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Oktoberfest: How You Can Help Make A Difference

Oktoberfest helps support North Shore Senior Center’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program (GRGP), which was initiated in 1998 due to a growing population of grandparents raising their grandchildren and lack of community support to serve the needs of these low-income families. With no geographical restrictions, the program provides emotional support, education, training, respite, financial counseling/assistance and case management services. Currently, 33 active grandparents and 77 grandchildren, ranging from newborns to 18 years of age, are involved in the program and attend monthly support group meetings. Some ways your donation can help make a difference are listed below. We hope you consider supporting our event and the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program.

  1. Back to School Party for approximately 20 grandparents and 50 grandchildren: $1160.00
    • The total cost includes food, craft supplies, decorations, paper goods, taxi vouchers to assist with transportation to/from the group, childcare specialists and entertainment. Each grandparent receives one $25 gift card per child to assist with school supplies and clothes.

  2. Monthly support group costs for approximately 16 grandparents and 10 grandchildren: $828
    • The cost of each monthly support group includes dinner), education childcare programming, taxi vouchers to assist with transportation to/from the group, and a $25 gift card for a drawing done at each meeting.
  1. Miscellaneous needs also arise throughout the year. To help with these needs, North Shore Senior Center provides each family with gift cards to Target, Jewel and other stores.

For more information on our Oktoberfest event, please call 847.784.6060. To make a donation or to purchase tickets, please click here.

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