Wine Tasting Event to Raise Money for Homeless Youth

by Staff on October 13, 2011

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This Saturday from 5-8 p.m., Bloomingfoods, a community-owned business that promotes healthy, high quality, sustainable and environmentally sound products at a fair price, will be hosting its Fall Wine Tasting event at its Bloomington east side store, located at 3220 East Third Street (just east of the College Mall; see map below).

The event will feature over 50 wines with cheeses, specialty meats, and fruit trays available for sampling as well. A 15% discount will be extended on cases.

The $5 admission charge will be donated to Stepping Stones, an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that offers transitional housing and support services to youth ages 16-20 who are experiencing homelessness.

Unfortunately, teens can become homeless for a number of reasons, including family dysfunction and breakdown, inadequate housing that cannot accomodate them, domestic abuse (physical, sexual, or substance), or because they are abandoned or kicked out of their family’s home.

Many of these teens do not consider themselves to be homeless because they “couch surf” or stay with various friends or family members. Without a stable housing environment day after day, however, these youth are, in fact, homeless. Stepping Stones’ goal is to help ensure that these youth acquire the skills and education they need to become productive and self-sufficient adults.

I, myself, have donated financially to the organization and, at one point, provided them with some basic IT work (free of charge, of course). In addition, I know a few people on their Board of Directors and, personally, I think that Stepping Stones is a wonderful organization.

100% of the admission fee for the wine tasting event will be given to Stepping Stones. In addition, donations to Stepping Stones are tax-deductible and can be made by cash or check to PO Box 1366, Bloomington, Indiana, 47402. You may also donate to Stepping Stones online using your debit or credit card or bank account.

Stepping Stones also accepts in-kind donations and has a wish-list of essential items, including:

  • cleaning supplies,
  • deodorant and shampoo,
  • dish soap and laundry detergent,
  • paper towels and toilet paper, and
  • basic kitchen items.

Anyone in the Mitchell area who wishes to donate, financially or in-kind, may get in touch with me. I am more than happy to pick up any items (or your spare change!) at your location and deliver to Stepping Stones on your behalf. Alternatively, you may contact their office at 812-339-9771 in order to arrange a time to drop off your items.

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