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Project SHARE of Carlisle

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Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Religion

Mission: In response to God's call to love one another, Project SHARE provides food, nutrition education and links to other community resources to empower people in need within western Cumberland County.

Results: We have served 12600 households in 2015 as of December 2015; up 14% from last year. We have enthusiastic cooking classes for both recipient children and adult.; 40 % of the households gross under $12,000 per year, and less than 1% have only public assistance as their income. Most are underemployed, and are without childcare and healthcare benefits. 33% are children.

Target demographics: low-income individuals and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3500 individuals per month. That includes over 390 low-income seniors and 700 children

Geographic areas served: Carlisle, Mt. Holly Springs, Boiling Springs, Gardners, Plainfield, Middlesex, New Kingstown, and Carlisle Springs

Programs: basic food items, fresh produce, and nutrition education. We also have cooking classes for children and adults.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Annie50

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Project SHARE in 2001. I started as a volunteer. I helped some with distributing food and gleaning. I have fond memories of getting to know staff and other volunteers. What moved me was the profound love modeled by the staff. Our community is blessed to have an organization that pours into the lives of other people as they do. Now, I serve as a volunteer, as a donor, and as a member of the board. This is truly a mission focused organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recently I found myself in a very dire situation.
I'm going through a divorce. My grocery budget from $400.00 (when married) to $0.
With God, I had to push through my pride and humiliation to reach out for help.
Project Share readily approve my application. I now can eat with out having to worry about where my next meal will come from.
Project Share staff & volunteers does treat me with compassion and respect when I go for for food.

I never thought I'd be in this position.

I plan to pay it forward by volunteering @ Project Share I get my personal in order.

Donor

Rating: 5

Project Share is such an asset to our community! Carlisle is truly blessed by the caring Executive Director and all the volunteers that work to provide for so many needs of the less fortunate in our area.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project Share and all their staff and volunteers are amazing! Elaine Livas is the "Mother Teresa" of nonprofits. After seeing and hearing Elaine speak at several events, I approached her and asked her if she could give me a few ideas that would help our organization reach the same level of professionalism that Project Share has attained. Elaine and her staff literally opened up their doors, arms and hearts and have gone above and beyond to assist. Elaine instilled the confidence I needed to make major changes in our organization in order to assist our clients more efficiently and respectfully. Somehow, with their busy schedule, Project Share still has the time to assist other organizations who are serving the needy. They are truly a blessing to all. My sincere thanks!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I first volunteered through the Church. Afterwards my wife continued to help pretty much ever week. We both tried for every holiday meal.

Project Share was a well organized event that relies on volunteers.

We are now stationed back at Fort Stewart, and miss our time in Carlisle!

Best of luck

Del & Pat Chesser

Donor

Rating: 5

Project Share has become a critical pillar of Carlisle - a safety net for our neighbors in need. I have not found a better runow or more worthy non-profit anywhere.

Scott144

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a fast and friendly atmosphere with a lot of friendly staff... Thanks for everything!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering in the baby room of Project SHARE has been an amazing experience. Everyone who volunteers there is upbeat, happy and very welcoming. They have a great system set up which allows families to get all they need for themselves and even the little ones. I would be honored to be able to volunteer there again in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is special day each month that I enjoy. It is distribution day when I can come to Project Share and hand out the delicious food to all who come. It is a good feeling that Project Share is there to help those who need a little helping hand. The chance to give a smile and greeting and receive a smile back makes everyone's day a little better. The warm feeling of helping those in need makes you feel like you are part of a caring family.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I first stated going to Project Share I was so overwhelmed with all the food and the most caring people I've ever met. They made me cry with all their kindness ,smiles and their have a blessed day and even get a hug from time to time.They all made me feel like a real person they all go the extra mile.They are the same today as they were the first time I was there I'm so thankful for Project Share and their staff and all the volunteers and for all the food I receive each and every month

Donor

Rating: 5

The most remarkable thing about Project SHARE is that it maintains high standards, proving that charitable works don 't have to sacrifice quality. Project SHARE is not interested in filling its shelves with anything anyone calls food. It provides fresh food and helps to build a culture of healthy eating and nutrition. We and our extended family support Project SHARE every year, and we do so without hesitation. There are many non-profits that leave you wondering whether your money goes for its intended purpose. We have never had second thoughts about Project SHARE.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at Project Share since 2007, particularly for distribution days. Elaine Livas lives her faith in reaching out to the community with food, teaching, loving. There are many projects to help the community, including activities for kids in the summer, school supplies, gleaning in the fields during summer. At distribution we're encouraged to give hope to the recipients, give a hug and listen to them. Many volunteers become good friends to them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Project SHARE during monthly food distribution. I have also been privileged to hear Elaine Livas speak to my church Missions Committee. Her story and the history of Project SHARE is the most inspirational I have ever heard. To experience Project SHARE is to witness God's love in action.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer a few times and have been very impressed with how far Elaine has brought Project Share over the years. The amount of people they help and the efficiency of the distribution is impressive. The classes they hold for children and adults to learn how to cook and eat healthy goes above the basic role of just providing food for the hungry . The Carlisle community has rallied around Project Share with individuals and local businesses donating food, money and time.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The services offered at Project SHARE are varied and so very needed in our area!
I've been volunteering for Project SHARE for nearly 10 years, and hope to continue as long as I'm able.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Share is a great organization. Every client and volunteer is treated with respect. They Not only provide food to those who need it, they also teach people about proper nutrition and provide school supplies to children.

Michael397

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project SHARE is awesome in the way that they network with other agencies. CAN-STRUCTION gives an annual opportunity to work with the Feed My Sheep ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Share is a wonderful organization serving Carlisle and the surrounding area. The staff and volunteers are some of the most caring individuals I've ever encountered. The services they provide extend much farther than a food bank. They provide services for children, including 'Kids in the Kitchen' to show children how to prepare nutritious food, and a summer reading program as well. They provide nutrition information and food preparation classes for adults as well!

Sarah315

Client Served

Rating: 5

Project Share is such a blessing to the people of Carlisle. They not only feed bodies, they feed minds and spirits. From the well organized and plentiful , monthly food distributions and the weekly produce stand to the wonderful information on how to prepare healthy foods not normally afforded in the diets of those of us who live on or near the poverty level. Teaching is so important because if you give someone food they don't know how to cook, they probably won't use it. So many workshops are available to the community for the children and families for the betterment of themselves and the community as a whole. They address health issues and invite other sources of wellness to set up tables and offer services to clients, such as flu shots, diabetic education, healthcare and dental service providers. They are a wellspring of vital information for the poor and the working poor to make ends meet. They provide prayers for those requesting them. They provide fellowship through holiday dinners and events like school supplies distributions. They truly make my life better and so many others by doing the Lord's work. I am very grateful for Project Share!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project share is an amazing place to volunteer. My football team would go to the distribution every time we could and after going a while I registered to volunteer there. Everyone at project share is like one big family and every event they hold is a great opportunity to get out and help the community