campaign. If this goal is reached, F&M Trust will provide an additional $2,000 donation.

A portion of the annual campaign features a “Linens and Things Campaign” to collect desired supplies at each of F&M Trust’s Cumberland County community offices. F&M Trust’s community office locations can be found on the bank’s website at www.fmtrustonline.com.

In each community office lobby, there is a laundry basket display where donors can leave new items, including:

Pillows, pillow cases, sheets and blankets;

Towels and washcloths; and

Mattress covers and mattress pads, both twin and full size.

Donations of other critically needed items also will be accepted, including diapers (all sizes) and personal hygiene products for adults and children(approximately 30 percent of Safe Harbour’s client population comprises children), including soap, shampoo and conditioner, shaving products (for men and women), lotion and feminine needs.

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