By Conrad Dudderar
There has been a dearth of fund-raisers over the past year owing to a certain virus as Yukon service groups have relied on other sources to help finance operations.
One Yukon non-profit helping ministry is taking a unique approach to its first 2021 COVID-friendly fundraising effort.
Compassionate Hands of Yukon will have a “Bake-less Bake Sale” during the week of May 12-17.
“This will be a virtual bake sale,” Compassionate Hands’ Director Joanne Riley explained. “Whatever money you would have spent to bake or buy something at a bake sale, you can now give easily and calorie-free to your favorite local charity – Compassionate Hands.
“No fat, no fuss.”
For every $100 someone donates during this Bake-less Bake Sale, they will be entered into a drawing for Jaquita Icenhower’s famous Italian cream cake.
“It is melt-in-your mouth good,” Riley promised.
A Compassionate Hands’ board member and retired Yukon school district employee, Icenhower is well known in some circles for her dessert-making prowess.
Starting last spring, Compassionate Hands had to cancel most of its fund-raisers due to COVID-19 restrictions and virus concerns.
A mystery dinner theater, spaghetti dinner, fall card party, Czech Day booth, and Santa Paws photos were all scrapped in 2020.
Keeping in mind the need for ongoing health and safety precautions, Compassionate Hands’ events committee came up with the idea for next month’s Bake-less Bake Sale.
“This is a fund-raiser that can be immediately accessed to replace a fundraising-limiting pandemic,” Riley said, matter-of-factly. “We’re working with a local fraternal organization to match the donations we receive.”
Founded in 1994, Compassionate Hands helps Yukon residents facing temporary crisis. This non-profit ministry is under the auspices of the Yukon Ministerial Alliance.
Compassionate Hands provides financial relief to help people with rent, utilities, medications, personal hygiene items, diapers, and gasoline; and refers individuals and families to other resources for other assistance.
Compassionate Hands in 2020 helped 290 households and 699 individuals, including 302 people under age 18. Financial assistance totaled $48,815 for the year.
The Yukon helping agency also has two accessible vans to take local seniors and people with disabilities to medical appointments and personal errands.
Despite COVID-induced shutdowns, Compassionate Hands’ Care-A-Van service tallied 2,261 trips for 852 seniors and 316 residents with disabilities in 2020. The vans drove 21,046 miles for the year.
Compassionate Hands relies on grants, donations and fund-raisers – like the upcoming Bake-less Bake Sale – to “reach out” to Yukon. Its popular card party benefit will return this fall.
For more information, visit the website compassionatehandsyukon.org or call (405) 354-9591.