Bling sale generates more than $15,000
“The feedback we’re getting is all positive,” Summerfield said. “People enjoyed the setting at the First Presbyterian Church. They loved seeing the jewelry and the extraordinary displays, and they bought.”
The tea room, set up in a protected area, was also a hit, Summerfield said. Those partaking of tea and baked goods really enjoyed the setting.
All told the event raised more than $15,000 for the foundation.
“It serves so many purposes,” Summerfield said of the event. “In addition to the funds we raised to replace our coffers, it allows us to help people in need, also very important is that it affords people the opportunity to give.”
Summerfield said more than 70 volunteers lent a hand, an array of businesses offered help and hundreds of people donated jewelry.
“We had amazing contributions,” Summerfield said. She said it was especially gratifying to see that, especially since the group hosted a jewelry sale just two years ago.
“Our sense is people like the idea of being green,” Summerfield said. A sale of this type allows individuals to look through their drawers and jewelry boxes for pieces they don’t wear to allow others to enjoy them, she added.
“It fits in with the ecology and economy,” she said.
The most expensive, a vintage piece by Italian design icon Elisa Schiaparelli, carried a price tag of $1,250. It didn’t sell at the event, but Summerfield said they will look at other ways to market it.
Although Give a Little still has a relatively small support base, Summerfield said the nonprofit is going extremely well and has a lot of people to thank for that. A sustaining donor program started last year is helping to stabilize funding, with donors committing to as little as $5 a month.
Board members cover all the organization’s overhead.
Summerfield said those on the board are more committed than ever to Give a Little’s focuses — helping those in need in times of crisis with grants that average $200 to $250 — and having a venue that allows nearly everyone to help.
“Most people want to give something,” said Summerfield. “They can see that their contribution matters.”
She now has a stack of letters to share of real stories which illustrate those who have been helped.
“The economy is still very difficult for lots of people,” said Summerfield.
She remembers the first few people helped in 2008 when the organization was in its infancy. Today, Give a Little receives requests through the 20 entities it works with for referrals, which are made almost every day. Money for shelter continues to top the requests.
“Most thank-yous are from people who would have been evicted or homeless,” said Summerfield. “But they’re able to move. That’s very gratifying to us.”
Summerfield said that often it doesn’t take a lot of money — but it’s the critical timing and the money that can keep someone going. “A small amount of money at the right time makes a huge difference,” she said.
Since Give a Little does not take requests directly, working through its referral partners is important. “They do such a good job of finding those people who need this temporary assistance,” Summerfield said.
For more information, visit the website at www.givealittlefoundation.org.