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April 21, 2021

Help Fair designed to bring many agencies together

Hundreds of people are expected to file into the Hurley Family YMCA’s gymnasium next weekend for the third annual Help Fair.
The fair will be from 1-3 p.m., Aug. 16, at 828 West Jake Alexander Blvd.
The fair is designed to “bring as many agencies together who will help our citizens so that they might get all the information they might ever need for themselves, their children, parents or their community,” said John Reeves, chairman of Rowan Salisbury Help Fair Alliance.
The alliance is under the umbrella of Grateful Heart Community Services, the ministry that hosted the first two Help Fair events.
About 40 to 45 agencies will set up tables with information about their services.
“We are there so all of us can do the most good for the most people,” Reeves said.
Free food will be given to Rowan County residents with picture ID who have a need to supplement their income.
Those who attend will learn if they qualify for assistance with rent and utilities.
The event has grown over the years. There were two volunteers who organized that first fair that featured 29 agencies.
There were 434 applications taken from residents who requested various services and Grateful Heart also fielded 460 applications last year.
Any agencies that want to reserve a free table must submit a request by midnight on Monday.
Email requests to hopelaneopportunities@gmail.com
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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