Community Briefs 1/27/22

January 27, 2022
Chili cook-off to benefit Shepherd’s Office Jan. 29

Seaside Fish House will host a local business chili cook-off from 12 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, at 32368 Long Neck Road, Millsboro. A $10 donation is required to taste and vote. All proceeds go to support the Shepherd's Office in Georgetown, which provides services to those in need, including the local homeless.

Unitarian Universalists to meet Jan. 30

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will hold a service at 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 30, when attendees will learn about the local Teach a Person to Fish Society. The service will be held in person with reservations required, and also livestreamed. For reservation information or to access the livestreamed service, go to

Fund for Women grant applications due Jan. 31

The Fund for Women at the Delaware Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2022 grants cycle. All Delaware nonprofit agencies with programs benefiting women and girls are welcome to apply.

The FFW accepts applications from nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations for programs that address the needs and enhance the worth and potential of women and girls in Delaware by helping them lead productive, self-sufficient lives. The FFW’s one-year grant offers organizations an opportunity to obtain seed money for innovative, creative programming, or funding to continue or expand programs where effectiveness has been demonstrated. Grants will not be awarded to individuals.

Completed applications should be submitted online by Monday, Jan. 31. The link to the application is at

Easterseals receives grant from Capital One

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore recently received a grant from Capital One to support financial empowerment of people with disabilities. The grant will support a financial education program that will benefit participants in Easterseals day programs for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. The program is hosted virtually so all program participants and Capital One employee volunteers who host the program are able to participate in this interactive and fun class that supports the fundamentals of financial empowerment.

“Easterseals depends on the support from our local community to continue to provide inclusive, quality and engaging programs,” said Ken Sklenar, Easterseals president and CEO. “We are grateful for Capital One’s commitment to supporting our mission so that people with disabilities and seniors can live, learn, work and play in our communities.”

Businesses that are interested in learning more about supporting Easterseals in their mission to provide a more inclusive community through their programs and services may contact Beth Altemus at 302-221-2051 or email

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers a range of services, including children’s therapies, assistive technology, recreational camping, day programs for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities and respite services for caregivers.

Food Lion foundation grants $3K to Sussex Crisis House

Sussex Community Housing Services, aka Crisis House, in Georgetown recently received $3,200 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to help feed area residents. Crisis House will use the gift to supplement its food budget to feed approximately 50 individuals three meals a day each month.

“We are extremely grateful for the continued support from the Food Lion foundation. The increased cost of food puts a strain on our budget when trying to feed over 20,000 meals annually,” said Marie Morole, executive director.

Established in 1981, the Crisis House homeless shelter is an iconic local agency recognized for serving the homeless. As the only shelter in Sussex County to house men, women and children, it remains full throughout the year, providing housing, meals, support services and case management for approximately 30-90 days. The shelter also provides meals to local walk-in individuals. 

Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $10 million in grants.

Weis Markets donates $1.3M to local food banks

Weis Markets announced customer donations totaling over $1.3 million to local food banks as part of the company’s 14th Annual Fight Hunger campaign. The two-week program, beginning in November, gave Weis customers across its seven-state market area the option of rounding up their orders or purchasing $1, $3, $5 or $10 vouchers to help support families in need in their communities. “Every year, we look forward to partnering with our generous customers to give back to the communities we serve,” said Ron Bonacci, Weis Markets vice president of advertising and marketing. “This total represents combined customer and company donations. It is the perfect way to finish 2021 and celebrate the season of giving.” Since 2008, the Fight Hunger campaign has raised over $5 million for regional and local food banks.

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