Again this year, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to alleviate poverty is raising funds through an online auction.
Blossom! Flint Hills is now in its 7th year working with people through an 18-month personal development program that aims to help people more than just survive, but thrive. Executive Director Jayme Morris-Hardeman says Thrive! serves customers – whom they call leaders – as a support system to achieve a number of goals.
“We have leaders trying to go back to school right now and go to college for the first time, maybe go back to college,” Morris-Hardeman says. “We have leaders who are working to find better jobs, and sometimes they just need emotional support. They just need to have a team that can be a cheerleader for them as they try to get better. achieve their goals of maybe being a better parent.
The leaders meet weekly in Thrive! and gain opportunities to build relationships and social capital as well as learn life skills – all with the goal of reducing poverty in Riley and Pottawatomie counties.
The organization is supported by grants from Konza United Way and the City of Manhattan as well as private fundraising. Blossom! moved to online auctions amid the pandemic, and Morris-Hardeman says the format has made the process so streamlined that they’ve opted to continue with it for the time being.
“All kinds of interesting items that were donated [are for sale]says Morris-Hardeman. “Some handmade things, gift cards, groceries – all kinds of cool things that were donated and the money will go to Thrive!”.
Fundraising opens June 6 at 5 p.m. and ends June 11 at 6 p.m. Central Time. Thrive’s goal! this year is raising $5,000 to support its operations and staff. Click here for the auction.
For Jayme’s full interview on In Focus, follow this link: https://1350kman.com/2022/06/in-focus-6-6-22-mhk-parksrec-ata-bus-jayme-morris-hardeman /