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Cornerstone Community Well to fundraise at Hy-Vee

Cornerstone Community Well will be at Fairfield Hy-Vee this weekend and the next to raise donations for its programs.

The organization will set up a booth just inside the store’s entrance. The booth will be set up from 5-9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. It will follow that same schedule next weekend.

CCW Director Carol Meyers said these fundraisers are part of the group’s “Got Dirt?” campaign, so named because it will go toward classes on how to make laundry soap and cleaning supplies at home, as well as other money-saving techniques. She hopes to raise $2,500 to pay for supplies for these classes.

“When we do the class on cleaning products, participants will get to take the samples they make home with them,” she said.

The organization began in July 2017 to provide practical assistance and life skills training to Jefferson County residents in financial crisis. The classes on budgeting are a new thing the group is adding for 2019.

“At some point, we want to set up a station so that people can apply for jobs online if they don’t have computer access,” Meyers said.

Cornerstone Community Well has served 169 households and disbursed more than $25,000 to entities owed on behalf of applicants. It disburses money from its own funds and from Salvation Army funds. Another $1,400 was given from the Salvation Army’s Disaster Fund following a residential fire. The well has paid for water and utility bills, rent, car repair, gas and other expenses.

The group’s office is at 1208 S. Fifth St., just north of Fairfield Middle School and just east of Fairfield Friends Church. Meyers had been doing this same type of volunteer work for that church for three years.

“Our pastor, Len Maselli, and I talked, and I made a suggestion to [Fairfield Area Ministerial Association] about getting all the churches together to do this,” Meyers said. “We took it before the area pastors, and they were pretty happy with the proposal.”

The organization has four board members: Maselli, the Rev. Chris Fiske of Word of Life Lutheran Church; the Rev. John Kermott of First Baptist Church and Deb Bemis of Packwood.

CCW is planning a fundraising banquet for March 10 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. The organization can be reached by calling 209-5040 or via email at ccw@lisco.com.