Oceana women help Ladder reach greater heights.

December 12, 2016

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By Ron Beeber. Contributing Writer.


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Gina Ferwerda, Beth Snider, Deana Fox and Tammy Carey (left to right) count ballots.

SHELBY — The Ladder Community Center was recently chosen by the Women Who Care of Oceana County (WWC) to receive individual $100 contributions from each member. The gifts total $15,000.

The 10-month-old, intergenerational and ethnically-diverse community center in Shelby offers both youth and older adults a place to have fun, interact with neighbors, experience opportunities for personal growth, and be surrounded with compassion, care and support.

“This month’s meeting was very special because it brought the total amount of contributions made by our members to area nonprofits to more than $200,000 since we held our first Oceana Women Who Care meeting in June of 2012,” said WWC member Gina Ferwerda.

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Oceana Women Who Care members (left to right) Jane Thompson, Vickie Howard and Joan Ryan write $100 checks to support The Ladder Community Center in Shelby.

On the first Tuesday of March, June, September and December, the women meet for an hour, learn about three worthy causes serving county residents, and choose one that everyone agrees to support with $100 personal checks. Socializing follows for those who have the time to stay.

Membership, which has almost tripled in four years to the current 150, is open to any woman who wants to be involved in this unique, joint effort to support Oceana causes.

The next meeting is Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at a location to be announced in February. For more information, contact Amy LaBarge at 313-268-2086 or visit the group’s Facebook page.

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