YCAPizza YCAParty!!

When Lindsay, the Client Services Department Supervisor at Yamhill Community Action Partnership, sent me her awesome submission, I knew instantly that I had to support her idea.

YCAP manages three shelters for homeless families in Yamhill County, Oregon. Helping them get their lives back on track, Lindsay tells me that she has come to find that the families she works with, “are just like you or I . . . life just happened to throw them a curveball or two. It is too often a constant battle for the people living in our shelters to deal with everyday issues on top of the crisis state they are in. They have no or little money, often no transportation (which makes commuting nearly impossible), a dozen people to report to, and a lack of leisure time. These families are very skilled at working hard, but never seem to have rewards.”

Her idea? Simply put: have some fun!

And we could all use a little more of that! Here was her initial plan:

I am proposing that Donating Drummer donates $100.00 toward a leisure night for our shelter residents. I would like to gather some family-friendly games to play (Twister, Uno, Family Feud), and use the $100.00 for pizza from Third Street Pizza Co. The hundred dollars would buy 4 one topping XL pizzas at $17.70 each. We would then have $11.50 left over to purchase a case of soda for our Family Frenzy Fun Night.

YCAP has never provided our shelter families with a night like this, partly because we are like most other non-profits that are horribly affected by the current budget crisis. My donated time and your donated dollars will feed six families and reach my goal for a night of much needed fun.

YCAP pizza party - The Donating Drummer

Well, that almost sounded fun to me . . .

. . . but there was no drumming involved. Yet!

Since YCAP is only about 40 minutes from home for me, I called Lindsay up, explained that TheDonatingDrummer would love to cover their pizza and soda costs for the event and that, in addition, I’d like to offer to present a Junk Jam percussion workshop for the kids (and adults) that attend. What goes with plowing through piles of pepperoni and sausage better than pounding on piles of random household items with drumsticks?! That’s right, nothin’!

We’ve got a date set, so I’ll make sure to touch base soon and let you know how it went (and update you on the school residency that funded this month’s YCAPizza YCAParty!

Thank you . . .

. . . to everyone who has been passing TheDonatingDrummer along to your friends, coworkers, families, tweeps and FB followers. I appreciate all of your help!

(photo by The Pizza Review)