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The Good News Community Kitchen is growing and we are so excited about the direction of the organization. We will begin implementing programs and community events in Columbia, SC AND Charlotte, NC! 

Our first initiative with both locations consist of providing school supplies to our future leaders. We are accepting monetary donations ($20) to secure backpacks from a specific vendor along with supplies to stuff in the backpacks for Columbia, SC and we are accepting college ruled paper, blue/black/red pens, No. 2 pencils and two-pocket folders for West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC. 

Mrs. Tierra Allen chairs both locations and will serve as the point of contact for events in both areas. As our volunteer networks grow, our points of contacts will grow as well!

All residents interested in volunteering must submit an application via email or directly to Mrs. Allen.

Monetary contribution may be made online our website. Please indicate "SC or NC Chapter" in the notes when submitting online. Visit our home page to make a donation today!

Become a Member of our Fundraising Advisory Committee

The Good News Community Kitchen is looking to establish a Fundraising Advisory Committee. This Committee will convene on a monthly basis, face-to-face with the option to dial-in. The objective of this committee is to create and implement ongoing fundraising initiatives to sustain TGNCK efforts to continue adding value to the lives of others. Each committee member will be responsible for attending the monthly meeting, reviewing and assessing each month’s fundraising efforts and assisting with coordinating and implementing the annual 1920’s Charity Gala (February). Each committee member will have a monthly financial obligation of $40 per month. TGNCK is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization. All contributions and donations will receive a contribution slip for tax purposes.

Committee Members must submit a professional headshot and one paragraph summation of their work experience and/or current skill sets, to info@tgnck.org along with their volunteer application. All committee members will be highlighted in our quarterly newsletter, social media platforms and our website.

Your support and strategy will ensure TGNCK's success, sustainability and level of impact!

A TGNCK Patch for Girl Scouts Nation's Capital!

Guess what? We now offer a patch for all Girl Scouts interested in fighting hunger! Troops may coordinate their own event and/or participate in currently planned events to earn their very own TGNCK Hunger Relief patch. I am truly excited about this huge step for us and most importantly I'm thankful for having a great servitude-relationship with the Girl Scouts Nation's Capital. Feel free to contact us via info@tgnck.org to begin coordinating your outreach event TODAY!

Community Partnerships

Today, I had an amazing meeting with the Community Relations Officer at Quantico Marine Base! If you're familiar with my story then you are aware of my Army background. Veterans embrace a concept of family rather than that of working relationships and regardless to any branch, I adore how we support one another and take care of our communities. I look forward to the wonderful service-based relationship...family ties we create and look forward to adding value to the lives of others alongside those stationed at Quantico Marine Base.

Shifting Gears

TGNCK prides itself on its custom website and all of the great features it provides our community. Effective immediately, TGNCK will shift from a heavy social media presence to utilizing our website to disseminate events, projects, current events, images and our product line. While we love our social media family, as a non-profit organization with a website, we want to utilize all features associated with our website to keep the community informed, connected and with direct access to our office. 

Thank you for your understanding and support! Please pass the word out about our website www.tgnck.org

Be sure to browse our product line available in our Good News Store. 

THANK YOU!

TGNCK v Treeline Ministries Water Gun Showdown

This Memorial Day we chose to celebrate our Fallen Service Members and community servants with a twist. Two extremely active non-profits came together to have an ultimate water gun fight! Diversity, togetherness and service to others brought us together to pour into one another, in the name of summer fun, so that we can recharge, refuel and refocus on our mission: helping others!

What's Up Prince William captured our Director's Duel and cookout festivities...check it out!

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Adam of iEdit_Projects brought his drone out to capture part II of our Director's Duel...yes I was victorious...check it out!

Director's Duel (click)

Community Committee

If you haven't caught on, we like to stay busy here at TGNCK! We are looking for local community members interested in serving as our Community Committee. This Committee will be charged with coordinating and implementing TGNCK's first community cookbook. 90% of all profit from the cookbooks will go to our Mobile Meals program (which consists of EMUs, Serving Lines and our Meals 2 Go Kits for Childhood Hunger). 10% will go back into the Cookbook Committee Fund for future projects the Committee will take on. 

Responsibilities:

Review and Select Recipe Entries (per category)

Organize Professional Photoshoot of all Creators of Selected Recipes (finished product as well)

Organize Layout of the Cookbook

Select Title of Cookbook

If you would like to be a part of this project please contact info@tgnck.org today!

 

HELP WANTED!

We are looking to expand our TGNCK Family with dedicated volunteers who want to rebuild and strengthen communities by fighting hunger one meal at a time. 

Volunteer Positions:

Office Automation - Adult (9 hours per week) managing the office to include minor clerical duties, elite customer service skills, receives donations, organizes supplies, logs volunteer hours and manages office calendar 

Student Lead - High School Student (6 hours per week) conducting inventories, quality assurance and distributing flyers to local business areas (responsible for all games during Back to School Community Cookout)

Fundraising Lead (2) - Adult/Student (two meetings per month and fundraising events) coordinate, market and host TGNCK fundraising events

Social Lead (2) - Adult coordinate TGNCK socials for team building initiatives on a quarterly basis in the local area

*Each year TGNCK will award its Volunteer of the Year Award to one volunteer who has demonstrated various noble traits that focus on the accomplishment and growth of our mission*

Contact info@tgnck.org Subj: Help Wanted

Your Help is Needed

We have taken on the demanding challenge of Childhood Hunger. With community partnerships established and continuing to grow, we need YOU to ensure our efforts make an impact. 

For $10 or $20 per month your contribution will guarantee the acquisition of three to five kits for school-aged children. These kits consists of flavored oatmeal, saltine crackers, peanut butter, Chefboyardee and vegetable soup. 

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization your monthly or annual contribution will receive a contribution slip for tax purposes. Please help us help others. 

*You will receive an electronic bill on a monthly basis for 12 months for the monthly option amount selected.*

         $240 Annual

         $20 Monthly Option #1

         $10 Monthly Option #2

We were Featured by The Renewal Project!!

Do you believe in Vision Boards? Well I do. I believe in them so much that last year, at our Moving Forward Makeover Vision Board workshop, I placed a goal on mine. This goal consisted of being featured by The Renewal Project and competing for their Renewal Awards. Well ladies and gentlemen, half of that goal has become reality. The Renewal Project featured us on their website and Social Media sites! It was with great pleasure that I marked through that goal on my vision board. I was quickly reminded that the entire goal had not been fulfilled but my focus is still set on being a candidate for their Renewal Awards. 

I hope that if just one of you read the below article, you take from it the importance of embracing your past and taking "that leap" with regard to your goals/dreams. I was once embarrassed of my past. I mean, my friends either had a working mother or both parents and my grandparents were my head of households for a significant portion of my life. I always dreamt of what it would be like to have a Dad and to have always had my mother physically with me. At the young age of 34, I realize that had I not experienced that void, I wouldn't know what today's child is going through and wouldn't be so driven to be their backbone. 

It is not fair for a child to sake their innocence because of decisions made by adults or because of an adult's shortcomings. My heart desires to help as many unsheltered and underserved individuals as I can but the needs of our future leaders have a priority. They deserve balanced meals, adequate sleep, clean clothing and people who believe in them in order to perform and advance in their academics and social settings. I will help as many children as I can and only ask that you assist me with helping them. 

Read our feature in The Renewal Project!

A Day in the Life of TGNCK - DC Outreach

As we grow we are always looking for new and innovative ways to share with the world the work that we are doing. Today we had the opportunity to conduct one of our outreach initiatives in the presence of a very talented videographer, I Edit Projects! He was able to catch a snapshot of the process we go through to accomplish our mission. Today was rather eventful but also realistic. What you will see is a combination of dark side to the unsheltered lifestyle surrounded by the beauty of those who want to make a difference, despite the dark side. Our organization covers much more than hunger relief. Our Core Four programs consist of: Mobile Meals, Hygiene Heroes, Trends to Transition and Warm Winters. Take a look...

A Roaring 20's Event

We did it! We coordinated, implemented and hosted our inaugural charity gala. This was such a learning experience. While, I believe I have added a grey hair or two, it was all worth it! People supported our mission buy purchasing sponsorship packages, tickets, silent auction items, pictures and beverages all to pour into our overall mission "to rebuild and strengthen communities by fighting hunger one meal at a time". Everyone dressed up in 1920's attire and enjoyed the roulette and Blackjack tables! Supervisor Ruth Anderson and the Lake Ridge Rotary Club attended the gala and gave me very inspiring and encouraging words. I truly love my team and community. Thank you all!

See you next year!

Capricorn Season is Here!!

Capricorn season has arrived and with my 34th birthday around the corner I want to offer our supporters and volunteers a special gift, from me to you! Our inaugural charity gala is February 3, 2017 at Harbour View Events in Woodbridge, VA. Tickets are on sale [NOW] for $90 individual and $175 couples (total price online will include a service fee). Get your tickets now to enjoy your 1920's themed charity gala in YOUR community, TODAY! On this evening, as you support your local non-profit, you will enjoy a casino-style cocktail hour, live jazz band, dual-entrée plated dinner reception, dance performance, professional photographer and more! 1920's attire is encouraged. All of this fun in one night to help "rebuild and strengthen communities by fighting hunger one meal at a time".

Ticket Type

TGNCK is now able to receive donation incentives through Amazon Smile!

If you love shopping on Amazon as I do, I invite you to chose The Good News Community Kitchen as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile. Click the banner for more information! Thank you for thinking of our mission and assisting us!

Looking Back at an Amazing Year!

I was always conditioned never to look back. Its acceptable to look back briefly to appreciate your current position and promising future but the keyword here is "briefly". Today, I choose to reflect a little longer than usual because 2016 has been a great year for TGNCK! Lets see here...what happened:

We formed in 2015 and received our tax-exempt status. We opened a brick-and-mortar and celebrated that by having a packed ribbon cutting ceremony where all guests donated school supplies that went to three elementary schools. We prepared over 2,000 meals throughout our region, distributed just as many hygiene packages, provided blankets and coats for three elementary schools, local families and the unsheltered homeless. We coordinated two Moving Forward Makeover workshops. We established a partnership with the men of Kappa Psi and Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. We were featured in several magazines and newspapers. We received numerous contributions and grants. We held team building functions to strengthen the morale of our most important resource...our volunteers! Last but not least, we received the support and assistance of our amazing community! Feel free to view our Gallery page to see exactly what we've been doing!

We cannot THANK YOU enough for the amount of support and encouragement you give us. Just to give you a hint of what we are working on for next year: we have our inaugural charity gala coming up in February, each program will be lead by a Committee Chair, we are actively looking to secure two volunteer Office Managers to manage the office and we are looking to roll out our much anticipated Resume Writing 101 Workshop for Veterans! This workshop will also include interactive interview tips and ideas! We are looking to engage our teenage youth volunteers with students in need of tutors to help strengthen academic confidence and performance!

If you haven't submitted a volunteer application yet...it is never too late to submit one! We are always looking for dedicated team members to help rebuild and strengthen our community!

A Roaring '20s Event...A Night of Fundraising, Dancing & Jazz

Guess What? We will be hosting our very first charity gala...1920's style!

What: A 1920's themed Charity Gala (Dinner, Jazz Band, Auction, Casino-Style Cocktail Hour and DANCING)

Where: Harbour View, 13200 Marina Way, Woodbridge, VA22191

When: Friday, February 3, 2017, 7:15pm to Midnight

Tickets:

Individual Guest $90

Coupled Guests $175

VIP Table $1,500 (Only 4 Tables - 2 Bottles of Wine, $200 Casino Chips, Framed 5x7 and Gala T-shirts for VIP Guests)

Register TODAY to help raise funds for an amazing cause in YOUR community.