Harvest House II FAQ Sheet


A Labor of Love to Feed the Valley Needy 

Harvest House Community Build Day

Saturday, September 29, 2007

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Three Corporate Drive

Scinto Corporate Park, Shelton




What is Harvest House II?

Harvest House II is a project sponsored by the Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) as part of the Valley United Way’s 2007 Week of Caring from September 24 – 29, 2007.  Harvest House II is an encore to the first Harvest House, constructed in 2005 along the Riverwalk in downtown Shelton and built with more than 100,000 non-perishable food items.  Over a hundred volunteers erected the building which was designed by Fletcher Thompson, an architectural firm in Shelton.  Harvest House II will utilize the walls of the original Harvest House and will be constructed outside of the Valley United Way’s office at Three Corporate Drive in Scinto Corporate Park in Shelton. 

 Who benefits from Harvest House? 

All food items donated to construct Harvest House will be distributed after the build to seven Valley United Way charitable agencies: Area Congregations Together, Father McKenna St. Vincent DePaul Society, Valley YMCA, The Umbrella Program of Birmingham Group Health Services, The Salvation Army, Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, The Parent-Child Resource Center and The Safe Home.  These agencies provide food and a wide array of other social services to disadvantaged members of our community. 

 What is needed for Harvest House?

The CVC is appealing to corporations, civic organizations, schools, church groups and the community at large to donate non-perishable food items and help with the physical building of Harvest House on Saturday, September 29, 2007. (Building Harvest House entails placing donated food items into pre-fabricated walls erected on the building site.)   Volunteers can register online through at www.valleyunitedway.org.  Everyone who registers online will receive a free T-shirt on the day of the build.

 How can I make food donations?

Food donations must be delivered to Three Corporate Drive on Saturday, September 29, 2007.  Please ensure that food items are unopened, non-perishable and within the expiration dates marked on the packages.  

Helpful Tips for Increasing the Success of Your Food Drive: 

  • Drive collection results through friendly competition – sponsor collection contests amongst participants and provide prizes to the top achievers.  Or set up collection teams and offer a reward such as a pizza or ice cream sundae party to the team that collects the most food.
  • Designate a collection site in your company, school or group’s meeting place and mark out with tape a space on the floor – then challenge your employees., student or members to fill it to the ceiling with food brought in from home or purchased with cash donations.   
  • For corporations with company match programs, encourage employees to make cash donations in check form made out to the Valley United Way so that they qualify for company match.  Then set up a “shopping committee” to purchase food with the donated funds.  Utilizing a company match program means that every $1 donated by employees yields $2 in donated food.
  • Work with local grocery stores to purchase “two-for-one” and other sale items in bulk to maximize your purchasing power.   Consider shopping at bulk warehouse clubs like Costco’s and B.J.’s to get the biggest bang for your bucks.  
  • Display all the food collected/purchased by your group in a central location and hold a “viewing party” so that everyone can see the results of their collective generosity.  Be sure to invite everyone to come to the Community Build Day on Saturday, September 29 to help place their food donations in the walls of Harvest House!

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