Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Comstock Park Community Outreach

Mike Kayner, Volunteer

Once a month, a group of concerned  leaders from the Alpine Township/Comstock Park area meet to discuss issues and solutions to some of the social issues facing our community.  The group currently consists of about 30 members representing various faith communities, Comstock Park Schools, Alpine Township, Kent District Library, Arbor Circle, Wedgewood Christian Services, YMCA, York Creek Apartments, the Comstock Park Rotary, and other organizations and businesses.  The group was started by Dan Clark, Clark Nurseries who saw this as an opportunity to reach out to the community.

  The group met today at Zion Lutheran Church.  Items on the agenda today included a report by Mike Kayner, an Alpine Township resident who reported on his findings after visiting numerous Senior Neighbors programs in neighboring communities.  Also giving a presentation was Brenda Brame, Program Manager for the Kent County Tax Coalition, a non profit organization that helps qualified residents with tax returns.  Waverly Knight with the North West Food Pantry also reported on her organization's needs.  Attendees were reminded about the Comstock Park School Foundation's up coming Holiday Tree Silent Auctionon Saturday, November 20.  York Creek offers the use of their apartmenst for specific community functions through the Comstock Park School,  and several dates are still available.

On the right, Brenda Brame with the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition is sharing some program details with Ethan Ebenstein and Missy McPherson from Comstock Park Schools.  Looking on is Joseph Lee with Arbor Circle.

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