|The Hunger Banquet
Where Will Life Seat You?
Date: March 24, 2015
Williams County Veteran's Memorial Hall
NOCAC is hosting The Hunger Banquet - an educational dining event designed to expand our community's understanding of hunger, food insecurity, and poverty. We have a wonderful event planned that will be both thought provoking and entertaining. Plan now to attend and mark your calendars to save this date!
Life isn't fair - and neither is this banquet as it divides diners into distinct socio-economic classes for the evening. Participants could find themselves experiencing the life of a person living in poverty and eating meals provided by a soup kitchen; a few attendees could land in the lap of luxury and be dining at the best restaurant in town; or they could find themselves placed somewhere in the middle. Unlike most banquets you attend, this event directs your focus on our actors as they role play situations of someone who has been directly impacted by hunger, poverty or homelessness and the effects this had on their lives.
Previous attendees could not say enough about the impact of the Hunger Banquet:
**"A powerful event..."
**"An eye-opening experience..."
**"...changed my heart in a big way."
**"People are real and often times have very powerful lessons to teach."
Please join us in spreading the word about this important event by helping to distribute this informative poster or brochure.
There are several opportunities available to assist as a volunteer at the banquet. If you, or your organization, would be interested in helping please contact Angie Franklin at 419-784-5136 extension 1138.
***DON'T MISS OUT - ORDER YOUR TICKETS NOW!***
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students or children. Use the link below to order your tickets with your PAYPAL account. For payments by check, please click here to complete the registration form. Make your check payable to "NOCAC - Hunger Banquet" and send the check and the completed registration form to: 1933 E. Second Street, Defiance, OH 43512. All tickets will be picked up at the door the night of the event.
FREE BASIC TAX FILING
One of our Benefit Bank Counselors may be able to assist you with filing your 2014 Federal, State, and School District tax returns if your individual income is $65,000 or less. We may also be able to help you if you meet the income guidelines for filing Married or Head of Household status on your tax return.
There are no fees or charges for this service - it is quick, easy and FREE so you can put money back in your pocket!! E-filing is available and you can receive your refunds through direct deposit into your bank account.
Services are conveniently located in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert, and Williams counties. To schedule an appointment, call our office at 419-784-2150.
This community service is sponsored by NOCAC, United Way, and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.
Students in our Napoleon Head Start classroom recently received a special visit from a past student, Tyson Bullock, now attending 3rd grade. Tyson's mother, who still serves our program as a bus monitor, brought Tyson back to his former classroom so he could read to and visit with students currently enrolled in NOCAC's Head Start program.
If you would like information on enrolling your child in our preschool program, please contact Carmen at 419-784-5136 extension 1140.
NOCAC's Individual Development Account (IDA) program helps clients save money toward the purchase of a home, fund their education or start a small business. For every $1 that participants save while enrolled in the IDA program, NOCAC will contribute $2. Thanks to her participation in our IDA program, a single mom and her daughters were able to spend the holidays this year in their new home!
The IDA program also provides six free informational classes that teach success skills such as how to negotiate a low interest rate, how to determine the amount to spend on a home, and budgeting. "My favorite part was how easy the classes were to understand and the teaching methods kept me interested. I learned a ton of stuff I never knew in these classes."
The Winter Crisis Program is a heating assistance program that may provide a one-time payment toward a utility and/or bulk fuel service for those who meet the program eligibility requirements. The program begins November 3, 2014 and runs through March 31, 2015.
In order to qualify for the program, an applicant's total household income must be at or below 175% of the 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines and also meet one of these conditions: