To the editor:
When you think of the newly formed organization Tiverton 1st, the first thing that may come to mind is our recent presence in the local political arena. However, Tiverton 1st was formed to be much more than a political group. One of our major goals is to seek additional ways in which our organization and its members can build and support community efforts and promote volunteerism.
While planning our initial fundraiser, one of our candidates suggested the idea of incorporating a food drive that same evening to benefit the East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP). We sent out the request, along with our invitations, and we were amazed at the generosity of those that came forward. We were able to deliver over 100 canned goods to the EBCAP food pantry. “It was amazing that something as simple as this will make such a positive impact right here in our very own community,” said Deb Janick of Tiverton 1st.
Our next community event will be a Tiverton 1st Halloween Treat Give Away. On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Tiverton 1st will be handing out candy from 5-7 at Sandywoods Art Center in the yellow building. “We are so excited to greet all of the ghosts and goblins that will be visiting us. I just loved the idea of incorporating community events into our mission and vision,” said Gloria Crist coordinating member. This event is free and is open to the public.
As we look forward to Thanksgiving, Tiverton 1st and some of its members will be donating food items, as well as their time, at the Sandywoods Farm community potluck dinner at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 24. This great event hosted by our Sandywoods community is open to all and you can RSVP on their Facebook event page, e-mail either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or you can call (401) 624-4646 or (401) 241-7349. We are so thankful to Russ Smith and his folks at Sandywoods for hosting this event for the Tiverton community.
In looking toward the future, our dream would be to bring back Tiverton’s Waterfront Festival and Parade. Preliminary work has begun and we will be reaching out to the community for assistance. So many community members have such fond memories of this annual event. It was where our community came together, shared a wonderful experience, and made memories that lasted a lifetime. There are so many wonderful things about Tiverton, Tiverton 1st hopes to build up our community and add a few more happy memories along the way.
If you have any ideas that focus around ways to build and support community efforts, please contact Tiverton1st@cox.net.
Coordinating member, Tiverton 1st