Continued from page 15 t-shirts out of the market at thrift stores. Actually, her husband, Gary came up with it. While she was thrifting other things, he found t-shirts that projected hateful or misogynist ideas. The SRS uses those to create “tarn”— torn material that makes wonderful pull strings for the yoga bags. or they are shredded and used to fill meditation pillows. Most of those products are bought at One Love Yoga in downtown Kent.
funding has a seasonal cap and the SRS fundraising helps extend the benefit to reach the community year-round. “One year, we went through the non-profit national money by June and didn’t get more until March,“ Kasper said. Not everyone can sew, but SRS can use cash donations, as well. It uses some of the funds it raises from selling SRS branded t-shirts
But members, now numbering in the dozens, say the group represents more than friends raising money. “This is kindness,” said Wang. “In our current divisive situation, we have the feeling of community around the common theme of meeting others’ basic needs for good food. We could do this fun thing, sewing, assembling, selling—and help others— while enjoying each others’ company, too. Agreeing, Kasper added, “We accept people for who they are and frankly, that kindness comes back to us tenfold.“ Recently, the group is focusing on defining its mission and establishing a website. It is a 501c3 under a group called Shared Vision with a PayPal account. The farmers’ market has received support for the $10 match from a USDA FINI grant, the Wholesome Wave national nonprofit, and the OSU Extension Office. But the
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But the giving doesn’t stop there in this greater market community. SRS has members who also belong to the Portage County Master Gardeners. That group will again offer herb and vegetable plants for summer gardens, along with advice throughout the summer. And members will plant extra in their gardens for the Center of Hope and Kent Social Services. Kent State University Campus Kitchen who provide food to area shelters, now collects produce and bread products from vendors at the end of each Haymaker Market and re-distributes the leftovers to area shelters. T he SRS of Kent, Ohio, was given the 2016 Green Enterprise Award by the Portage Park District Foundation, Portage County Environment Conservation Award Benefit.
embers (in no particular order): M Carolyn Schlemmer, Laureen Caner and Stella, Aida and Roscoe, Carol Gould, Jennifer Wang, Mary Ann Kasper, Laura Davis, Lonnie Hawks, Jennifer Gregg, Photography courtesy of Andrew Rome Guenveur Burnell, Jane Smith, to sharpen scissors, tend to the sewing Jean Colosetti, Lynne Jeon, Mary Lou Holly, machines that always need something, Wendy Packer, Sandy Eaglen, Jane Preston purchase custom labels for the handmade Rose, Margaret Swauger, Sherry Rose, Mara items, and for more fabric. DeMattia, Ree in Stitches, Claudia Miller, Brad This Winter finds the group producing custom Bolton, Suzanne Frank, Sunny Delaluz, Helen Burdette, Erin LaBelle, Barb Hipsman Springer, upholstered folding chairs. Gould brought Heather Waltz, Mary Anne Ritchie, Margie back yards of brightly colored fabric from Ritchie, Rachel Wagner and Hannah Flannery Africa that will offer interesting designs for the chairs.