The Rotary Club of the Caldwells (RCC) and the Rotary Vixens hosted a dance at the Rogers Dance Center in Fairfield on March 19, 2016 to collect paper goods and hygiene products and to raise money for the Caldwell Food bank.

 

 
(L to R) Samantha Cordaro McCoy, Pamela Licht, Maria Burak, Director of Human Services  of Caldwell, and Jennifer Hawley
 
 

The “Vixens” (Pamela Licht, Rogers Dance Studio; Jennifer Hawley, Kearny Bank; and Samantha Cordaro McCoy,West Caldwell Library Director; were dismayed to find out that not only were there so many families needing assistance in the community but that those using the SNAP program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) could not purchase soaps, paper products, household supplies, feminine products, diapers and wipes, and hygiene products under the program.

 

Samantha Cordaro McCoy stated, “We wanted to do a special Rotary project that would bring awareness to the needs of the community. As a mother, I was so upset to hear that sometimes families had to go without diapers and detergent. It was heartbreaking to know it was happening here in my community. A big reason I am part of Rotary is because I wanted to help those in my community. The three of us came together, planned a dance, and named ourselves “The Vixens” in the hope it would catch people's’ attention.”

 

The “Rotary Vixens” presented Maria E. Burak, Director of Human Services of Caldwell, a check for $2000 to help continue the mission of providing food for local families throughout. Additionally, a van, loaned by Konner Chevrolet, West Caldwell, was filled and with paper goods and toiletry items collected at the function in March.

 

“I teach dance, I love to teach dance, and I smile when my students get that “ah-ha moment” and really begin loving what they learned. That’s what happened when everyone brought supplies and realized they are helping so many.”

 

"The VIXENS are a special group of women from the Rotary Club of the Caldwells, who felt the need to do something in their community that would help families.”  said Pamela Licht,

 

Jennifer Halley added, “We were so grateful for all the help from the community who came out to support, in effect, their own neighbors. A special thank you to Calandras Italian Village, Caldwell, who donate all the baked goods we served that night. It was amazing to see people say “what can we do to help?”.