Salem Lakes approves $10,000 purchase of service funding agreement with The Sharing Center for 2018

The Salem Lakes Village Board approved a $10,000 purchase of service funding agreement for 2018 with The Sharing Center.

The unanimous approval came at Monday’s regular Village Board meeting.

Sharon Pomaville, the center’s executive director, had requested $20,000. That request was written last fall when the area was still dealing with flooding recovery and ultimate need for relief was unknown, Pomaville said at Monday’s meeting.

Trustee Michael Culat made the motion for $10,000. He said he recently visited the center and was impressed with the operation, singling out its screening process for prospective clients.

“It’s more than just walking in and saying I need a handout,” Culat said.

The Sharing Center is based in Trevor. It’s mission is “to provide basic needs and empower people in their transition to independence. We provide a helping-hand to those living in our community by providing an emergency food pantry, hygiene supplies, clothing, household items, winter outerwear, school supplies, employment resources, and so much more” says the organization’s website.

The Village Board’s agenda also included a similar item for the Twin Lakes Area Senior Citizens, which was tabled. The village did not receive the completed request from that organization, President Diann Tesar said.

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